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Limited war, unlimited protest: The anti-nuclear weapons movement in europe

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Nuclear Freeze Debate
Subtitle of host publicationArms Control Issues for the 1980s
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781000232165
ISBN (Print)9780367294502
Published1 Jan 2019

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In Germany in particular there have been large-scale and sometimes violent protests against nuclear reactors, and it does not involve a large conceptual leap to move from worrying about the risk attached to the civilian exploitation of nuclear energy to the far greater risks attached to its military exploitation. If the protesters wish to be taken seriously, however, they must be required to debate seriously and answer hard questions themselves on their alternative vision. The sacrifice of the “neutron” warheads to the protest movement in April 1978 did not clear the way for an easy time for long-range theater nuclear force (LRTNF). The abandonment of LRTNF or the reluctance to embark on similar exercises would not be sufficient to correct the alliance’s nuclear bias. In a display of even-handedness, the protest movement called for the prohibition of both US and Soviet systems.

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