Mass. doctor keeps crusading for peace in a time of war March 3, 2022
The nuclear powder keg was a top issue for Americans after World War II, said [Dr. John] Pastore, especially during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. But with the end of the Cold War and the emergence of the climate crisis and other threats, public attention has waned. “Now it doesn’t even make the top 10″ in surveys of voter concerns, Pastore said.
Russia’s attack on Ukraine and nuclear threats could change that, said Dr. Ira Helfand, 72, of Northampton, who cofounded Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1978. Like Pastore, he worries that many Americans today don’t understand the magnitude of the danger.