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Jackson Urges Atomic Energy Instead of Arms for Middle East

March 8, 1955
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Construction of nuclear reactors in the underdeveloped areas of the Middle East will do more for the progress and stability of that region than shiploads of military hardware, Senator Henry M. Jackson told a testimonial dinner honoring Congressman Abraham J. Multer tendered by Bnai Zion last night.

“We cannot work economic and social miracles overnight, but the peacetime reactor can come as close to a miracle as anything ever devised by man. These atomic furnaces will produce overnight energy to pump water over arid fields, turn the wheels of new industry and lay the groundwork for increased productivity in areas where dire want is a round-the-clock reality,” Sen. Jackson declared.

He stressed the need for placing economic and social aid ahead of arms shipments in the Middle Eastern area. “To attempt to build a military fortress there without first meeting the economic and social issues will instill a dangerous sense of false security–a fort with walls but no insides,” he warned.

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