Peace Is Possible
TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 7 Dec 2020
The following is an open letter I sent from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to the International Peace Bureau in Berlin, Germany, following their request for a donation on “Giving Tuesday” (1st December)
Dear IPB Executive, dear friends of Peace,
Nothing would make us happier–HUFUD and I personally–than help IPB achieve its goals of “disarmament, development and education“, but we first need to know what are your achievements in your 128-year history.
I know you have already created a very wide global network for peace and justice; I know you’ve partnered with trade unions, social movements, and climate activists.
I also know that in those 128 years we have experienced:
two World Wars,
hundreds of wars, long and short, between countries as well as civil wars
thousands of armed conflicts, many still raging, thousands killed every day
development of the military industry
increase in killing power
increase in Injustice (poverty, homelessness, unemployment, hunger)
increase in Trade Union strikes
increase in the number of refugees
increase in deforestation
increase in climate change
increase in social violence
increase in diseases
many tourist economies destroyed (well before the Covid-19 invasion)
In those 128 years we have also seen the creation of the International War Club known as the United Nations Organization, the idea originating from America, the only country in history to have killed through nuclear power, which partly explains why UNO agreed, at their UNESCO meeting, to have their own Nuclear Research Centre (CERN) close to their European Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. The United Nations model inspired many countries to establish their own nuclear centers.
In your communication you say, “We know that together we can.” I believe exactly the same but I also know Peace, Justice, Equality, Education for all, no hunger, no homelessness, control of climate change, of air pollution and the environment in general, better health research and healthcare, and much more, will only be achieved after we free the planet from Militarism, Armed Forces and military production.
Machine guns, bullets, landmines, grenades, bombs, rockets and torpedoes are made for killing and nothing else. Tanks, rocket launchers, air fighters and warships are manufactured to help destroy life and buildings. As collateral, they destroy economies and the environment.
Our sincere and strong hopes, my friends at IPB, is that you are with us on this and accept the reality, that unless you – we – demand and achieve the Universal Abolition of Militarism, working for Peace, Justice, Human Rights, is a total waste of time, energy and people’s money.
Alberto Portugheis is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. By profession a concert pianist and pedagogue, he is an active peace campaigner, whose anti-military stance earned him a nomination for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. As a result, Portugheis wrote Dear Ahed…..The Game of War and a Path to Peace – a book that has received critical acclaim. Another successful book followed: $$$$$s In Their Hearts. In 2015 he founded the Movement HUFUD-Humanity United For Universal Demilitarisation, which has many followers worldwide. In 2018 HUFUD Latin America was born, based in Bogotá, Colombia. In Portugheis’ writings, speeches, thoughts, ideas and reflections transpire his desire “to make people think” and not take for granted what they read or hear, “no matter where.”
Tags: Anti-militarism, Demilitarization, International Peace Bureau-IPB, Peace
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