Sacred Duty: Revisiting the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 by Sean Howard, Cape Breton Spectator, April 7, 2022

Four years ago — on 4 April 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — seven Catholic Plowshares activists conducted a ‘symbolic disarmament’ of the Kings Bay naval base in Georgia, home to America’s East Coast fleet of nuclear-armed submarines, a mere six vessels —“boomers,” in Kings Bay English — each armed with up to 20 Trident missiles, each carrying up to eight warheads, each up to 30 times more powerful than the ‘little boy’ Bomb which incinerated Hiroshima. As it is, alas, far from irrational to worry that President Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine may spread and spiral to a full nuclear exchange between NATO and Russia, it is salutary to recall the un-hyperbolic description of Trident in a 2017 National Interest article as probably “the most destructive weapon system created by humankind” and “a nightmarish weapon of the apocalypse.”

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