An Open Letter To German Chancellor
An Open Letter To German Chancellor Olaf Scholz: Replace Logic Of War By Logic Of Peace!
Academicians, artists and media persons appeal to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz not to deliver weapons and thereby prolong the war in Ukraine, but instead lead an initiative to have a ceasefire and begin serious talks on a peace agreement. The letter warns against a big war, potentially a nuclear one, to grow out of a prolonged war in Ukraine.
Excerpts from the letter, signatories of which include Hans Christoph Graf von Sponeck, the former Assistant Secretary General of the UN and Dr Antje Vollmer, former Vice President of the German Bundestag:
Dear Chancellor Scholz,
We are people of different backgrounds, political attitudes and positions towards the policies of NATO, Russia and the German Government. We all deeply condemn this war of Russia in Ukraine, which cannot be justified by anything. We are united in warning against an uncontrollable expansion of the war with unforeseeable consequences for the entire world and in opposing a prolongation of the war and bloodshed with arms deliveries. By supplying weapons, Germany and other NATO countries have made themselves a de facto party to the war. And thus, Ukraine has also become the battleground for the conflict between NATO and Russia over the security order in Europe, which has been escalating for years.
This brutal war in the middle of Europe is being fought on the backs of the Ukrainian population. The Economic War now unleashed is at the same time endangering supplies for the people of Russia and many poor countries around the world. Reports of war crimes are mounting. Even if they are difficult to verify under the prevailing conditions, it can be assumed that in this war, as in others before, atrocities are being committed and the brutality increases with its duration. All the more reason to end it quickly.
The war carries the real danger of an expansion and uncontrollable military escalation – similar to that in the First World War. Red lines are drawn, which are then crossed by actors and hazards on both sides, and the spiral is once again one step further. If responsible people, like you, dear Chancellor, do not stop this development, we will end up with another big war. Only this time with nuclear weapons, widespread devastation and the end of human civilisation. Avoiding more and more casualties, destruction and further dangerous escalation must therefore have absolute priority.
We, therefore, call on the German Government, the EU and the NATO countries to stop supplying arms to Ukrainian troops and to encourage the Government in Kiev to end military resistance, in exchange for assurances of negotiations on a ceasefire and a political solution.
Negotiations on the rapid withdrawal of Russian troops and the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity should be supported by NATO countries’ own proposals regarding legitimate security interests of Russia and its neighbours.
In order to stop further massive destruction of cities as soon as possible now and to accelerate ceasefire negotiations, the German Government should suggest that the currently besieged, most endangered, and so far largely undestroyed cities, such as Kiev, Kharkiv and Odessa, become “undefended cities” under the I Additional Protocol to the 1949 Geneva Convention. The concept, already defined in the Hague Land Warfare Convention, allowed numerous cities to avoid devastation during Second World War.
The prevailing Logic of War must be replaced by a bold Logic of Peace, and a new European and global architecture of peace must be created, including Russia and China. Germany must not stand on the sidelines here, but take an active role.
Boundless Ocean of Politics has received this article from Christopher Lewis of Schiller Institute, Frankfurt, Germany.
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