Moderates All Over The World, Unite!
by Johan Galtung
MODERATES ALL OVER THE WORLD, UNITE!
Speech to 25,000 from the German Peace Movement, Köln, 14/09/02
Johan Galtung, Director TRANSCEND: A Peace and Development Network
We, the peoples, are hostages to three fundamentalisms.
One is Muslim: the Wahhabite Sunnis, from Saudi Arabia, responsible for
the criminalSeptember 11 attack a year ago.
One is Christian: the Puritan Protestants, from England who set the
tone for what became the United States. Both think they are Chosen
People, by their God. Both think they inhabit a sacred, Promised Land.
Both think "he who is not with me is against me". Both take the lives of
others easily, like in capital punishment. In fact, they are so similar
that George bin Laden and Osama Bush could exchange speeches. One
killed thousands on September 11; the second followed up with more
thousands on October 7 2001.
But the United States of America is ridden by yet another
fundamentalism, market fundamentalism. There is a Chosen People, the
CEOs, chief executive officers, of their corporations. There is a
sacred land, the Market, and they struggle for their share. Anyone
who does not believe in the "unfettered" Market but has other economic
ideas and ideals is to be handled as a traitor. And they take the lives
of others easily, like the 100,000 dying every
day mainly because the Market cannot satisfy their basic needs for food
and health, a quarter of them from hunger alone.
The world has many problems, but one is bigger than the others. That
problem has a name. The name is the United States; geo-fascist, some
democracy on the inside, fascist on the outside.
They think they are above the law, so directly under God that there is
no space for the UN, international law and human rights. Like Israel,
today also ridden by fundamentalists,they defy systematically the will
expressed in United Nations resolutions. They defy generations of work
for world rule of law.
Iraq suffers from the same syndrome, seeing itself as chosen by History
and the Arab nation, for suffering and redemption. And Iraq itself broke
international law August 1990.
So we are against any Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and in favor of
UN inspection and control. But that applies in the Middle East not only
to Iraq, but also to Israel.
And we are in favor of regime change in Iraq if the people of Iraq
should wish so in free and fair elections, supervised by appropriate
election monitoring. But that applies also to the
USA, badly in need of international monitoring to guarantee free and
fair elections to elect, not select, a president.
There is a formula for peace: equality, equity, symmetry. Equality for
the law is one expression of this. Any country, any people that think
they are above the law is a threat to peace. In their own interest step
down before others force you to do so.
We are against war in Iraq mainly to satisfy the unsatiable greed of
the present US regime for oil and pipe-lines, like in Kosovo, like in
Afghanistan. We hail Gerhard Schröder, the only Western statesman to
stand up and say what most of them think: not with us. And like him I
say this because I love the USA as much as I hate its foreign policy: as
a friend, whose duty it is to warn when his friend errs. Today we are
A Conference for Security and Cooperation in the Middle East with
Israel-Palestine, Iraq and Kurdistan on the agenda is the way There is
a clear model: the Helsinki Conference 1973-75. And an actor: the
gigantic East-West peace movement, the civil society. The
European Union now has an historical chance to play a similar role for
peace, taking the initiative to a Middle East conference.
Moderates all over the world, unite - in a gigantic North-South peace
movement! You have only your fundamentalists to lose.
TRANSCEND PEACE UNIVERSITY:
A DREAM COMING TRUE
Some Welcoming Words
By Johan Galtung, Rector, TPU
On February 3 2003 TPU opens with six 15-weeks courses,
Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means; Nonmilitary Aspects of
Security; Global Conflicts and Nonviolence; Peacebuilding and
Empowerment; Peace Journalism; The Roles of Arts in Peace-Building
Please consult www.transcend.org/tpu, or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration by 23/01/03. TRANSCEND in general: www.transcend.org.
But now, let us focus on the future of this dream coming true!
And please give us advice, more of this, less of that etc. We are
entering fairly unexplored territory so we need your help.
The general purpose so far is to provide people who work for
peace by peaceful means, development by developmental means and
environment by environmental means with more knowledge and skills.
Thus, at the present stage our primary concern is to be useful to
practitioners of all kinds and ages; including students. Later on
TPU will also launch more theoretical courses in peace, conflict
and development theory, preparing participants for MA and higher
level, all the time combining our on-line and on-site courses.
The next batch of six courses will be launched this coming
September and will probably include Reconciliation; Peace
Operations; Peace Business; Peace Zones; Deep Culture; Dialogue.
Possibly the first six courses will be repeated, meaning we will
be offering a dozen courses. Hopefully; I am sharing with you our
visions. There is a lot of work behind all this so do not be
surprised if there are some changes.
And there are other courses now being conceived, close to
birth. Maybe within five years fifty courses? Qui vivra, verra!
So let us continue hoping and visioning. To start with, all
these courses are offered in English; and we shall continue doing
so, from TRANSCEND International. But TRANSCEND has already
national chapters in Japan, Rumania, Austria, Canada and Norway
(possibly adding Korea, Denmark, Russia, USA, Germany, Spain). And
regional chapters for Central America, South America, South Asia,
Southeast Asia are being developed. Our hope is within five years
to be able to offer courses in a score languages; not all courses
in all, but many in some - with plenty of national variations.
Ambitious? Certainly. TPU will give substance to that ambition.
We live in a world where governments desperately defend their
monopoly on violence, fighting wars by belligerent means. And the
NGO opposition is often limited to a language with one word: NO!
Important, but not good enough. We are among those who show both
government and non-governments that there are so many other
possibilities, so much that should, must, can be done. If you are
looking for "peace by belligerent means", do not try TPU. If you
are looking for analysis and critique only, do not try TPU. But
if you are looking for constructive, well thought-out
alternatives, based on analysis and experience, come to TPU.
And help us make a dream come true.
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