We see that you are in a very difficult situation. You began as a peace president; you have received the Nobel Peace Prize and now you find yourself forced to motivate the public to support the military strike against Syria.
Honorable Mr. President, Dear Barack Obama,
We see that you are in a very difficult situation. You began as a peace president; you have received the Nobel Peace Prize and now you find yourself forced to motivate the public to support the military strike against Syria. This is an inner contradiction. You would certainly be relieved if someone could free you of this difficult decision. We, the undersigned, are the founders of the peace center Tamera in Portugal; we are writing to you because we believe that there is a way to resolve the conflict with dignity. We suppose that you want peace as much as we do, and we ask you to reconsider your upcoming speech. The speech could be given in the following direction:
With this speech your nation, and certainly yourself, would feel a “weight off your chests” because there is something that everyone wants right now: peace! Finally, peace and redemption from war. With this speech, you would not lose face; no one would consider you to be weak and fickle. On the contrary, you would become a new idol of humanity – like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. Many people pray for you to be able to take this step of courage and help the world. We urgently ask you to consider this proposal. God has placed the power in your hands to make huge decisions. Please do it in His name – and please also consider what Martin Luther King Jr. would do now. Thank you for your engagement.
On behalf of all who would die in the military strike.
On behalf of all children.
For an end to all violence.
Dieter Duhm and Sabine Lichtenfels