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14 / 05 / 2004
Jim Garrison: “The conflicts of the future will emerge from globalization and not from confrontations between states”

The president of the World Forum urges civil society to take a stance as a counter power against states and international institutions, which according to him are “incapable” of responding to the world’s “chronic” problems Garrison believes that following the terrorist attacks on March 11, Spanish society has emerged as a “moral leader of the civilized world”

The president of the World Forum, Jim Garrison, and the Imam, Musa Admani, from London Metropolitan University, have led the press conference presenting the conclusions on “The World Today” dialogue, held in the Forum Site Convention Center. Garrison spoke out extremely critically of the national powers, of whom he said were “currently” lacking the capacity to respond to the world’s “chronic” problems, such as organized crime, genocide, poverty or the AIDS epidemic. Garrison believes “the conflicts of the future will emerge from globalization and not from confrontations between states”.

Jim Garrison stated that at present there are “between 20 and 30 globalizations”, which cover fields such as ecology or finances, and which have produced “chronic world crises”. The common denominator between these crises is that they can no longer be resolved by international institutions, because these have lost their capacity to react. The representative of the World Forum assures that the major problem is that the democratic powers have been “privatized”.

For this reason, the North American Garrison believes that a hypothetical new world conflict would not be the result of a confrontation between nations, but would rather arise out of global problems. An example of an emerging conflict would be the strategy of terror forged by the terrorist network Al Qaeda, which has shown the strength of a single state.

The president of the World Forum considers that the world has already started to head towards a profound transformation, in a transition based on a grass-roots power reversal. An example would be the International Criminal Court, established from the initiatives of various associations.

Jim Garrison has also expressed very strong words for the president of the United States, George W. Bush. In fact, the speaker started the press conference with the assurance that “being American today is becoming problematic”. In spite of everything, he went on to point out that American society is polarized and that Bush “does not speak for all Americans”. The president of the United States is increasing losing popularity, and the reversal in popularity has come from the disclosure of photographs in which American soldiers are shown torturing Iraqi prisoners of war. Garrison explained how such situations involving the likes of torture have come about: “When a president disregards international law, his subordinates believe they have the right to do the same”.

Finally, Garrison has taken the opportunity to urge Americans to take advantage of November’s forthcoming elections and to get them to do the same as in Spain and India, where the electorate used the ballot box to empower the parties opposed to the war in Iraq. Furthermore, the speaker assured that following March’s general elections, the Spanish state has come to be considered a “moral leader” by the rest of the world.

The president of the World Forum expressed his “sympathy” for the victims of March 11 (terrorist attacks in Madrid) and the September 11 (terrorist attacks in New York). He stated that we have a “shared trauma” and that “we were all unprepared”. Unfortunately, he also said, Spain and the United States have reacted in different ways: the majority of Spanish voters elected a government that was opposed to the war, and the North American administration has fought two wars, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Similarly, the Imam Musa Admani, also participating in the “The World Today”, commented that “freedom of expression is the basis for the democratization of our societies” and that religion may be constructive only when “it respects human values”.

The press conference, held at 5:00 in the Mezzanine, was moderated by the Forum spokesperson, Oleguer Sarsanedas, and Dialogues director, Mireia Belil.