I appeal to all governments, peace organizations, the United Nations, and every group of diverse beliefs and interests to unite in creating a peaceful venue at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) March 28, 2008
To the Chinese Government and the People of the World:
Admiral P.Kikareas appeals to all governments, peace organizations, the United Nations, and every group of diverse beliefs and interests to unite in creating a peaceful venue at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Olympic Games have throughout history symbolized peace and goodwill to both athletes and observers. In ancient Greece where these games started three centuries before Christ, all participated Nations Cities were obliged to stop any wars and maintain truce during the entire period of the games. In this time of international peril, these games can be a rallying event to advance world peace or a terrifying opportunity to advance the further demise of that peace.
For these reasons, "I appeal to all governments, peace organizations, the United Nations, and every group of diverse beliefs and interests to unite in creating a peaceful venue at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing."
"What kind of peace do I mean? Certainly not a peace that requires enforcement by weapons. Not the peace of the grave, nor the security of the slave. I speak of a peace that will make life on this earth well worth living, the kind of peace that enables all citizens to build a better life for themselves and their descendants hope for a peace, not just for this season of the Olympics, but rather for all the seasons that follow, so as to birth a truly enduring peace that will grow and flourish among all nations."
Because of the many serious conflicts around the world, many have come to believe that lasting peace is impossible. That is a defeatist attitude and can only lead to the conclusion that conflict is an inevitable result of sectarian and religious tensions. There is no problem of world destiny that is beyond solution if the reason of the world's leaders and the strength of the world's citizens work together as one. Peace is a way of living that can solve problems in ethical and fair manner, and ethics is a vast reference for life.
Peace does not require that all citizens agree or even follow the admonition to love their neighbors but peace does require that individuals live in mutual tolerance for diversity and submit their disputes for a peaceful settlement. Among the many traits that the citizens of the world share, none is stronger that their joint abhorrence of conflict.
Peace is a human right, the right to live life without fear of devastation or death or oppression. Our generation has already experienced more than enough of hate, discrimination, and conflict. It is way past the right time to build a world of peace where the weak will remain safe and where the strong can be just. The world's leadership must remain diligent in working toward a strategy of peace that works for all. This strategy must be founded upon the principle that the citizens of the world are bound in a human kinship that renders us joined as one. The ancient Mayans offered an interesting concept for all to consider at this time: "I am another you."
"The same article I had sent to the People of the World before the Olympic Games in Greece Athens 2004, which were the most ever peaceful Olympic Games, where the spirit of love and human brotherhood broke the security lines and we saw in the closing ceremony Athletes and people dancing and laughing and singing together. The spirit of the Olympics is eternal, unique, and accepting of all beliefs. The Olympic spirit elevates human worth and fosters understanding among peoples and nations everywhere."
Throughout the world, people seem to believe that respect for power leads to greater results than does respect for one's fellow man. Since all humanity, regardless of their differences, is to be considered as equal, then all are entitled to benefit from and enjoy peace.
If Ruskin's philosophy that mankind is a balance of nobility in nature and in spirit is correct, then now is the time for all nations and peoples to support that one integrity of purpose and work to improve the conditions of mankind. It would be well for the nations and peoples of the world to realize that believing there is no virtue or truth other than one's own is both unwise and uncharitable and most dangerous to human kind. Martin Luther King Jr. stated the case well when he said, "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
"As an expert in crisis management and foreign affairs I worry too much for the spread of hate and terror that we experience the latest years. For the sake of our children and our Nations let's make a stop here. Lets stop the time now before it is too late. Now that the torch of the Olympic Games has started its way to Beijing lets respect ourselves, re-evaluate our War plans and turn them to Peace Plans and believe me History will write this with Golden Letters."
Please send this message to all peoples of all nations, so that the Summer Olympics in Beijing can serve a far greater purpose than determining the best athletes in the world. It is my hope that for one more time this 2008 Olympics will serve as a mighty torch to light a better place for every nation and every individual around the world.
Everyone can and must make a contribution to this effort. I express here a profound gratitude on behalf of the Hellenic Aspis and Associates Inc., The World Foundation For Peace and Security, and for myself for every small effort you make to achieve a better peaceful world.
Admiral P. Kikareas (retired) H.N., Ph.D.
Hellenic Aspis & Associates Inc.
World Foundation For Peace & Security
President and Chief Executive Officer