New Call for UN-Administered World Disarmament
THE NEW AMERICAN has frequently described the origins and significance of State Department Document 7277, entitled Freedom From War: The United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World. Proposed by President John F. Kennedy in a 1961 address to the UN General Assembly, Freedom From War outlined a three-stage plan to disarm all nations--including our own--while simultaneously building up the UN's "peacekeeping" capacity. That astonishing propos al was reiterated the following year in Blueprint for the Peace Race, which gave birth to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency--the federal agency entrusted with the task of working toward universal, UN-supervised disarmament.
In an April 24 New York Times op-ed column, veteran U.S. arms control negotiator Max Kampelman (a former Marxist) reinvigorated the call for universal, UN-supervised nuclear disarmament.
Invoking the pleasant fantasy of "a peaceful, civilized world free of weapons of mass destruction," Kampelman wrote that "our government [should] embrace the goal of eliminating all weapons of mass destruction. …