International Women’s Day: It’s not enough for women to say: “That’s
(Statement by WLOE members and friends, Bonn, Germany February
2006, concerning the “Women say NO to War” international petition
course we say NO TO WAR and join the thousands of women who will
bring their Appeal to the public today, on International Women’s
But we believe: IT’S NOT ENOUGH. It’s not enough for women
to say: “That’s enough!”
We must oppose the alliance of politicians
blinded by power, corporate heads obsessed with profit and the
military hawks with our RESISTANCE, our solution-oriented involvement
and our unconditional DESIRE FOR PEACE.
There is a connection between the destruction
of domestic social peace and the threat of a foreign war. The
superpower USA seems to have little interest in finding a diplomatic
solution to the conflict with Iran over its nuclear program. The
conflict escalates because agreements are demanded from Iran that
go much farther than meeting the requirements of the atomic nonproliferation
treaty. On its part, the USA and other atomic powers are not thinking
about fulfilling this treaty. For years they have resisted the
atomic disarmament that is part of the treaty to which they are
The hidden threat of war against Iran from
the USA has also been joined by voices from Europe and Germany
too. At the same time preparations for an atomic attack continue.
Such an attack, which cannot be excluded, would be a crime against
War as public relation experts show us daily,
begins in our minds. In the case of Iran this began long ago.
The means by which this war is carried out include the ban against
head scarves and the conflict over the caricatures. Supposedly
being defended are the dominant culture, freedom of speech and
Western values. However, religious insults and humiliations of
people from other cultures is more than collateral damage: the
destructive reactions that follow them are a calculated means
of public incitement, that until now has preceeded every war.
But now it concerns an atomic war.
say NO to this incitement. Stop the arsonists. It’s high time.
We say – yes, we scream: our world is on fire! Already war rules:
war against the poor, violence against the weak, theft of life’s
necessities. Nuclear strikes, which are ever more openly threatened,
would be a catastrophe and the end of the future for us all.
Women, men, people – let’s resist together.
RESIST WAR AND MAKE PEACE.