End of the century of US and EU supremacy: MEP – Interview news
The third international conference on “The Future of Peace and Human Rights in West Asia” was organized online by FODASUN (United Nations Public Relations Foundation for Dialogue and Solidarity) on Thursday, December 9, on the occasion of World Human Rights Day. The conference brought together more than twenty speakers from 13 countries.
FODASUN is a non-governmental organization dedicated to regional and international peace, dialogue, solidarity and the defense of human rights. The organization organized the annual conference “The Future of Peace and Human Rights in West Asia” with the aim of creating regional synergy and integration, strengthening the culture of peace and dialogue and propose solutions to meet the challenges of the West Asian region.
Clare Daly, Member of the European Parliament, delivered a speech at the 3rd FODASUN International Conference on Peace Issues in West Asia, declaring: “We are in 2021 and the cause of promoting peace has never been also important. In my lifetime, we saw the end of a Cold War – which everyone agreed was a time of collective madness in international affairs – and, recently, the attempt of some start a new one.
“In the intervening period – about 25 years of American hegemony – our world has never known peace. The United States and its allies have taken advantage of the postponement of the conflict between two superpowers to embark on a series of military adventures, devastating countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and making the world less secure, ”said Daly , who is also a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties and Justice in the European Parliament.
“Meanwhile, the collapse of the Soviet system resulted in a breakdown in social peace, with the population living under capitalism almost doubling. Twenty years ago, when its official enemy was gone and nothing justified its existence, the industrial war machine of NATO countries invented an enemy to fight against: the so-called war on terror was an invented conflict, ”she added.
“I sit on the European Parliament’s Security and Defense Committee and I am aware of the daily discussions that take place there, as well as the attitudes and activities of elected officials and the European security establishment. On this basis, in fact, the opposite is true: the world seems to me to be rushing towards conflict, presenting extreme challenges to the international movement for peace and cooperation. And right now – a crucial time, when international cooperation is needed more than ever – a majority of dominant politicians in Europe are acting in dangerous and irrational ways, ”she asserted, adding:“ The world in which we live is much more dangerously unstable and unpredictable. There aren’t just two superpowers at play now. The United States is of course the world’s leading military power, but it has been evident for some time that it has outdid itself and is in decline. Meanwhile, China’s economic and strategic might is expected to increase for the foreseeable future – a fact that is simply unbearable for settlements in former colonial countries. “
“The leaders want us to believe that the current conflict is ideological – a battle, we are told, between ‘democracy’ and ‘authoritarianism’ – like a heated battle between capitalism and communism. But, more like the period of high imperialism, the defining characteristic of the current period is the intercapitalist competition between the powers. And the political jargon of the day reflects this, with terms such as “strategic rivalry” and “great power competition,” said MEP Daly.
“But that’s not the only difference from the Cold War era. Over the past 40 years, the processes of neoliberal capitalism and globalization have made the world we live in more interconnected and interdependent than ever before.
“We have to face the facts. The century of American and European supremacy is over. Now is not the time to burn bridges or build empires. Going through the next centuries as a global civilization is going to require cooperation, not competition, and the work needed to build this must be done now, not later, ”said the MEP at the end of her speech, adding that the world politics must be reconfigured towards new structures of world peace.
“In the years to come, we must witness a reconfiguration of world politics, away from old colonial habits, and towards new structures of international peace and prosperity. In this new environment, Europe will either extricate itself from the decline of American influence and join the international community, to be part of a peaceful and cooperative future, or guarantee its own uselessness and stagnation in another world. in addition precarious. So for me, it’s time for Europe to grow, to put aside our illusions of superiority and to start working together to survive.