Representative Dennis J. Kucinich
Dr. Helen Caldicot
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Representative Dennis J. Kucinich
SUMMARY OF DEPARTMENT OF PEACE LEGISLATION
PRESS RELEASE ON INTRODUCTION OF DEPARTMENT OF PEACE
Peace and Nuclear Disarmanent - Speach, March 20, 2002
Interview Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) May 3, 2000, Video
Available. America's Defense Monitor
A Call to Action Peace and Nuclear Disarmament By Rep Dennis
Excerpts from: Interview Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) May 3, 2000,
Video Available. America's Defense Monitor
The solution isn't to spend $85 billion and put a missile defense
across this country which, in truth, couldn't work anyhow. It ends up
being a flim-flam. And it really gets away from what we need to be
doing, and that is talking, negotiating. And that's why I came up,
that's why this idea of a Department of Peace becomes important,
because we can start to use the considerable intellectual abilities
which we have in this country, and spiritual talents, to talk about
ways in which we can nurture each other, and provide for the survival
of our specie, and all species. I have a website, and that website
discusses this proposal, and we welcome the input from people,
because we really need to have participation, and start a new
Who says that this is what we are stuck with? That we are stuck
with a world which is forever to be at war, and a country that is
always going to use the treasure of its people to prepare for war?
Why don't we start preparing for peace? Why don't we start making
peace an inevitability? And do the work of peace? The daily work of
human interaction, of people cooperating and working together and
creating a new vision in this new millennium.
When we saw, in city after city, people letting go of their fear
this new years eve, and letting go of the predictions of Armageddon,
of Y2K failure of all kinds of support systems, of some kind of
cataclysm being visited on the day of the new millennium. We saw
people let that go, and go out into a joyous celebration of hope on
the day of the new millennium, when the clock struck 12 across and
around this world, that is what people are waiting to express, this
sense of joy, this sense of togetherness. People are ready for that.
It's there. We are seeing it. This idea of annihilation needs to
continue to be balanced with the hope and the joy that we have as
human beings for expression of ourselves and hope for others. We are
at a moment in time where we can&emdash;it's all still within our
And even though the policy-makers, and the Pentagon, some of them
would envision this scenario of assured destruction, even though we
have some people in elected office in Washington who want to conjure
that, we can through our collective consciousness, create peace,
through our desire to see peace, inform policies which are pacific.
And we need to do that. We need to take responsibility.
If someone is seeking a commercial opportunity in space, they take
the risk. There's no obligation on the part of the United States of
America to build a whole defense infrastructure to assure that
satellites that go up there are always going to work. We don't know
if satellites are going to work. They go up, they go down. That's,
uh, we're not under any obligation as a nation to change our policy,
with all the implications it has for world peace, by the way. It's
Furthermore, we have some real concerns here which we need to
address. The NPT is at risk today. The ABM treaty is at risk, simply
because the United States wants to put up a National Missile Defense,
a nuclear umbrella over this country, which would violate the ABM at
a time that the Russians, with their new leadership, have moved to
improve START II, which would strongly limit their strategic arms. At
a time when the Russians have moved ahead to approve a Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty, while our US Senate has not.
We should be seizing this moment to move toward peace. And take
the initiative, once again, which we have through seven US
presidents, and find a way to come up with a constructive arms
treaty, which does not defeat this whole concept of eventual, total,
global nuclear disarmament. That's where we ought to be headed on
earth and in the heaven.
- Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Video Interview on Book TV On Sunday, June
16 at 12:50 pm
The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial
Description: Antinuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott, author
of "The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush's Military-Industrial
Complex," discusses the Bush Administration and its connection to the
nuclear weapons industry. Dr. Caldicott contends that the merging of
weapons firms in the 1980s created powerful corporations able to
influence foreign policy and manipulate public opinion. She argues
that by lobbying for increased use of military force, weapons
manufacturers ignore the best interests of the country and increase
the threat of nuclear war.
Author Bio: Dr. Helen Caldicott is the founder of Physicians
for Social Responsibility and a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. In
addition to writing for numerous publications and she has authored
four books, "Nuclear Madness," Missle Envy," "If You Love This
Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth" and "A Desperate Passion: An
Autobiography." Dr. Caldicott is establishing a new organization
called The Institute for Common Sense in the Nuclear Age. The
institute seeks to educate and organize citizen for the purpose of
opposing the nuclear policies of President Bush.
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From the Nation
END THE NUCLEAR DANGER
AN URGENT CALL
A DECADE after the end of the cold war, the peril of nuclear
destruction is mounting. The great powers have refused to give up
nuclear arms, other countries are producing them and terrorist groups
are trying to acquire them.
THE EVENTS of September 11 brought home to Americans what it means
to experience a catastrophic attack. Yet the horrifying losses that
day were only a fraction of what any nation would suffer if a single
nuclear weapon were used on a city.
THE DRIFT TOWARD catastrophe must be reversed. Safety from nuclear
destruction must be our goal. We can reach it only by reducing and
then eliminating nuclear arms under binding agreements.
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