Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Clinton Could Be Peace Candidate

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Clinton Could Be Peace Candidate

Article excerpt

Bill Clinton made an entirely presidential appearance on Oct. 3, but the world little noted it. He was speaking on grand themes appropriate for the day before Yom Kippur, the high holy day of repentance and atonement; he was speaking for the country and to the country. He was apologizing for the appalling government radiation experiments on mostly unwitting human beings. He spoke of worldwide nuclear peace to come.

Very impressive - and all washed away two hours later by the announcement of the O.J. Simpson acquittal.

Still, it could be a blueprint for campaign appearances. Peace is not a top topic now, but it always has vast potential. Nuclear peace, no matter what the Republicans, the Pentagon and the weapons laboratories say, is a winner.

Thirty years ago in Utah, President John Kennedy was bowled over by the response he received to a mention of the partial test ban. Clinton talks so little about the matter as to suggest he doesn't understand its punch.

In Clinton's audience was the administration's leading test-ban advocate, Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary.

Her portfolio includes the nuclear weapons program.

Those who expected her to go along with the nuclear establishment have received several nasty jolts since her appointment. She startled everyone - including the young lions of the White House staff - when she boldly plunged into the radioactive area of the Cold War experiments on humans, many of them unwitting. Besides bringing simple human justice to long-hidden victims, she was suggesting that the Cold War is over and that excesses committed in the name of national security could not be forgiven or forgotten.

She followed up the disclosures two years ago by persuading the president to set up the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments. A panel of doctors, ethicists and scientists, headed by Dr. Ruth Faden, was assembled, and they were at the gathering in the Executive Office Building. So were a few of the surviving victims - including Fred Boyce, who as a teen-age student at the Fernald School in Cambridge, Mass. …

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