Disarmament conferences, arms negotiations and international treaties are far removed from most of our daily lives but the trillions spent on the military around the world blight the lives of millions and affect us all.
Unlike Mozambicans, we are denied the opportunity of collecting weapons that our taxes have paid for and exchanging them for something useful; most of us are unlikely to climb over security fences and dance on missile silos or 'disable' military hardware with a big hammer, though many do. It is not aways obvious what we can do to speed up disarmament.
One thing, however, is crucial if disarmament is to be achieved. While governments are skilful at avoiding doing what the majority of people might want, they are not immune to a widespread public concern, especially at critical times of change.
A public well-informed about the damaging and counterproductive nature of the military approach in today’s world can become a powerful impetus to a change in approach and viewing security in different and non military ways.
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