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John Avery. Nuclear Weapons: An Absolute Evil

John Avery's book
Nuclear Weapons: An Absolute Evil *- PDF format

* Brief additions and comments of this book are below,

in the eponymous author's article.

John Avery:
Nuclear weapons: absolute evil, genocide and crime against humanity



Джон Авери:

Ядерное оружие: абсолютное зло, геноцид и преступление против человечества:


My dear friend Leo,

I am attaching an article which I would be extremely happy to have published o­n your important GHA website,
provided that you do not change the wording at all.

I wish you great success with your important work for global peace and harmony.

With love to you and to other dear GHA friends throughout the world,

John Avery
Nobel Peace Laureate
January 26, 2018

Nuclear Weapons: An Absolute Evil

by John Scales Avery

A pdf file of this book can be freely downloaded from the following link:




I urge you to download this file and to send the link or file to friends who might be interested.

All of my books and articles o­n the serious global problems that we face today can be found o­n the following link:





Please spread both links to any of your friends who might be interested. Also, if you have a website, please publish it there.


Here is an excerpt from an appendix o­n the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize:


The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, abbreviated ICAN, is a coalition of 468 NGO’s in 101 countries. The purpose of ICAN is to change the focus in the disarmament debate to “the the humanitarian threat posed by nuclear weapons, drawing attention to their unique destructive capacity, their catastrophic health and environmental consequences, their indiscriminate targeting, the debilitating impact of a detonation o­n medical infrastructure and relief measures, and the long-lasting effects of radiation o­n the surrounding area.

On July 7, 2017, the Treaty o­n the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by an overwhelming majority, 122 to 1, by the United Nations General Assembly. The adoption of the treaty, a milestone in humanity’s efforts to rid itself of nuclear insanity, was to a large extent due to the efforts of ICAN’s participating organizations.

On December 10, 2017 ICAN’s efforts were recognized by the award of theNobel Peace Prize. Part of the motivation for the award was the fact that the threat of a thermonuclear global catastrophe is higher today than it has been at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Because of the belligerent attitudes and mental instability of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the end of human civilization and much of the biosphere is, in the words of ICAN's Executive Director BeatriceFihn, “only a tantrum away”.


Here are some excerpts from the Introduction to my book o­n nuclear weapons:


The threat of nuclear war is very high today. This book is a collection of articles and book chapters that I have written advocating the abolition of nuclear weapons. Some new material has also been added, for example a discussion of the Treaty o­n the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which has recently been adopted by an overwhelming majority vote at the United Nations General Assembly.

Today, because of the possibility that U.S. President Donald Trump will initiate a nuclear war against Iran or North Korea, or even Russia, the issue of nuclear weapons is at the center of the global stage. I strongly believe that the time has come for all countries to take a united stance o­n this issue. Most of the world’s nations live in nuclear weapon free zones. This does not give them any real protection, since the catastrophic environmental effects of nuclear war would be global, not sparing any nation. However, by supporting the Nuclear Weapons Convention and by becoming members of NWFZ’s, nations can state that they consider nuclear weapons to be morally unacceptable, a view that must soon become worldwide if human civilization is to survive.

We must take a stand, and state clearly that nuclear weapons are an absolute evil; that their possession does not increase anyone’s security; that their continued existence is a threat to the life of every person o­n the planet; and that these genocidal and potentially omnicidal weapons have no place in a civilized society.


Nuclear warfare as genocide


On December 9, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a convention prohibiting genocide. It seems appropriate to discuss nuclear warfare against the background of this important standard of international law.

Cannot nuclear warfare be seen as an example of genocide? It is capable of killing entire populations, including babies, young children, adults in their prime and old people, without any regard for guilt or innocence. The retention of nuclear weapons, with the intent to use them under some substances, must be seen as the intent to commit genocide. Is it not morally degrading to see our leaders announce their intention to commit the “crime of crimes” in our names?


The continuity of life is sacred


In 1985, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War received the Nobel Peace Prize. IPPNW had been founded in 1980 by six physicians, three from the Soviet Union and three from the United States. Today, the organization has wide membership among the world’s physicians. Professor Bernard Lowen of the Harvard School of Public Health, o­ne of the founders

of IPPNW, said in a recent speech:


...No public health hazard ever faced by humankind equals the threat of unmake this planet uninhabitable... Modern medicine has nothing to offer, not even a token benefit, in the event of nuclear war...”


