Ward Wilson- Fighting Lies Supporting Nuclear Weapons
This is the first part of a two part transcript of my interview with Ward Wilson
Here's a link to the audio podcast interview
RK - And welcome to the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show WNJC 1360 a.m.
My guest tonight is Ward Wilson. He's the author of Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons and he's a senior fellow at the British American Security Information Council. I know Ward from way back and it's great to have him on the show again. We're going to talk about his work and we'll get into it in just a moment. Welcome to the show Ward.
WW - Thanks Rob I'm glad to be here.
RK - I love what you do and I think it's incredibly important and valuable and what's really nice is that I'm not the only one. You've really gotten some amazing support over the last couple years. Can you talk a little bit about that?
WW - One of the blurbs on the back of the book that I like the best is from a four star General from the Army. So it's pretty cool when you're against nuclear weapons and you get military guys to like what you say. There were two Pulitzer Prize winning historians who've endorsed the argument that I make about Hiroshima. And I was in Costa Rica about two months ago at a conference sponsored by the Oscar Arias Institute. Arias is the former President - two term President of Costa Rica who is a Nobel Peace Prize winner. I don't know if you remember but in the eighties there were three Central American countries that had Civil Wars going on and Arias got all the Presidents of the Central American countries together and essentially talked them into passing a bunch of land reform and other progressive reforms. And they resolved all the Civil Wars. So he's kind of a hero of mine. I'm down at this conference and he's introducing the topic, it's about Nuclear War and some other topics - and he's talking away in Spanish, which I don't understand, he's says, "blah blah blah, Ward Wilson, blah, blah" And I'm like, "Oh I think he's talking about me." (Laughs) And then afterwards he told me he uses the arguments from Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons in all his speeches about nuclear war now. And I said, "Oh, gosh that is so nice. Thank you." And he said, "Well it's because they're all so true." So (Laughs) I was overwhelmed and honored because when a Nobel Peace Prize winner says he likes the arguments you've been making then that's good stuff--for me anyway.