Dear Madams and Sirs,
I would feel guilty, if I did not write this urgent letter to you – guilty before God and Mankind. […]
I am an old man, who stems from a political family and who had to suffer the atrocities of the Second World War (including senseless US phosphorus-bombs on Easter Monday 1945) and the Russian Occupation.
But I also am witness of the deal with the Russians, which brought us freedom and wellbeing. The core of the deal was our permanent neutrality.
The proxy-war you are just fostering in the Ukraine tends to trigger off a Third World war, since you are provoking the Russian Atomic Power to the utmost. There is an old political saying: Do not drive them to despair!
You still think, that you can take this risk, since so far in all the wars, who have waged under the pretext of humanity and democracy, death, destruction and suffering happened abroad (I think on Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya etc.).
But this will not be the case in the future!
Therefore, you will also be responsible for the lives of your fellow-citizens.
I also think that your short-sighted dependency on the military-industrial-financial ‘deep state’ will lead to a financial and military disaster, since you overstretch your economic abilities – based on money-printing and -borrowing. […]
Therefore, I ask you all, to come to thoughts of peace instead of warmongering.
The way out of your present imperial engagement is simple and possible:
Approve for the Ukraine permanent neutrality, non-alignment (whether East nor West) and federal structure (giving the eastern oblasts autonomy according to the example of Switzerland).
The Russians could accept this, without losing face, if the Crimea an Sevastopol would stay under their dominance.
I do hope, that you will take responsibility and lead the World towards peace.
Professor Dr Heinrich Wohlmeyer, Austria
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