The Munich (In-)Security Conference - will the USA go to war with Iran?
MUNICH - After having Arnold Schwarzenegger warning of climate change in 2015, Cinema for Peace was back again this year with Daniel Ellsberg at the world's leading security conference to speak about the nuclear threat. Daniel Ellsberg is known for writing the nuclear war plan for the USA, for the Vietnam war and disarmament plans for Gorbachev. He was the man behind publishing the Pentagon Papers in order to stop the war in Vietnam, a story told in Steven Spielberg's film "The Post".
Ellsberg got the impression from the speech of US vice-president Michael Pence - when he repeated from Warsaw his claim yesterday that Iran is causing a new holocaust - that Trump is rhetorically preparing to go to war in Iran, possibly in order to stop impeachment and, with the right timing, also secure his re-election. Truman and Johnson could not run successfully again after public opinion turned on the wars in Korea and Vietnam, but Bush used the fresh war in Iraq to unite the country in one spirit to be re-elected.
Ellsberg met with the conferences chairs, his old friend John Kerry, defense secretaries and heads of German parties in order to lobby less nuclear arms, no first use of nuclear missiles and departure of all nuclear arms from Germany. At the state dinner last night at Ellsberg's table the Turkish defense minister Akar expressed surprisingly the Turkish public opinion to prefer not to have nuclear arms in Turkey - a controversial topic since the Cuba crisis. Experiencing the best practice example of North Macedonia and Greece - both prime ministers got honored during the dinner event - the ministers at the table and Tsipras agreed to partake in a Cinema for Peace documentary film on how this peaceful resolution worked after 28 years of negotiations and how the situation in Cyprus could be resolved peacefully in the next step.