Rome IS Burning, And We’re Still Fiddling

The famous Russian journalist and last Soviet Foreign Minister calls on world leaders to find common ground on an increasingly combative world stage.

Нe wrote this specially for RI


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Yes, the world is divided. The West, furious over Crimea, is waging a proxy war against Russia. The two sides are not giving each other any slack: sanctions and counter-sanctions, Russian athletes accused of wholesale doping, etc. And defying the EU’s policy of open internal borders, individual European countries put up fences to keep out refugees.

World leaders assure the French president, parliament and people of their deep sympathy for the tragic events of this year’s Black Friday. And though dramatic events abound these days on planet earth, no normal person would say anything different.

Earthlings have something in common that should bring us together, pushing seemingly insoluble conflicts and disputes into the  background. Why must we wait for another occasion to mourn the dead and injured, before we issue a passionate call for unity?

A million words of anger and compassion will be said, thousands of flowers will be laid at French embassies around the world, the international community will hold extraordinary meetings and summits, even stricter security measures will be introduced at airports and government buildings, but in the end, nothing will change.

In Syria the bloodshed will continue; in the Donbass, old and young will continue to die from stray shells and mines in bombed-out homes. And thousands of victims of US-backed color revolutions that strengthen ISIL, will continue to knock desperately on the EU’s metaphoric doors while it continues to slam real doors in their face.

Is it time to refer to the 1955 Bertrand Russell - Albert Einstein  Manifesto calling on the world leaders to avoid nuclear war?:

“We are speaking on this occasion, not as members of this or that nation, continent, or creed, but as human beings, members of the species Man, whose continued existence is in doubt.

Almost everybody who is politically conscious has strong feelings about one or more issues; but we want you, if you can, to set aside such feelings and consider yourselves only as members of a biological species which has had a remarkable history, and whose disappearance none of us can desire.”


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