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Dalibor.Stys at placebio.lu.se Dalibor.Stys at placebio.lu.se
Thu Jul 13 00:43:31 EST 1995


Dear friends, 
I have got this letter and I did not sign it. I would like read it ind to read 
and consider my comments to it before you decide to sign it.


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 1  SHIMIZU Seishi     Physics,University of Tokyo,Japan
 2  Yuichi Nishihara   Physics,University of Tokyo,Japan
 3  Hirohisa TANIGUCHI Physics,University of Tokyo,Japan
 4  Takashi Tomoeda    Physics,University of Tokyo,Japan
 5  Tomoki KOBAYASHI   Physics,University of Tokyo,Japan
 6  Munehito ARAI      Physics,University of Tokyo,Japan
 7  Akira Okazaki      Physics,University of Tokyo,Japan
 8  Atsushi Matsumura  Physics, Tohoku University, Japan
 9  Kouta Yamamoto     Chemistry,Tohoku University,Japan
 10 Yasushi UJIOKA     Degremont S.A., France
 11 Toru Hara          Universite de Paris Sud, France
 12 Rene Bakker        CEA - Sacley, France
 13 David Garzella     Universite de Paris Sud, France
 14 Henk Blok          Vrije Universiteit/NIKHEF, Amsterdam
 15 Igor Passchier     NIKHEF, Amsterdam
 16 Ard van Sighem     NIKHEF, Amsterdam
 17 Johan Noordhoek    KOL Leiden
 18 C.M.C.M. van Woerkens Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory, Leiden
 19 Annemarie Borst,   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
 20 Gijs Nelemans      Universiteit Utrecht
 21 Susanne Buiter     Universiteit Utrecht
 22 Yvo Kok            Paleomagnetic Lab., Utrecht
 23 Thom Pick          Paleomagnetic Lab., Utrecht University
 24 Dagmar Olbertz     Universiteit Utrecht
 25 Eleonore Stutzmann Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris,
France
 26 Nicole Girardin    Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris,
France
 27 Francois Girardin  Ecole Nat. Sup. des
Telecommunications,France
 28 J.-P. Chaboureau   Lab. Meteorologie Dynamique,France
 29 F. CHERUY          Lab. Meteorologie Dynamique, France
 30 Herve Grenier      Universite Louvain-la-Neuve, Begium
 31 Olivier Lai        Observatoire de Paris (Meudon), France
 32 Christophe Dumas   Institute For Astronomy (USA) + Obs de
Paris (France)
 33 Alan Harris        Jet Propulsion Laboratory (USA)
 34 David Rabinowitz   Carnegie Institution of Washington (USA)
 35 Conel Alexander   Carnegie Institution of Washington (USA)
 36 Sara Russell       Smithsonian Institution (USA)
 37 David W Peate     University of Heidelberg, Germany
 38 Nick Skelton	Genentech, Inc. (USA)
 39 Mikael Akke		Columbia University, USA
 40 Goran Carlstrom	University of Lund, Sweden
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  Dear Mesdames and Sirs,

   This is a chain letter to urge the french
   government to stop nuclear tests.
   If you agree with us, please add your name to the list above,
   and send copies to your freinds.
   We will add up the lists that had come back to us, and send it
   to the French Government.

   If you happen to be the hundredth,two hundredth, three hundredth,
   and so on, on the list, please send a copy of the mail back to the
   addresses below, so that  we can keep track of this project. If you have
   any comment please send mails to us. And also,
   if you are multi-lingual and have friends who may not understand
   English, please translate this message and add it to the end of  the mail.
   Thank you very much.

  ******* addresses of the organizers
  shimizu at femto.phys.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp
  keshi at uticeaix1.icepp.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp <- please use this adress
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COMMENTS OF DALIBOR STYS, PLANT CELL BIOLOGY, LUND UNIVERSITY,SWEDEN

In my opinion, this letter is based on assumption that there is no point in 
performing tests of modern nuclear weapons if not globally, than at least in the 
case of France. There are many reasons why this assumption is not correct. 

1) There is number of nations in the world who are allowed to have nuclear 
weapons and in the same time allowed to kill their own citizens. Namely: China, 
Pakistan, India, Russia and perhaps Iran, Iraq, North Korea, .... 

2) There is little hope that democracy will spread rapidly into countries listed 
in previous paragraph. Majority of these countries is poor and people there have 
little or no access to information about foreign countries. On top of it, 
democratic countries are very slow in helping democratic nations or movements. 
Few recent examples from Europe: Czechoslovakia 1938, Hungary 1954, 
Czechoslovakia 1968, Poland 1979, not speaking about Bosnia these days. Do you 
really think that somebody would be willing to help democratic uprising in 
China? 

3) There is no guarantee that a rich democratic country will never turn into a 
dictatorship. Examples after World War II - Czechoslovakia and Argentina. Thus 
if only USA were left with advanced nuclear weaponry it would be a piece of cake 
for a dictator to start negoatiation with the other dictators about division of 
the planet. 

The argument about the democratic traditions is not quite valid. The democratic 
tradition is a poorly defined term. The anglo-saxonic countries like to count 
from the 12th century, France likes to count from late 18th but there was couple 
of bloody dictators in these countries since that. With exception of 
Switzerland, the rest of Europe is in even worse situation. 

Having the previous arguments in mind, I decided that I strongly support 
existence of several independent lines of development of advanced nuclear 
weaponry in democratic countries. Perhaps, I am not so proud on mankind and not 
so confident in its bright future. I think, however, that it might be usefull to 
open the textbook of modern history time by time.

With best wishes

Dalibor Stys

  




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