Former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin, a vocal critic of the US intervention in Iraq, Saturday said military intervention was “stupid”.
Villepin, who was speaking at Global Leadership Forum organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation, said, “Military intervention is stupid, war on terrorism is stupid. The global leadership has been wrong in responding to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Mali.” He said the world needs new weapons of peace and not weapons of war.
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Sri Sri, who also spoke at the event, said leadership has meaning when there is chaos. “Bliss comes out of chaos. Chaos clears the path for leaders.”
Nepal deputy prime minister Kamal Thapa said the present day world is relatively peaceful. “We will see even more peaceful times in future, because preconditions for peace are there.”
Talking about the new Constitution in Nepal, he said a new era of economic development and prosperity beckons. “We need your support, encouragement in this endeavour.”
Former Pakistan minister Sherry Rehman spoke about inequality in the world, and said wealth is being accumulated in the hands of a few. “Inequality is a huge divider and instigator of conflict,” she said. Pakistan is fighting the biggest “inland war on terrorism”, she added.
Former Slovenian prime minister Alojz Peterle, who is a European parliamentarian, said the world is facing common challenges, whether Syria, Iran or Ukraine, and will have to act together.