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All We Are Saying is NO More War and let it begin with Syria

vanunuNobel Laureate Mairead Maguire knows that a peaceful and just society can be achieved only through nonviolent means and that the path to peace lies in each of our hearts.

Photo of Mairead and Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu, in east Jerusalem where Vanunu is still waiting for his right to leave Israel.

(BELFAST / Florida) – On 25 June 2012, Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire issued the call for ‘NO to War in Syria’ and for an all inclusive dialogue to solve the conflict.

Her history proves “that a peaceful and just society can be achieved only through nonviolent means and that the path to peace lies in each of our hearts.”

A Little History of Mairead Corrigan Maguire:

In 1976, in Belfast, thousands of ordinary people throughout Northern Ireland, led by mostly women, demonstrated for an end to the killings known as “The Troubles” which began in 1969. By 1998, over thirty-four hundred people were killed in the crossfire of a brutal war against British colonial interests, revolutionary republicanism, and a revolt against the age-old, oppressive bigotry and fanaticism of religious ideologies.

On August 10, 1976, Máiread Corrigan Maguire’s two nephews and one of her nieces, all little children, were killed on a Belfast street corner.

“A British army patrol shot and killed an IRA gunman, Danny Lennon, whose car then plowed into the sidewalk, killing the children, and severely injuring Mairead’s sister Anne, who died several years later. In a land soaked with blood, their deaths came as a severe shock. Suddenly, thousands of people began to say, “Enough is enough. The killing and violence have to stop.”

Máiread, Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, organized weekly peace marches and demonstrations were attended by over half a million people throughout Ireland and England.

Máiread understands “that a peaceful and just society can be achieved only through nonviolent means and that the path to peace lies in each of our hearts.”

Fueled by her faith, Maried, a lone voice of wisdom, compassion and common sense stood on the streets of Belfast and said “No — No to the IRA, No to the UDA and LVF (the Ulster Defence Association and the Loyalist Volunteer Force, unionist/ loyalist paramilitaries), No to the British government’s emergency laws and interrogation centers and human rights abuses, No to injustice, bigotry, discrimination, No to any desecration of human life and dignity.’

In Belfast during the 1980′s and early 90′s, Máiread’s vision of non-violence was dismissed, ridiculed, and ignored, while those who called for retaliatory vengeance and violence were applauded. From the start, Maried understood that her dream had to reach beyond the narrow boundaries of North Ireland to embrace a non-violent future for all humanity.

After a year of political negotiations, a breakthrough settlement was reached on Good Friday 1998, bringing Northern Ireland to an Easter dawn of peace.

Maried and Betty were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for what had once been unimaginable became reality and Maried continues to envision the unimaginable: justice and peace in Israel Palestine.

It was during my November 2008 trip to Israel Palestine when I met Mairead Maguire:

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Mairead Maguire’s 25 June 2012 statement:

People around the world are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Syria.

While we are being presented with some perspective of what is occurring on the ground to the people of Syria, the door seems closed to others.

We search for voices we can trust, voices which point to a peaceful, lasting solution to the conflict. We search for truth because it is truth which will set the Syrian people free.

Truth is difficult to find, so through the haze of conflicting narratives we must inevitably hear the voices and wisdom of men and women of peace in Syria.

Many may believe that there is a fight going on in Syria for ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’.

We can be seduced into thinking there is a magic wand or instant formula to mix that will create a democratic country, but there are none.

If it is a democracy a people want they must strive for it in their own way.

It is said the Greek idea of democracy was that people would be equally valued.

This is something every society has to strive for at every point in its history; it itself is a ‘revolutionary’ concept and a nonviolent revolutionary action.

Strive to value everyone equally. It is an idea, a motivation for a better world that doesn’t require blood; it requires the hard work of people and the nurturing of a community spirit; a constant growing of peace and it starts within each human heart.

Who are the voices of peace in regard to the crisis in Syria?

Many of them we cannot hear from where we are standing. They are the mothers and father and children who want to leave their homes to walk to market or to school without fear. They are the people, who have been working hard for Syria, for the idea of Syria as a secular and modern country.