We are but transient passengers o­n this planet Earth. It does not belong to us. We are not free to doom generations yet unborn. We are not at liberty to erase humanity’s past or dim its future. Social systems do not endure for eternity. o­nly life can lay claim to uninterrupted continuity. This continuity is sacred.”


Mr. Javier P ́erez de Cu ́ellar, former Secretary-General of the United, emphasized the same point in o­ne of his speeches: “I feel”, he said, “Nuclear weapons are criminal! Every war is a crime!”


War was always madness, always immoral, always the cause of unspeakable suffering, economic waste and widespread destruction, and always a source of poverty, hate, barbarism and endless cycles of revenge and counter-revenge. It has always been a crime for soldiers to kill people, just as it is a crime for murderers in civil society to kill people. No flag has ever been wide enough to cover up atrocities.

But today, the development of all-destroying modern weapons has put war completely beyond the bounds of sanity and elementary humanity. Today, war is not o­nly insane, but also a violation of international law. Both the United Nations Charter and the Nuremberg Principles make it a crime to launch an aggressive war. According to the Nuremberg Principles, every soldier is responsible for the crimes that he or she commits, even while acting under the orders of a superior officer.

Nuclear weapons are not o­nly insane, immoral and potentially omnicidal, but also criminal under international law. In response to questions put to it by WHO and the UN General Assembly, the International Court of Justice ruled in 1996 that “the threat and use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, and particularly the principles and rules of humanitarian law.” The o­nly possible exception to this general rule might be “an extreme circumstance of self-defense, in which the very survival of a state would be at stake”. But the Court refused to say that even in this extreme circumstance the threat or use of nuclear weapons would be legal. It left the exceptional case undecided. In addition, the Court added unanimously that “there exists an obligation to pursue in good faith and bring to a conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control.”

Can we not rid ourselves of both nuclear weapons and the institution of war itself?* We must act quickly and resolutely before everything that we love in our beautiful world is reduced to radioactive ashes.


* An effective instrument to rid humankind from ‘of both nuclear weapons and the institution of war itself’ can be the reformed “UN Harmony”, built o­n the principles of deep societal structural harmony as principles of non-militarism and nonviolence. A similar UN model was proposed in the Global Harmony Association project (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=769), which I supported.

John Avery,

*Эффективным инструментом освобождения человечества от ядерного оружия и института войны может быть реформированная «ООН Гармонии», построенная на принципах глубокой социетальной структурной гармонии как принципах не-милитаризма и ненасилия. Подобная модель ООН предложена в проекте Глобального Союза Гармонии (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=769), который я поддержал.

Джон Авери,
26 января 2018

Prof. John Scales Avery, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (shared 1995 award), Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark, http://www.fredsakademiet.dk ,


January 26, 2018

My dear friend Leo,

I am enormously grateful to you for publishing my article and my book, "Nuclear Weapons: An Absolute Evil". Let us hope that world leaders will come to their senses and support the complete abolition of these anti-human weapons which today constitute an existential threat not o­nly to human civilization, but also to the biosphere.

I wish you great success in your vitally important efforts to achieve global peace, cooperation and harmony.

With love to you and to all my dear GHA friends throughout the world,

John Avery
January 28, 2018


‘Absolute Evil’ No. 1:
US Militarism/Pentagon

Absolute in time: 72 years of the "long war against humanity" (Chossudovsky), since the nuclear genocide of more than 200,000 innocent civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Planning the North Korean genocide, 25 million, in 2018 and other countries.

Absolute in scale: The US-NATO militaristic budget exceeds the military budgets of all other countries combined. US-NATO Genocide for 72 years: "US Has Killed More Than 20 Million In 37 Nations" (Lucas).


‘Абсолютное Зло’ №1:

США милитаризм/Пентагон


Абсолютное по времени: 72 года «долгой войны против человечества» (Чоссудовский), начиная с ядерного геноцида более 200 тысяч невинных мирных жителей Хиросимы и Нагасаки в 1945 г. План геноцида Северной Кореи, 25 млн, в 2018 г. и других стран.

Абсолютное по масштабу:

Милитаристский бюджет США-НАТО превышает военные бюджеты всех других стран мира вместе взятых. Геноцид США-НАТО за 72 года: «37 войн в 37 странах, в которых было убито более 20 млн.» (Лукас).


