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On Libia... open letter to Obama from Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

I received from Prof. Arya Bhardwaj the following....

my friend from Boston has sent the enclosed letter for info. Please go through it and I think this is important to be circulted among our friends of GIA NETWORK , blessings, Arya

 

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA, NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE

PRESIDENT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

FROM:  MAIREAD CORRIGAN MAGUIRE, NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE.

20th JUNE, 20ll.

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT,

 ‘STATE VIOLENCE & KILLING IS NOT THE ANSWER’

As you know, on  lst May, 20ll, the  NATO forces tried unsuccessfully to assassinate the Libyan Head of State, Moammer Gadaffi.  This attempt to assassinate the Libyan Head of State under US Army law, was a war crime and punishable as  an International crime in its own right.   During the attack by NATO forces one of President Gadaffi’s sons, and three of Gadaffi’s grandchildren were killed by NATO forces.   

The following day,  2nd, May 20ll, the extra-judicial killing and assassination of Osama Bin Laden, and killings of a woman and two men who were with him,  by the US Special Seals, continued the State Terrorism of the US Government.   After the assassination you, Mr. President,  addressed the media and attempted to make acceptable the idea that such violence is just and acceptable.  Do you and your Government and Allies who support you, really believe that the vast majority of men and women around the world have lost all sense of what is right and what is wrong?  Do you really believe that we have all abandoned all sense of decency and ethical values exchanging them in support of your endorsed illegal,  killing  of unarmed civilians?  Do you really believe we will all remain silent whilst under your warrior leadership the  US Government and its allies dismantle  basic human rights and international laws, so long fought for by brave, courageous men and women (including Americans)replacing these with extrajudicial killings, torture and assassinations?

Three months into the French, English, Italian led NATO/US campaign (never sanctioned by US Law) and shamefully agreed by U.N. (who identified the purpose of the operation to be for the protection of citizens!) people of conscience are horrified to hear that, yet again, on l9th June,  NATO has carried out more air attacks on Libya, killing 15 unarmed civilians, including women and children.   

After 9/ll the whole world shared the grief of the American people, and many hoped that those who carried out such horrendous acts would be brought to justice through the Courts.   We were moved by many of the families who lost loved ones on 9/ll when they started ‘Families for a peaceful tomorrow’ and called for justice not revenge.   However, violence and revenge was the chosen path of the US Government and its Allies, who for ten years embarked on a path of violence and war.  In this time over 6,000 USA soldiers have needlessly died and countless thousands injured physically and mentally.  Wars in Iraq (over l million Iraqis killed) and Afghanistan (over 50,000 Afghans killed)were carried out by the USA in their pursuit of vengeance.  The US Led so-called ‘war on terrorism’ in Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan has ‘terrorised’ unarmed civilians by carrying out aerial bombardments, night raids, death squads, extra-judicial killings and drone attacks killing many unarmed civilians, including women and children, and tragically they continue to this day.

In a world struggling to birth a new consciousness, it is not incredulous that the best the US Government, Nato and its allies can offer as a model to world citizens, is the outdated example of violence, militarism,  and war, destroying humans and their environment.?

I believe real change and leadership is coming from the people’s movements and what is happening around the world amongst the masses of extra-ordinary men and women rising up, mostly peacefully and non-violently, in country after country for human dignity, equality, freedom and democracy and against violence, oppression, injustice and war, is the real force for change.   We all take great hope and inspiration from the ‘Arab Spring’ and join in solidarity with our courageous Arab brothers and sisters in working for change.

A new dawn, a new age of civilization is coming.   It will be an age of solidarity, of each person dedicated to ‘protective love’ of each other and our World.    It will be an age of nonviolent evolution which shows we can solve our problems as the human family by peaceful means not by violence, nuclear weapons and war.

The peoples of the world are sending a clear message to you Mr. President, to Nato, and all our Governments, and armed opposition groups, that there will be no military solutions to these ethnic/political/economic problems, but only through ending occupations (USA -Iraq/Afghanistan,   Israel/Palestine) declaring ceasefires (Libya, etc.,) and entering into dialogue and negotiations with all parties to the conflicts, can we begin to solve these problems, the roots of which are inequality and injustice.

Mr. President, you came into Office promising Change and gave the world hope. You lit the passion in the hearts of many men and women longing for change, for dialogue and negotiation, to move beyond destructive militarism, nuclear weapons and war.   That passion remains in the heart of humanity as can be seen in the mass nonviolent movements for social and political change taking place around the world.   Will you, Mr. President, take this great opportunity in human history and help lead ,the world to a new beginning, so we can in the words of the late President John F. Kennedy  ‘begin again the quest for peace?’ 

Yours in Peace,  

 

Mairead Corrigan Maguire

(Nobel Peace Laureate) 

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Comment by Arya Bhushan Bhardwaj on July 7, 2011 at 12:01pm
It is painful to read this letter to President Obama. It is the cry of a human being devoted to World Peace and has been recognised by a World Body that choose One among the whole world, as President Obama has also been awarded the the same status. I hope and pray that President Obama will considere paying attention to this very well balanced document.
Comment by Douglas Jack on July 1, 2011 at 4:05am

Mairead Corrigan Maguire

Thank you for your Open letter to President Obama.  Thanks as well to Sevak for the clarity of the video on both Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi's challenges to restructure their national economies through Euro and Dinar currency affiliation.  I'm aware of this association for many years but Sevak has stated the issue most clearly.  Indigene Community has made an analysis of 'indigenous' (Latin = 'self-generating') time-based accounting in Production Societies for integrated currency, capital, communications, college, condolence, diplomatic conveyance and other community values https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy 

The Open Letter mirrors our own statement on TRANSFORMING WAR THROUGH INDIGENOUS SATYAGRAHA  https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/2-satyagraha  We are working with a method of individual and community dialogues called Both Sides Now, Equal Time Recorded Dialogue, https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/1-both-si...  which is a simplified method of bringing people in research and conflict resolution to create dialogues together.  BSN is available for people in most regions of the world who are able to access a recording devise (notes, audio, visual, transcription etc) and time recording (found on most watches today).  In ancient times of Greece and with indigenous peoples around the world, dialogue and 'debates' (French = 'undo the fight') formed an important part of Longhouse, Pueblo and other collective community life.  In our time it is important to again understand the the method and role of dialogues in community life.  Formal Dialogue is not understood at almost every level of human community, economy, education and governance so we need to rekindle this flame at every level in order for presidents and other levels to understand and implement.  President Obama for example does not have the experience you are calling him to.  The methods of dialogue he is using are deeply perverted in power struggle and intrigue so as to make their processes unmanageable.  

Indigenous Knowledge is a deep resource for humanity to find balance and a sustainable future.I hope you will follow the links given in this email so as to become familiar with BSN and other aspects of Dialectic method.  douglasf.jack@gmail.com www.indigenecommunity.info

Comment by Sevak - network creator on June 30, 2011 at 8:26pm
Some believe it is about protecting civilians, others say it is about oil, but some are convinced intervention in Libya is all about Gaddafi's plan to introduce the gold dinar, a single African currency made from gold, a true sharing of the wealth, and a revolution for the international monetary system...
Comment by Sevak - network creator on June 30, 2011 at 8:24pm

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