There are some Syrian voices that have been heard consistently since the beginning of the crisis. Many of them are anonymous and they speak to us about injustices and atrocities. Numbers are given and fingers are pointed. The blame may be apportioned correctly or it may not.

Everything is happening too quickly; commentators and politicians are making decisions with haste and looking only in one corner for support for their certainty. But in the heat of the madness of violent ethnic/political conflict we must listen and ask questions and hear and speak with some uncertainty because it is certainty that can take a people and a country in a rush to war.

The face of the Mufti of Syria is hardly known in the western world, but if we have learned anything from past conflict, it is the importance of all inclusive dialogue. He and many other Syrians who have peace in their hearts should be invited to sit with a council of elders from other countries, to tell of their stories and proposals for ways forward for the Syrian people.

The United Nations was not set up to provide an arena for the voices and games of the powerful; rather it should be a forum for such Syrian voices to be heard.

We need to put ourselves in the shoes of the Syrian people and find peaceful ways forward in order to stop this mad rush towards a war the mothers and fathers and children of Syria do not want and do not deserve.

We all know there are Imams, priests and nuns, fathers, mother, young people all over Syria crying out for peace and when the women in hijabs shout to the world after a bombing or a massacre in Syria ‘haram, haram’ let us hear and listen to them.

We are sure there are many heroes in Syria among them, Christian Patriarchs, Bishops, Priests, and religious.

A modern hero of peace, one whose name we do know and whose voice we have heard is Mother Agnes Mariam*.

In her community her voice has been clear, pure and loud. And it should be so in the West. Like many people in Syria she has been placed in life threatening situations, but for the sake of peace she has chosen to risk her own existence for the safety and security of others. She has spoken out against the lack of truth in our media regarding Syria and about the terror and chaos which a ‘third force’ seems to be spreading across the country.

Her words confront and challenge us because they do not mirror the picture of events in Syria we have built up in our minds over many months of reading our newspapers and watching the news on our televisions.

Much of the terror has been imported, we learn from her.

She can tell us about the thousands of Christian refugees, forced to flee their homes by an imported Islamist extreme. But Mother Agnes Mariam’s concerns, irrespective of religion, are for all the victims of the terror and conflict, as ours must be.

In all our hearts we know War is not the answer for Syria (Nor for Iran).

Intervention in Syria would only make things worse.

I believe all sides are committing war crimes and the provision of arms will only results in further death. The US/UK/NATO and all foreign governments should stay out of Syria and keep their funding and troops out of Syria.

We should support those Syrians who work for peace in Syria and who seek a way of helping the 22 million or so people of Syria to resolve their own conflict without furthering the chaos or violence.

*Mother Agnes Miriam of the Cross is a greek-Catholic (Melkite) nun of Lebanese / Palestinian descent and has lived and worked in Syria for 18 years. She restored the ancient ruined monastery of St. James the Mutilated at Qara, in Homs province where she founded an order which serves the local and wider community. In 2010 the monastery welcomed 25,000 visitors both Syrian and international. http://www.maryakub.org/index_en.html

-Mairead Maguire
The Peace People, 224 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 6GE, Northern IrelandPhone: 0044 (0) 28 9066 346 Email: info@peacepeople.com

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18 Responses to All We Are Saying is NO More War and let it begin with Syria

  1. who_me June 29, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    “Intervention in Syria would only make things worse.”

    it’s been going on now for more than a year and it has made everything worse. israel/zionist people are behind it, using their american, european and mideast quislings to do the wet work and fund it. these are who need to be stopped. they are like the nazis eating up europe one nation at a time prior to the start of ww2.

  2. pgg804 June 29, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    I agree with everything who_me said except the part about Germany “eating up” Europe prior to WW II. Austria overwhelmingly supported their son Hitler and the Anschluss with Germany and Czechoslovakia (with ethnic Germans outnumbering ethnic Slovaks, but neither group happy in the new nation) was created from Austrian territory in 1919.

    Germany “ate up” what had always been theirs, but was taken from them 20 years earlier. That’s what the war was about. And for those that don’t know this, the war started when Germany attacked Poland (a country also created in 1919 from German, Austrian and Russian land) because Poland refused to return the German city of Danzig (population 98% German) to Germany. Danzigers also overwhelming supported being returned to Germany (or in American and British parlance, their “liberation”).

