In 1999, three UK women boarded a trident nuclear submarine moored in a Scottish loch. Undetected, they located computers and other equipment, which they dumped into the sea or smashed with hammers. They were charged by military police and brought before a magistrate, accused of causing many thousands of pounds worth of damage. One of them decided to defend herself. She based her case on international law which states that it is illegal to manufacture weapons of mass destruction. Therefore they were 'upholding the law'. The magistrate dismissed the case. The UK government is appealing.
2. The international community should reaffirm its commitment to progressively eliminate nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction from all nations. As new global powers emerge, they are likely to insist on having the same rights of self-defence as others. It is therefore imperative that all nations, especially existing nuclear powers, accept the principle of eventual elimination of nuclear weapons. To work towards this goal, four steps should be taken: early ratification and implementation of existing agreements governing weapons of mass destruction; the indefinite extension of the [Non-Proliferation Treaty]; conclusion of a treaty to end all nuclear testing; and initiation of talks among declared nuclear powers to establish a process to reduce and eventually eliminate all nuclear arsenals.
3. The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker (Albert Einstein).