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Pacifist responses to war, urgent debate in the face of militant barbarism

The world is the horizon. Also a road. War is death, but so is business. There are many ways to resist; among them, refusing to kill. For more than sixty minutes, activists and peace researchers unraveled on the set of Público the ways that exist to distract humanity from the madness of war. Against the backdrop of Ukraine or Yemen, pacifism is once again asserting itself.

“Many times you don’t want to listen,” he summed up. Itziar Ruiz JimenezProfessor of International Relations at Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM)at the time of the meeting organized public place and broadcast by Público TV.

“Utopians are those who believe that war will solve the conflict,” he later noted. Peter Ortegapeace veteran and researcher Delas Center for Peace Studies. “There is a militant culture because there is a part of history that was written on the basis of wars,” emphasized the vice president International Peace Bureau (IPB), Jordi Calvowho also participated – in his case via videoconference – at this table.

The meeting was introduced and moderated by a journalist Virginia Perez Alonso, director of public relations. As soon as the broadcast began, the person in charge of this media focused precisely on some of the issues that are discussed today and permeate political decisions.

Pérez Alonso referred to this “militant fervor” that is gaining momentum and sums up everything “already classic, you are with me or against me”. “If you don’t support sending weapons to Ukraine, you justify Russian attacks,” he cited as an example.

Ruiz-Jiménez often took the floor, and he did so to emphasize that “deeply militant culture that permeates the various stories.” Faced with these arguments in defense of violence, the UAFM professor chose a different path, a different path. One more bet. “War,” he said during the program, “never solves any situation. It only breeds damage, pain and death.”

“Why do we persist in trying to resolve conflicts between states through violence?”

Ortega then asked himself a question. “Why do we persist? try to resolve conflicts between states through violence? Calvo answered. “There is a warlike culture that has much deeper roots than we thought, and for good reason.” It happens, he said, “because the money is invested in it.”

Meeting public place happened the day after Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released data on global military spending in 2021. The numbers are outrageous: in the second year of the pandemic, US spending on the militaristic sphere reached $2.11 trillion, which is a new record.

Spain, with $19.5 billion in military spending – 5.6% more than in 2020 – has moved from 17th to 16th place in this ranking, ahead of the United States. Those numbers are now about to fatten up in the midst of a war in Ukraine that has fanned the flames of militarism and military spending even further. In fact, the Spanish government is on the list of NATO members that have promised to increase GDP allocated to defense by up to 2%.

Ortega stressed that these overtures to the military industry did not begin with the war in Ukraine, but earlier. “The inertia of increasing global military spending was already on the table,” he said.

Ways of pacifist feminism

For his part, Ruiz-Jiménez brought up another key element, which he recalled is part of the proposals pacifist feminism for decades. “Money is being diverted from taxpayers instead of being directed towards gender-based violence, health care or education,” he said.

The professor emphasized that “instead of putting peace and human rights at the forefront, it continues to naturalize that this money should be used for the benefit of some companies and culture of masculinity deeply cruel.

Not without discussion and the decision of the Spanish government to send weapons to Ukraine. Jordi Calvo He pointed out that “we must help the Ukrainian population to resist, but the only way to do this is not with the help of the armed forces: whoever hides, he resists, who runs, he resists, who deserts from the army or goes out to protest and resists the occupier without violence.”

“Of course, there are alternative ways to war and violence”

Investigator Peter Ortega He clarified on this occasion that “sending weapons to Ukraine only prolongs the conflict”, “bringing more pain and death.” How did you defend Delas Center for Peace Studies since the beginning of Russian attacks on Ukrainian soil, “this conflict, like most, will be resolved only at the negotiating and dialogue table.”

“Of course, there are alternative paths to war and violence. The main thing is the diplomatic offensive,” the veteran activist added. The paths to peace remain open.


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