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Einstein Would Refuse Any War Services No Matter What the Cause

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Unequivocal refusal to participate in any war, no matter what the causes, was the answer given by Professor Albert Einstein at a meeting of the Council of War Resisters in Zurich.

“I should unconditionally refuse every direct or indirect war service and try to induce my friends to adopt the same attitude, irrespective of the general opinion of the causes of war.” Professor Einstein declared, when asked what his attitude would be in the event of another war. This reply was prohibited publication in Czecho-Slovakia.

Senner Brockway, M.P., who presided, stated that the object of the War Resisters International was not to escape war service but to put an end to war. War, he said, had its roots in capitalism and imperialism, and would only be removed by the construction of a new social and international order. Pending that, the resistance psychology and a resistance organization was necessary in order to prevent war.

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