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Nuclear protest ignored by the media [Letter]

I was in Knoxville, Tenn., recently to support the Transform Now Plowshares activists during their sentencing hearing ("Activists sentenced for weapons site break-in," Feb. 19). Unfortunately, the news brief published in The Sun was just two sentences long.

The note did not even list the names of the members of the disarmament group: Sister Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli. Mr. Boertje-Obed lived for many years at Baltimore's Jonah House, and the other two visited the community on several occasions.


Some supporters have called these peace activist prophets out of a belief that some day they will be honored for their early involvement in efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.

Anyone with a legal background should know that these horrifying weapons are blatantly illegal. They can't be used, since the vast majority of those suffering an attack would be civilians, as at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That prohibited under the laws of war. And the radiation would spread to other countries not involved in the conflict.


Philip Berrigan, one of Baltimore's most renowned peace activists, helped start the Plowshare movement in 1980 with his brother Daniel and six others. Father Berrigan served many years in prison for his anti-nuclear activities.

Which is more criminal, spending billions of tax dollars on weapons of mass destruction or engaging in nonviolent protest? The judge in the Plowshares case could not distinguish between the "rule of law" and an action that called attention to the immorality of nuclear weapons.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore


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