Security at all costs is unjust

Master Confucius said 2,500 years ago that, in order to recuperate peace as a product of justice, it was necessary to recover the authentic meaning of words and to call things by their names. Almost one century ago, Austrian philosopher Wittengstein would remind us, “The limits of my language are the limits of my own world.”

We live under the oppression without concealment of an administration of globalization that creates situations of injustice, misery and war. Civil society has to defend itself through all means, or shamefully die in a crazy escape towards social disintegration.

Nobody confuses “global phenomenon” that entails technical conquests and scientific advances, which are a fact, with “globalization” as an attitude of the economic and financial powers that have turned the world in an immense market. It’s a power without society and without frontiers, nor respect for traditions, secular cultures and for the natural environment. Democracy is being threatened by the power of traders that have the support of U.S. hegemony that will, sooner or later, suffer in its own flesh the effects of this ungovernable and inhumane monster.

The actual leaders of the United States affirm that there are no final frontiers because security in defense of American interests, anywhere in the world, justifies any economic, political or economic action.

They explain everything in terms of maintaining the prosperity of the United States and its allies, in augmenting NATO’s power by “developing new capabilities and getting ready for new missions, strengthened by new members”, at all costs, “by having adopted a new strategic concept to respond to every threat”, when that arrogance with that never-thought-of war machinery constitutes the biggest of all threats. Its justification that this leadership is necessary as an axis of an expanding global economy “against weapons of mass destruction”, hides the fact that they have the biggest arsenals in the whole world.

The same happens with the threat of drug trafficking when they are the largest consumers of drugs and their financial entities the biggest launderers of their benefits.

Along with indisputable achievements, it’s impossible to conceal the grave deficiencies of the American system: its enormous debt, its poverty pockets, is marginalized people, its record in jail populations and in legal murders after psychological torture in death corridors.

Security cannot be achieved under any price, confusing peace with the silence of cemeteries.

José Carlos Gª Fajardo
Translated by Carlos Miguélez

This article was published in the Center of Collaborations for Solidarity (CCS) on 04/19/2004