When Britain’s new Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, told the BBC that he would, if elected Prime Minister, never order the use of nuclear weapons, it generated, in the words of a NY Times’ reporter, “a firestorm.”
Appropriate metaphor, that. Some in Britain seem to prefer the possibility of launching a literal, nuclear firestorm. Corbyn has said, according to the NY Times:
I am opposed to the use of nuclear weapons. I am opposed to the holding of nuclear weapons. I want to see a nuclear-free world. I believe it is possible.
Corbyn is that most rare thing, a peaceable political leader. He thinks Britain’s Trident nuclear submarine program a great waste of some $151 billion (hear, hear!) and that joining in the bombing of Syria is useless and dangerous for Britain.
That many in Corbyn’s own Labour Party disagree with his peaceable positions is no great surprise, for one’s political “credibility” apparently depends these days on one’s willingness to use military force to address conflicts, including the monstrously homicidal and potentially suicidal use of nuclear weapons.
Since nuclear disarmament is surely a credible and laudatory goal, a nation that vows never to use such weapons would be truly leading the world toward disarmament. Corbyn deserves to be applauded for his visionary courage to act upon the possibility of a nuclear-free world.