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NUKES: The Bangor Five raise important issue

Letter by Bill F. Nerin, Gig Harbor on Dec. 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm with 14 Comments »
December 15, 2010 12:55 pm

It is rare that we question whether moral law ever trumps manmade law.

But this last week, five people’s action raised that question for citizens to think about when they went on trial for entering Bangor submarine base. The federal court ruled that only the question of the violation of manmade law such as trespassing and destroying property would be considered.

We know there is such a thing as just-war principles stating that innocent citizens shall not be killed or maimed, but apparently it does not enter into the legal system.

So I guess it is up to each individual to act on the higher law of morality even when it violates man’s law. If I were on a submarine and ordered to launch a nuclear attack, would I do it knowing that, as in Hiroshima, innocent civilians would be killed? Or would I join the Navy or Air Force knowing that I might be ordered to launch nuclear weapons?

I thank the Bangor Five who have raised this issue for us to think about; for surely innocent lives are at stake with such weapons.

Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    That’s ok, Bill….go cower someplace. There are plenty of Men and Women ready to protect you.

  2. No, you would sit on your butt and let someone else do the hard stuff–like using your brain. War isn’t neat and tidy, and “innocent civilians” get killed. If they hadn’t you would be speaking German and singing “Deutschland Uber Alles.” Think about that.

  3. the3rdpigshouse says:

    The only important issue I see is that these five naive maggots spend the rest of their days in federal prison!! If they want to impress someone – go to N. Korea and cut thru the fences surrounding their nuclear research facilities – we’ll wait patiently for their courageous reports!!

  4. blakeshouse says:

    What ever happened to..Trespassers will be shot, survivors will be prosecuted

  5. blakeshouse says:

    Better yet in this case..Trespassers will be shot…survivors will be shot again

  6. sumner402 says:

    Bill you got your letter correct, the little ones on the right are attacking YOU, That is the best validation you can get.

  7. theogsters says:

    Mr. Nerin’s letter is well intentioned but hardly persuasive. First, several of his terms — “moral law”, “manmade law” and “just-war” — are so vague and open to interpretation they have little meaning to most of us. Secondly, if he is suggesting we unilaterally disarm in this dangerous world, he’s got to be kidding.

  8. Bill – (Gig Harbor, again?) Yes I certainly agree that before any go to war, everyone should have their cuffs neatly pressed, make sure that everyone politely turns off their cell-phone rechargers for the evening, remembers to share the green tea with their fellow man and observes the solstice while singing a “holiday” song that we can all agree upon………

    Thankful that our military (under elected civilian authority, ahem) even protects those who choose to live in warm fuzzy ignorance.

    Never bring a plastic knife to an Iranian gunfight…

  9. madmike272 says:

    Typical letter from leftist scum. They should be imprisoned. Having worked on a special weapons facility, I am surprised they weren’t killed. too bad!

  10. I see the testosterone challenged have all weighed in with their braggadacio.

  11. the3rdpigshouse says:

    bB – might that be braggadocio?? Still reaching spelling?

  12. SwordofPerseus says:

    You can always count on the right wing knuckle draggers to inflict their narrow minded views on everyone else, sans intellect.

    How about you intellectually challenged dolts think about the consequences of nukes and then think about the freedom to voice your dissent in this country via the first amendment. And by the way this used to be the government by the people, for the people; how far we have strayed.

    We should be thanking these citizens for risking their freedom for the principles for which they stand. I hope the GOP fails and fades into a horrible fetid memory.

  13. spotted1 says:

    Sword, perhaps it is us “right wing knuckle draggers” that are thinking about nuclear weapons and their use. Especially when we speak of countries such as Iran, North Korea, and some of the former Soviet Union countries who have them.

    Neither North Korea nor Iran seem all that concerned about what the world thinks about the use and possession of nuclear weapons. Protesters in their countries are executed. Negotiations have gone no where.

    Yet we still cry about a few people who broke into a military base. Yes, they committed a crime and were punished for it. They are guilty, they knew what they were doing, and now must pay the price for their crime.

    While nuclear weapons are not a choice that anyone would use as a first choice, at least we can say, with a fair amount of confidence, that the U.S. supply is well protected, monitored, and would not be used as a first choice in war.

  14. spotted1 says:

    Do not forget that Pakistan and India continue to threaten to launch nuclear weapons at each other.

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