JFK: Radiation, in its simplest terms – figuratively, literally and chemically – is poison.

JFK
JFK

55 years ago — April 2, 1960, JFK said:

“… there is no amount of radiation so small that
it has no ill effects at all on anybody. There is
actually no such thing as a minimum permissible
dose. Perhaps we are talking about only a very
small number of individual tragedies – the number
of atomic age children with cancer, the new
victims of leukemia, the damage to skin tissues
here and reproductive systems there – perhaps
these are too small to measure with statistics.
But they nevertheless loom very large indeed in
human and moral terms.

Radiation, in its simplest terms – figuratively,
literally and chemically – is poison. Nuclear
explosions in the atmosphere are slowly but
progressively poisoning our air, our earth, our
water and our food. And it falls, let us remember,
on both sides of the Iron Curtain, on all peoples
of all lands, regardless of their political
ideology, their way of life, their religion or the
color of their skin. Beneath this bombardment of
radiation which man has created, all men are
indeed equal.”

John F. Kennedy (35th US President ) -1960

http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/JFK-Speeches/Milwaukee-WI_19600402-Wisconsin-Assoc-of-Student-Councils.aspx

2 thoughts on “JFK: Radiation, in its simplest terms – figuratively, literally and chemically – is poison.

  1. What a great find this was! It shows that the nuclear industry can be shut down, just like above ground weapons testing. Sanity can prevail. It shows the importance of leadership too. If you read through the web site it says that a poll showed the majority of Americans wanted above ground nuclear testing, presumably because they didn’t understand the health dangers. Kennedy and Zac Goldsmith make me think of each other. Zac is Conservative but voted to keep democracy and seems ardently anti-nuclear.
    2015 is the year to shut the nuclear industry down!

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