The atomic danger

… there is no alternative for peoples: a thousand-year peace or the apocalyptic destruction of the human family and the earth itself caused (God forbid!) by the destructive power – literally apocalyptic! – of nuclear arms!

This letter  expressed a concept that was often repeated at the  height of the “cold war” and the “balance of terror”. This led to the belief that the only possible means for resolving the conflict was negotiation.

La Pira always thought that eradicating the threat of destruction of the planet was the problem and it was this that drove his efforts towards a test ban and the non-proliferation treaty, a reduction of arms stockpiles and so on. (go to la navigazione storica).