Today, United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to pursue a significant reduction in nuclear arms. America and Russia possess the largest nuclear stockpiles in the world by far, which is why Obama told reporters in Moscow, "We must lead by example, and that's what we're doing here today." The treaty includes "effective verification measures."
I have written before about the pressing need for multilateral, global, irreversible, verifiable nuclear disarmament. "The use of nuclear weapons can never be justified by Christian ethics," says David Neff, Editor in Chief of Christianity Today. "But that hasn’t stopped Christians from arguing that they are necessary. Such arguments betray a tendency to make national security into an ultimate value–something else that cannot be justified by Christian ethics."
As Neff indicates, some suppose that nuclear weapons are a necessary evil and, therefore, wouldn't support multilateral disarmament. These people can still support the President in his reduction effort because the treaty still allows both nations to keep over 1,000 nuclear weapons each. Even if you believe they are necessary, 1,000 nukes is more than we need.
This is a moral issue, and I am thankful for which has been recucitated by wonderful organizations like The Two Futures Project. The only question I have is, "How is this being received by everyday people?"