Conflict

Nuclear Warhead Bunker Under Construction San Cristobal Site 1, Cuba, October 1962 (Source:  John F Kennedy Library via Wikimedia Commons)

‘Luck is Not a Strategy’: Dodging Nuclear War

October 12, 2022 at 12:08 pm

“The world really is impossible to manage as long as we have nuclear weapons. It really is a terrible way to have to live in this world.” President John F. Kennedy to British Ambassador David Ormsby-Gore, 21 October 1962   Over 200 blood-soaked days into Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine,Read More

Anti-nuclear arms protesters display a banner during the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) rally at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA, 2011 by Brian Stansberry, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

State of the State in a Nuclear Age

September 14, 2022 at 3:04 pm

Author’s Note This month’s ‘War & Peace’ column is dedicated to the memory of Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-2022), the last leader of the Soviet Union, who grasped—as he told the United Nations in 1988—that in the nuclear age, “disarmament” is “the most important thing of all, without which no other issueRead More

Mixed Progress on Banning ‘The Big One’

Mixed Progress on Banning ‘The Big One’

August 10, 2022 at 12:21 pm

One hears the word and wants to know more, but one also wants to forget it. One has heard both too much and not enough about Hiroshima. For the city evokes our entire nuclear nightmare…  Robert Jay Lifton, Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima (1967) Return to Hiroshima on AugustRead More

FH70 Howitzer in Ukraine. (Source: General Staff Ukrainian Armed Forces via Facebook)

Give Peace No Chance?

July 13, 2022 at 11:34 am

  1 Witch. When shall we three met again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? 2 Witch. When the hurlyburly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won. Shakespeare, Macbeth   Shakespeare’s Macbeth opens in the “fog and filthy air” of an “open place,” a no-man’s-land where three witches – theRead More

Remembering the ‘Brief But Brutal’ Falklands War

Remembering the ‘Brief But Brutal’ Falklands War

May 4, 2022 at 1:04 pm

In April 1982, when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, I was a young man of 16: old enough to fight, kill, and die for a British government I was too young to vote for. Forty years on, the UK voting age is still too high (18) and the Army recruitmentRead More

Anti-war inscription ("No War") in the center of Moscow, February 2022. (Photo by Dolche far niente, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Resisting Militarism: Mission Impossible?

March 30, 2022 at 12:46 pm

I want to escape from my own threshold. Where to? The street is dark And conscience shows up ahead of me, white, Like salt scattered for pavements. Osip Mandelshtam (1891-1938)   On 23 January 2015, 49-year-old Ruslan Kotsaba – journalist and blogger, president of the Ukrainian Pacifist Society and anRead More

Akre Camp for Syrian refugees from Rojava in Akre (Aqre) town, Dohuk Governorate, Kurdistan Region of Iraq Levi Clancy, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Helping Refugees

March 16, 2022 at 11:51 am

On March 3, Canada announced new emergency measures to support Ukrainian refugees. We have opened a special pathway for Ukrainians which waives all fees and normal visa requirements, we have established a special family reunification and sponsorship pathway for extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, we areRead More

Protester in Times Square, 26 Feb 2022 following the Russian invasion of Ukraine (Photo by Rhododendrites, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Macho Posturing on the Edge of the Abyss

March 2, 2022 at 10:51 am

The work, my friends, is peace, more than an end of this war – an end to the beginning of all wars, yes, an end, forever, to this impractical, unrealistic settlement of the differences between governments by the mass killing of peoples — Draft of undelivered Jefferson Day speech byRead More

Inheriting the Earth: Promise or Threat?

Inheriting the Earth: Promise or Threat?

March 2, 2022 at 10:49 am

I assumed my first 2022 contribution to the Spectator would be pretty upbeat, especially since New Year’s Eve was spent in a hilarious re-watching of various episodes of Father Ted that included a few I hadn’t seen before. And thanks to YouTube documentary introducing the actors, I got to seeRead More

Ukraine: Spheres, Orbits & Thoughts on Neutrality

Ukraine: Spheres, Orbits & Thoughts on Neutrality

February 2, 2022 at 1:10 pm

  Sometimes it seems we are living in different worlds — Vladimir Putin, 23 December 2021 There is another world, and it is this one — French poet Paul Éluard   The curtain was raised on 2022 with the stage set for not one, not two, but three major regional conflicts,Read More