The events of the past 24 hours bring a profound sadness over what will lay ahead for the people of Iraq and all those affected by this war. However it is also a time when we should not give up insisting on alternatives. It is also a time to continue to demonstrate that so many people right across the globe are opposed to this action. The United States is not the only superpower in the world. It is matched by public opinion, which is stronger than ever, included in the United States and allied countries. It is also more able than ever to communicate effectively.
The International Federation of Social Workers has always supported the United Nations and believes firmly in its central role as a global voice for democracy and peaceful solutions to conflict. The actions taken by President Bush and his followers in the past 24 hours must not be allowed to undermine the continued role of the United Nations. One way in which we can demonstrate our support for its role as a peacemaker is to continue our representation to the UN. This can be done by the IFSW, our member organisations and individuals.
This is not the time to be silent. This is the time to go on arguing for non-violent solutions as the brave way forward in this new century. The future should be built on co-operation and consensus, not on chaos and conflict.
Sydney/Bern, March 18, 2003