Rev Dr Jude

People’s Party Action Against Ukraine War and NATO Expansion
May 13, 2022, 5:59 pm
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●     The People’s Party is against war and the conditions that lead to war. In Ukraine, the violence started seven years before the Russian armed involvement, when ethnic Russians were targeted by extremists whose aim was to silence Ukrainians opposed to joining NATO.

●     In 1991 the Warsaw Pact, a defense treaty between the USSR and eastern European countries, dissolved, with the promise of an end to the Cold War. NATO did not reciprocate. Instead, NATO kept expanding closer to Russia with military bases, integrating former Warsaw Pact countries: Poland, Hungary, The Czech Republic, and Croatia.

●     Once they join NATO, these countries are required to reconfigure their militaries, often through large loans, to become compatible with NATO weapons systems. They are also required to spend a minimum percentage of their Gross National Product on NATO.

●     The expansion of NATO has earned the top ten US defense contractors billions in profits. The conflict in Ukraine will earn them billions more. War is a business.

●     In Ukraine, the Obama administration staged a coup in 2014, replacing a democratically elected president who supported Russia with a puppet seeking to have Ukraine join NATO. After the 2014 coup Russian speaking Ukrainians mounted a resistance and called for a separate protected area in the Donbas region.

●     For the past 8 years, the new puppet government, influenced by Neo-Nazi paramilitary groups, has been shelling the separatist Donbas region and killing 14,000 people. The government and military are some of the most corrupt on the continent.

●     War profiteers in the Republican and Democratic parties have called to escalate the war with a no-fly zone, an action so dangerous that NATO has, for now, ruled it out, warning that it could lead to a “full-fledged war in Europe” and a nuclear war.

●     War destroys every aspect of life: familial, economic, cultural, environmental. The root cause is the existential risk that NATO poses to Russia’s security. NATO needs to be disbanded.

●     We stand with the people of Ukraine, who are being used as pawns for the profit of the US military-congressional-industrial complex.

●     We stand with the people of Russia who oppose this war but also have been called to kill and die in a conflict that could have been avoided.

●     We stand with the people of the US, who deserve good paying jobs, affordable housing, and relief from debt, instead of military adventurism that only enriches warlords.

May 13, 2022, 5:54 pm
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I urge you to take legislative action that will disband NATO and end the war in Ukraine. NATO should have been disbanded with the Warsaw Pact at the end of the Cold War. It serves no purpose now other than as an aggressor outside of the UN security framework.

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the US has sought to regime change and control governments in former Soviet states and spheres of influence, including Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Foreign policy analysts including Henry Kissinger have said that NATO encirclement could lead to a counterattack from Russia.

I urge you to take action to end all wars of aggression, regime-change wars and resource wars. The US and its corporate media cheerleaders have no moral authority to condemn Russia following two decades of their own wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya – wars that have killed a million people, injured and displaced countless more, and devastated the infrastructure and society of those countries. Libya, formerly one of the most prosperous African nations, was reduced to a failed state run by warlords after leader Muammar Gaddafi sought to form a United States of Africa with its own gold-backed currency. The US-backed Saudi war in Yemen has plunged the country into a horrifying famine with 17 million people food insecure.

I urge you to ban Congress and government officials from war profiteering and insider trading. War profiteers in both parties have called to escalate the war with a no fly zone, an action so dangerous that NATO has ruled it out as a potential nuclear escalation. The threat of nuclear war has not stopped a large bipartisan majority in Congress from sending $13 billion in weapons and aid to Ukraine while they canceled $15 billion in COVID aid for Americans. Members of Congress are personally profiting from insider trading off the war, giving them another incentive to escalate.

You have the obligation and authority to take action. I further urge you to cut the US military budget in half and invest those resources into guaranteeing jobs, health care, housing and education – because all wars are waged to enrich the wealthy and impoverish working people.

In solidarity,
We The People of the United States