Complicit silence

Monday, April 20, 2015

When we remain silent rather than raise our voice, in a popular outcry against the immense injustice against the excesses of big power groups, against the growing disparities that lead many human beings to live -and die- in the endless misfortunes, in extreme poverty ... we are committing a crime of silence, being complicit, -"complicit silence" as lucidly defined by Pope Francis- of inhuman indignities that go against all ethical values and, above all, its basis: the equal dignity.

Ignorance cannot be adduced ... because now we know what is happening worldwide. Now the neighbor is not necessarily close. Now it is necessary to raise the voice, to claim ... because, at last, "the peoples" -as the Charter of the United Nations starts- have the progressive possibility to express freely.

When we consider as aninexorable side effect" of the current economic system hundreds of migrants risking their lives (and losing it, very often) because in their countries of origin die of abandonment ... complicit silence.

When we see that most countries are reducing their contributions assigned to promote sustainable and human development rather than increasing them... complicit silence.

What does the World Bank do "for reconstruction and development"? And what do the IMF and the European Central Bank? ... What is their immediate response to the horror of more than 700 people drowned trying to reach the borders of the countries that should help them and that have substituted cooperation by exploitation? In Spain, we have reduced in the last four years from 0.51% of GDP to 0.09. It is not  attending to more "summits" and Eurogroup meetings, specialists in debt and risk premiums, but announcing the rapid transfer of funds both nationally and internationally (United Nations Program for Development, UNDP) that the present situation could be improved. In other case... complicit silence.

When FAO warns us of thousands of people who are dying of hunger every day, mostly children of one to five years old, while 3 billion dollars a day are invested in weapons and military expenditures... and we do not react demanding a radical change in a corrupt system that changed ethical values by stock markets and substituted the United Nations by plutocratic groups (G6, G7, G8 ... G20) ...  complicit silence.

When Oxfam reports that 85 people have a wealth equivalent to half of humanity (approx. 3,300 million of human beings) and we continue impassive accepting the increasing gap in such a painful way (and dangerous) between marginalized and the prosperous)... complicit silence.

When we continue tolerating trafficking of all kinds by mafias who act with complete impunity at supranational space, while tax havens are becoming saturated by dark advantages of deplorable activities, and we do not demand an urgent re-foundation of a United Nations System provided with the capability and means for international justice to act quickly and effectively ... complicit silence.

When we tolerate that the Republican Party of the United States continues keeping death penalty and executions in States that rules, giving a very bad example on retentionist countries (only now 25% remains!); and has opposed the International Criminal Court and has not signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the World Trade Organization has been placed out of the United Nations; and have led the invasion of Iraq based on lies; and with "greed and irresponsibility" have promoted the current production relocation ... complicit silence.

When we have witnessed, outraged but not involved, that after sixty years of repeated opposition to conclude a peace agreement with Palestine (which was about to be reached with Isaac Rabin, who was assassinated), and see how Israeli settlements are increasing in the West Bank ... and how are bombarded in the Gaza Strip in a disproportionate and deadly reaction, hospitals and schools of the United Nations...; and when the Prime Minister Netanyahu, for electoral purposes and disobeying the repeated Resolutions of the UN, expresses that will not recognize the Palestinian State ... complicit silence.

When we know that environment deterioration processes are being produced and that several may become irreversible, seriously compromising the future habitability of the Earth ... and we do not denounce, and we continue being silent ..., complicit silence.

When in Europe, so wisely established in 1950 by politicians such as Robert Schumann - "Europe should be invented" the guidelines of a monetary union, which has not been preceded by an economic and political union are accepted... and the peoples have not raised the voice when markets had the shamelessness to appoint directly, without polls, the governments of Italy and Greece, the cradle of democracy ..., complicit silence.

When obediently satisfy debts and simultaneously accept the legal gadgets that allow fiscal discretion and that help to conceal evasion ... complicit silence.


When ...

Now, for the first time since the beginning of time the world's citizens know progressively what happens and can express themselves freely; now the woman, the cornerstone of the new era that is coming, can gradually be involved in decision-making, we should strongly promote the ending of  commercial laws and plutocracy and its substitution by one based on the " democratic principles "(established in the Constitution of UNESCO) and with the re-founded United Nations, provided by a weighted voting but without veto, with an Assembly General of 50% of States and 50% of civil society seeking radical changes which demand respect and conscience.

This is not only to express "horror" to the 700 victims who only yesterday produced mercantilist lack of solidarity and blindness. It deals with implementing urgently the priorities established by the United Nations (food, water, health, environment, education and peace).

The public outcry will enable the transition from a secular culture of imposition, domain, violence and war to a culture of encounter, dialogue, reconciliation, alliance and peace.

The time for silence is over. Pope Francis and President Obama could lead the mobilization that the majority of people on Earth dream.

From force to the word, the great historical turning point is coming if we raise our voices and stop keeping complicit silence.