    In order to solve this problem and ensure it wouldn’t happen again, at the end of WW II thru roughly 1948 the “allies” drove 20 million Germans off of what had been German territory since the middle ages and they repopulated these lands with non Germans (mostly Russians and Poles).

  3. who_me June 29, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    pgg804

    June 29, 2012 at 6:09 am

    there’s a problem with your nazi “history lesson”. in 1939, the nazis gobbled up the rest of cz. excusing aggression, either for zionazi, or nazi, or amerinazi, reasons is all the same thing. it’s rich parasites sodding over the rest of us for their gain. regular people who promote this bs are either well used bums, or complete fools, and play into the zionazi “divide and conquer” strategy very well.

    pgg804, in the future, i would appreciate you not using a post of mine to promote your zionazi bs. verstehen.

  4. pgg804 June 29, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    All of Czechoslovakia was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire until 1919 when the new country Czechoslovakia was created. The country and the word “Czechoslovakia” had never existed before. It was invented.

    If zio-nazi means stealing other peoples lands, then the victors of WW I and II are the zio-nazis. Just as they stole Palestine from Arabs and gave it the new name Israel, they stole Böhmen und Mähren from Austria and renamed it Czechoslovakia.

    Its also interesting they announced their intent to take Palestine from Arabs in 1917 (The Balfour Declaration) in the middle of WW I when you would have thought they had more important things in mind.
    This declaration was the favor Zionists received in return for pulling the United States into WW I on the British side.

    View this link containing actual copies of the correspondence between the President of the Zionist Organization and the first President of the State of Israel, Chaim Weizmann and Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain. Weizmann and Churchill corresponded regularly. Click on page 30 of this PDF to see the paragraph in Weizmann’s letter to Churchill (this is the September 10, 1941 letter) in which he says Zionists brought the USA into WW I on Britain’s side and they will do it again in return for certain favors (support for the future state Israel).

    http://www.fpp.co.uk/History/Churchill/Weizmann_Zionists/Weizmann_Churchill_corr.pdf

    I have posted this before and I want to emphasize again that these are copies of the actual letters from Weizmann to Churchill. This is not a newspaper article or piece of journalism which is subject to the biases and opinions of the writer. These are the actual documents.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      I recall you posting all this before and it is also fairly widely known, although perhaps not widely enough.
      The problem, I think, is that history, to use a tried-and-true commonplace, is a complex and nuanced tissue of threads. Bernays, like Goebbels, knew that in order to successfully distribute propaganda wholesale, maximal simplification and bite-seize slogans are needed.
      So it is with the Nazis and zionazis: Nazis have been established as black hats, case closed. More than 3 or 4 generations after the zionazis appear on the scene they become known to most people as black hats also. Nevertheless the second narrative does not seem to modify the first, they are just ranged side by side because it is too complicated to analyze, reconsider and revise.
      Accepting that history is not static and that “the past” is constantly changed by the present implies willingness to … work.
      I met Hungarians who had come to the US as refugees after 1956, who had their own solution, and who told me:
      When we lived din Hungary we did not believe a word of the communist government propaganda. The simplest way for us to discern what was true was to reverse absolutely all they told us. So, in a reaction to the anti-American, anti-capitalist propaganda we were subjected to, we believed that America and capitalism were supremely good, right, fair and humane, without reservations or qualifications. It took us more than 10 years of living here to understand and admit that it was not so, that there had been many “communist” criticisms that were accurate. In the end we arrived at the solution that seems best: we believe just about everything bad they both say about each other.

      • pgg804 June 30, 2012 at 1:16 am #

        Maybe I’m naive, but I would like the whole truth to come out about WW II and what led up to it. Just as Gilad Atzmon travels across the USA to discuss his book with admirers, David Irving does this twice every year.

        While there are truths that many Frenchman, Britons and Russians don’t want to hear, there are also people that are interested in “real history” and not the high school version.

