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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 7. June 25, 1951

How Else?

How Else?

That is the one big truth behind the World Peace Congress's demand for peace, and behind their demand for freedom for subject nations. Did our friends read the papers on 29/11/49 and see that "20 to 40" Nigerian coalminers had been shot down by the police in Lagos because they were asking for 5/10 a day? And did they read the papers on 19/5/51 and see how in Nairobi police squads used batons to control strikers . . . Armoured cars were used"? Do they know this sort of thing has been going on for years, and still goes on? Do they know that colonial subjection has always meant violence and war? And are they ashamed of a Christianity that has borne all this on its conscience without raising an effective finger?

World churchmen are beginning to wake up now, even those who have not officially associated themselves with the Peace movement. The statement of the Cardinals and Archbishops of France on 19th June last year, condemning the A-bomb and other means of mass destruction, acknowledges the goading effect of the Stockholm Appeal.

But our three friends remain ungoaded. They are content with a negative approach—beyond the bald statement that they "don't want war." They don't want war, and yet they are not prepared to join in with the Communists and discuss their differences with a view to reaching understanding.

Well, if they don't want war, and they don't want the only effective mass organisation for peace, then what the hell do they want?

C. V. Bollinger.