Globalisation is now a big factor for the anti-war and peace movements.
Over the past two or three years the peace-loving peoples of the world have faced the so called war against terror.
At the same time our movement has developed truly global dimensions—there are international links and networks on a scale never seen before.
The real political driving force behind these changes is the widespread realisation that the problems we face are not narrow, parochial problems.
They are problems which face the whole world—war, militarisation, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the abuse of international law.
The issues of war and globalisation are linked. Globalisation and war are both ways in which the US seeks to establish its domination.
The former enables the US to force open national economies—enforcing privatisation, labour deregulation and the free flow of capital, and ensuring US domination.
The latter is a way of dealing with states deemed to be uncooperative, which have failed to be coerced through the economic route.
Indeed, there are very strong links between the whole range of issues that have been debated at the ESF. What has been so remarkable over the past couple of years is the way in which these links have been so widely understood.
The ESF is an incredible opportunity to develop these links, through discussion. But hand in hand with the discussion we have to make sure that we have analysis and action.
Through our discussions we have also to understand the underlying political trends that give rise to them.
The US drive for global domination, through economic and military means, and its ideological justification—the “Project for the New American Century”—must be exposed.
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