Byron Shire people will gather on Thursday 29 August to send a message of peace from Australia’s easternmost point.
As members of the international community we wish for the war clouds gathering over the Syrian conflict to be dispelled by the rain of loving thoughts, kindness and skilful intelligence.
Let’s not add fuel to the fire with more conflict.
Let us not create wars based on shoddy intelligence, as we did with wars stretching from Vietnam to Iraq, leading to the deaths of thousands of innocents.
Let us not escalate a conflict based on unproven evidence, in this case the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.
We are not in a position to say whether chemical weapons were used in Syria or not, or who authorised their use. We ask that the work of the UN investigators, currently in Syria, be allowed to continue and that the UN take a leading role in mediating this crisis.
We also ask that all countries desist from the use of deadly weapons to resolve conflict, be these chemical agents, white phosphorous, depleted uranium or cluster munitions.
As Seumas Milne says in The Guardian:
‘In any case, chemical weapons are far from being the greatest threat to Syria’s people. That is the war itself and the death and destruction that has engulfed the country. If the US, British and French governments were genuinely interested in bringing it to an end… they would be using their leverage with the rebels and their sponsors to achieve a ceasefire and a negotiated political settlement.’
A war with Syria is madness. The world does not want more war!
We are not for or against any nation or people. We are for peace and believe peace is everyone’s birthright.
We will gather in solidarity with all peace-loving people who do not want war, including our friends in the US, who will be gathering on Thursday in Times Square, NYC, at 4pm. See more at:
Peace rallies are being held around the globe. Please attend if you can. Together, we CAN make a difference!
Please bring flowers, flags, drums, musical instruments and good vibes to the Sunset Drumming Circle, Main Beach, Byron, 4pm onwards. Please speak up for peace.
This event is a co-creation towards peace and planetary healing, so all who attend are co-hosts, unless otherwise indicated.
Peace be upon us all!
Harsha Prabhu, Byron Bay