Danskerne vil ikke have nye kampfly!

Politiko.dk fortæller torsdag den 21. april at det står sløjt til med befolkningens støtte til nye kampfly til en anslået indkøbspris på 30 milliarder kroner – eller 5,300 kroner per mand, kvinde og barn i vort land. Opinionsundersøgelsen, foretaget af Wilke for Jyllands-Posten, viser 53% imod, 31% for og 16%, der ikke véd hvad de skal mene. Selv med en antaget stor fejlmargen er der altså ingen tvivl om at danskerne i overvejende grad er imod at bruge pengene på disse fly – som for øvrigt anslås at ville koste yderligere 60-70 milliarder at bruge og vedligeholde i de cirka 30 år, de skal kunne fungere i. Det er da en meget positiv nyhed. Giver håb. Og hvis forsvarsministeren ikke kan komme med bedre argument end dem, han disker op med hér af intellektuelt slappeste type, så står vi ret godt “rustet.” Det er jo den traditionelle historie om at russerne er en trussel – til forskel fra da Sovjetunionen var faldet sammen og Warszawapagten blev opløst. Ja tænk! – russerne har rejst sig lidt siden da! Og hans andet argument er at vi må gøre som de andre – det vil sige USA i første række, nemlig at opruste og stå sammen. Men han glemmer at sige at Ruslands militære udgifter stadig er omkring 8% af NATOs! Selv om målingen ikke skulle vær helt præcis er der i hvert fald noget at bygge modstanden på. 
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If the EU becomes a criminal Union some don’t want you to know

For instance EU and other Western mainstream media. But we are getting out! The European Union is about to sign an agreement with non-EU Turkey to get rid of a large part of its refugees – by paying around € 6 bn to Turkey. Amnesty International and many others have pointed out – in strong words – that this agreement violates basic provisions of international law and human rights norms. This is the text I wrote on March 16 in TFF PressInfo # 367. As far as I’ve been able to check, no mainstream Western media has made any use of this text, let alone contacted me for comments. Instead it has been circulated widely by social media, spread to the rest of the world by the excellent Human Wrongs Watch, by the largest alternative news agency, International Press Service (also in Spanish) and I had a chance to refer to it on Russia Today (see another post here on my site) with between 600 and 700 million viewers. The leading alternative Counterpunch in the U.S. featured it too. And if you google – “Will the EU become a criminal Union tomorrow – you’ll see it featured also in Equador, in Canada by Global Research, etc. The worldwide PressEnza Hongkong took it. So did the Other News. Information that markets eliminate. The WN – World News Network. There are many others, of course. And more to come, surely. Who is not using such […]

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Denmark to attack in Syria – too

Something is rotten in the State of Denmark and the world will increasingly see it. It’s an unpleasant combination of Islamophobia, militarism and a peculiar ethical and intellectual self-destructive obedience to US/NATO all wrapped up in a pseudo-humanitarian flag. It’s important that intellectuals criticise the policies of their native country and not only and politically correctly criticise that of others. In the case of Danish foreign and security policy it is fairly easy to do so provided you are supported neither by that country’s state nor its corporations. TFF and I myself are not supported by government or corporate money. We like free research and freedom of expression so much, believing it is essential for a freer and more democratic world. On March 4, 2016 a large majority of Danish political parties agreed to send F 16s and special forces into Syria. It happened in consequence of a request from the U.S., of course. I’ve put this – fateful – decision in perspective here in TFF PressInfo # 365.

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Danmark skal ikke også i krig i Syrien!

