The Core Question: Nuclear Deterrence in the Focus of Peace Ethics and Security Policy
“Our world is marked by a perverse dichotomy that tries to defend and ensure stability and peace through a false sense of security sustained by a mentality of fear and mistrust.” With these words, spoken in Nagasaki at the end of 2019, Pope Francis once again condemned the system of nuclear deterrence. Peace and international stability cannot be built on the threat of total annihilation, he said. By taking the view that not only the use of nuclear weapons but also threatening their use and even their possession cannot be justified, the pope has set a new course in the Church’s peace ethics ...
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Special: Nuclear Weapons, Service and Conscience
The strategy of nuclear deterrence is coming under moral pressure, but it remains in place. How can military personnel deal with this?