Military İntervention, Might Provide Legitimacy to Oppressive Regimes and Encourage Extremist Groups.
The meeting of the Socialist International Council has opened 11 November, 2013 in Istanbul-Turkey, hosted by the Republican People’s Party, CHP. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu the President of CHP, Delivered a speech in meeting:
Turkey is geographically nearby, and politically in the midst of the geography where most of these conflicts are taking place, the Middle East.
The process of the Arab Spring, which was welcomed with great expectations, currently bears witness to worrisome adverse developments. The ongoing conflicts in Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Iraq are posing a threat to the peace, stability and wealth of our region.
The democratic struggles of our region are currently facing three significant problems.
The first problem is about extreme groups and reactionary forces. These groups and forces are engaged in an endeavor to block the popular demands for equality and freedom.
The second problem concerns ethnic, religious and sectarian faultlines in the region. These faultlines are being stressed everywhere, creating instability. Morever, issues such as gender inequality, international migration and modern slavery bring about an additional negative impact on political, social and economic stability.
This situation might hinder the flourishing of democracy in our region.
The third problem is that, the possibility of foreign intervention, and especially foreign military intervention, might provide legitimacy to oppressive regimes and encourage extremist groups.
These threats to peace, stability and wealth of our region and the obstacles before the struggle for democracy confer significant tasks and responsibilities on the Socialist International.
The International must uncompromisingly oppose forces that are oppressive, as well as opposing the politics of violence; and must firmly throw its weight behind the conflict-resolving role of diplomacy.
The Socialist International must play an active part in conflict zones, as well as before the United Nations and other international institutions to support progressive forces. The Socialist International must put its weight behind endeavors aimed at resolving the conflicts through political and diplomatic methods.
There is a significant opportunity ahead of us for playing such a part. This opportunity is the Geneva II Conference that aims to end the ongoing war in Syria.
Getting into dialogue with the parties involved in the conflict and actively contributing in the Geneva II process concerning Syria, where chaos and violence prevail, shall demonstrate the Socialist International’s capacity and power in the resolution of conflicts.
In this context, the Working Group on Syria, a decision about the creation of which was given in the previous Council Meeting, needs to be activated.
The common principles that we have endorsed which illuminate the way in our march towards an enlightened future, and our diversified experiences of struggle in our home countries provide us with the necessary background for resolving the current crises in the Middle East and North Africa through a progressive, democratic and pluralist understanding.
Neoliberal economic policies, which are based on the assumption that markets will never fail, have caused millions of people all over the world to pay enormous prices for the failures of the markets.
The Global Economic Crisis has caused the unemployment of hundreds of thousands of people and the spread of inequality and poverty.
The global economic order prioritizes not the society but the finance sector and the large corporations while trying to resolve its crises; and continues with its way, crushing the people under its wheel, until the next crisis.
In other words, the global economic system casts to individuals no role other than the role of customer and consumer.
Under the justification of global competition, salaries and standards of living constantly deteriorate, organized society and organized labour are weakened, the distribution of wealth gets further out of balance, and rising unemployment, especially for the youth, becomes an ever greater problem. These issues are still the poignant problems of our age that need to be considered with attention.
Global issues can only be overcome through global coordination and cooperation. Although limited steps have been taken after the global crisis, the problems of representation and legitimacy concerning important international institutions such as the IMF and the United Nations have not been resolved.
Unless justice is provided in the representation of developing and rising economies within these institutions, it will not be possible to provide effective solutions to global problems.
Another issue worthy of attention is the serious and widespread unwillingness towards bringing limitations to the excesses and exorbitance of markets and towards making the necessary regulatory and supervisory policies for such limitations.
The Socialist International must strongly defend a world where people produce, and fairly share what they produce; a world where people are wealthy.
No policy is sustainable unless it takes the individual human being as its focus.
The basic pillars of the socialist and social democrat understanding of the economy need to be made up of the following: Policies that target growth in production and in employment; a sustainable and environment-friendly development approach; a fair allocation of resources; a strong and organized society; and an accountable state.