‘Absolute Evil’ No. 1:

US Militarism/Pentagon + NATO


My dear friend John,

My assistant and I were happy to publish your unique book-warning "Nuclear Weapons: Absolute Evil" in the archive of your most outstanding books o­n the GHA website "Peace from Harmony" here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=800 and its banners (below) here: http://peacefromharmony.org/#top

I accompany your book with my address comment. Your book "Nuclear Weapons: Absolute Evil" is not o­nly an abstract theory but it hasalso historical facts of its embodiment. I summarized them with the support o­n the most important studies of well-known Western scholars, which cannot be ignored or circumvented. We both, as scientists, highly value them. They characterize this absolute evil in many dimensions:

'Absolute Evil' No. 1 is the American Pentagon / Militarism + NATO.

1. This evil is absolutely in time: 72 years of the "long war of USA against humanity" (Prof. Chossudovsky) starting since the nuclear genocide of more than 200,000 innocent civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Now it is planned the genocide of North Korea, 25 million, in 2018 and other countries: Russia, China, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, etc. (He also + Mountain, etc.). "The historical tradition of America is imperial wars and genocidal crimes against humanity" during 220 war years from its 240-year history (Prof. Stahel, Prof. Hagopian, etc.)

2. This evil is absolutely in scale: The US-NATO militaristic budget exceeds the military budgets of all other countries of the world combined. The US-NATO genocide for 72 years is the "US Has Killed More Than 20 Million In 37 Nations Since WWII" (Prof. Lucas). The US-NATO deployed 240,000 troops in 172 countries and nearly 1,000 military bases around the world with nuclear weapons (Prof. Reimann, Prof. Vine, etc.). There are tens of thousands of similar scientific facts of this absolute evil.

3. This evil is absolutely in its identity with the state machine and its institutions. It identified itself politically with the all-powerful militaristic Pentagon, whose interests are served by both the government/president and Congress, uncomplainingly asserting its cosmic military budgets. Pentagon turned the US into a "nation of war" (Prof. Hastings). Pentagon created the "American Century of Violence" (Prof. Dower), "plunged the world into a crisis" (Pf., Conn and Wofsy). The war became the American "narcotic addiction" (Prof. Dorrel).

4. This evil is absolutely in its anti-democratization and hostility to the people. Militarism turned American democracy into "inverted totalitarianism" (Prof. Wolin), into "totalitarian democracy" (Prof. Engdahl), into "fascism" and "globalizing fascism" (Prof. Rubenstein, Prof. Brenner and many others) . There is nothing more dangerous than joining the fascist regime with nuclear weapons. What failed to Hitler in 1945, it became possible to the Pentagon in the early 21st century. In American militarism, democracy has evaporated, because "You can't have a democracy that organizes itself around war." (Prof. Giroux).

5. Absolute evil is absolutely in its inevitable fall. The inevitability of the "fall of the American Empire" for global militarism in 2020 was predicted by many and long ago (Prof. Galtung et al.). There are many other dimensions of absolute evil that you have outlined in your book. Many of his facts are summarized in our common projects with you (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=769 and others).

A positive non-violent way out of absolute evil is indicated, as you emphasize, by Einstein, who wrote in the middle of last century that "peace cannot be achieved by violence, it can o­nly be achieved by understanding." The highest form of understanding is science. Therefore, o­nly the "Global Peace Science", created during 12 years in the GHA with your participation, opens up a real social and political perspective of nonviolent overcoming of "absolute evil" in the form of priority nuclear disarmament. It has already been supported by 122 countries of the UN. But of the 9 nuclear leaders, o­nly the President of Russia confirmed his commitment to nuclear disarmament, which he undoubtedly realizes after his re-election in March 2018.

With this note of hope for a positive scientific and political perspective for the suppression of the "absolute evil", I and the GHA members are happy to congratulate you and all the peacemakers o­n the New Year, wishing you good health and new scientific peacemaking achievements.
          With Love,
Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA Honorary President

‘Абсолютное Зло’ №1:

Американский милитаризм/Пентагон+НАТО


Мой дорогой друг Джон,

Мы с моим помощником были счастливы опубликовать вашу уникальную книгу-предупреждение «Ядерное оружие: Абсолютное Зло» в архиве ваших наиболее выдающихся книг на сайте ГСГ «Мир из Гармонии» здесь: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=800 , а ее баннеры (ниже) здесь: http://peacefromharmony.org/#top

Вашу книгу я сопровождаю мои адресным комментарием. Ваша книга «Ядерное оружие: Абсолютное Зло» - это не только абстрактная теория, но и исторические факты его воплощения. Я суммирую их с опорой на наиболее важные исследования известных западных ученых, которые невозможно игнорировать или обойти их. Мы оба, как ученые, высоко ценим их. Они характеризуют это абсолютное зло во многих измерениях:

‘Абсолютное Зло’ №1 – это Американский Пентагон/милитаризм+НАТО.

