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Comment at 16 November 2014

Humans have been using lethal technology in warfare for many thousands of years. Can we hope to change to nonlethal technology?

We can. See why William Ury believes that we can change our habit of war: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krHjswcgCZw&feature=youtube

Comment at 14 November 2014

Just a day or two ago the Philae space probe landed on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The technology that achieved this is quite astounding. The Rosetta module had to journey over seven billion kilometres around the solar system, with a scheduled period of hibernation, before it was finally able to rendezvous with the comet and launch Philae.

If humans can successfully design and manage such a system, surely they can easily design technology to constrain international aggressors without killing them. In comparison to Rosetta/Philae nonlethal security should be a piece of cake.

(See recent article in New Matilda)

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AIMS  of the NONLETHAL SECURITY FOR PEACE CAMPAIGN:

The overall purpose of the Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign is to reduce the damage of war, specifically to:

  • Reduce death and injury in warfare by promoting the use of non-damaging technology in conflict resolution
  • Influence peace-keeping agencies (such as the UN) to move progressively from lethal to non-lethal weaponry
  • Subsequently influence defence forces in nations around the world to make the same transformation to non-lethal defence
  • Over the course of time, change world culture from lethal to non-lethal conflict resolution, with the result that the nuclear weapons that threaten our species will finally be eliminated
  • By removing lethality from conflict resolution, help to lower the overall level of violence in society, promoting a more peaceful and just world.

Why do we need to develop Nonlethal Security?

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TWO GOALS of  the NONLETHAL SECURITY FOR PEACE CAMPAIGN

  • One day, except as curios, guns designed for killing people will be illegal

(Sporting guns – for responsible shooters – will be OK)

  • Explosives will only be used in mining, engineering and fireworks.

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8th EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM on NON-LETHAL WEAPONS

The 8th European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons is scheduled  for  May 18-20 2015 at its usual location in Ettlingen, Germany. The theme for the symposium will be ‘obstacles still faced in fielding non-lethal technologies’. The closing date for abstracts is October 6th 2014. For the conference brochure go to www.non-lethal-weapons.com .

(Details of 7th European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons)

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Comment at 24 October 2014 UNITED NATIONS DAY

Today – 24th October - is United Nations Day.  For lasting peace on the planet we need cooperation around the world. The UN (or an organisation very similar to it) will be our hope for the future. We need to remember all that the UN has done for peace and equity since its founding. We can also work to strengthen the UN so that it can properly protect nations and peoples from unwarranted war and aggression. It’s been suggested that the UN should have a standing force of peace-keepers, ready to intervene and halt conflict. It seems like an excellent idea, but is yet to happen on any scale.

Such an ‘International Police Force’ would wherever possible employ nonlethal security technology rather than lethal weapons.

(earlier Comments)

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