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(en) Sicilia Libertaria: WORLD WAR (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:33:18 +0300

With ever more ease and frequency we talk about the Third World War, in progress or in progress. In fact, from the moment of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, which evidently turned out to be a clash between the US and Russia through an intermediary victim, the risk that the tensions and conflicts that have accumulated between the three superpowers that claim to dominate the world will fall into a point of no return he is very serious. So much so that the other hot spot of the skirmish so far, between the United States and China, the two real pretenders according to all observers to dominate the destinies of the world in the coming centuries, is turning into an open cause for confrontation. Taiwan in recent weeks has returned to the center of world attention, the weak link in a conflict that could break out in that area, sanctioning the new geography of world power, the supremacy of the Indo-Pacific which would relegate Europe to a mere periphery. So say the strategists of geopolitics. From the visit of the president of the US chamber, Nancy Pelosi, to Taipei, to the continuous Chinese military exercises around the island, to the resentful declarations of protection of freedom and integrity on both sides, there is a proliferation of positions that seem wanting to precipitate the situation at any moment. In short, the pattern that led to the war in Ukraine is repeated, in which the parties, rather than dialogue, as in the statutes of contemporary states should happen, launch mutual accusations and take such rigid positions as not to leave (from their point of view) space to any mediation. Thus the war served. But what would eventually open up between the US and China would not be one of the many wars that have been fought in recent decades and are being fought, it would be by definition a world war. War that apparently many believe can be fought without atomic risk. Meanwhile, whether we are near or far from a precipice that should make us react and work with all our strength to prevent it, propaganda is in action to build, through the media, a narrative that makes war and armies appear something necessary. and unavoidable.
End of peaceand the end of the story are the two theories, axioms that do not need proof, to which politicians, commentators and scholars resort to to convince us that the world goes a certain way and that there are no realistic and practicable alternatives. The end of peace seems to have fallen upon us with the war in Ukraine. We, guilty and guilty, had basked in more than seventy years of peace, since the end of the Second World War, and we did not realize that others - Putin in this case - were equipping themselves to reduce us to slavery. The awakening has plunged us into anguish, but the governments have been able to react, even if for the most accredited commentators they are still not doing enough, sending weapons to Ukraine, increasing military spending and strengthening the armies. This is one of the most popular readings, credited as an indisputable truth, while just a quick glance at what has happened since the end of World War II tells us exactly the opposite. That war has continued to be one of the privileged tools that States use to pursue their objectives of domination, on a large or small scale, internally as well as in international relations. Eduardo Galeano in 1998 wrote that in what was defined the era of peace, from 1945 onwards, the war had produced twenty-two million deaths!

The other theory in vogue, the end of the story, which already has a few decades behind it, is perhaps more subtle and works the other way around. While peace - non-existent as we have seen - is smuggled for real, the end of history is a true illusion. The end of history would be the idea that conflicts cease to exist - end of the Cold War in this specific case - and humanity can live in peace. Now, since history cannot be stopped, and thinking it is an illusion, it follows that war or rather the possibility of war cannot be canceled, for this we need armies and war apparatuses. This is the harsh reality to which we must submit. History then equal war, equal power, equal domination. Who can oppose history, the passage of time? Nobody is so self-evident. But history thus turns into necessity,

End of peace and end of history, like a fake puzzle game, are the vice in which they lock us in to justify states, war and power. Getting out of this mental and ideological cage will be a first step to be able to make war an abomination, to be ousted from history.


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