Don't support either "side" in this

Debra Sweet | February 24, 2022

This war is dangerous for humanity and the planet! We shouldn't support either "side."

It's no exaggeration to say that the showdown between Russia and the U.S./NATO bloc has profound dangers for the people of Ukraine. Millions are already facing death and displacement from the immediate incursion of the Russian military. Russia doesn't want NATO at its borders in its mission to control Eastern Europe.

Many hundreds of millions more are endangered by the U.S. missile launchers recently installed in Poland and Romania, on the border of Russia. These are MK 41's, the same weapon the U.S. used thousands of times on people of Iraq, Syria and Yugoslavia. The U.S. wants to encircle Russia with NATO countries in its mission to maintain imperialist dominance.

Claiming the "high ground" by imposing sanctions, as the U.S. is doing, is not done to avoid war. It's aggression, part of making war, with potential devastating consequences, as we saw in years of deadly sanctions on Iraq, when an estimated 500,000 children died of hunger and lack of medical care.

Two of the major nuclear powers - the U.S. has 6800 and Russia has 7000 according to Time - are faced off in close quarters. Anything, accident or otherwise, could tip off a nuclear exchange. We've recently learned more about how close nuclear war was in the 1962 missile crisis over Cuba due to misunderstanding, and then averted by decisions of lower level commanders.

Democracy Now reported this morning that small groups and single people with signs against this war are appearing in Russia, and being arrested when discovered.  

We should be as visible as possible in protesting the actions of both the U.S. and Russia. A protest has been announced Saturday, March 5 in Times Square, NYC. 3:00 pm. Look for protests near you or organize one. Contact us for help. Stay tuned!


This week We Are Not Your Soldiers visited a JROTC class in Philadelphia. Students made insightful comments and asked questions that evidenced close attention to the presentation.

will2Will Griffin speaking to the students.

will8A very relevant slide from the presentation.

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Tomorrow, February 25, at 2:00 pm EST, the Belmarsh Tribunal NYC will convene with diplomats, journalists and lawyers giving testimony to put the criminals of the "War on Terror" on trial and calling for Julian Assange's freedom. Register here to watch the event online.

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The event will be chaired by philosopher Srećko Horvat and civil rights attorney Margaret Kunstler. Witnesses will include: Alice Walker, Balthesar Garzón, Cornel West, Jeremy Scahill, Nancy Hollander, Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters and Steven Donziger.