In mid-January 1991 the UN-authorized offensive against Iraq began and we stayed up at night to watch a country being bombarded – live and in colour on CNN.

On 09.10.2019, “we” are watching Turkey launch military operations against Kurds in Syria, live and in colour – on France 24.

We are all for pulling out of endless wars; but there is a far better way of doing it than abandoning your allies and leaving them to perish, almost overnight.

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And each time a new sentence is handed out, each time new arrests are made, each day that news of the growing economic hardships are made known, we feel very sad  that we have failed you all; that we have again failed. Yet we must survive this failure and all the pain, because it seems that we simply cannot win.

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Drums of a war are beating loudly again, in the Middle East. On one side stands the military power of USA and its regional allies; on the other, the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Escalating tensions could, in the worst- case scenario, —intentionally or unintentionally —, spark a new war in the region. The undersigned wish to bring a call against the imminent war and appeal to the conflict parties to return to negotiating table. Please consider signing.

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