COMMENT 3rd January 2015
2015 – THE YEAR OF CLEAN GREEN NONLETHAL TECHNOLOGY IN WAR
The Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign wishes everyone a Peaceful New Year and increasing peace in the coming year!
Let’s make 2015 the Year of Committing to Nonlethal Technology in War. Lethal weapons – like fossil fuels – are becoming obsolete. Weapons cause huge grief and quite often they don’t resolve conflict. ‘Clean green’ nonlethal technology will ensure peace across the world without killing people. Just as we’re changing from burning coal and oil to sustainable ways of generating energy we can start to move from bullets and bombs to devices which keep us safe but don’t kill. This New Year 2015 we must start making the move to a new nonlethal technology of war.
1915 – the Centenary of Gallipoli – also saw the start of World War One’s industrial scale slaughter by rifles, machine guns and artillery: over 100,000 dead at the 2nd Battle of Ypres, over 420,000 at the Battle of Loos and nearly 120,000 at Gallipoli, including some 8,000 Australians.
In the century since then the weapons of war have become ever more deadly. There is less ‘major’ warfare at present, but the ongoing lethal conflict in the Middle East puts us at risk of a nuclear war, triggered by terrorists or failed states.
In this Centenary Year, we need a commitment by nations around the world to begin the serious development of nonlethal technologies which can protect us from aggression and ensure peace and justice without death and injury.
(See Media Release http://www.tamingwar.com/media-releases)
Comment at 18 December 2014
In Sydney, Australia, we have very recently witnessed a siege in the city centre where a man armed with a shotgun held a number of people hostage in a café for many hours. The man identified with Islamist terrorists but it seems that he was somewhat deranged and had no links with any terrorist organisation. Sadly two of the hostages died from gunshot wounds at the end of the siege, as well as the kidnapper.
Fortunately, due to strong gun control laws in Australia, the kidnapper was only able to arm himself with a shot gun rather than an assault weapon.
Questions can be asked as to whether a nonlethal security culture would reduce this type of event.
Comment at 6 December 2014
Note this finding from the recent Global Terrorism Index Report (http://www.visionofhumanity.org/#/page/news/1109):
“the common western reactions that focus on military intervention are likely doing nothing but increasing violence. The Huffington Post relayed that since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, terrorism has dramatically increased, and noted that the Founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace Steve Killelea suggested foreign powers should ‘think twice’ before engaging in an armed intervention…”
Armed conflict which kills people causes grief and anger. We might guess that if intervention is absolutely necessary, a nonlethal approach is likely to be more successful in producing long-term resolution.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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 .
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