Time to use a better weapon

The Nov. 20 editorial “Welcoming Ambassador Kennedy” stated that Caroline Kennedy “… was shaken by her Hiroshima visit. We hope she will make a positive contribution to global efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.”

This sentence reminded me of the following words spoken by her father, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, during an address to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 20, 1963: “But I would say to the leaders of the Soviet Union, and to their people, that if either of our countries is to be fully secure, we need a much better weapon than the H-bomb — a weapon better than ballistic missiles or nuclear submarines — and that better weapon is peaceful cooperation.”

Half a century has passed since this speech and the assassination of Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, and it is true that the world has changed a lot in various ways. However, I do pray strongly that Caroline Kennedy, the only daughter of John F. Kennedy, uses the power of “a much better weapon than the H-bomb” as ambassador, and contributes to the abolishment of nuclear weapons.

Japan is the only nation to have suffered atomic bombings in the world, and it is here where Kennedy can start her utmost effort to create a world without nuclear weapons. Both her father and U.S. President Barack Obama share this goal.

Hadano, Kanagawa

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