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A great amount has been talked and written about what constitutes a sufficient balance and what really is meant by the concepts of "balance" and "deterrence".
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A wide range of investigations on this subject have been made and published in many countries. Some programs tend to have a more momentary effect, while others confirm more permanent effects of indoctrination.
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All developments over and above this have simply meant one more step in the direction of increased instability. They have been unnecessary, and at what a cost!
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All mankind is now learning that these nuclear weapons can only serve to destroy, never become beneficial.
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As the arms race proceeded, however, the experts have as a rule stayed at the conclusion that the target for a sufficient deterrent would involve something like 400 missiles, capable of reaching from one continent to the other.
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At that time, a so-called "balance of terror" may be said to have existed. As I and so many others have pointed out, the two great powers already at that time had "sufficient" capacity to deter one another from launching a nuclear strike.
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Despite the fact that the experts have disclosed what is the simple truth, misconceptions arise and are proliferated: the idea that more is needed when one already has more than sufficient.
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During the post-war years we have been in a position to observe a development ranging from the simple Hiroshima bomb to all sorts of advanced technological devices. As an example I could select the invisible STEALTH aircraft.
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First and foremost arms are tools in the service of rival nations, pointing at the possibility of a future war.
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How often and with what weapons are killing and murder committed, in society and within families, which actually appears to be the commonest scene of violent crime?
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Human beings do not seem to have succeeded to make a choice quite consciously, nor how to steer the considerable consequences.
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I agree with the many who consider freezing all sorts of weapons systems a first step in a realistic disarmament policy.
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I have always regarded global development as a struggle between the forces of good and evil. Not to be simplified as a struggle between Jesus and Satan, since I do not consider that the process is restricted to our own sphere of culture.
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I have lately come to understand this all the more clearly since being in contact with the international campaign among medical doctors against nuclear arms, both in Boston and Stockholm.
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I know that these are strong words. I know, too, that there are good forces at work, trying to check this ill-starred development.
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I personally believe that those who are leaders with political power over the world will be forced some day, sooner or later, to give way to common sense and the will of the people.
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I presented many concrete and elaborated proposals. Sometimes we have had some success, though more rarely on major questions.
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I shall go on repeating the truth until the politicians get it into their heads, that when one has sufficient, one does not need more.
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If only the authorities could be made to realize that the forces leading them on in the armament race are just insane.
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In that Nobel's breast, as is so often the case with human beings, dwelt two souls. Psychology is beginning, however, to draw aside the veil and reveal the labyrinths which are part of our personalities.
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In this new popular movement of protest against nuclear weapons women and, more and more churches and professional organizations are playing a leading role.
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It does not just happen. It is disclosed by science that practically one-half of trained intellectual resources are being mobilized for murderous purposes.
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It is brought forth from the nationalism that flares up during any conflict of interests between states. But it goes far beyond the boundaries of any natural patriotism, which is based on love of one's own country and its cultural traditions.
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It is frightening that in recent years such an increase has occurred in acts of terrorism, which have even reached peaceful countries such as ours. And as a "remedy", more and more security forces are established to protect the lives of individual men and women.
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It is of the greatest importance that people and governments in many more countries than ours should realize that it is more dangerous to have access to nuclear arms than not to possess them.
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It seems to me as if the evil forces have now concentrated more and more power in their hands, Dare we believe that the leaders of the world's great nations will wake up, will see the precipice towards which they are heading and change direction?
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Just now the ongoing process is moving from deterrence to the capacity for waging actual war. This has been described in a flood of new books, particularly in America.
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Many countries persecute their own citizens and intern them in prisons or concentration camps. Oppression is becoming more and more a part of the systems.
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Militarization proceeds not only through acts of war and the purchase of arms. It is also promoted military training, defense manuals etc.
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More must be done in concrete terms in order to promote the cause of disarmament.
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My main purpose today is to express my warmly felt thanks to the Norwegian Nobel Committee for granting me this year's Nobel Prize for the cause of peace.
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My personal philosophy of life is one of ethics.
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Nobel was a genuine friend of peace. He even went so far as to believe that he had invented a tool of destruction, dynamite, which would make war so senseless that it would become impossible. He was wrong.
