Somehow, today, at the German elections, a new party will take 94 seats in the coalition with Angela Merckel's party and a few others. This new party, I think is called the AFD and senior members recently made a statement that German people should be proud of what was achieved in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. I have just this year been to Auschwitz and Birkenau and the Resistance Museum and really focused on what was done. For Germans, they are ever present pieces of their history that there is massive collective shame about. They are protesting in Berlin as we speak, outside the AFD election aftermath party venue, with what they described as rage and grief in equal measures.
Charter of the United nations 1945As I watched the news a United Nations poster fell out of a magazine on my my lap. It was the Charter, signed in June 1945, which I thought was important.
We the peoples of the United Nations determined
to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and of nations large and small, and
to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and otoerh sources of international law can be maintained, and
to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
and for these ends
to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
to emloy international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,
have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims
Accordingly, our respective governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish and international organization to be known as the United Nations.
For further information about the United Nations contact:
The United nations Association, 3 Whitehall Court, London, SW1A 2EL or The Movement for the Abolition of War, 11 Venetia Road, London N4 1EJ 0044 20 3397 3019 www.abolishwar.org.uk
Peace is The Only Solution
So I'm just thinking that if you feel this Charter has lost some of its commitment and urgency, please write to them and help confirm that we still really want and need peace and we don't believe 'military solutions' work. We all know that security is not provided by military means either or weapons as deterrents. All these things breed fear, hostility and division. No one benefits. We have the untold sorrow, the loss of faith and dignity, millions of men and women not valued in the least, let alone other animal and plantlife. Breaches of international law are commonplace, there is no justice and respect and no social progress. Practicing tolerance is considered a weakness and liability in government and in individuals. Armed force can never be used 'in the common interest' as it is inevitably waged against someone, a country or leader or group.
But at least there is this statement, it reminds us we've been here before. In a mere 75 years, governments have gone from centralizing the importance of social advancement to consideration of only economics and trade.