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In the 1950s when the misery of World War Two was still on people's minds and, despite the growing tensions between the US and the USSR, disarmament was still a live political and popular issue, as the US President's statement and Ed McCurdy's popular song below indicate.

'Controlled, universal disarmament', said President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950s, 'is the imperative of our time. The demand for it by the hundreds of millions whose chief concern is the long future of themselves and their children will, I hope, become so universal and so insistent that no man, no government anywhere, can withstand it.'


 - An unlikely point of view for
   21st century statesmen for whom
   arms acquisition is more important.

Last night I had the strangest dream
I ever dreamed before:
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.
I dreamed I saw a mighty room,
The room was filled with men
And the paper they were signing said
They'd never fight again.
And when the papers all were signed
And a million copies made,
They all joined hands and bowed their heads
And grateful prayers were prayed.
The people in the streets below
Were dancing round and round,
And guns and swords and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground.
Last night I had the strangest dream
I ever dreamed before:
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.