▲ Prof. John Endicott. Photo courtesy Woosung University
Prof. John Endicott, president and vice-chancellor of Woosung University and a two-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize is an ardent supporter of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Endicott spent 28 years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, working in plans and targeting, where one of his duties was to estimate the destruction that would be caused by a nuclear strike. As such, he perhaps knows better than most the devastation nuclear weapons can cause.
“An NPT is vital,” he said. “It’s probably the most successful international treaty that came out of the cold war.”
Earlier, during his workshop presentation, Endicott recalled that in October 1962, when the Cuban missile crisis was at its height, he was in a bunker waiting for a “Go” code, which would have authorized a strike. His boss, a three-star general told Endicott and the other planners, “Why don’t you call your spouses and say ‘goodbye,’” he said.
In a later interview, he said the NPT was “one of our greatest hopes” to make sure such a situation never happened again.”
He said the NPT was “very much alive and has been reborn” under President Barack Obama, following a failed 2005 NPT Review Conference under the administration of George W. Bush. However, it was not an issue that the majority of the American people get involved with, he said, and it was there-fore incumbent on opinion leaders and academics such as himself to keep the issue alive.
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