U.S. Lawbreaker

My compliments to the Editor of Peace Magazine on her [sic] July/Aug. editorial and to Robert S. Rodvik and Michel Chossudovsky on their excellent articles, but l can't say the same for Chris Higgins on his propaganda, "The Heavy Hand of China." Why does Chris Higgins see only China's aggression, but not the United States'?

The highly respected Brookings Institute reports that the U.S. has used military force over 215 times since World War II, not including the Cold War, with the Soviet Union costing U.S. over $10 trillion. Chris Higgins sees only China's aggression but not American oppression of Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and other small nations where they have military bases.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote in 1922, "Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law." The undeniable truth of his statement can be summed up by the statistic that U.S. murder rate surged 42 percent after the Vietnam War.

William Carney, Toronto

Letter From Vanunu

Mordechai Vanunu, a former technician in the Israeli nuclear weapons factory, told the world about the Israeli bomb, was kidnapped by the Israeli Mossad, subjected to a secret trial and has been in solitary confinement for the past nine years. This is a letter he wrote in reply to a message from Science for Peace President, Eric Fawcett

1 September 1995

Dear Eric Fawcett,

Thank you very much for your letter. I hope that your support, with that of many others around the world, will help my release and at least will increase the awareness of more and more people about nuclear weapons proliferation. I want you and others to know that if I am receiving this very harsh treatment for many years -now nine years in solitary confinement -it is because I have succeeded in becoming the enemy of those who are responsible for the nuclear weapons proliferation. They are France, England, and the nuclear weapons security service in the U.S. They are responsible for nuclear proliferation in Israel and other states. Israel is the state that is the main obstacle to a nuclear free world and Israel is the state that is nullifying the NPT. The NPT is not worth much if there are a few or even one state that can be out of this treaty because the world must be without any nuclear secrets. Those who don't want to sign the NPT, like [passage deleted by censor] in secret. And there

is a cartel of all security services who are responsible for all the nuclear proliferation - that is, the nuclear security services cartel headed from the U.S. with England and France. It is a war between this cartel and us who want to end nuclear proliferation and make the world free from any nuclear weapons. The nuclear security services cartel, using small countries like India, Pakistan, and Israel in this battle as their spearhead to destroy the NPT and the start [of] dismantling nuclear weapons. And all this is happening in states that call themselves democratic like Israel. Democracy and secrets are in contradiction. In Israel, citizens have zero information on what the government is doing about nuclear weapons production. Israel succeeds in this way because they educate the citizens not to ask, but to trust. [They trusted] until my revelation. Even my revelation didn't succeed in waking up the "sleeping beauty." Thank you for [being awake].

Yours sincerely, Vanunu Mordechai: J.C.

First Peoples

Canada's First Peoples consider an area at Gustafson Lake Sacred. How wonderful it would be if all human beings considered every inch of earth sacred. Then we would not be desecrating it, plundering, vacuuming the fish from the seas, raping the forests, destroying the ozone, rushing us toward a dead planet that could not support us or other living beings.

The First Peoples lived here for thousands of years, leaving the land intact and pristine; they welcomed and helped the immigrants who came and started to scrap over who would control the whole continent. This sordid tale continues today.

The First Peoples have patiently asked for justice for two centuries in the West (five centuries in the East) and now our impatient governments demand that they accede to our laws that have been so unjust to them. What about Nature's Laws?

Irene Abbey, 83, Fifth generation Canadian, Vancouver

Peace Magazine Nov-Dec 1995

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