“Manifesto for Peace” – Wagenknecht and Schwarzer warn of nuclear war


Left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht and women’s rights activist Alice Schwarzer have called on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to focus on negotiations rather than arms supplies in the war in Ukraine.

In a joint “Manifesto for Peace” on Friday, the two women warned of a “slide into world war and nuclear war”. At the latest when Ukrainian forces attack Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin will “launch maximum retaliation,” they said. The Black Sea Peninsula has been illegally annexed by Russia.

The manifesto is supported by 69 initial signatories, including theologian Margot Käßmann, singer Reinhard Mey and former EU Commissioner Günter Verheugen. black and Wagenknecht stressed: “The Ukrainian people, brutally attacked by Russia, need our solidarity.” In their eyes, however, this is not an ever-longer prolongation of the war, which will eventually turn Ukraine into a depopulated, devastated country.

‘Ukraine can’t win against largest nuclear power’
Schwarzer and Wagenknecht criticized Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “President Zelenskyy makes no secret of his goal,” they wrote. “After the promised tanks, he now also demands fighter jets, long-range missiles and warships – to defeat Russia across the board?”

Supported by the West, Ukraine could win individual battles, “but it cannot win a war against the world’s greatest nuclear power.” Chancellor Scholz swore upon taking office to avert harm from the German people.

In April last year, Schwarzer had already initiated an open letter in which he called on Scholz not to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. According to her, this letter has now been signed by more than 500,000 people.

Critics: arms supplies in Germany’s interest
In a counter-appeal, intellectuals called for a continuous supply of arms to Ukraine. “In the hands of those under attack, tanks and howitzers are also defensive weapons because they are used for self-defense,” said the letter, which was signed by former Green Party politician Ralf Fücks, writer Daniel Kehlmann and publisher Mathias, among others. Döpfner. .

It also said that anyone who wants a negotiated peace that does not result in Ukraine’s subjugation should strengthen its defense capabilities. Preventing a successful Russian attack is in Germany’s interest.

Source: Krone


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