Dr.Helen Caldicott on women leading a nurturing revolution
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>Caldicott offers a contrary view
>Randall Beach, Register Staff October 06, 2002
>NEW HAVEN - Anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott declared Saturday it's
>time for women to rise up and lead a "nurturing revolution" against
>"In my 64 years of life, I've never seen a time more dangerous to the
>planet," Caldicott said during a speech at the annual Southern Connecticut
>State University Women's Studies Conference.
>Caldicott has spent the last 30 years talking about medical hazards
>associated with the nuclear age. A native of Australia, she founded
>Physicians for Social Responsibility and was nominated for the Nobel Peace
>Caldicott freely described her passionate remarks as a "rant," but the
>predominantly female audience applauded her views and laughed at her
>Caldicott said she was wearing black "because it suits what's happening in
>the world right now."
>She said she thinks often of Iraqi women feeding their children and worries
>about the Bush administration's plan to invade that country to overthrow its
>leader, Saddam Hussein.
>"In a few weeks, shards of metal will be slicing through their bodies," she
>warned, envisioning an invasion. "How dare America do a thing like that?"
>Caldicott said it is "very unlikely" Hussein has chemical or biological
>She also castigated the Bush administration for attacking Afghanistan last
>year after Sept. 11. She said 5,000 Afghan citizens were killed but she
>asserted they were not connected to the attacks on the World Trade Center
>Caldicott charged older men plot war "to get that feeling of virility back."
>But she said it's the young men who have to do the fighting.
>She said militaristic leaders "pick an enemy and say, 'If you don't want to
>go to war, you're unpatriotic.' Isn't that what's happening?"
>Now, with Congress expected to endorse Bush's resolution authorizing war
>against Iraq, Caldicott said, "The Democrats are pathetic" for not resisting
>Weary of seeing members of the conservative Heritage Foundation on TV talk
>shows, Caldicott said she will set up a public policy group to counter their
>"It's time the American people heard the truth," she said.
>Caldicott concluded by calling for women to lead "a nurturing, caring
>"Take back your country," she said. "It's up to you now, isn't it?"
>Randall Beach can be reached at
><mailto:rbeach@...>rbeach@... or 789-5766.
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