I was profoundly moved to be the first United Nations Secretary-General to attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima. I also visited Nagasaki. Sadly, we know the terrible humanitarian consequences from the use of even one weapon. As long as such weapons exist, so, too, will the risks of use and proliferation.
International peace and security depend on certain taboos that are easily recognized when they are broken. It can be more important for an intervention to take place because nuclear or chemical or biological weapons are used as opposed to just measuring how many people are killed.
Military dictatorship is born from the power of the gun, and so it undermines the concept of the rule of law and gives birth to a culture of might, a culture of weapons, violence and intolerance.
Any use of chemical weapons, by anyone, under any circumstances, is a grave violation of the 1925 Protocol and other relevant rules of customary international law.
The majority of Americans, the ones who never elected George W. Bush, are not fooled by his weapons of mass distraction.
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
The Afghans did not have sophisticated weapons like the Soviets did, but with their faith they defeated a superpower.
Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts.
Words are potent weapons for all causes, good or bad.
A man who cannot be enticed by money or intimidated by the threat of jail or death has two of the strongest weapons that anyone has to offer.