        And if the people from these countries aren’t interested in the whole truth, I hope that someday Germans will want to hear the whole truth and not just the part that makes them look evil. Perhaps someday the Nazis won’t be perceived as “black” as they are today, or perhaps when the “blackness” of Germany’s former enemies comes out people will have a better understanding of how things unfolded before, during and after the war.

        Among the millions of newspaper articles, books and films that have been created, we are always told of the inexplicable hatred the Germans supposedly had for the Jews. Based upon conversations with my own parents, I do not believe such hatred existed in all or perhaps even a majority of Germans. But I do believe they were considered one of Germany’s enemies by many people. And while the “conformist” historians say this was an irrational feeling, on the contrary, it was completely rational.

        While growing up I read the same things everyone else did. In one story, a Jewish writer tells of being in Germany just after the war has ended. He writes of a German woman who looks at him with an expression maybe close to intense dislike. This could all be in his head. Not a word was spoken between the two, but he felt she knew he was Jewish. Back then, with the knowledge I had at the time, I could not understand such a feeling towards Jews. Now I know if she did have that feeling, it was completely rational.

        Perhaps someday the “hatred” felt towards Germans will also be discussed.

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 30, 2012 at 1:48 am #

          The campaign of demonization of the German people has been heavy and relentless in the US through mass media and Hollywood.
          The Germans have been established in the popular imagination as “Hitler’s willing executioners” as Golhagen has is, bearing a collective guilt that is undisputed and not amenable to close analysis. Irrational hatred moved them all.
          I don’t know how many times I heard comedians or in popular parlance saying “Oh, yes, you’re very modest and next you’ll want to march into Poland.” Nobody would ever say “Next you’ll be marching into Lebanon.”
          The only American writer who ever wrote about Dresden was Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughter House #5) but not many people read books anymore and the myth of us being the white hats lives on.
          The zionist betrayal of jews for a “live cow in Palestine” is also a forbidden topic.

          • who_me June 30, 2012 at 2:02 am #

            a deutschlander going through u.s. customs:

            http://www.myvideo.de/watch/5779470/michael_mittermeier_nazi_check

            “are you nazi?”

            “nein ich bin österreicher”

            :D

          • who_me June 30, 2012 at 2:04 am #

            Ariadna Theokopoulos

            i don’t think he mentions jesus, or miguel mas, so this one should be ok.

            (at least i don’t think he did, but he might have slipped something in – you know, those nazis are tricky that way) ;

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 30, 2012 at 2:30 am #

            You’re being silly which–unlike hate–is not offensive.
            I watched it but my German is very poor. It was clear that he had come to the US so had the “experience” of airport/passport control.
            I then watched another next to it where he makes fun of the squalor of East Village rentals (tiny cells with cockroaches).
            It reminded me of a physicist who had come to NYC in the late 80s on a 2-year exchange who told me that postings to NYC were considered punishment by them due to the substandard living conditions in Manhattan unless you can afford Park Avenue. He said he had hoped he’d be sent to Vienna…

          • who_me June 30, 2012 at 3:11 am #

            years ago i dated a woman whose dream was to live in nyc. several years later, she got to live her dream. and incredibly disappointed. a classic case of be careful what you dream for, it might come true.

            several others i know have had similar experiences (inc. me daughter). i can see where mm is coming from. nyc has little to recommend it, even if it wasn’t occupied by new yorkers and the 2 refrigerator kitchens. ;).

          • who_me June 30, 2012 at 3:14 am #

            “You’re being silly which–unlike hate–is not offensive.”

            i am always silly, it comes with the territory. the degree of sillyness might vary some, though. ;)

          • who_me June 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

            at

            mm was ridiculing american attitudes towards germans and reinforces closely what you were writing about american attitudes towards germans. that’s why i posted it and i probably shouldn’t have teased you about the jesus video, since that seemed to have distracted you.

  5. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    All THEY are saying, however, is more wars and let’s resume with Syria.
    Turkey has just asked the UN for a No Fly zone with Syria, according to an “anonymous source at the US State Department.”
    If Russia doesn’t veto it the dance macabre can begin by the same already known tune.

