A Canticle for Leibowitz Summary and Analysis: Part 3 (Fiat Voluntas Tua), Chapters 25-26

Walter M. Miller Jr.

Summary and Analysis: Part 3 (Fiat Voluntas Tua), Chapters 25-26

Summary
The Defense Minister is holding another press conference as news of the increases in radiation levels has become common knowledge. A female reporter asks him about two recent nuclear explosions that violated international law, and the Minister claims that only one violation has occurred. This violation, he says, was an explosion at Itu Wan in Asia, which was not his government’s fault. He denies the reporter’s charge that the explosion Joshua and Zerchi have just speculated about occurred, and maintains that the Itu Wan explosion was a test by Asia. He says there will be no war, but his government’s armed forces are ready to be conscripted by the World Court to enforce any ruling it makes against Asia....

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