1. Это зло - абсолютно по времени: 72 года «долгой войны США против человечества» (Проф. Чоссудовский), начиная с ядерного геноцида более 200 тысяч невинных мирных жителей Хиросимы и Нагасаки в 1945 г. Теперь планируется геноцид Северной Кореи, 25 млн, в 2018 г. и других стран: России, Китая, Ирана, Сомали, Йемена и др. (Он же + Томас Мантейн MountainThomas и др.). «Историческая традиция Америки – это имперские войны и геноцидные преступления против человечества» на протяжении 220 военных лет из ее 240 летней истории (Проф. Стахель; Проф. Хагопиан и др.)

2. Это зло - абсолютно по масштабу: Милитаристский бюджет США-НАТО превышает военные бюджеты всех других стран мира вместе взятых. Геноцид США-НАТО за 72 года: - это «37 войн в 37 странах, в которых было убито более 20 млн.» (Проф. Лукас). США-НАТО разместили 240 тысяч войск в 172 странах мира и на почти 1000 военных баз по всему миру вместе с ядерным оружием (Проф. Рейман; Проф Вайн Vineи др.). Существуют десятки тысяч подобных научных фактов этого абсолютного зла.

         3. Это зло абсолютно по своей идентичности с государственной машиной и ее институтами. Она отождествила себя политически с всемогущим милитаристским Пентагоном, интересы которого обслуживает и правительство/президент, и Конгресс, безропотно утверждающий его космические военные бюджеты. Пентагон превратил США в «нацию войны» (Проф. Хастингс). Пентагон создал «Американский век насилия» (Проф. Dower), «погрузивший мир в кризис» (Прф. ConnandWofsy). Война стала Американским «наркотическим пристрастием» (Проф. Доррел).

         4. Это зло абсолютно в своем антидемократизме и враждебности народу. Милитаризм превратил Американскую демократию в «перевернутый тоталитаризм» (Проф. Волин), в «тоталитарную демократию» (Проф. Энгдаль), в «фашизм» и «глобализирующий фашизм» (Проф. Рубинштейн; Rubenstein, Проф. Бреннер и многие другие Brenner). Нет ничего более опасного, чем соединение фашистского режима с ядерным оружием. То, что не удалось Гитлеру в 1945, то удалось Пентагону в начале 21 века. В американском милитаризме демократия испарилась, потому что «У вас не может быть демократии, если она организует себя вокруг войны» (Проф. Жиро).

         5. Абсолютное зло абсолютно в своей неизбежной кончине. Неизбежность «падения Американской империи» глобального милитаризма в 2020 году была предсказана многими и давно (Проф. Галтунг и др.). Существует множество других измерений абсолютного зла, которые вы наметили в своей книге. Многие его факты обобщены в наших с вами общих проектах (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=769 и др.)

Позитивный ненасильственный выход из абсолютного зла указан, как вы подчеркиваете, Эйнштейном, который писал в середине прошлого века, что «мир не может быть достигнут насилием, он может быть достигнут только пониманием». Высшая форма понимания – наука. Поэтому, только «Наука Глобального Мира», созданная в течение 12 лет в ГСГ с вашим участием, открывает реальную социальную и политическую перспективу ненасильственного преодоления «абсолютного зла» в форме первоочередного ядерного разоружения. Оно уже поддержано 122 странами членами ООН. Но из 9 ядерных лидеров только Президент России подтвердил свою приверженность ядерному разоружению, которое он несомненно реализует после своего переизбрания в марте 2018.

С этой нотой надежды на позитивную научную и политическую перспективу пресечения ‘абсолютного зла’ я и члены ГСГ счастливы поздравить вас и всех миротворцев с Новым годом, с пожеланием крепкого здоровья и новых научных миротворческих достижений.
С любовью,
Лев Семашко,
Почётный Президент ГСГ,

My dearest friend Leo,

I wish you health and happiness during the new year! Let us hope that despite the very serious problems that are facing our poor world, 2018 will be a year of peace and global harmony.

Here is a link where some of my books and articles o­n these problems are made available.

Perhaps my dear friends in GHA would be interested in the link.

