Disarming Logic

SCOTLAND--On June 8, 1999, Angela Zelter, Ellen Moxley and Bodil Ulla Roder slipped into the Faslane Naval Base near Argyll, commandeered two inflatable rafts and made a beeline for a nuclear-armed US Trident submarine. The peace activists managed to toss some of the sub's equipment into Loch Goil before they were apprehended. The defendants argued that a 1996 International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling gave them the right to "disarm" the base. On October 20, Judge Margaret Gimblett, citing the 1CJ's ruling that the possession of nuclear weapons violates international law, ruled that the peace action was justified because "the threat or use of Trident could be construed as . . . an infringement of international and customary law." The judge acquitted all three.

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