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Military intervention for disarmament is the worst possible way to do it. There are times when perhaps that is the only alternative we have… in the case of the first Gulf war -- Desert Storm -- that it was the UN inspectors -- in the years after the war -- that destroyed far more weapons and far more effectively dismantled the programs for weapons of mass destruction, than that vast armada of military forces that was utilized in Desert Storm. And of course, when the UN inspectors did it -- when under UN supervision, the Iraqis destroyed these weapons themselves -- or the UN destroyed them with Iraqi cooperation -- you do not have the same kind of side effects and toxic release and other things that happened in some cases during the war. Trying to get rid of programs of concern and weapons of concern by violence is a very bad and dangerous way to do it. Greg Thielmann
… Greek fire and similar burning weapons are too murderous to be used in Europe Lateran Council
One thing is clear: any international agreement on prevention of nuclear armaments must be backed by actual and efficient controls. No paper agreement can be sufficient since neither this or any other nation can stake its whole existence on trust into other nations' signatures. Every attempt to impede the international control agencies must be considered equivalent to denunciation of the agreement. James Frank
One cannot abolish only a single weapon, but only war as a whole. Albert Einstein
Where there is no trust, how can we give up our weapons first? Kim Kye-gwan
Better red than dead. Anonymous
Trust but verify. Doveryai no proveryai. Russian Proverb
War Is Not Healthy For Children and Other Living Things Anonymous
How can you persuade a paranoid adversary to disarm by example? Dean Acheson
How could we live without the sword? Hafez Al-Assad
Let no one expect us to disarm unilaterally. We are not a naive people. Yuri Andropov
The terror created by weapons has never stopped men from employing them. Bernard Baruch
The United States is the preeminent arms pusher worldwide. Howard Berman
Weapons are the tools of fear. Bhagavad Gita
If mankind hated war, there would be millions of us and only two soldiers. Lee Blessing
Judging from the spirit which seems more and more to dominate our European allies, I am beginning to despair that the war will accomplish much more than the abolition of German militarism while leaving European militarism as rampant as ever. Tasker H. Bliss
The way to win an atomic war is to make sure it never starts. Omar N. Bradley
The pens which write against disarmament are made with the same steel from which guns are made. Aristide Briand
The dictator of Iraq will fully disarm or the United States will lead a coalition and disarm him. George W. Bush
The arms race is one of the greatest curses on the human race and the harm it inflicts on the poor is more than can be endured Catholic Church
It is the ultimate end of absurdity for the arms race to go on. Clark M. Clifford
Advances in weaponry go much faster than arms control. William Coffin
Any arms agreement should be verifiable. William S. Cohen
Talking to the superpowers about disarmament is like talking to drug dealers about stopping drug deliveries. Volkmar Deile
One of my age thinks about his destiny a little. I should not like to have written on my tombstone, "He knew what happened at Hiroshima, but he did not take a first step. Everett Dirksen
The merchants of death have provided jobs for centuries, but that's no reason to continue it. Sam Donaldson
The peace of the man who has forsworn the use of the bullet seems to me not quite peace. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The manhood that has been in war must be transferred to the cause of peace, before war can lose its charm, and peace be venerable to men. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We should, I believe, announce in no uncertain terms that we are against disarmament. Barry Goldwater
Fear begets suspicion and distrust and evil imaginings of all sorts, till each government feels it would be criminal … of its own country not to take every precaution [armament], while every Government regards every precaution of every other government as evidence of hostile intent. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Great armaments lead inevitably to war. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Disarmament of itself does not produce peace or security. Only removing the source of conflict does. Steve Forbes
Show me who makes a profit from war, and I'll show you how to stop the war. Henry Ford
Arms control has to have a future, or none of us does. Stanley Hoffmann
Disarmament offers the only effective way to bring militarism under control. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
We must halt the arms race before it halts humanity. Hubert Horatio Humphery
All armed prophets have been victorious and all unarmed prophets have been destroyed. Niccolo Machiavelli
Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised. Niccolo Machiavelli
Don't bother about the complicated details. The issue is hot. Edward Markey
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Book of Matthew
It is at least inconsistent to declare that there can be no doubt as to the defensive nature of American preparations, while seizing upon every similar step by the Soviet Union as incontrovertible evidence of its insatiable imperialism. Cord Meyer Jr.
