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.
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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.
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 .
Comment at 14 October 2014
A World Parliament is the best long-term solution to world peace. (Of course to get there more easily – and after we’ve arrived – we’ll need to employ nonlethal security.) See Chris Hamer’s excellent recent summary of why we need a world parliament – TO END ALL WARS.
Comment at 12 October 2014
Air strikes are continuing in Syria and Iraq. Islamic State (IS) has been slowed down but not halted. There seems to be general agreement that IS can only be ‘defeated’ with more ‘boots-on-the-ground’ troops. We continue to try to resolve out this messy and complex conflict with explosive gases and sharp pieces of metal.
Meanwhile in West Africa Ebola continues to spread. Ironically troops are also being sent in here by western nations to try to save lives – but so far not nearly enough. If Ebola gets out of control, it will be a far greater threat to western nations (let alone to the Middle East) than IS.
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