“You may delay,
but time will not.”
“We are in a race between cooperation and catastrophe.”
—Sam Nunn and Ted Turner 
“There will be no learning period with nuclear weapons.”
—Robert S. McNamara 
“We must eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us.”
—Walter Cronkite 
“I believe that the greatest danger facing our nation and the world is the global threat from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.”
—Warren Buffett 
I have written this book primarily for the
layperson, while attempting to maintain a non-partisan,
global perspective. Weapons of mass destruction
do not discriminate between liberals, moderates,
or conservatives. This issue does not belong
to any one religious belief, racial heritage,
or ethnic background. Eliminating weapons of
mass destruction is not just a national or
regional issue, nor is it solely the responsibility
of politicians and government. It is a global
issue of life and death that we all have to
This brief journey into many disciplines:
the history war and weaponry, anthropology,
psychology, political science, and law, weaves
a thread through the tapestry of our precarious
existence. More than just discussing the problem,
I propose and explain a practical solution
which has never been tried by the nations of
There are sections in this book that are graphic
because it is vital for everyone to be aware
of the gruesome devastation that weapons of
mass destruction are capable of inflicting.
Some sections are technical, but I have done
my best to make the material engaging.
and my goal is for the reader to spend the
next couple of hours reflecting upon the
most important issue in the world today—eliminating
weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and
genocide—and then to be moved by this
information to do something about it, whether
that would be just discussing this subject
with a neighbor or becoming actively involved.
Bruce A. Roth
 "Letter from the Co-Chairmen," NTI Annual Report 2004: 4.
 Errol Morris, Director, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, (Sony Pictures Classics, Inc., Columbia Tri-Star Home Entertainment, 2003). February 10, 2005.
 Walter Cronkite, "Lessons From Hiroshima, 60 Years Later," July 2005, www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2005/07/00_cronkite_lessons-from-hiroshima.htm.
 NTI Annual Report 2004: 65.