Why do we need disasters to talk about peace?

Today I saw a short news snippet in the BILD Online live ticker for Turkey earthquake no big emotions, no drama, no clickbait. But something that makes me ask, do we really need disasters so that we are human again and talk about peace and cooperation?

Copyright: BILD.de / Screenshot, translated with Google Translate


Copyright: BILD.de / Screenshot


The two screenshots show in German and English, for the understanding of my international readership, that after the devastating earthquake in Turkey, it is now approaching the neighboring state of Greece, while both have many conflicts of their own.
A special sign, although perhaps not entirely without political ulterior motives, at least I would like to cling to the thought that one is human after all and Greece has taken the first step to meet its counterpart in the disaster area. This willingness alone, that now both states are trying a dialogue to solve the problems between each other, is just good to read.

But do we need so many deaths for such progress towards peace? As of February 12, 2023, there are already more than 35,000 dead from the earthquake. Do we need so many people to die for such peace efforts?

I think no, we should work together as human beings towards peace and work together to be able to resolve conflicts without weapons and deaths.

In the tweet of Anadolu Agency, you can see both foreign ministers embracing each other

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Cavusoglu in Adana. © Screenshot/Twitter/@anadoluagency





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Posted by Petr Kirpeit

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