Wed Apr 19th, 2006 at 04:56:35 AM EST
This is an appeal by French WWII resistance fighters, calling "on the younger generations to animate and retransmit the heritage of the Resistance and its still current ideals of economic, social, and cultural democracy."
The original text and the English translation of the Appeal can be found on the MRzine website. The appeal's aim is to pass on "the flame of the Resistance" - and the points these old heroes and heroines make (in their 80s and 90s all of them) are close to the European Tribune's themes:
Back from the front page
First, we appeal to teachers, social movements, public collectives, creators, citizens, the exploited, the humiliated, to celebrate together the anniversary of the program of the National Council of the Resistance (C.N.R.) adopted in the underground on 15 March 1944: Social security and generalized pensions, control of "economic feudalisms," the right to culture and education for all, the press freed from money and corruption, labor and agricultural social laws, etc. How can it be that today money to maintain and extend these social conquests cannot be found, while the production of wealth has increased considerably since the Liberation, the period when Europe lay in ruin? The political, economic, and intellectual leaders, and society as a whole, should neither resign themselves to nor allow themselves to be impressed by the current international dictatorship of financial markets which threatens peace and democracy.
One could do worse than heed the warnings and the call to action of those that resisted and helped defeat fascism. Their closing words, a message to those that are about to succeed them, are an heirloom to all of us from the generation that defeated the Nazis and defended democratic principles with their lives:
More than ever, to those who will create the century that is just beginning, we want to say with our affection:
"To create is to resist. To resist is to create."