[gha] Re: Peace as a Break between Wars and Preparation for New Wars

  • From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Charles Mercieca" <mercieca@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2013 19:13:52 +0400

Dear Charles,

Thank you very much for your interesting and ahead article, with which, as 
other, we will start work/discuss since February/March 2014.

With love, best harmony wishes,


Dr Leo Semashko:
State  Councillor  of  St.  Petersburg,
Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony;
Director:  Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia;
Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA) since 2005;
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----- Original Message -----
  From: Charles Mercieca, mercieca@xxxxxxxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 9 декабря 2013 г., 18:38:12
  Subject: Peace as a Break between Wars and Preparation for New Wars

December 9, 2013
Dear Leo:
            Here below and attached is the third and last article you asked me 
to write for your coming book in spring. It’s entitled: Peace as Break between 
Wars and Preparation for new Wars. As you see, I sent you these articles way 
ahead of your deadline. I am always happy to cooperate with you fully.
Charles Mercieca
Peace as a Break between Wars and
Preparation for New Wars 
Charles Mercieca, Ph.D.
International Association of Educators for World Peace
Dedicated to United Nations Goals of Peace Education,
Environmental Protection, Human Rights & Disarmament
Professor Emeritus, Alabama A&M University
            Over the past recorded history of 6,000 years we notice that many 
nations tended to solve their differences through the waging of one war after 
another. Needless to say, in-between wars we also observe a period of peace. As 
far as the people were concerned they enjoyed such periods and often hoped they 
would continue forever. However, as far as government officials were concerned 
that always proved to be a different story. As the Italians say, tra il dire e 
il fare c’e’ in mezzo il mare – between saying and doing there is an ocean, 
that is, an abyss.
Eventual Purpose of Wars
            Of course, there should be a reason why wars continue to take 
place, especially when the population as a whole never wants to experience the 
tragedies of such events by all means. Scholastic philosophers tell us, 
quidquid contingens est causam habet -- whatever exists there must be a cause, 
that is, a source. And another famous dictum runs as follows, ex nihilo nihilo 
fit, -- nothing happens out of nothing. 
            Hence, wars do not pop up from the midst of nowhere. There must be 
a plan of some sort that would make it easier to instigate and promote wars. 
What is curious in our study of the nature of wars lies here. Such devices were 
never used to promote peace and harmony, love and compassion. On the contrary, 
wars often tended to stem out of jealousy and hatred and they always inflicted 
pain revealed mostly in the destruction of the infrastructure of cities.
            Moreover, such pain is also seen in the killing and maiming of tens 
of thousands of innocent people, in particular women, children, the elderly and 
the sick. In every era of history, every government, regardless of its nature, 
always claimed the responsibility to look after the welfare of the people, 
which is revealed in providing them with a good health care system, adequate 
housing facilities and good education. But as long as government officials in 
general continue to be addicted with wars, such goals cannot be easily reached.
            If we were to study the military powers that emerged in this world 
over the last two to three hundred years alone, we will soon find out something 
which is fully in common. The governments that attached priority in piling up 
weapons and in promoting more and more wars, ended up neglecting their people 
who suffered immensely as a result. Just a study of the Portuguese, Spanish, 
British and American empires makes us realize that the more they concentrated 
on the invasion of other countries and the promotion of wars, the more their 
respective native population suffered all kinds of deprivation.
Sources of Destruction
            Nowadays, we all know that the manufacture of weapons and the 
military industrial complex have emerged into becoming a very lucrative 
business. To turn an insult into injury, the United States’ big corporations 
take the initiative to finance the elections of various politicians. They want 
to make sure that after election such politicians would do anything to boost 
their products, regardless of how lethal and detrimental they may prove to be 
to society. In the USA all the major news media are now being controlled by big 
            The corruption that emerged in the US government as a result has 
become virtually out of control. It explains why millions of people do not have 
enough food to eat, are deprived of adequate home facilities, and do not have 
easy access to vital medical needs. From a careful study of history we learn 
that a nation could be termed to be strong when its people are healthy and 
highly educated, in addition to having adequate home facilities. When this 
takes place then such a nation is fully self-sufficient since all the vital 
needs are fully there.
            However, since the US government as a whole views the strength of 
the nation merely in military capabilities, it explains why such a nation puts 
top priority on the continued manufacture of weapons and military equipment. It 
explains why the United States, in spite of the fact that it was advised 
otherwise, chose to become involved in more than 30 wars following World War 
II. The most recent ones, all of which proved to be a disaster may be enlisted 
as Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. 
            In each of such wars, thousands of young Americans lost their lives 
or became maimed for life, not to mention those that committed suicide. All 
these tragedies occurred literally needlessly. Besides, the United States was 
responsible for the destruction of the infrastructure of many cities which 
included not only the destruction of people’s homes but also the annihilation 
of many schools, churches and other vital sources. Besides, we may add the 
millions that became refugees and who led very miserable lives afterwards.
            Every nation that views its strength in military terms and not in 
people’s health and education always ends up punishing itself severely. The US 
economy today is in a state of collapse because of its continued wars. The 
Iraqi war alone cost the USA $2 trillion dollars in debt, money that could have 
been used to give Americans adequate home facilities, good health care, and 
excellent education. A substantial number of government officials, mostly 
republicans, had the guts to propose the solution of the debt problem by 
cutting money from the vital needs of the American people, like health care, 
education and social security. 
Deception at Work
            Ironically, a number of these same government officials when they 
talk on radio or television, they sound like they are concerned with the 
welfare of the American people in general. But, as the Italians say, parole si, 
fatti no – words year, facts no. This means their apparent concern for the 
welfare of the American people as a whole is merely bla, bla, bla. The US 
government officials must follow the example of President Truman when he set 
the US President’s office for two terms of four years each.
            The US Senators’ term must also be set for two terms of five years 
each, while the US Congressmen’s terms should also be limited for five terms of 
two years each. We have many young brilliant people in the USA but their 
chances of serving the nation in a governmental office is not that easy as long 
as the big corporations continued to finance their governmental buddies to 
remain in office for ever. Moreover, all news media must give a substantial 
percentage of time to cover all those running for office free-of-charge.
            As the preamble of UNESCO states: Since wars begin in the minds of 
men it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed. 
As we may all know, this acronym stands for United Nations, Educational, 
Scientific and Cultural Organization. The eventual implementation of this 
preamble is of paramount importance. It enables us to understand the wisdom of 
having periodical changes of individuals in the government. This way we may 
take care of the traditional saying: You cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
            When individuals serve a long time in a governmental position, 
their mind-set about anything becomes so deeply trenched that it may need a 
miracle like that of raising Lazarus from the dead to make them see things 
better and into a truer perspective. In view of what has been stated, we still 
have hope of not having to spend another 6,000 years of recorded history going 
through one war after another. The human nature is subject to corruption at one 
time or another. Our job is to take the first steps toward providing a better 
future for posterity. 

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