Is the war for Europe’s shared values ​​and culture?

2022.06.23 06:30

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Judging by the propaganda broadcasts of the mainstream media in Germany and the statements of the spokesmen of the majority of the parties in the parliament, Ukraine, which was attacked by Russia, is fighting heroically to protect the “common European values ​​and culture”. Ukraine must emerge victorious from this war. Otherwise, Russia’s attack on “common European values ​​and culture” will continue and Putin’s armies will target other European countries as well.

So what is this “common European values ​​and culture”? Is there a perception of “common values ​​and culture” that unites the peoples of the Member States of the European Union and some third countries such as Ukraine?

Let’s answer these questions for Germany using the latest opinion poll published in FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), one of the leading dailies of the mainstream media. The answer to the first question in the Allensbach Institute research is as follows: “Democracy, freedom of religion, respect for human dignity, freedom of thought and expression, equal rights for women, individual freedoms, the rule of law and tolerance constitute European values ​​and culture”. However, the issue of their “partnership” for all of Europe is controversial.

A very small proportion of respondents (28 percent) answered positively to the question “Do you think there is a common European culture, common values ​​and common perceptions that distinguish Europeans from others?”. The vast majority (54 percent) believe that there is no common culture or common values.

It is of course impossible for politicians and journalists not to be aware of this situation. However, this propaganda of “common European values ​​and culture” must be continued in order to allay the unwillingness of society against Germany, which was responsible for two great wars and suffered great defeats and destruction after both, to take a side choose in this war .

This was one of the reasons why the Social Democratic wing of the German government, made up of a three-party coalition, mainly Prime Minister Scholz, initially seemed to resist pressure to help Ukraine with heavy weapons. However, it was clear that this resistance would eventually lose momentum. Now this is happening. There are no more warnings from the Social Democrats that the war could spread and culminate in a nuclear-weapon world war. Social Democrat Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht and Prime Minister Scholz, who made sure to use moderate language in their declarations on arms aid, were blamed for the allegations that Germany was holding back in this regard and not fulfilling its promises. It is clear that a new phase has been reached in this regard, with the delivery of heavy air defense systems from Germany to Ukraine the previous day and the announcement by the Ministry of Defense of the list of weapons and ammunition shipped so far. There is a difference between the amount promised and the amount actually given. However, Germany is among the countries that help Ukraine the most in both respects.

The majority of people do not share the view that common values ​​and culture are lived in Europe. That’s why one side of the war defended them too. But public support to include an increasingly active side in the war is growing. According to the above survey: “Although it is difficult at the moment, the European Union must quickly enter into a dialogue with Russia and strive to improve relations. Those who accept the statement that “Peace in Europe is only possible in cooperation with Russia” are in the minority (30 percent). The percentage of those who think otherwise is 59 percent. In the early weeks of the war, the opposite was true in this regard. Currently, only the majority of supporters of the far-right AfD (70 percent) and the Left Party (61 percent) argue that the EU should sit down with Putin to improve relations. Interestingly, the party with the most opposition to talks with Russia is not the center-right parties, but the Greens (67 percent). Two weeks ago, a poll on the American atomic bombs in Germany showed that the majority of supporters of this party were against the reduction of these bombs.

Institutions that conduct “scientific research” into peace also argue in their joint report for continued military support to Ukraine.

But the report of the four major German peace and conflict research institutes released yesterday recommends keeping channels open for talks with Russia, unlike the majority of the Greens, once known as the “Party of the peace movement”.

Analysts, who warn that Germany must not overlook the global ramifications of the war and oppose nuclear proliferation, are opposing the “war to victory” premise advocated mainly by the US, Great Britain and the United States. Britain, Poland and the Baltic countries, although not directly. The report’s recommendation reads: “Germany and its allies should increase the cost of the war to Russia by continuing military aid to Ukraine, increasing economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation on the one hand, but at the same time ensuring diplomatic exits.” are shown to the Russian government to stop the war.” The lie that war is a “clash of values” is still effective, and those who heed this suggestion from scientists are in the minority. Lithuania’s latest provocation in Kaliningrad shows that the war will continue for a longer period of time by spreading.

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