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Comment at 8 August 2014

World War One started just over 100 years ago on 4 August 1914. It demonstrated for the first time the horror of ‘industrial warfare’.  (See article in New Matilda)

Comment at 3 August 2014

ARTILLERY SHELLS AND SCHOOLS

All lethal weapons are hideous. The current use of artillery on Gaza by Israel is especially disturbing. Shells are fired from tanks at houses, hospitals and schools. The reason, according to the Israeli government, is that this will help them stop Hamas rockets and allow the destruction of border tunnels. Of course Hamas should not be firing rockets but they cause very few Israeli casualties. In contrast, the artillery barrage on Gaza has already killed well over a thousand people, the vast majority it seems being civilians including many children.  A significant number of Israelis are protesting but so far this has not halted Israel’s war fever.

Artillery is usually associated with 20th Century (and earlier) battlefields and has only recently re-emerged in Syria and now in Israel/Gaza. It is the quintessential brutal lethal weapon – blowing bodies apart and/or burying them under the rubble of their homes (and hospitals and schools).

That a supposedly advanced, well-educated and cultured democracy like Israel should be resorting to such cruel, primitive and ultimately stupid technology – when there are so many alternatives – is almost beyond comprehension.

Comment at 19 July 2014

AIRLINER DOWNED – GAZA INVASION

A brief comment: at the time of writing, it seems unlikely that the people who fired the ground-to-air missile in Ukraine knew that it would hit a passenger airliner. It does demonstrate how dangerous is this technology. (Anti-missile missiles are a somewhat different story and need not be incompatible with a nonlethal security approach.)

In Gaza, the Israelis are bombarding settlements with artillery and invading with tanks. More civilians have died  (at the time of writing a total of nearly 300 since 8 July). Despite the huge pressures on Gaza Palestinians, they should not be firing rockets into Israel. Fortunately the missiles appear to do relatively little damage. There is no excuse whatever for the highly lethal and aggressive response by Israel. Here is a strong case for a nonlethal security approach – by both sides - until the politics are sorted out.

(earlier Comments)

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AIMS  of the NONLETHAL SECURITY FOR PEACE CAMPAIGN:

  • 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.

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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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The Purpose of Nonlethal Security for Peace

The purpose of the Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign is to reduce the damage of war.

Aims

  • 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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