A nation’s capacity for compromise decreases as its re-armament increases. Edward R. Murrow
Both say to the other "I don't trust you and will not take any chances, but I ask you to trust me and take the chances which that involves. A. J. Muste
We women have the power to compel disarmament. We need not plead or beg. We have the ballot. On this issue of militarism we hold the balance of power. Belle Case La Follette
Armament firms have been active in fomenting war scares and in persuading their own countries to increase their armaments. League of Nations
Wars occur because people prepare for conflict, rather than for peace. Trygve Lie
I would die for my country ... but I would not let my country die for me. Neil Kinnock
It is a mistake to isolate arms control from other areas of policy.... There is a danger that arms control will be a safety valve for an otherwise overly aggressive foreign policy. Henry A. Kissinger
We are calling for a ban on weapons deliveries to countries listed as human rights violators, to governments that are engaged in wars of aggression, military occupation, and annexation and spend more money on weapons than on education and health care. Jose Ramos-Horta
A fundamental part of the non-proliferation bargain is the commitment of the five nuclear States recognized under the non-proliferation treaty — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — to move toward disarmament. Mohamed El Baradei
all nations must disarm at the same time. It will not do at all … that some nations shall lay down their arms while others, their neighbours, remain armed. The peace of the world must be brought about by international agreement. All nations must agree to disarm simultaneously… Abdul-Baha
I am a very peaceful man. I love people and am known for my gregarious personality. However, if you try to confiscate my guns, I will feel compelled to give them to you, one bullet at a time. Michael Badnarik
The way to disarm is to disarm.... Franklin D. Roosevelt
This is the most dangerous summit for the West since Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler in 1938 Newt Gingrich
In the age when the atom has been split, the moon encircled, diseases conquered, is disarmament so difficult a matter that it must remain a distant dream? To answer, yes, is to despair for the future of mankind. Philip Noel-Baker
I bet the hard liners in both our countries are bleeding when we shake hands. Ronald Reagan
Cut off the head of the snake! Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz
Once again the hopes of people of two nations are being smashed by weapons in the name of eliminating weapons. Let us abolish weapons of mass destruction at home. Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Hunger is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor health care is a weapon of mass destruction. Discrimination is a weapon of mass destruction. Dennis Kucinich
Mr. President, you won’t even sell milk technology to us. Mikhail Gorbachev
Shall we be defenseless America, a weak and harmless nation, or shall we be defensive America, the fear and dread of all nations? Felix Edward Hebert
I would be reluctant to suspend our capital ship building program until we have entered into an agreement for disarmament with other nations. Warren G. Harding
We are ready to cooperate with other nations to approximate disarmament, but merest prudence forbids that we disarm alone. Warren G. Harding
Moral disarmament is to safeguard the future; material disarmament is to save for the present, that there may be a future to safeguard. Elihu Root
I am thus far a Quaker, that I would gladly agree with all the world to lay aside the use of arms, and settle matters by negotiation; but unless the whole will, the matter ends, and I take up my musket and thank heaven he has put it in my power. Thomas Paine
If the Palestinians lay down their weapons, there will be peace. If the Israelis lay down their weapons, there will be a massacre. Golda Meir
I have fought for peace for many years. I want to see all the nations of the world reduce their armaments. Mr. Chamberlain has suggested it, but I have seen no acquiescence on the part of Mr. Hitler. Have you? Who is taking a belligerent attitude in the world today? The American people can not afford to consider this as a partisan question and use it as such, and the women, above all, must think clearly on this subject for the future of those whom they love may depend upon their influence. Eleanor Roosevelt
I give you my word that there will be no great armaments Stanley Baldwin
… we would move forward in jerks, become scared, and retreat. Jay Pierrepont Moffat
A weapon is either offensive or defensive according to which end of it you are looking at. Walter E. Edge
Let us not foist this humbug on the world. Hartley William Shawcross
