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Friday, April 4th 2008

11:36 AM

50th Anniversary of Peace Symbol

Fifty years ago today, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament began using the peace symbol.  This was about the time I became active in the peace movement, goading my parents to spend a couple of weeks that summer in Cheyenne, Wyoming protesting the construction of a missile base.  I was 10.  The first peace witness I attended without my parents was two years later.

It can be very discouraging to look at where we've come in that time.  There have been a number of hot wars since then, some of which the United States has been very prominent in, including two hot wars currently going on which the U.S. started.  More nations have developed nuclear weapons, and the U.S. continues to have an enormous stockpile.  The U.S. continues to have a bloated military budget, larger than that of all other nations combined, and hundreds of major military bases in 140 countries around the world.  All three leading Presidential candidates advocate an even larger military budget.

But we should not be discouraged.  There is much more going on to advocate peace than there was then.  Humans have been warring for thousands of years, and it would be naive to expect that to be fully turned around in just 50 years.  We must continue working for peace in the hope that our efforts do make a difference.

Bill Samuel

23 Comment(s).

Posted by Gary:

Great read Bill.

"There is no path to peace. Peace is the path."
~Ghandi

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Monday, January 23rd 2012 @ 3:04 PM

Posted by aby joe:

We wish peace there are always in the world. peaceful greetings

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Tuesday, December 9th 2014 @ 6:17 PM

Posted by Loker Sejabotabek:

yes we expect peace in the world, there is no struggle for our younger generation, I am with you Bill Samuel:)

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Sunday, December 28th 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Posted by pabrik mesin bata merah:

good article sir.
keep calm peace of human life.
i loving of peace :)

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Sunday, February 1st 2015 @ 2:28 AM

Posted by muhajir:

by the way why 50th Anniversary of Peace Symbol is the good of world i like the Symbol so this i hope i can visit the worlds

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Thursday, March 19th 2015 @ 4:47 AM

Posted by Agen Bola Terpercaya:

Peace no need symbol..
peace in our heart and peace in our mind is everything..

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Saturday, March 21st 2015 @ 9:25 PM

Posted by Sejarah berdirinya agama kristen protestan">sejarah agama:

we all love peace. may the world always peaceful. :)

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Monday, March 23rd 2015 @ 3:12 AM

Posted by resep masakan:

do our best to make the world where we live in peace. say no to war for gold and oil.

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Monday, March 23rd 2015 @ 3:19 AM

Posted by Pinkylee:

We wish peace there are always in the world. peaceful greetings

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Thursday, April 2nd 2015 @ 3:02 AM

Posted by Crystal X Asli Nasa:

We hope that peace always exist in this world. Let us put aside our ego so that peace in the world is always awake and can be felt by everyone. greetings of peace:):)

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Thursday, April 9th 2015 @ 9:59 AM

Posted by Tas Ayam:

has become human nature that always fight to achieve real peace when peace is merging all the difference

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Sunday, June 21st 2015 @ 12:16 AM

Posted by Jual Meja Kantor:

peace in our heart and peace in our mind is everything..

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Friday, June 26th 2015 @ 2:51 AM

Posted by Lowongan Kerja Terbaru:

Humans have been fighting for thousands of years, the peace that we feel now is not without reason all occur with the blood and the struggle of the hero thousands of informed, naive if we want war happen again, not to any country because peace is beautiful o:)

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Sunday, July 19th 2015 @ 9:30 AM

Posted by Syaiful Anam:

we must never stop calling for peace. peace is the right of all people. This world would be more beautiful if there is no more war:)

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Saturday, August 1st 2015 @ 9:51 AM

Posted by Steven Wayne:

Wow, this is very nice :)

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Friday, August 7th 2015 @ 3:46 AM

Posted by Edmon guevare:

We wish god bless you sir

Life without feeling threatened even more beautiful. the story is very inspiring

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Monday, August 17th 2015 @ 11:59 PM

Posted by Artikel Batu Permata:

This article is very useful

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Tuesday, September 15th 2015 @ 8:49 PM

Posted by lowongan kerja cikarang:

we all love peace. may the world always peaceful.

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Monday, October 5th 2015 @ 3:18 PM

Posted by tas selempang pria:

good article sir.
keep calm peace of human life.
i loving of peace :):)

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Thursday, October 15th 2015 @ 1:47 PM

Posted by bromotravelindo:

I agree with you dude. Peace is the right of all human beings. may peace always be with all of us

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Friday, January 15th 2016 @ 6:25 PM

Posted by Misbah:

Happy anniversary

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Thursday, November 3rd 2016 @ 11:07 AM

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