By Mairead Corrigan Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate, September 2014, TRANSCEND Media Service – While US/UK/NATO are pushing for war with Russia, it behoves people and their governments around the world to take a clear stand for peace and against violence and war, no matter where it comes from.
We are at a dangerous point in our history of the human family and it would be the greatest of tragedies for ourselves and our children if we simply allowed the war profiteers to take us into a third world war, resulting in the death of untold millions of people.
NATO’s decision in Wales in September, to create a new 4,000 strong rapid reaction force for initial deployment in the Baltic is a dangerous path for us all to be forced down, and could well lead to a third world war if not stopped. What is needed now is cool heads and people of wisdom and not more guns, more weapons, more war.
NATO is the leadership which has been causing the ongoing wars from the present conflict in the Ukraine, to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and others.
NATOs latest move commits its 28 member-states to spend 2 per cent of their gross domestic product on the military, and to establish a series of three to five bases in Eastern Europe where equipment and supplies will be pre-positioned to help speed deployments amongst other measures.
This decision by US/NATO to create a high readiness force with the alleged purpose of countering an alleged Russian threat reminds me of the war propaganda of lies, half truths, insinuations, rumours to which we were all subjected in order to try to soften us all up for the Iraq war and subsequent horrific wars of terror, which were wars carried out by NATO allied forces and causing the death of untold millions of people and destroying their countries.
NATO’s reports including its satellite photos which show Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside sovereign territory of Ukraine, according to O.S.C.E. observation team, were based on false evidence.
While NATO is busy announcing a counter-invasion to the non-existent Russian invasion of Ukraine, people in Ukraine are calling out for peace and negotiations, for political leadership which will bring them peace, not weapons and war.
This spearhead military force will be provided by allies in rotation and will involve also air, sea and Special Forces. We are informed by a NATO spokesperson also that this spearhead military group will be trained to deal with unconventional actions from the funding of separatist groups to the use of social media, intimidation and black propaganda.
No doubt the current western media’s demonization of president Putin and the Russian people, by trying to inculcate fear and hatred of them is part of the black propaganda campaign.
NATO’s latest proposals of 4,000 soldiers, and a separate force of 10,000 strong British-led joint expeditionary force also proposed, is a highly aggressive move and totally irresponsible by US/UK/NATO forces. It is breaking the 1997 agreement with Moscow under which NATO pledged not to base substantial numbers of soldiers in Eastern Europe on a permanent basis.
NATO should have been disbanded when the Warsaw Pact disintegrated but it was not and is now controlled by American for its own agenda. [One of president bill Clinton’s officials when speaking of NATO said ‘America is NATO’]. Today NATO instead of being abolished is re-inventing itself in re-arming and militarizing European states and justifying its new role by creating enemy images be they Russians, ISIS, etc.
In an inter-dependent, interconnected world, struggling to build fraternity, economic co-operation and human security, there is no place for the cold war policies of killing and threats to kill and policies of exceptionalism and superiority. The world has changed. People do not want to be divided, they do not want to return to a cold war and they want to see an end to violence militarism and war.
The old consciousness is dysfunctional and a new consciousness based on an ethic of nonkilling and respect and co operation is spreading. It’s time for NATO to recognize their violent policies are counterproductive. The Ukraine crisis, groups such as Islamic state, etc., will not be solved with guns, but with justice and through dialogue.
Above all, the world needs hope. It needs inspirational political leadership and this could be given if president Obama and president Putin sat down together to solve the Ukraine conflict through dialogue and negotiation and in a nonviolent way.
We live in dangerous times, but all things are possible, all things are changing…….
And peace is possible.
Mairead Corrigan Maguire is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: www.peacepeople.com. This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 15 September 2014. Go to Original.