Friday, September 17, 2004

The Power of Protest: Wittner reviews the anti-nuclear movement and makes the important point that it is only grassroots popular protest that can dismantle nuclear devices and the military/political/industrial complex generally. It has been said that one of the causes of war is 'preparation for war', ie if you have a military apparatus, it is practically inevitable that it will be used. The Iraq war is a case in point. The vast budget and US military has to justify itself. And its immense power and superiority provides a virtually irresistable temptation to utilise it for various state/political/economic purposes. Thus a prerequisite for lasting peace is general disarmament.

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