Stop the War in Syria

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German Arabic

The war in Syria is an act of barbarism. He has been raging for five years. The naked figures are only a pale reverberation of horror: a hundred thousand people, about 5 million refugees outside of the country – almost 25 Percent of the Syrian population. By mid-2016, an estimated one million people were living in the beleaguered areas and were not receiving humanitarian aid.

The Moral Abyss

The media world-wide seems to have become accustomed to the brutal everyday life. But the poison gas use in Chan Sheikhun has brought the reality back into the living room with relentless force. For the war was never over – it had only been pushed to the edge of the attention horizon. Despite the unexplained background, the US attacked the Syrian side as a retribution for the painful Sarin death. This also made clear the helplessness with which even the strongest powers of the earth are opposed to unbridled mass murder.
In Syria, we experience one of the deepest moral abysses of our era. Every weapon used in this war exacerbates this abyss and only fights the war.

Diplomacy and Battlefield

For five years, diplomacy has proved incapable of pacing the battlefields in Syria. With the gas attack and the subsequent “retaliation” a new level of escalation was reached, without a strategy recognizable. Armament, as the German federal government plans, is the wrong way. The money is urgently needed to finance the necessary civilian conflict resolution strategies and humanitarian aid. So many alliances have been forged and broken for and against Syria. So many strategies have run out. But the unconditional will to peace – it had so far no chance.

Peace without Weapons only

This desire for peace in Syria must be heard. And we want to do this on 23tth of April. A sign – in front of the Town Hall of the “Peace of Westphalia”, in which the 30 years of war in the middle of Europe ended. The will to peace implies not closing eyes in view of reality. On the contrary, we are calling for a closer look at Syria and taking responsibility for the accountable politicians on all sides. Specifically, this means stopping all arm transfers to the warring parties and to the war zone, renouncing their own power interests and, on this basis, the immediate commencement of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations. An important step in this direction is not to further strengthen the confrontation between Russia and NATO, but to dismantle it. Both sides must contribute to this. Only with each other can this war be ended and the next wars be prevented.

Europe as a Port of Refuge

Negotiations are a long-term process. But people now suffer and must be protected from violence. This is currently not possible in Syria. The neighboring countries are also overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the war. In this situation, Europe must follow its values. Europe must offer protection to the people threatened by death and provide escape corridors. Where the violence escalates and can not be conquered by even more force, salvation is the commandment of humanity.

Family immigration immediately

The fact that the German federal government has exposed family suffocation in the face of the disaster in Syria is a collapse of humanity. Especially as a war party Germany has to take sides with the people of Syria. Families must be offered a safe harbor in Germany.

In times when diplomacy fails, a watchful world-wide public must assume responsibility for politicans in power. Our goal at 23.04. at the town hall of the Peace of Westphalia in Muenster (Germany) is therefore to overcome the idleness and the silence of every single person. The outcry in the face of violence must not fall silent again.