Preventive War Leads to the Stone Age
"Waging preventive wars, contempt for international naorms and institutions and the primitive use of violence lead back to the Stone Age.. The primitive black-white thinking of the US government, the division of the world in good and evil, puts people on the wrong tract. Such slogans are disguised declarations of war on the rest of the world, lead to new hostility and pave the way to a real clash of cultures."
Preventive War Leads Back to the Stone Age
[The doctrine of preventive war leads to new hostility and paves the way to a clash of cultures. World peace is far away. This September 27, 2003 article is translated from the German on the World Wide Web,
The world has not changed for the better since the end of the Stone Age At that time as today, raw violence, greed and ownership fixation dominated instead of moderation, balance and reconciliation.
The US doctrine of preventive defense, recorded in the National Security Strategy and demonstrated during the Iraq war, is not a new phenomenon in world politics. Adolf Hitler justified his surprise attack on Poland as preventive defense. The old practice should now be anchored as a new doctrine in international relations and legalized in the structures of the UN. If this succeeds, the period of balanced diplomacy will end. Then the law of the jungle will rule again.
The practice of waging offensive wars is a step backward to the darkest time of the 20th century. More exactly, the war against Iraq was an offensive war, not a preventive war. Iraq was by no means a threat to world peace. The national security of the United States was never seriously in danger. The security advisor of the president, Condolezza Rice and Secretary of State Powell publically admitted this years ago as revealed in a recent report of the Australian journalist John Pilger. The rhetoric first changed after September 11. That moment connected Iraq with the production of weapons of mass destruction and with contacts in the international terrorism scene and justified a war for gaining control over Iraqi crude oil.
The war against Iraq was not a preventive war but an offensive war. A warning example should be set in Iraq and the doctrine of preventive war legitimated on the international plane. The Nazis were condemned for waging offensive wars by the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nurnberg.
Fear of the Foreign is not Overcome
Hatred, mistrust and hostility poison relations of nations once again. Separation, rearmament and war are the consequences. The call for solidarity, fraternity and peace remains unheard in the wilderness. Disarmament and peace appear only as unrealistic or starry-eyed illusions.
Peace among the nations, cultures and religions sounds like a slogan of dreamy utopians. The world doesn't function that way, liberal editorial writers and politicians protest untiringly. Who can still imagine reconciliation between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East, understanding between Hindus and Moslems in India, economic equalization between rich and poor, fair world trade and war against hunger, poverty and sickness instead of war for oil, gas and diamonds?
"Stop! Don't Kill! Violence is a defeat for everyone! War is not a political means"
The world religions have a common core. The command of tolerance and charity and the obligation for peace unite Christians, Jews, Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists. The way only leads into confrontation where religion is stirred up in mission and politically
misused. The Christian fundamentalists around George W. Bush are no better than the supporters of Osama bin Laden.
Bush and bin laden represent two sides of one medallion. Both appeal to God and glorify themselves as chosen and sent by God. Both feel their cause is just and appeal to their religion. However violence can never be justified religiously. Religions preach peace, not war. Bush's favorite philosopher, Jesus of Nazareth, would not have allowed Bagdad to be inundated with bombs.
The 2003 Aachen Prayer for world peace repeats this message. "Stop! Don't Kill! Violence is a defeat for everyone! War is not a political means!", catholoic bishops, protestant ministers, Jewish rabbis, buddhist monks, Muslim Imame and Hindu priests declared at the end of the religious meeting in Aachen. And "whoever kills in God's name must know: God's name is peace."
The primitive black-white thinking of the US government, the division oc the world in good and evil, puts people on the wrong track. Such slogans are disguised declarations of war on the rest of the world, lead to new hostility and pave the way to a real clash of cultures..
Waging preventive wars, contempt for international norms and institutions and the primitive use of violence lead back to the Stone Age. The saying of the philosopher Spinoza has been true since the Stone Age: "Eveeyone only has rights when he has power." The person, it seems, has learned nothing since the days of barbarism and stubbornly refuses all lessons of history.
The US government should not be condemned onesidedly. Every other state including the German state yearns to prevail that way. Who doesn't dream of forcibly dominating the world? Imperialism, colonialism and slavery, NS (national socialist) ideology, racial madness and economic exploitation are in no way burnt at the stake of history but are as burning as ever even if they appear in new garments. We put on a brave front for mutual reassurance, and patch the little cloth of civilization over the new old mentality.
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