Rousseff: BRICS Show Way to Peace, Not Military Force

Rousseff: BRICS Show Way to Peace, Not Military Force

September 26, 2014 • 9:37AM

Opening the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called upon world leaders to recognize that “the use of force is incapable of eliminating the profound causes of conflicts,” as is seen in the Palestinian conflict, Syria, Iraq, Libya, the Sahel, and Ukraine. “With each military intervention, we do not walk towards Peace, but, rather, we witness the worsening of these conflicts.”

Answering questions from in an interview published on Sept. 22, Rousseff had put a point on that warning, attacking the use of the “responsibility to protect” doctrine as the pretext for military interventions. Although she did not say so, “R2P,” as it is known, is the name for the British imperialist end-of-sovereignty doctrine espoused by war criminal Tony Blair.

Rousseff identifed Libya as the “paradigmatic case” of this evil doctrine:

“The concept of ‘responsibility to protect’ civilians was used by NATO as a justification for a military intervention which went beyond the mandate granted by the U.N. Security Council, to bomb the country, arm militias and promote regime change…. [It] armed radical groups, benefiting terrorism. It did not serve the human rights of the Libyan people, which became subject, on an incredible scale, to chaos resulting from conflict between militias, including torture, kidnapping, rapes, illegal imprisonment and executions… The country’s economy deteriorated, and, thereby, the material conditions of a people… It destabilized the region, with the outflow of arms and mercenaries to the Sahel region. See how the same thing is happening, in different degrees, in Syria and Iraq.”

Rousseff counterposed to that “great power” doctrine, the developing collaboration between the BRICS nations —Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa —
“as a pole of stabilization for the world order, complementary to the old structures. Those structures, as we see every day, are not sufficient to counter the threats which put vast regions of the planet at risk, if not the whole planet….

“The fact that the BRICS is made up of diverse countries … is not a weakness, but it is its meaning, the message itself which the BRICS brings to the world…. Despite possible differences, we unceasingly seek to find a consensus on those matters which we can only resolve together. To think differently, always giving priority to binary or confrontationist thinking, to forming alliances of countries which are ‘alike,’ is to ignore the lessons of History, especially those offered by the two world wars of the last century.”

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