DCabaret artist Dieter Nuhr dismissed criticism of the open letter he signed on arms aid to Ukraine as “inappropriate, irrational and, unfortunately, sometimes also misleading”. What was written was twisted “beyond recognition,” Nuhr wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
“To be clear: the letter did not demand that Ukraine surrender without resistance, as the signatories, including myself, were accused of, and the letter said nothing about the signatories questioning the war culpability of the Russia or any sympathy for Putin,” Nuhr said. . “However, the letter calls for avoiding anything that could trigger an escalation of the conflict. I signed this.
According to the 61-year-old, the signatories of the letter are not alone in their opinion. According to polls, about half of the population in Germany is also of the opinion that Germany should not escalate the war further – but this is not expressed in the reports.
“Today, valuers see themselves as morally superior. People who yesterday insisted on a naïve pacifist attitude now want to throw the heaviest artillery on moral grounds and completely ignore the fact that escalating behavior can lead to a world war. I understand the emotions behind. But I always advocate caution and consideration! Nuhr posted on Facebook.
Russia’s war of aggression was “depressing and unbearable” for him and without regime change in Russia there should be no return to normal. “But the fact is that there will be no peace in Ukraine – however painful it may be – without the participation of Russia. It will therefore not be possible to prevent the civilized world from having to seek dialogue with Russia.” Because Russia is a nuclear power and a nuclear war must be avoided at all costs.
Schwarzer – “For the first time convinced of the danger of a new world war”
Alice Schwarzer has also previously dismissed criticism of the open letter with which she and other celebrities warn of a Third World War as a result of arms aid to Ukraine.
“For the first time in my life, I am seriously convinced of the danger of a new world war”, declared the publicist Sunday evening in the talk show in pictures “Good questions”.
While it is correct to help Ukrainians in self-defense, it is “to draw the very difficult line between supporting the defense and supplying weapons that Mr. Putin can understand as offensive weapons”.
Schwarzer and other celebrities such as writer Martin Walser called in the letter to Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) published on Friday not to deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine, either directly or indirectly, so as not to give to Russian President Vladimir Putin a reason for escalation. the war to be given to the NATO countries.
On the contrary, Scholz should do everything possible “to ensure that a ceasefire can be reached as soon as possible; to a compromise that both parties can accept. As of Monday morning, the letter had been digitally signed by around 140,000 people.
If Russian leaders portray the danger of a conflict with nuclear weapons as very concrete, “then we just have to take it seriously and weigh it very carefully,” Schwarzer said on the talk show.
At the same time, one should not overestimate Ukraine’s “admirable” military successes in its defense against Putin’s troops: “Such selective victories are one thing. Bringing the world’s second nuclear power to its knees is another matter.
Other co-signers defend themselves
Other signatories explained their reasons for signing the controversial text. Actors Edgar Selge and Lars Eidinger, as well as author Juli Zeh, spoke.
Zeh told the “Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung” that past conflicts have repeatedly shown “that arms deliveries often do not reduce the suffering of the civilian population, but prolong, intensify and extend wars”. “We have to get used to the idea that there will be no clear victory over Putin,” she said, as quoted by Editorial Network Germany. In order to avoid even more suffering, a solution will have to be found in which Putin obtains concessions.
To encourage reflection, actor Lars Eidinger, however, defended his participation in the campaign. On Instagram, he first explains in a text written in English why he refused military service at 18. To this day, he is of the opinion at the time that “blood cannot be washed away with blood.”
He himself has “no idea” how this conflict can be ended, but that’s why people would elect politicians who should find solution strategies. Democracy, according to the theater and television star, is formed through discussions, debates and disputes.
In an interview with Berlin’s Tagesspiegel, actor Edgar Selge expressed his fear that Ukraine would suffer the most severe destruction if arms continued to be delivered.
In the article titled “Only Arms Producers Benefit from Arms Deliveries,” Selge also states, “My solidarity with the Ukrainian people is unbroken and growing with this letter. But it’s about protecting them, not supporting them in a fight in which there’s hardly anyone left at the end. Where will this end? In a totally destroyed Ukrainian landscape where it will no longer be possible to live?” said the 74-year-old.
After the publication of the letter, which is also accompanied by a petition, it was quickly widely criticized. In an interview with the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”, Britta Haßelmann, leader of the Green Party, said: “Where should the ‘compromises’ be when Putin attacks a free European country in violation of international law, razes cities, kill civilians and systematically rape as a weapon against women?
The petition, also addressed to Chancellor Olaf Scholz, already had more than 146,000 signatories on Change.org as of Monday morning.
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