International Day of Peace Wed 21 September 2016 - Invitation to Peace Vigil in Dublin

From Veterans for Peace Ireland

Here are some extracts from the UN's website for this international day of peace.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The Day's theme for 2016 is "The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations ... in September 2015. ... It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

Are these nice words enough to create and maintain international peace? The UN has arguably been putting the cart before the horse by highlighting and prioritising development over peace.

How can we have "sustainable development" or any type of development apart from exploitation in the Middle East, especially in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, when these countries have been virtually destroyed by unjustified wars that are ongoing, causing enormous suffering, deaths and refugee crises?

The primary objective of the United Nations is to create and maintain international peace. It has failed catastrophically to achieve this objective, especially since the end of the Cold War, partly because it has not been allowed to create peace by its five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China, USA, Russia, Britain and France, who have placed themselves above the constraints of the UN and have been riding roughshod over international laws in their own perceived national interests. Peace must be created first by ending these wars before any sustainable development will be possible.

Ireland since the 1950s had been doing our bit for international peace by our commitment to UN peacekeeping and maintaining a policy of positive neutrality. However, this was virtually abandoned since 2001 when successive Irish Governments allowed US military to transit through Shannon airport on their way to make wars of aggression on other sovereign members of the United Nations in clear breach of the UN Charter, and in the process our Irish Governments have been in clear breach of our obligations as a neutral state.

This year Veterans for Peace Ireland invite you, as an individual Irish citizen, and other peace activists, peace groups, and faith based groups, to participate in a peace vigil outside the US Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin from 1pm to 1.30 pm on Wednesday 21st September, International Day of Peace, and then to walk from there to the Department of Foreign Affairs at Iveagh House, St Stephens Green. Like the UN, our Department of Foreign Affairs (now being called the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) has abandoned much of its historical primary role of promoting and protecting Irish sovereignty and neutrality, and supporting genuine international peace, in favour of paying homage to Mammon God of money, and prioritising trade over human life and human rights. We would ask you to bring along a few appropriate peace banners, and bring along an apple or two, to eat or share, as a symbol of peace and justice, as distinct from those rotten apples that promote wars and economic injustice and exploitation.

For more information please contact Veterans for Peace Ireland members Edward Horgan 085-8519623 or Domhnall MacCionnaith, 087-2884494.


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