Slaying Goliath

Sam Donaldson discusses the DSEI arms fair and non-violent witness

‘There is no peace because there are no peacemakers. There are no makers of peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war – at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.’

- Daniel Berrigan, No Bars to Manhood (1971)

Merchants of death are returning to London this September for the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), the world’s biggest arms fair. At DSEI planes, bombs, guns and bullets are sold to regimes accused of human rights abuses and indiscriminately killing innocents: children, parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents.

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