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One or two scientific writers have even gone so far as to say that one missile on each side would be enough.
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Our immediate goal must be more modest: aimed at preventing what, in the present situation, is the greatest threat to the very survival of mankind, the threat of nuclear weapons.
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Physicians have now clearly explained how human beings react to the threat of nuclear weapons.
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Robles has actually succeeded so far as to get the nuclear weapon powers to enter into binding agreements to refrain from attacking with nuclear arms nations that have joined a zone free from nuclear weapons.
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Soon after Kennedy had been elected President, General Taylor in 1960 advised him that between 100 and 200 long-range missiles would be sufficient; and various experts ever since have made similar assessments.
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That the argument is mainly carried out with the long-range intercontinental missiles in view, does not mean that other nuclear arms are not subject to the same reasoning.
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The age in which we live can only be characterized as one of barbarism. Our civilization is in the process not only of being militarized, but also being brutalized.
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The economic and political roots of the conflicts are too strong for us to pretend to create a lasting state of harmonious understanding between men.
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The inability to filter or select the impressions that make their mark on us also has consequences in an international context: the morals of the Western world are taught to the Third World and paralleled by the export of arms, and which at any rate hardly work in the opposite direction.
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The inventions and the great discoveries have opened up whole continents to reciprocal communication and interchange, provided we are willing.
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The longing for peace is rooted in the hearts of all men. But the striving, which at present has become so insistent, cannot lay claim to such an ambition as leading the way to eternal peace, or solving all disputes among nations.
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The medical specialists have also clearly demonstrated how completely insufficient our resources are for giving medical care to the wounded, even in highly developed countries, in the event of a strike with nuclear weapons.
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The mighty popular movement against the arms race which is now gaining strength, will facilitate and at the same time require a stimulus of this kind - to serve the building of our future.
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The misconception that a victory can be worth its price, has in the nuclear age become a total illusion.
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The reasoning goes, more armaments are required. But this is insane when we know that both superpowers already have so much more than "enough".
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The scientific innovations, not least in the field of medicine, and a great deal more must, of course, be placed to the credit of technology. But on the other hand, the triumphs of the evil forces are visible in numerous areas.
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The smaller nations can in fact exercise greater influence on disarmament negotiations than they have hitherto done.
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The very fact that war, despite the ordinances issued by the United Nations, should receive more and more of a kind of "sanction" as a natural exercise of force by various nations, in my opinion plays a more ominous role in maintaining the weaponry and violence cult of our age.
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The world generally speaking is now drifting on a more and more devastating course towards the absurd target of extermination - or rather, to be more exact - of the northern hemisphere's towns, fields, and the people who have developed our civilization.
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There is a cultural factor promoting violence which nowadays undoubtedly is highly effective is the mass media. And particularly everything that enters our minds through pictorial media.
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There is no doubt that what the superpowers are now planning, and in which they are investing billions, is precisely the preparation for waging war.
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These efforts of our two countries are mentioned as examples of the opportunities that exist for objectively refuting so many of the attempts by the nuclear weapon powers to conceal or give false explanations of actual facts. Or at least their attempts to delay the truth breaking through.
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This is precisely what sets out our age as one of barbarism and brutalization. But the moment of truth should now have arrived.
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This work has more recently been followed by efforts to build up an international network for open verification of nuclear test explosions.
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War and preparations for war have acquired a kind of legitimacy.
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War is murder. And the military preparations now being made for a potential major confrontation are aimed at collective murder. In a nuclear age the victims would be numbered by the millions. This naked truth must be faced.
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We also know that children and young people are more liable to accept a brutal pattern of action.
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We can hope that men will understand that the interest of all are the same, that hope lies in cooperation. We can then perhaps keep PEACE.
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We have recently seen examples of that kind of distorted nationalism in the conflict between Great Britain and Argentina.
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We must exert ourselves to break through the wall of silence which, unfortunately, the great powers have erected to ward off the small powers' influence in the international debate.
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We should never forget the interconnections with the fact that the aforementioned personal violence, the crimes of violence committed in our cities, are to a large extent a result of the spread of arms.
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Where do these arms come from, these Saturday night specials that constitute the instrument of threats in bank robberies, or the hand grenades used by terrorists? How can their sales and their import be permitted?
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