Saturday, April 1, 2017

Prosecutor from World War II Nuremberg trials - I learned that war makes murderers, mass murderers out of otherwise decent people

BBC World Service video interview,, around 1 min, March 30th 2017

98 year-old Ben Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials, says in this short BBC World Service Facebook video:

"I learned that war makes murderers, mass murderers out of otherwise decent people. And it applies to all wars, and all nationalities and I've seen it in all the wars. These are not wild animals all out for blood. These are patriots, who are trying to do their duty to protect either their religion or their nationality or their economic security. These are the three major causes. We have not learned that you cannot kill an ideology with a gun. We still go at it with the same stupid approach of spending all your assets on building weapons, and more weapons, to kill more people, and depriving people of the things they need to eliminate the fears which they have in their life. A man who's desperate because he has no job, and has no money - If the money spent on weapons could be spent on eliminating the cause of his discontent, he's not going to risk his life and go out and kill people the way they do today."

Ravi: What a powerful and knowledgeable message from one who had to study the war crimes done in the worst war of human history, World War II, and prosecute the war criminals! He surely must be speaking from great knowledge of this enormous human tragedy that was World War II.

[I thank BBC World Service and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above short transcript from their video on this post which is a message about reducing war and bettering lives of people. Please note that this post is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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