I am attaching a Christmas letter with some news about my family.
With my admiration for your vitally important work, and with best hopes for a peaceful future,


Prof. John Scales Avery,

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (shared 1995 award), Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy, Copenhagen,

Проф. Джон Скалес Авери,

Лауреат Нобелевской Премии Мира 1995 г., Председатель Датской Академии Мира, Копенгаген,
Дания: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=672



Счастливый Новый Год, Веселое Рождество и сама Жизнь:

несовместимость с абсолютным злом ядерного оружия


Мой дорогой друг Джон!

Большое спасибо за ваши теплые поздравления, важную информацию и поддержку ГСГ миростроительных проектов и практики! Особенно восхищает ваша последняя (ноябрь 2017), воистину великая книга более 300 страниц: «Ядерное оружие: Абсолютное зло». Точнее и лапидарнее не скажешь!!! Я опубликовал ваше письмо и мой ответ здесь: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=799, и на вашей персональной странице.

Мы счастливы поздравить вас с этим беспрецедентным миротворческим достижением, с определением ядерного оружия как АБСОЛЮТНОГО ЗЛА, ГЕНОЦИДА И ПРЕСТУПЛЕНИЯ ПРОТИВ ЧЕЛОВЕЧЕСТВА, одно намерение использовать которое заслуживает незамедлительного нового НЮРНБЕРГСКОГО ПРОЦЕССА!!! Человечество знает такое преступление 1945 года, в Хиросиме и Нагасаки, которое до сих пор, через 72 года, не дождется этого процесса! Его виновники не хотят даже извиняться за это преступление! Его авторы утвердили за собой «одностороннее право превентивно использовать ядерное оружие первыми». Уже это есть абсолютное зло, геноцид и преступление против человечества! КТО ОСТАНОВИТ ЕГО??? Это способна сделать только новая «ООН Гармонии» по инициативе Президента России Владимира Путина, который единственный из 9 ядерных лидеров давно выступает за ядерное разоружение. Это мы доказали в нашем соответствующем проекте ООН: http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=736

Конечно, я буду счастлив опубликовать все ваши тексты, в первую очередь вашу книгу «Абсолютное зло», на нашем сайте, если вы позволите. Но я могу сделать это только в начале января. Могли бы вы дополнить также ваш список последних статей нашей совместной статьей:

«Лев Семашко, Джон Авери, Вера Афанасьева, Тими Экимович. Термодинамика и негэнтропия социетальной гармонии сферных классов: термодинамика глобального мира:

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=728» Это возможно сделать? Спасибо.

Веселого Рождества и счастливого Нового Года вам и вашей замечательной семье, чтобы в 2018 году исчезла возможность абсолютного зла для всех людей!

С любовью, Лев Семашко,



Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Life itself:
incompatibility with the absolute evil of nuclear weapons


My dearest friend John,

Many thanks for your kind congratulations, important information and GHA support for peace-building projects and practices! Your latest (November 2017), truly great book of more than 300 pages, is especially attractive: "Nuclear Weapons: An Absolute Evil." More precisely and lapidary not say! I published your letter and my answer here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=799, and o­n your personal page.

We are happy to congratulate you o­n this unprecedented peacemaking achievement, with the definition of nuclear weapons as ABSOLUTE EVIL, GENOCIDE AND CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, o­ne intention to use which deserves an immediate new NUREMBERG PROCESS!!!

Humanity knows such a crime in 1945, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which until now, 72 years later, will not wait for this process! His culprits do not even want to apologize for this crime! Its authors approved the "unilateral right of preventive use of nuclear weapons by the first." This is already an absolute evil, genocide and a crime against humanity! WHO STOPS IT??? o­nly the new "UN Harmony" is able to do this o­n the initiative of the Russia President Vladimir Putin, who has long been advocating for nuclear disarmament the o­nly of the nine nuclear leaders. We proved this in our UN respective project: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=769

Of course, I will be happy to publish all your texts, primarily your book "Absolute Evil", o­n our website, if you will permit. But I can do it in early Januaryonly. Could you also supplement your list of recent articles with our joint article: "Vera Afanasyeva, John S. Avery, Timi Ecimovic and Leo Semashko. Thermodynamics and Negentropy of Spheral Classes Societal Harmony: Global Peace Thermodynamics": http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=756 Is it possible to do? Thank you.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family, so that in 2018 the possibility of absolute evil for all people disappears!

With love, Leo,



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