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We have quite capably reached the point of omnicide, which is a term coined by John Somerville. Omnicide is the killing of all of human life. At one time, the human race involved itself in forms of genocide, committed for instance against Jews in World War II or against North American Indians. Now we risk the fate of not one race, but all races. According to Somerville in his article "Nuclear 'War' is Omnicide", the responsible, morally sensitive, sane, intelligent members of the Kennedy Administration were prepared to risk omnicide. According to Somerville, a policy of omnicide has been stated by all US Administrations since then. Litke Identifies two approaches to the problem of nuclear weapons and the potential nuclear war. 1)CoŶseƌvative CƌitiƋues: ͚1st order of ĐhaŶge͛ or ͚ĐhaŶge ǁithiŶ the ĐurreŶt fraŵeǁork of ǁar͛Operate on the assumption that we cannot (yet at least) get rid of nuclear weapons, but we must develop guidelines which minimize find more resources at oneclass.comfind more resources at oneclass.com