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World Against War conference: messages from international activists

The international World Against War conference will bring together delegates from five continents. Ibrahim Mousawi, the former editor from Lebanon’s pro-resistance Al-Manar TV station, and Brigitte Ostmeyer of Germany’s Die Linke tell Socialist Worker

Issue No. 2079

Ibrahim Mousawi

‘This world is full of injustices – oppression, occupation, criminal wars and warmongers. Governments and leaders are attempting to mislead their people and the whole world.

Do we have to remind ourselves that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction – the reason that the US used to attack and occupy the country, while killing more than a million people?

Do we need to remind the world about the daily Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians, atrocities for which the US provides a green light, political cover, military supplies and a UN veto to sabotage any attempt to condemn Israeli atrocities?

I believe that as activists in our peace groups we should not leave questions of leadership to the politicians. We have seen the results when we do.

We have a duty to stop them unleashing slaughter on more countries and peoples.

We have a duty to put forward our definitions of what constitutes “terrorism” – ones that comply with the international law and the doctrine of human rights, not ones that will please the criminals in suits and their high ranking governmental positions.

I believe we can bring people together, not only to talk, but to work hard for peace. We have to know that we are all brothers and sisters, and that we should fight oppression and occupation.

I believe we should develop common goals and a plan to achieve them. After all, we all have the right to live in peace and with dignity.

I believe that people have the power to achieve a lot, and that their tasks are too important to be left in the hands of politicians.

We have a job to do and we will do it.

Brigitte Ostmeyer

In Germany the Left Party is the only party that is strictly pacifistic and

of course against the “war on terror” – you cannot fight “terror” by military means.

We believe that international disputes can and should be peacefully resolved.

For instance the Left Party tried to convince our parliament to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan.

Together with the peace movement we organised a collection of signatures and a peace demonstration in Berlin against the occupation of Afghanistan in which about 15,000 people participated.

I believe that it is important to get together with as many activists and peace movements as possible to plan further actions against the wars all over the world.

Only together might we have a chance in our non violent fight for peace.

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