Mr Trump's most recent statements (on relations with Russia and the need to reduce the nuclear arsenals) brings to mind the second part of the 1980s and the Gorbachev-Reagan summit in Reykjavik. But this time the peace movement must not let itself be tricked.

The thaw in the cold war (that never really ended) should be the beginning of the beginning of a real civic movement for nuclear disarmament. The real civic movement of the 1980s, the European Nuclear Disarmament movement (and its partner movements elsewhere in the world), almost came to an end with the Reykjavik summit (1986) and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union (1987).

Ever since, the peoples have shown less and less interest in the nuclear disarmament, the dismantling of the military-industrial complexes, the conversion of the global war economy into global economic cooperation, and the the creation of the necessary "new culture" (E.P. Thompson).

Beyond optimism, or pessimism, let's agree that there is now a chance to continue the previous disarmament movements. The governments of the nuclear weapons states may achieve "nuclear reductions", but they have long since proved unable to achieve nuclear disarmament and to end their cold wars. Only a very strong, international movement from below can force them to permanently change their route before a nuclear catastrophe (or war) happens.

The nuclear armaments are a terrible historical mistake, regardless of which country's nukes we speak about. And all the political, military, economic, cultural and religious leaders who endorse the nuclear "defenses" and "deterrents" of their respective countries, are corrupt. We have the right to condemn all of them as criminals, until they deliver the abolition of these weapons.(1)

Therefore, let's support the ongoing initiative at the UN for a a ban of the nuclear weapons with all our forces!

(1) sunt enim quaedam partim ita foeda, partim ita flagitiosa, ut ea ne conservandae quidem patriae causa sapiens facturus sit. (For there are some acts either so repulsive or so wicked, that a wise man would not commit them, even to save his country) -- Cicero