Gorbachev warns world of ‘cult of force,’ says all recent conflicts could have had peaceful solution
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Editor’s note: In this article Gorbachev correctly outlines the fallacy of the military attempts to resolve conflict, but falls into the age-old trap in believing conflict can be solved through political and diplomatic means. In due course a world leader will rise up and announce a consciousness-based solution to conflict in the world; in the meantime, the human race, in ignorance, waits impatiently.
All of the attempts to resolve the numerous conflicts of the previous two decades militarily have solved no real problems, and only led to the erosion of international law and the glorification of force, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said.
“Problems and conflicts of the last two decades that could well be solved through peaceful political and diplomatic ways… were dealt with through the use of military force. That was the case in former Yugoslavia, in Iraq, in Libya, and Syria,” Gorbachev said in an address to the participants of a conference in Moscow on Friday. The event was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Reykjavik meeting between the former Soviet president and his US counterpart, Ronald Reagan, in 1986.
Gorbachev warned that invasions have brought no real solutions to problems, and only resulted in eroding international law and establishing a “cult of force.”
The former Soviet leader expressed deep concern about the growing militarization of politics, calling it “a departure from the… principles that allowed us to end the Cold War.”
“There has been a collapse of trust in relations between the world’s leading powers that, according to the UN Charter, bear primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security,” he said. The speech has been published on the official website of the Gorbachev Foundation.
Gorbachev also said that the international community will only move farther away from the goal of creating a nuclear weapons-free world until world politics get back to normal and international relations are demilitarized.
Gorbachev lamented what he called a new tendency to step away from talks, calling it “the biggest mistake,” while stressing that dialogue is at the heart of the solution. He insisted that regional disputes must not dominate the agenda of world leaders and prevent comprehensive dialog from taking place.
Gorbachev said preventing nuclear war and reducing nukes should still be a priority for world leaders, while other pressing global problems include fighting terrorism, poverty and underdevelopment, as well as dealing with environmental problems.
The former Soviet president thinks that, through solving these issues together, world powers could help restore trust between them.
Gorbachev called on “veteran politicians, civil society, scientists and all people who care” to urge their leaders to return to peaceful, “demilitarized” relations.
In April, Gorbachev urged the presidents of Russia and America to hold a meeting to discuss how to secure a peaceful settlement to the Ukrainian crisis, calling it “an abscess that sends fever through Europe and the whole world.”
He expressed regret that, long after the Cold War, the world remains unjust, militarized, and violent, while blaming Western countries for the lack of progress. According to Gorbachev, certain Western nations hurried to celebrate “victory” after the collapse of the Soviet state and made little effort to establish a working relationship with Russia in order to deal with security issues – something the new global realities require.