Så skal Danmark i bombe krig for 6. gang siden 1999. Det er i hvert fald hvad DR varsler her. Først var der Jugoslavien – to nætter i 1999, så Afghanistan, derpå Iraq 2003-2007 og fra 2014; så pulveriseringen af Libyen langt uden for FN’s Sikkerhedsråds mandat og nu skal dette udvides til Syrien. Sådan som den er blevet udkæmpet […]

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NATO outdated – Abolish war

Commenting on NATO S-G Jens Stoltenberg’s wish for dialogue with Russia – a bit odd after all the other provocative initiatives he has spearheaded the last good year or so. I felt like saying something more general about this outdated paradigm – and why it is dangerous for us all – referring also to the Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955. You may also see it as my statement countering the NATO Annual 2015 Report which lacks every intellectualism, theoretical/conceptual clarity, empathy, peace thinking and – naively – equates military  build-up with ‘security’.

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Behind every refugee stands an arms trader

This sunny Sunday morning, we wake up to yet another human catastrophe in the Mediterranean. The earlier ones have not caught much media attention – imagine if these had been luxury cruise ships with white Europeans and Americans. I listened carefully to the presenter at AlJazeera in this report Hundreds feared dead as boat capsizes off Libya coast He says that they come to seek a better life. NO! They run away to another continent without shoes, money or belongings because their lives are unbearable and hopeless. Normaly people seek a better life where they are, don’t we all? Here is a better explanation: “Behind almost every refugee stands an arm trader” – said once Swedish human rights advocate and humanist, Dr. Peter Nobel, former head of the Swedish Red Cross, when he was chairman of TFF’s Board. This formulation has been chiselled in my mind ever since. These people, all from warzones, are not on the run to happiness but run away from Hell. To solve, or at least reduce, the migration problem we should criminalise arms trade and abolish war as a socially acceptable institution.

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Gun in hand – less motivated to negotiate

Syrian Rebels in Aleppo Reject UN Peace Effort Perhaps understandable but tragic. When all this began in Syria some of us – a clear minority and without any media interest – suggested an arms embargo on all sides and involvement of the UN. But “Friends of Syria”, hot-headed politicians and media people knew that arming the opposition and never talk with Al-Assad was the only way. We he opposed it were considered ‘naive” and ‘unrealistic’. Today we see the results: Weapons embold people. Such people believe they can win – somebody else paying the price, but do they care? – and say no to each and every mediated solution. And, so, the killing, suffering, and displacement of innocent Syrian citizens – squeezed between the ruthless government and the ruthless rebels – will go on. When will the world norm change and arms traders be put on trial as the war criminals they are – civil as well as governmental arms traders who “weaponize” conflicts so they cannot possibly be solved?

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Syrien – hvad kunne være gjort og hvad kan stadig gøres?

Gad vide hvor mange mislykkede krige vi endnu skal igennem før især politikere og medier opdager det indlysende faktum, at der findes et temmeligt bredt spektrum af handlingsmuligheder mellem at gøre ingenting og at smadre et land når konflikter dukker op? Det spektrum hedder konflikthåndtering og tilhører et fagområde, der undervises i rundt om på verdens universiteter. Det kræver at FNs medlemsstater etablerer ”styrker” af uddannede konfliktanalytikere, facilitatorer, mæglere, områdeeksperter, forhandlere og forsoningsterapeuter, der kan rykke ud endnu hurtigere end de kan sende krydsermissiler og F-16 fly. For at dette spektrum kan blive inddraget forudsættes endvidere at regeringer ikke direkte ønsker krig under foregivende af at have gode og ofte humanitære motiver hvor de i virkeligheden har rå interesser. Med andre ord, man kan gøre noget ved den manifeste konfliktanalfabetisme, der først søger militære løsninger og – som en række danske politikere – hurtigt tilsidesætter folkeretten og FNs fornemste norm, nemlig den at fred skal skabes med fredelige midler og først når de alle har været prøvet og vist sig uden effekt kan man gribe til militære midler, vel at mærke i FN-regi. Eller anderledes udtrykt: fred kan læres. Når nu de fleste mennesker i verden – også 98% af de civile i konfliktzoner der ikke griber til vold men er dens ofre – ønsker fred skulle man kunne tage demokratiet alvorligt og gøre en kraftanstrengelse for at mindske (ikke afskaffe) militæret, der globalt koster 1700 milliarder dollar eller 30 […]

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