A century ago, WWI was defined as “the war to terminate all wars”. Through the 50s and 60s the supporters of nuclear deterrence theorised an equilibrium, made from the atomic terror, that would always maintain conflicts between nations less frequent. And 25 years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall celebrated “the end of story”, the arrival of a dominant unique politico-economical model (the Capitalistic Democracy); meaning also the exhaustion of all structural causes for conflicts.
They were all wrong, those definitions, theories and celebrations.. The slaughters in Verdun and Sedan didn’t stop two decades later Dansk, Dresden or Hiroshima.. The Cold war coexisted with many Regional conflicts.. And 1989 was followed by September 11th 2001 dragging the entire world into its shocking repercussions.According to the 2013 report of the “Institute for Economics and Peace” (IEP), out 0f 162 countries only 11 enjoy peace. In an interview to “The Independent” , the English daily newspaper; Ms. Camilla Schippa (director of the IEP) said: “the classifications measure also direct and indirect involvement in wars or conflicts far from proper national borders. The criterion which defines true peace then is the ‘Non Participation’ in whichever controversy between governments and territories, by resort to arms, and that would cause at least 25 deaths in a year”.
However, if the IEP also consider the selling of weapons to parties in conflict, or training either party, is an indirect involvement in war; then there is no peaceful land to be found on our planet.
Maybe that explains your apparent dullness, or indifference, before the grievances and pains which are infecting our world. Perhaps because they are too many to follow or too much to bear? There was a time when for every sinking ship, every bomb used in each war you’d succeed to see men, one by one.. A time when you were able to imagine their dismay, their terror and their desperation.. As if they were your dear ones.. Yourself.
Today, not anymore. The butcheries of ISIS, the massacres of the children in Gaza, or the women’s laceration by Boko Haram: you don’t want to know or read.. You just carefully fold and put away the newspaper or press the remote control in search for a funnier channel.. You just change the subject when the discussion seem to get near the issue. Why? No, not only pain.
· It’s a “sense of guilt”, because, without noticing, you have already abandoned the dreams to fight for a better world or to change it.
· It’s “resignation”, because you have decided that your time is passing away and neither you or your generation have managed to stop war.
· It’s “remorse”, because you have discovered becoming used to your own ‘peace’ and can’t distinguish anymore how many wars are still roaring around.
There were days when you would have proven disgust before the slaughters in the Middle East and elsewhere, and experience nausea from the European Banks complicity in the victories of the bloody narcos. Today, no. Even you have found yourself adequate justifications. Using words like “Realism”, “Impotence” and “Crisis”; which permit you to concentrate every your preoccupation upon this tiny little world of yours.
Make your escapes to the desert, to the beach and under the waves.. Expose your laziness to the sun for a better tan.. Do whatever it would take to put away these thoughts and to enjoy your small tiny little corner made of an imaginary small peace.. In vain.. Because the victims, the dead, the mutilated, the tortured and the lacerated were all your equal, and you can still hear their screaming cries just as you were much younger. And finally you’ll discover that it wasn’t quit sufficient escaping into the desert, or to the beach and under the waves to evade that thought.
Pass On The Word.
Ø Federico Rampini – La Repubblica.
Ø Ferruccio Sansa – Il Fatto Quotidiano.
Ø The Peace Mapi s courtesy of La Repubblica for the IEP.