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Military Stand-Down During COVID-19 Emergency

Scottish CND Backs Calls for Military Stand-down During COVID-19 Emergency

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has given its backing to the call from many sources, including the UN Secretary-General, for a global ceasefire while the world grapples with the COVID-19 crisis, and supports the call from the Peace Pledge Union for military budgets to be diverted to tackling coronavirus and related problems caused by job losses, poverty, mental ill-health and isolation. 

The Peace Pledge Union initiative follows on the 23rd March statement by the UN Secretary-General who said:

"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 lock-down and focus together on the true fight of our lives."

There is support for a universal truce from many countries, including the UK, France and Germany, as well as human rights groups, charities and the Pope, with the blockage coming mainly from the US and Russia.

Scottish CND Chair Lynn Jamieson said:

"As the extent and gravity of the pandemic become clearer by the day we have to hope that more governments across the world will begin to respond to public pressure and listen to Gutteres and the others who are asking for a step back from war. We are also calling for a step back from preparations for war and for the reallocation of military funding to the socially useful functions we so urgently require. 

In these dangerous times, it is becoming more and more obvious to more and more people that preparing for and making war has nothing to do with keeping us safe but everything to do with squalid profit and macho political posturing. The UK's nuclear weapon submarines are not only utterly malign in their intention and their wastefulness but are also about as useful as a chocolate teapot. 

Unlike that exceptional Christmas Day Truce in 1914 on the Western Front when for a brief interval basic common sense and humanity prevailed, we have much more of a chance to permanently stop the needless squandering of resources and lives. It is vital that this time we do not return to our trenches and let the hideous business-as-usual continue as before."

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