It is true that nuclear weapons have made wars too horrible to contemplate. But
it makes no difference to a man whether he is killed by a nuclear bomb or a
dynamite bomb or an old-fashioned club. Nor does the number of other victims or
the scale of the destruction make any difference to him. And there is something
obscene in the attitude of those who regard horror as a matter of numbers, who
are willing to send a small group of youths to die for the tribe, but scream
against the danger to the tribe itself—and more: who are willing to condone
the slaughter of defenseless victims, but march in protest against wars between
the well-armed . . . .
If nuclear weapons are a dreadful threat and mankind cannot afford war any
longer, then mankind cannot afford statism any longer. Let no man of good
will take it upon his conscience to advocate the rule of force—outside or
inside his own country. Let all those who are actually concerned with
peace—those who do love man and do care about his survival—realize that if
war is ever to be outlawed, it is the use of force that has to be outlawed.