War and peace garbled

That often-overlooked dot in the extreme south of the EU, thank goodness, is for peace.

Many are at last realising the world is on the verge of a third global war. Rhetoric has turned vitriolic, common sense has become even rarer, and all the talk now is on missile ranges, conscription laws, purchase and production of weapons, and heightened tensions to fit the scenario. History books will tell you a lot about such situations in the pre-WWI and WWII past. An unhappy conglomeration of ill feelings as politician after politician from all political and military fronts now goes to the jugular with comments that ignite.

Peace meetings are called but, on the basis of some obscure view of the functions of democracy, only one side of the Ukraine conflict was represented, and this from the eternally hospitable country famous for its neutrality. In the meantime, from the tranquil surroundings of Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italian right-wing Premier Giorgia Meloni had a G7 Summit organised in the most mussolinistic style ever. Rather than calling for peace in this time of turmoil across the globe, she opted for self-glorification, insisting that with this electric summit, attended by the world powers which have the most to lose in a new world order, Italy had stupefied the world. Even the region’s famous olive trees, such familiar symbols of peace, cried.

The G7 war machine came out insisting Russia must pay $486 billion in damages caused to Ukraine. Logic may be misleading here. Yes, Russia did start the invasion and the war, but why should it apply to Russia only? Have any of those G7 members ever made any repentance payments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Serbia, and so many other naughty nations? Nope.

It is the same immoral reasoning on issues involving the International Court of Justice. It was ok when it had African, Serbian, and other non-Western politicians censored, brought to court, and sentenced, but soon as the same court agreed to deliver its verdict on the Israeli genocide of Gaza, all hell broke loose. We’ve heard American politicians actually calling for sanctions against that same court.

Now that leaders across Europe have been insisting on the introduction of conscription for its young men and women, most of whom really can’t be bothered because of studies and mobile jobs, can we expect their own children as well as themselves to be on the frontlines? If war really breaks out, shouldn’t people also expect them to be leading it on the ground, rather than from some luxurious bunker in Brussels and other capitals? Don’t say it. Putin too would have to show up wearing his familiar grimace.

The European Union is so fond of referenda when it suits it, such as accession referenda where and when they feel they can win – and if they loose they quickly hold another one, but if they win, there is no alternative democratic process to confirm the result. While referenda and silly time-consuming surveys are held to see which toothpaste cleans European teeth better and which pizza is the original pizza, which Prosecco is the original Prosecco, and how many times you go out to lunch, pee, and fraternise in the sport and entertainment sectors, there is a void that will not be filled, says the rich politician you blindly elect. Not when it comes to war.

Will the different peoples of Europe, for example, be asked to vote on whether to accept to go to war rather than considering peace proposals which make or make not any sense? The poor European citizen will just have to obey the dictat and go out to kill or be killed, unless an enemy missile has already annihilated their family and millions of others.

That often-overlooked dot in the extreme south of the European Union, thank goodness, is for peace. It has its measured say, of course, but there is no doubt its people, that means you and me, have our own convictions, sustained by our politicians. Anti-war because wars have devastated our history. Pro-peace because we prospered when peace prevailed. We call it history, but we have more the future in mind.

Has it ever happened?

It is almost surreal to watch a party celebrating an electoral defeat at both ends – the European Parliament and Local Council elections. I mean, does it make sense to celebrate the other party – the winning party – losing votes without it causing a significant swing to the celebrants?

Run by a bunch of defunct politicians who dread the very thought of withdrawing from the party hierarchy to give new blood a proper chance at beating the Labour Party, the Nationalist Party continues to dig itself into a hole. Regeneration is a silent political process which the PN Establishment is unwilling to accept, hence the old Gonzi faces resurfacing during the recent campaign when most supporters and potential voters would have preferred new faces, new methods, and new styles to highlight the campaign.

Has it ever happened before? The one I can recall is the EU referendum of 2003 when the Yes vote overcame the No vote by a convincing margin, and yet we had the Labour masses coming out and incredibly claiming victory on the pretext that those within the electorate who did not go out to vote were against full membership. Quickly forgotten into the abyss of history.

Yet, 21 years later, this time we have the Nationalists celebrating the fact they won neither of the two elections held on 8th June. In contrast, the winning party has mostly shown a maturity that will stand in good stead, saying, “Yes, we won, but we get the message.” Then: “Watch us addressing it,” as was the gist of Prime Minister Robert Abela’s speech on Sunday.

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