rn: Nader on need for peace “force”


Jan Slakov

Dear RN,

I want to share this little note that Hans Sinn sends to us.... Ralph Nader
does not explicitly say that the peace force should be unarmed. I tend to
think that unarmed peace workers ought to replace our armed forces. But
certainly peace forces which included some members with some arms, and which
were "well trained and ready by certain criteria to prevent such slaughters"
would be infinitely better than what we have now!

all the best, jan

Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2000 09:19:06 -0400
From: "Mel Duncan" <•••@••.•••> (by way of Hans Sinn
Subject: [nonviolentpeaceforce] 

Hi Jan,

After following the discussion among our US friend[s] about to vote or not to
vote for Ralph Nader I just received the following note from Mel Duncan,
who in turn just received the tape of a recent radio program during which
Ralph Nader said the following (which obviously endears him to our hearts)

[All the best, Hans]
        Speaking on the radio program 18, “Democracy Now,” in the middle of July
Ralph Nader stated,
 “ What we need to is to declare as a foreign policy that nonviolence is
the top
priority, and we define (non)violence not just in terms of preventing war
but in actively waging peace…and that means having a multilateral peace
force not dominated by the US, well trained ahead of  any of the conflicts,
well trained and ready by certain criteria to prevent such slaughters as
600,000 Rwandans or the slaughter in Yugoslavia.  Obviously, this requires
very, very careful international cooperation.  But we’ve got to do it in a
much more deliberate, farsighted, preventive manner than at the present time
and we shouldn’t dominate it.”

Mel Duncan
801 Front Ave
ST. Paul, MN 55103
ph.(651) 487-0800
fax (651) 489-1355

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