PEACE BUREAU DENOUNCES THREATS AGAINST SYRIA, ORGANISES CONFERENCE ON ALTERNATIVES TO MILITARY INTERVENTION
Geneva, 29 August, 2013.
The IPB today vigorously denounced the ominous threats by Western powers to ‘punish’ the Syrian regime for its so far unproven use of chemical weapons.
This is a step that will undoubtedly aggravate an already tragic conflict; will violate international law if conducted without a UN SC mandate (thus undermining the very system of legality the powers claim to be upholding); will draw them inexorably deep into the conflict, with incalculable consequences for global security; will stimulate the creation of another generation of anti-Western militants; and while Assad may remain, it could easily lead ultimately to the fall of various western governments – none of whom appear to have learned the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan.
We urge all our supporters and activists to demonstrate publicly and use all other methods to persuade Washington, London and Paris (and their endorsers) to exercise patience and creativity and to think of other ways to get rid of weapons of mass destruction. They could usefully make a few positive steps by moving in the direction of eliminating their own stocks.
It is not yet too late to draw back from a possible disaster.
To explore these issues further, IPB is holding a major international conference in Stockholm on Sept 13-15 on the theme of alternatives to military intervention. Speakers include Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Maguire (recently returned from Syria) and Jody Williams. Together with Nobel nominee Terumi Tanaka (A & H Bomb Sufferers Organisation, Japan), they will address a distinguished audience at the Nobel Museum on the evening of Sept 13. Other highlights include the award of the annual MacBride Peace Prize to Bradley/Chelsea Manning (representative). More details at http://www.ipb.org
Colin Archer, Secretary-General
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