The end of war: An impossible dream?

Hiroshima after the atomic bomb in 1945
Hiroshima after the atomic bomb in 1945 (© National Archives)

We called the First World War the “war to end all wars”, but even considering the monstrous killing that invariably followed and continues to this day, there are some who believe, nevertheless, that it is possible to actually end war. Ben Ferencz, a Romanian-born American lawyer who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with his own eyes and served as a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals, explains in this programme why he believes it is possible to raise the standards of civilisation and create a code of international law that would make war illegal. He appears in this programme together with his brother Don Ferencz, Director of the Planethood Foundation, and William Pace, Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement. Can we do it? End war?

Producer: Chris Tenove

Broadcast March 29, 2006