Dear Madam/ dear Sir…..
We, active citizens of the peace movement, request that you adopt a self-critical attitude and ask yourself: To where did the approval of a majority of the Bundestag on December 6, 2012 to allow the posting of Bundeswehr [German federal Armed Forces] units with Patriot missiles in Turkey lead? To where did the favorable attitude of the majority of the Bundestag regarding arms sales to Saudi Arabia lead? To where did the approval of the majority of the Bundestag on March 26, 2015 to the "Association Agreement" with Ukraine lead?
We have come to believe that the world, Europe, and last but not least Germany need a reversal in their international policies. The slogans to: "Stop starving the final Syrian people! End the embargo, so Syria can live in peace!
" and the “Stop Ramstein Campaign: No drone war!
" offer important approaches for the necessary rethinking. What will be needed in our opinion is a general abandonment of the imperialist war structures. Withdrawal from NATO, termination of the contract on the Presence of Foreign Forces in the Federal Republic of Germany and cooperation with Russia must be goals of German policy. These are three key aspects of the slogan: “Say NO! Outlaw aggression, ban the danger of world war!
" This is a programmatic statement on matters of war and peace, which is supported so far by 40 organizations and groups of the peace movement, which adhere to the call: "GERMANY OUT OF NATO - NATO OUT OF GERMANY."
Therefore we ask you to personally take a position on what are, in our view, the following urgent questions:
- Are you willing to take steps to ensure that the Federal Republic of Germany leaves NATO immediately?
- Are you willing to take steps to ensure that the federal government has terminated the contract on the Presence of Foreign Forces in the Federal Republic of Germany as soon as possible?
- Are you willing to take steps to ensure that the federal government lifts the anti-Russian sanctions immediately and permanently working towards German-Russian relations in a spirit of cooperation and partnership?
This Open Letter, which includes the call: "Say no, Outlaw aggression, Ban the danger of world war!” can be signed publicly. We will inform you about the result.
Awaiting your reply with interest, we remain
(National Chairman of the German Freethinkers Association)
(Chairman of the Federation Arbeiterfotografie)
Both are registered associations.
Offenbach/Cologne, August 2015
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