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Embracing Global Cooperation Over Militarism



The prospect of war and the escalation of hostilities across several fronts have been seen throughout the world in recent years. The individuals caught in the crossfire of the tragic and devastating Ukraine war have endured unimaginable pain. It's time for a fresh strategy that prioritises international cooperation and non-traditional economic structures above the persistence of militarism and enmity. It's time for the international world to unite and put an end to the cycle of violence in Ukraine because the need for peace has never been more important.


The situation of the war now clearly demonstrates the shortcomings of militarism and bullying. A ray of hope for a new era of international cooperation and economic frameworks that prioritise the well-being of the planet over political posturing can be seen in the establishment of platforms like the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations (CELAC), the ASEAN-led RCEP, and the BRICS grouping.


Recognising the part some play in sustaining the cycle of war is crucial. Particularly with China, there is a rush to the verge of war rather than engaging in communication and diplomacy. The most urgent issue of our time, the global climate crisis, calls for coordinated efforts to develop answers. However, the emphasis on military objectives takes time and money away from solving the pressing issues that pose a threat to the entire globe.


In addition to silencing voices of reason, the strident anti-Russian and anti-Chinese attitude spread by the mainstream media has also fostered an atmosphere of suspicion and dread. Such polarising language does not promote global stability; on the contrary, it widens divisions and raises tensions. A call for war against China is not only dangerous but also unsuccessful, as it thwarts efforts to promote global collaboration.


The rejection of militarism and support for peaceful alternatives have been promoted by progressive forces both within and outside of the United States. Anti-militarist beliefs have been embraced by people who have helped to discredit damaging tactics and regulations. These voices, who are frequently the targets of right-wing agendas and less sophisticated media, are vital in shifting the narrative in favour of peace, social justice, and anti-racism.


The weaponization of conflict is being rejected by the general public on a global scale, and the importance of cooperation is being emphasised. The pursuit of militarism by the ruling class goes against what the people they represent want more and more. Progressive voices must raise this appeal and advance peaceful conversation and diplomacy in order to counter the growing call for an end to the Ukraine war and other wars.




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