NO TO WAR, HOT OR COLD, WITH RUSSIA
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Reverse the steps taken in the recently passed resolution H. Res. 758, which distorts facts and hypocritically condemns actions the United States is itself guilty of in order to antagonize Russia, effectively declaring a new Cold War. The resolution demands that Russia be isolated and that the U.S. and NATO be prepared for war. This approach should be unacceptable in a new head of the Pentagon, and Congress should replace militarism with diplomacy toward Moscow. But that seem not to be the case!
Why is this important?
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NATO encirclement, the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine, an attempt to use an agreement with the European Union to bring NATO into Ukraine at the Russian border, a U.S. nuclear first-strike policy, are all policies which attempt to substitute force for diplomacy. As «we» Norwegians, unfortunately to many (fantastic for imperialists), now have Stoltenberg as the new NATO sec. gen., I feel an obligation to speak out.
Tensions between Russia and the U.S. are being fuelled every day by players who would benefit financially from a resumption of the Cold War which, from 1948 to 1991 cost U.S. taxpayers $20 TRILLION dollars (in 2014 dollars), an amount exceeding our $18 trillion National Debt. This is capitalism per sé! The cyclic events of crises in capitalism needs destruction to get a economic boast again – and a new war is one of those events.
The resolution just passed by the House calls for «the President, in consultation with Congress, to conduct a review of the force posture, readiness and responsibilities of United States Armed Forces and the forces of other members of NATO to determine if the contributions and actions of each are sufficient to meet the obligations of collective self-defense under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, and to specify the measures needed to remedy any deficiencies…» In other words, «let’s get ready for war with Russia.»
This is a dangerous and costly direction. Using diplomacy, rather than poor substitutes for it, would save money and lives, while allowing us to prioritize useful projects and collaborate with our international allies, including Russia. This is a moment in which we all must raise our voices to make that change. We must do this, not only for our self, but for the sake of coming generations!