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Robert Pickus

Robert Pickus (born October 31, 1923 in Sioux City, Iowa[1]) has been a prominent figure in Quaker, pacifist, and peace movements. He is co-author of Speak Truth to Power (American Friends Service Committee, 1955); founder of Turn Toward Peace (1961), and World Without War Council (1969); and co-author with Robert Woito of To End War: an Introduction to the Ideas, Books, Organizations, and Work That Can Help (1970) In the mid-1960s Pickus caused controversy by attacking "radical pacifists and leftists" in the anti-Vietnam war movement, whom he accused of being "naively one-sided in their criticism of American foreign policy". [2]

In a 2001 interview, Pickus argued that in "the current political climate, war is essential for justice to prevail". [3] He also stated that the WWWC supported actions such as the bombing of Taliban radio systems, provided civilians were given advance warning. [3] Pickus also stated he regarded the United States as a benevolent force in world affairs. [3]


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  1. Foreign Area Fellowship Program (1952). Directory, Foreign Area Fellows. The Program. p. 158. 
  2. Charles DeBenedetti, Charles Chatfield, An American Ordeal: The Antiwar Movement of the Vietnam Era Syracuse University Press, 1990. ISBN 0815602456, (p. 64, p. 95))
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Erin Mclaughlin,"Group Advocating Peace Finds Solutions in Violence". The Daily Californian, October 3, 2001. Retrieved 24th November 2013.

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