Disarmament has become the urgent imperative of our time. I do not say this because I equate the absence of arms to peace, or because I believe that bringing an end to the nuclear arms race automatically guarantees the peace, or because the elimination of nuclear warheads from the arsenals of the world will bring in its wake that change in attitude requisite to the peaceful settlement of disputes between nations. Disarmament is vital today, quite simply, because of the immense destructive capacity of which men dispose. Haile Selassie
Today we are rightly in an era of disarmament and dismantlement of nuclear weapons. But in some countries nuclear weapons development still continues. Whether and when the various Nations of the World can agree to stop this is uncertain. But individual scientists can still influence this process by withholding their skills., Accordingly, I call on all scientists in all countries to cease and desist from work creating, developing, improving and manufacturing further nuclear weapons - and, for that matter, other weapons of potential mass destruction such as chemical and biological weapons.. Hans Albrecht Bethe
Our purpose [is] to invite the present-day civilization to cast aside the staggering burden of armament. Warren G. Harding
In another war the bombs will be plentiful and they will be comparatively cheap. Unless there is a determination not to use them that is stronger than can be noted today among American political and military leaders, and on the part of the public itself, atomic warfare will be hard to avoid.... Albert Einstein
For every idealistic peacemaker willing to renounce his self-defense in favor of a weapons-free world, there is at least one war maker anxious to exploit the other's good intentions. Margaret Thatcher
We demand a strict and sweeping reduction of armaments by land and sea so that there shall be no competitive military program or naval building. Until agreements to this end have been made we advocate an army and navy adequate for our national safety. Democratic Party
Turkey of her own free will … has cast away the sword with which she had rallied the enemies of western civilization to her support; she has abolished the Khalifate upon which she based her claim to the leadership of Islam; she has deposed both Khalif and Sultan and driven into exile every member of the House of Othman that had ruled over her in unbroken succession for nearly six and a half centuries since the Turkish hordes … swept down from their remote Central Asian homelands to build up the Ottoman Empire. Ignatius Valentine Chirol
The one effective step which has been taken in the past few years towards the reduction of armaments has been the Washington Conference, with which the League of Nations had no concern, and by which a material diminution in the standing navies of the principal naval Powers was obtained and a limit was put to the costly process of competitive shipbuilding. Frederick Barton Maurice
It’s finished. Russia wants world conquest. J. Robert Oppenheimer
Disarmament can only become a lasting institution, a source of economic prosperity and an instrument of peace, when it is general, not one-sided. When it is only an individual affair it does nothing but excite the predatory and belligerent passions of the strong. Karl Kautsky
It is not enough just to take this weapon [nuclear bombs] out of the hands of the soldiers. It must be put into the hands of those who will know how to strip its military casing and adapt it to the arts of peace. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The demilitarization of Europe—where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it—has gone from the blessing of the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st. Robert M. Gates
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian military rotted away. In one of the most dramatic campaigns in world history, from 1988-1994, Moscow's armed forces shrank from 5 million to 1 million personnel. Dmitri Trenin
Disarment ... is a continuing imperative. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Free and open interchange of information across national borders as a prerequisite for U.S. disarmament talks with the Soviet Union. Harry S Truman
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed. John F. Kennedy
We oppose the use of chemical weapons no matter who uses them and against whom they are used. Mohammad Javad Zarif
China, North Korea's last ally in the world has just voted agaisnt them [in the United Nations]. What would you do if you thought every country in the world was against you and you wanted to survive? You would buy insurance. And the best insurance you could get to prevent invasion would be nuclear weapons, and that is just what North Korea has done. So now, when the President [Trump] threatens them, what do they do? They go out and buymore insurance. Fareed Zakaria