Stop Sending Weapons to Ukraine!

Statement by the Chicago Antiwar Coalition, August 30, 2023

The Biden Administration is continuing its war against Russia using Ukraine as a proxy despite heavy losses by the Ukrainian forces and them not doing well militarily against the Russian forces. The Biden Administration is now having the U.S. government send another $250 million in military assistance to the Ukrainian government.

Most Democrats and Republicans in Congress are supporting continuation of the war, and have allocated billions for that.

They are not taking up the serious peace negotiations with Russia desperately needed at this time, even in the face of calls to do so by some Establishment figures.

And the Biden Administration and others in Congress continue war mongering against China.

To further build up public opinion against these U.S. government war actions and to call for serious peace negotiations by the U.S. government, the Chicago Anti-war Coalition (CAWC) will continue its leafleting on this and seek discussion with passersby and see if they are interested in being active on the issue.

We will do this on Saturday noon in Albany Park.

And on Sunday we will leaflet and be active in discussion to oppose a presentation being given at the “Socialism Conference” advocating the line of the U.S. Democratic Party and others to defeat Russia and protect the aim of the Ukraine government to be the proxies of the U.S. in attacking Russians and Russia.

This is not just an isolated panel presentation on Sunday. It is the kickoff to a national campaign by the so-called Ukraine Solidarity Network that has announced stops so far in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign is supported and promoted by the likes of Howie Hawkins, Carl Davidson, and others who are well known to have been supporting U.S. capitalist ruling class imperialist politics in one form or another while claiming to be in favor of socialism.

During our many times leafleting, we have been distributing hundreds of leaflets and having countless positive discussions with people open minded enough to consider whose class interests the U.S. war on Russia is being fought for, and the war mongering against China. We encourage you to join in having such discussions.

The leaflet we will be using here in Chicago this weekend follows.

Chicago Anti-War Coalition urges you to join with us to:

Demand the U.S. Govt Negotiate for Peace with Russia NOW!
Stop U.S./NATO Expansion in Eastern Europe! No to NATO!
Demand that the U.S. Government and NATO pull back their military from Russia’s borders!
Oppose U.S. Attacks, Sanctions, War on Russia!
Oppose U.S. involvement in Ukraine!
Stop U.S. government provocations on China!

Key to the current state of affairs in Ukraine is the wholesale rejection by the U.S./UK/NATO/European Union of Russia’s demand that the U.S. government and NATO drastically scale back its military presence on Russia’s borders with Eastern Europe, ensure Ukraine does not join NATO, and have Ukraine stop military attacks on the mainly Russian-speaking people of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.

It is important to remember that the U.S. government sponsored a coup in Ukraine in 2014 putting Nazis and anti-Russians in power. The coup government immediately eliminated Russian as one of the official languages, stopped the teaching of Russian in the schools, and began shelling the Russian speaking people in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, killing upwards of 14,000.

This U.S./NATO expansion into Eastern Europe is based on the treachery of U.S. Presidents and other high-ranking diplomatic officials who have broken promises made to President Gorbachev in 1990 that U.S./NATO would not expand one inch east of Germany.

The predominately Russian-speaking areas of Donetsk and Luhansk in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine declared independence from Ukraine and invited Russian troops in to help them beat back the attacks by the Ukraine military, and voted to become part of Russia.

NATO, led by the U.S, has goaded Russia and threatened its security, which is supposed to be guaranteed under international law. As a result of these threats Russia has lashed out. The illegal U.S. sanctions– economic war—and strengthening of NATO lay the ground for possible further attacks by the U.S./NATO.

Why is the U.S. government so active in that area?

President Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski put it this way:

For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia…A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions…most of the world’s physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil” (The Grand Chessboard, 1997).

That drive for profits for the big U.S. banks and corporations sets the stage for the U.S. government surrounding China with nuclear and other military weapons and bases, part of the U.S. “pivot to Asia.”

The Chicago Coalition Against War (CAWC) demands that the NATO powers reverse their policy of encircling Russia and China with military bases and their nuclear weapons. No to the Biden Administration and Republicans violating the agreement that Taiwan is part of China, and sending delegations and arms to Taiwan in violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China. World peace depends on the U.S. government backing off. Join us in being active against U.S./NATO/EU expansion in Eastern Europe and its responsibility for bloodletting in Ukraine, and the provocations against China.

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