  6. who_me June 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31676

    Why Honest Journalism Matters and Can Make a Difference
    Interview with Nick Ut 40 years after the ‘napalm girl’ picture

    “The political impact in the US was immediate. Asked whether he believes his photo helped change US policy in Vietnam, Ut says: “After the picture appeared right away I met so many American soldiers who said ‘I’m going home because your picture stopped the war’. I still meet people who thank me and say ‘I never went to Vietnam because your picture stopped the war’.”

    Asked how foreign reporting has changed in the last 40 years, Ut says: “In the Vietnam war you could go anywhere you wanted. After the picture of napalm girl and other pictures you don’t have any freedom to cover war any more. They control the media a lot more now. They don’t want more pictures like napalm girl.

    “In Iraq and Afghanistan it’s very different. That’s why I don’t want to go to another war.”

    If Ut hadn’t taken young Kim to hospital he believes she would have died from her terrible injuries. “If she had stayed there another 30 minutes she’d have died because it was so hot in the village. That’s why I am so glad I helped her.”

    Today the pair are still close. He says: “I talk to her once a week. She calls me Uncle Nick, she’s like my daughter. I always worry about her and try to help her.”

  7. who_me June 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    un hrc sinks into the same ziofascist slime and muck occupied by ai and hrw:

    http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2012/06/duplicitous-human-rights-council-report.html

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

      Lendman always tells it like it is:

      Syrian HRC representative Faisal Khabbaz al-Hamwi denounced the proceedings. Calling them useless and politically biased, he said its report reflects a “disinformation war against Syria.” He walked out of the session, saying:

      “We will not participate in this flagrantly political meeting.”

      He had good reason to leave. Before doing so he said national reconciliation can only happen when “foreign powers stopped inciting violence. The crisis in Syria (is) genuine war and a criminal operation involving destruction of property.”

      It’s not about “legitimate demands for reform.” It’s about lawlessly supporting regime change. It’s to replace Assad with a pro-Western puppet.

      Washington had that in mind for years. Independent governments aren’t tolerated. America has longstanding plans to oust them for subservient vassal ones.

      Syria’s insurgency is supported and financed from abroad. It promotes anarchy and disorder. It ignores how Israel persecutes Arabs and Turkey wages war on Kurds.

      It avoids discussing Gulf states’ crimes against their own people and involvement in Washington’s war on Syria.

      “A war of minds and bombs is taking place. Gunmen have been carrying out terrorist acts on Syrian cities. Such activities by gunmen and terrorists is being fed with money and weapons from abroad,” he explained.

      “How could some sides pretend to be worried about the Syrian people and at the same time arming the terrorists and conspiring against the Syrians.”

  8. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 30, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    From ICH:
    “The presstitute American press pretends that an evil Syrian government is murdering innocent citizens who only want democracy and that if the UN won’t intervene militarily, the US must in order to save human rights. Russia and China are vilified by US functionaries for opposing any pretext for a NATO invasion of Syria.

    The facts, of course, are different from those presented by the presstitute American media and members of the US government. The Syrian “rebels” are well armed with military weapons. The “rebels” are battling the Syrian army. The rebels massacre civilians and report to their media whores in the West that the deed was done by the Syrian government, and the Western presstitutes spread the propaganda.

    Someone is arming the “rebels” as obviously the weapons can’t be purchased in local Syrian markets. Most intelligent people believe the weapons are coming from the US or from US surrogates.

    So, Washington has started a civil war in Syria, as it did in Libya, but this time the gullible Russians and Chinese have caught on and have refused to permit a UN resolution like the one the West exploited against Gaddafi.

    To get around this roadblock, fish out an ancient Phantom fighter jet from the 1960s Vietnam war era and have Turkey fly it into Syria. The Syrians will shoot it down, and then Turkey can appeal to its NATO allies to come to its aid against Syria. Denied the UN option, Washington can invoke its obligation under the NATO treaty, and go to war in defense of a NATO member against a demonized Syria.

    The neoconservative lie behind Washington’s wars of hegemony is that the US is bringing democracy to the invaded and bombed countries. To paraphrase Mao, “democracy comes out of the barrel of a gun.” However, the Arab Spring has come up short on democracy, as have Iraq and Afghanistan, two countries “liberated” by US democratic invasions.”

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