Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

Rachel Findlay, the founder and director of Nuclear Dialogue, an organization that brought together members of the peace movement with non-elected public officials for dialogues during the Cold War, told that she once attended a meeting in Washington and sat next to an American General at dinner. He said with deep conviction,

“The only language the Soviets understand is the threat of force.”

After a while, she asked him,

“Would you yield to the threat of force?”

He looked at her in disbelief and said,

“Never! Are you out of your mind?”


Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. Fischer was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University 1986-88, has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities, and been a consultant to the United Nations. He was co-founder, with Johan Galtung, of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment in 1993.

Excerpted from Dietrich Fischer’s Stories to Inspire You – TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.


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