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The logic of peace: building bridges of resistance, connecting alternatives [en] | fr
16 December 2003

There is a peace camp. We need to maintain unity between different streams and cultures. Relations with the social subjects, old and new. Confidence in our values and perspectives. Globalization of the bosses is failing.



 

Globalization of peace and rights is gaining ground. But the risk of a brutal showdown is high. To relaunch the mobilization is crucial. WSF indicates the skyline we walk to. Mobilizations and anti war projects must be strictly connected.

Common experiences are needed, in the solidarity field. Important lessons come from the Balkan wars : activities of the peace movements, in strict contact with the citizens and civic forces of former Yu, humanitarian aid-based on a political vision of democracy and human rights, opposition to war. Another example: peace movements’ activities in the Middle East. We have to push the EU, and Europe as a whole, for a new role of peace. We can and must use the international law for peace strategies and contrast the war logic and the economic powers. Change must be democratic, based on civilization principles for a radical opposition to this globalization model—renegade of civilization. Non violence is part of this alternative—because violence is integrant part of this globalization. Relaunch disarmament. On doing so, we must preserve autonomy of the Movement.

Alternative proposals

New common campaigns at European and international level, to present at Paris ESF, and at WSF. A new day of mobilization (as February 15) focused on: Stop the war in Iraq. For a just peace in the Middle East, the proposal of USA peace movements, to act together on March 20, may be considered.Push for decent EU articles on the EU constitution: EU rejects war; Equality rights for migrants, for example the right to vote, and social rights; respect and implementation of environment; multiculturalism (the good one).

The only war is the war against hunger. The only peace is the one based on justice






 
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