Archive for November 13th, 2012

13/11/2012

Kill or Be Killed… Or Both!

Human Wrongs Watch

‘The doctrines of nuclear deterrence and massive retaliation are still based on the Stone Age maxim: “Kill or be killed”, and the voice at the back of the hall is still right in adding “Or both!” We have to remember that the total explosive power of the nuclear weapons in the world today is 500,000 times as great as the power of the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What is threatened by a nuclear war today is the complete breakdown of human civilization.’

ICAN video Beating the Bomb: http://icanw.org/node/5947

By John Scales Avery* – TRANSCEND – “Beyond the Fringe” was a satirical review that performed in London’s West End in the early 1960′s. In one of the sketches, the Prime Minister of England was being interviewed by a journalist, and the following exchange took place:

Journalist: “Sir, could you say something about our nation’s foreign policy?”

Prime Minister: “Our foreign policy is very simple: Kill or be killed.”

Voice at the back of the hall: “Or both! Or both!”

During the 60 years that separate us from that sharp observation, it has lost none of its relevance. The doctrines of nuclear deterrence and massive retaliation are still based on the Stone Age maxim: “Kill or be killed”, and the voice at the back of the hall is still right in adding “Or both!”

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13/11/2012

‘2012 Nobel Peace Prize is Unlawful and Cannot Be Paid to the EU” – 320 Peace Organizations

“The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the EU is unlawful and cannot be paid,” says the International Peace Bureau* (IPB), in a letter** to the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm.

Alfred Nobel | IPB

The demand from IPB is based on the fact that the Nobel Foundation is by law responsible for overseeing that all the five Nobel Prizes are awarded in accordance with the will and testament of Alfred Nobel.

The latest prize to EU may even be seen as directly contradicting the purpose to reach demilitarized international relations, the purpose Alfred Nobel had with his prize, according to this global network of 320 peace organizations.

IPB refers to the Swedish Foundations Authority (Länsstyrelsen in Stockholm) decision of Mars 21, 2012, which underlined that all prizes must comply with the purpose Nobel described in his will, and clarified that under the Swedish Foundation Act the Swedish Nobel Foundation has the supreme authority and responsibility also for the decisions made by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

“The European Union, announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee as the winner of the peace prize for 2012, clearly is not one of “the champions of peace” Alfred Nobel had in mind and described in his will as “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.””

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