Stop the March to World War III

March 7th, 2023 - by Europe for Peace

Stop the March Towards World War III!

Europe for Peace

(March 2, 2023) — In Europe, North America and a few other countries that feed themselves with information from the western media, it can have escaped no one’s attention that we are actually on the march towards World War III.

The similarities with the 1930s are terrifying:

  • Multiple fronts of military activity are opening up; one in Ukraine and two more on the way in Iran and Taiwan.
  • Extreme nationalism is on the rise, together with violent scapegoating of migrants of all kinds and, in fact, of anyone who is not a white, cis-gendered, heterosexual, male.
  • A deteriorating economic situation is leaving vast swathes of people impoverished even in the world’s “richest” countries,
  • Propaganda is spewing from the media of all factions, dehumanising those who live in countries on the other side of the conflict, and,
  • Any attempt at raising voices for peace and negotiated settlements to conflicts is silenced or vilified and those who attempt to do so are labeled as “appeasers”.

Yes, all the ingredients are here for the outbreak of an all-out world war from which human civilisation will not survive.

At this critical juncture in human history, we find the “peace” movement in the West to be totally fragmented and unable to give a clear and unified response. In the run-up to the war in Iraq in 2003, millions of people around the world marched against a war that they understood would never affect them personally because it was too far away geographically. Now when we are on the brink of a war that will affect the entire planet, the world is silent!

We can identify two tendencies in this fragmented panorama; those who blame everything on the West, NATO, and their military pretensions to global hegemony on the one hand and justify the invasion as an unfortunate but necessary evil; and those who blame everything on Vladimir Putin and his pretensions to re-establish the old Soviet Union.

Both sides justify the bloodshed and even go as far as to call for more weapons to be sent to the region. Both factions put the value of “the State” above human life and in both cases, the last thing to be considered is the welfare of the people of the conflict region who never asked for this war, and who are being slaughtered in their thousands.

Both sides see this conflict as a zero-sum game; someone must win and someone must lose. Both sides ignore the fact that the end to every conflict is eventually negotiated around a conference table. Both sides would prefer to see mass slaughter rather than negotiate a solution in which further deaths are prevented.

In this context, maybe now is the time to launch a call for a new peace movement that is centred on the welfare of human beings and the planet, first and foremost.

Foundations of a New Peace Movement

Before asking what would the foundations of a new peace movement be, we must ask, what does the world that we aspire to look like? It is not an abstract question because a world where conflict is not resolved through the armed act of war is not the world we live in today. If we want a world where people behave differently, we need an image of something different, a new utopia, a Universal Human Nation.

Today, more than ever before, ordinary citizens across the planet must come together and stand on a common platform of rights and responsibilities that have nothing to do with gender, economic status, religion, colour of skin, sexual orientation or nationality.

But what would this platform look like? What are the principles, what are the conditions, what are the rights and responsibilities that underpin a world in which everyone can live in harmony?

Respect the Sacredness of Life and Planet

Firstly, it must be clear that the world that we aspire to must be sustainable. We only have one planet. It is illogical and detrimental to the survival of the human species to continue to allow activity that exhausts the planet’s resources. Planet Earth has to be cared for so that all forms of life can be sustained, not just for five years until the next election, but for hundreds of millions of years.

Secondly, however we are organised, there can be no other value above human life and the sustainability of the planet. The Nation State, lines on maps, religions, monarchs, money, the free market and other abstract concepts have all been used as the basis on which to organise society. All of them have resulted in incredible violence and cruelty against both human beings and the planet. A future system of global governance must be based on the principle that human life is the central value.

Thirdlythe right to a dignified life for all human beings must be enshrined in the constitution of a new world. A world that allows individuals or groups of human beings to subjugate other human beings to a life of pain and suffering is what have now and it doesn’t work.

Fourthly, the constitution of the new world must be based on the agreement that war and weapons of war are illegal. We can never again allow a small group of human beings to impose their will on the vast majority under the threat of war and violence.

It is unlikely in the near future that human beings will develop the capacity to prevent conflict from happening at source, but we can develop the capacity through a legal framework to abolish violence and the use of weapons as a means to resolve conflict.

Finally, we must recognise that violence is not only the physical act of harming another person. Violence is also economic, psychological, sexual, cultural, religious, moral, etc. Violence in all its forms must be abolished and we must educate the future generations with the tools for resolving conflict through nonviolent personal and social transformation.

The Time Is Now; The Situation Is Urgent

A massive awakening of public consciousness to the danger that we are threatened with is urgent!

The time has come for all the good people all around the world to reject the violence imposed by the global system in which we live.

The time has come to create the new world that we aspire to and to move in that direction through social organisation.

Perhaps this call to action from Europe for Peace can be a step in the right direction?

Will we be able to do it? The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.

An Open Letter to Civil Society:
On April 2, We Will Converge for Peace
Europe For Peace

(March 2, 2023) — We know that the possible evolution of the conflict in Ukraine depends on the involvement of the whole of society in terms of economic and human resources. In many European countries there is talk of compulsory military conscription and, in some Eastern European countries, of partial mobilisation. In this framework, there will be less and less space and opportunities to express dissent; history teaches us how these things go.

This year there have already been many demonstrations and actions against war and for peace; however, governments continue on their unfortunate path.

We are aware that this war is the result of deep contradictions in our society and that only a radical change of paradigm, and therefore of mentality and values, can lead to true and lasting peace. We know that all this cannot be solved with a few demonstrations or an appeal, but all the activities that thousands of organisations have carried out have been an important signal for the future and for the new generations.

Our proposal is to converge in Europe, and perhaps throughout the world, in activities that promote peace on the same day, 2 April. We will not be proposing to create a new coordination, a new network of organisations or a new acronym, but that everyone will carry out their own initiatives with their own creativity. We will only coordinate on that day so that the signal is strong.

All kinds of activities: demonstrations, sit-ins, conferences…, even meditations and prayers – which everyone will do according to their religion or their atheism – will be welcome. We are at a time when there is also a need for convergence between the religious and secular worlds.

On 2 April, we will also be proposing to turn off all television and social networks, as a nonviolent protest against the media that have become the messengers of propaganda for war and violence. We are aware that this is difficult to achieve, but the force of the whole can make it possible.

In order to circulate the information and make the activities known outside our own country, we can count on the international agency Pressenza, which supports the campaign.

If you find this initiative interesting, we ask you to help us spread the word. Below you will find an appeal that we are spreading among people and that many organisations are already supporting.

Europe for Peace