Monday, September 26, 2011

Words and Wisdom from History for Week of 26 September

"If you are religious, then remember that this bomb is Man's challenge to God. It's worded quite simply: We have the power to destroy everything that You have created.
If you're not religious, then look at it this way. This world of ours is
4,600,000,000 years old. It could end in an afternoon." - Arundhati Roy, 1998

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Chief Deganawidah
“In our every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” - Deganawida - Peacemaker and a founder of the Iroquois League

September 27, 1990

The last U.S. Pershing II tactical nuclear missiles were removed from Germany, fewer than ten years after their installation provoked a massive anti-nuclear movement across Europe.

The range and accuracy of the Pershing II pushed the Soviet Union to negotiate the Treaty on Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) which completely eliminated all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (about 300 to 3400 miles) and their infrastructure. The INF Treaty is the first nuclear arms control agreement to actually reduce nuclear arms, and the signatories destroyed almost 2700 nuclear weapons (including 234 Pershing II) by May of 1991.

German Anti Pershing missile demonstration poster, 1983.

There are many ways to seek peace. Even for those of us who seek to find peaceful manners and to BE PEACE we can find plenty of verifications for Peace-Making even among the most conventional of wisdom-sayers:

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically—to say 'no' to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside.” — Stephen Covey

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