The world is truly a global village. A person can visit all continents in less than 72 hours and in each continent buy goods designed, developed and produced in each of the other continents. With electronic communication, a thought or idea can be shared with millions of people in seconds. Bad bank lending in one country can bring down the banking system in another. A bomb prepared in one country can be deployed in another and exploded from a third through the press of a phone button. In a world where a missile can travel 3,000 miles in minutes to wipe out a city and destroy its population, home safety can no longer be assured through the control of your neighbours lands.
Today, a country’s best defence is honest and fair international trade and shared security intelligence. It is through working, investing and playing with your neighbours that economies are strengthened, health services improved, poverty reduced and the causes of armed conflict abated. Yet contrary to this self-evident truth, there is a global resurgence in nationalism (one of the causes of World War II) driven once again in large part by unfairness and dishonest dealings.
The 2003 Iraq War, the creation of Kosovo from Serbia in 2008, the annexation by Russia of South Ossetia and Ahkhazia from Georgia in 2008, the military intervention in Libya in 2011, and the annexation by Russia of the Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, all show that the rules and principles, which had been established to govern the relationship and dealings of nations, are now ignored by all major countries with none having any moral authority over any other.
The Security Council of the United Nations is powerless in all but the minority of small country skirmishes as demonstrated by the fact Israel is in breach of more UN Security Council resolutions than any other country yet remains immune from action because of the very strong Jewish political lobby in the United States. Whilst in Iraq hundreds of thousands of children died from lack of nutrition and treatable illness as a result of UN imposed sanctions against a leader which the majority of the people were powerless to remove.
Imprisonment without trial (Guantanamo Bay), extraordinary rendition, waterboarding torture, and the killing of innocent victims through drone attacks has extinguished any moral authority which the US and the UK may have had as each is in fundamental breach of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
It is a sad fact that the Security Council of the UN is now as weak and ineffective as the League of Nations was in the run up to World War II. So now, more than ever, is it vitally important that the Partism Philosophies of care and fairness are indelibly forced into national psychology and international relations.
There are some examples of international relations which give hope. The peaceful breakup of Czechoslovakia into the two separate states of The Czech Republic and Slovakian Republic in the 1993 Velvet Divorce is a leading example of two countries going their separate ways but agreeing to co-operate closely together. In Northern Ireland two very bitter enemies came together in 1998 in a Power Sharing Agreement creating a possible blue-print for stabilising societies that are divided along ethnic, religious or sectarian lines. Each of these agreements was founded on the same inalienable principles which underpin the Partism Foundation. Accordingly, the Partism Philosophy needs to be promoted as potentially it has an important role to play in international relations and sustaining world peace.