15Brinkmanship: KAL Flight 007 Shot Down

Peace is not an absence of war—it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.—BARUCH SPINOZA

IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES AND THE WORST OF TIMES. The year 1983 was a roller-coaster ride for the peace movement. Its growth seemed unstoppable. IPPNW was doubling its membership each year. The Reagan administration, pressured by a disquieted public, cut back on the belligerent rhetoric. Yet by the end of the year, the peace movement was in shambles. It could muster little opposition to the largest increase in military spending in any peacetime year. Three years of intense struggle began to unravel seemingly overnight. Although we lost momentum, the organizational structure ...

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