E. P. Thompson
There are no European voices at Geneva, there are no European voices at START.
The missiles come first, and the justifications come second.
The readings of Soviet society are as many as the experts you speak to. In my view, it’s a society that is overdue for measures of democratization and organization.
I don’t care tuppence whether I’m forced into a leadership position or not. I’d much sooner not.
You know as a scientist that both were developed completely independently of each other in the laboratories. And only afterward were the political situations contrived out of which they could be justified.
I am convinced that we are in a terminal process.
I have become a prisoner of the peace movement. But you can’t say that the termination is coming and then say that you are going back to your own garden to dig.
I think that the U.S. does have this very much more open attitude, and I admire it very much and I think it’s very important to the world. But the information and the discussion sometimes come too late, after the effective decision has been made.
I will hear no talk that there are no intermediate-range weapons on the NATO side.
The talk about balance, nuclear balance, seems to me to be metaphysical and doesn’t seem to be real at all.
For two decades the state has been taking liberties, and these liberties were once ours.
I think you will find scientists that think like you in Germany and Britain, and you will find politicians that think like Weinberger. I think the most bellicose ruling group in the Western world at the moment is the British.
Could I interrupt here, because there is an alternative explanation, which you are particularly well placed to examine. You know the argument that it is the alchemists in the laboratories who invent the sweet new kits.