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Ceasefire! - Brian Quail

The following letter was written by one of our members, Brian Quail to the national media here in Scotland.

Dear Sir,

While we are all much concerned about the impact of coronavirus here, we should try to imagine the effect it will have when it hits the Middle East and Africa. The people living in war zones or in refugee camps there lacking a medical infrastructure, face a future that can only be described as apocalyptic.

It is for this reason, Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the UN, has called for a global ceasefire. He says "refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable. The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives."

This appeal must resonate in the hearts of all people of goodwill - in spite of the deafening silence from the media. It can be signed individually online, but we must also demand that the UK Government formally gives its support too. It can demonstrate this by stopping CASD (continuous-at-sea deployment); Trident should be tied up, pending its demolition.

The UK can display real moral leadership by being the first of the nine rogue nuclear states to break ranks and support the TPNW (Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons) agreed by 122 countries in July 2017. 

Tragically, I have little hope that the British Government will take this brave step and let go of its nuclear comfort blanket. Its emotional attachment to this ultimate symbol of political status is obdurate. And all unionist parties are as one in their loyalty to British nuclear idolatry.

Having the freedom and the power to make these liberating advances can only come with political independence, and is an irrefutable reason for demanding this.

Yours sincerely,

Brian Quail

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