Give Peace a Chance

Say No to War in Ukraine
Say No to War in Ukraine

Give Peace a Chance

(This post is to stimulate thought, discussion and the formulation of policy, Winchester Labour does not necessarily endorse it.)

Say No to War in Ukraine

Say No to War in UkraineClick on the image above to add your name to the Stop the War statement

The British media and politicians are struggling to outdo each other on dangerous, bellicose rhetoric on Ukraine adding to the tense and possibly deadly standoff between Russia and NATO.

There is another way. Rather than weakly posture to look tough, we should get serious about robust diplomacy to reduce the tension.

We at the Peace & Justice Project are working together with the Stop the War Coalition to urge our supporters to tell those in power ‘we do not want another war’.

Join all the people listed at the bottom of this post and add your name to Stop the War’s statement,  which you can read in full below.

Stop the War opposes any war over Ukraine, and believes the crisis should be settled on a basis which recognises the right of the Ukrainian people to self-determination and addresses Russia’s security concerns.

Our focus is on the policies of the British government which have poured oil on the fire throughout this episode. In taking this position we do not endorse the nature or conduct of either the Russian or Ukrainian regimes.

The British government has talked up the threat of war continually, to the point where the Ukraine government has asked it to stop.

Unlike the French and German governments, it has advanced no proposals for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, and has contributed only sabre-rattling.

Indeed, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has even accused those seeking a peaceful settlement of preparing “another Munich.”

Instead, the British government has sent arms to Ukraine and deployed further troops to Eastern Europe, moves which serve no purpose other than inflaming tensions and indicating disdain for Russian concerns.

It has also declared that Ukraine has a “sovereign right” to join NATO, when no such right exists to join it or any other military alliance.

Britain needs to change its policy, and start working for peace, not confrontation.

Stop the War believes that Russia and Ukraine should reach a diplomatic settlement of the tensions between them, on the basis of the Minsk-2 agreement already signed by both states.

It believes NATO should call a halt to its eastward expansion and commit to a new security deal for Europe which meets the needs of all states and peoples.

We refute the idea that NATO is a defensive alliance, and believe its record in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and Libya over the last generation, not to mention the US-British attack on Iraq, clearly proves otherwise.

We support all efforts to reach new arms control agreements in Europe and to move towards nuclear disarmament across the continent.

We urge the entire anti-war movement to unite on the basis of challenging the British government’s aggressive posturing and direct its campaigning to that end above all.

The 21st century has already seen wars across the world including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Ethiopia. These have brought indescribable suffering: death, poverty and displacement for millions.

Surely it’s time for a change of international policy. Let’s stand together for peace.

Jeremy Corbyn MP  Diane Abbott MP  John McDonnell MP  Richard Burgon MP Ian Lavery MP Beth Winter MP Zarah Sultana MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP Apsana Begum MP Mick Whitley MP Tahir Ali MP Claudia Webbe MP Ian Mearns MP Pauline Bryan House of Lords Christine Blower House of Lords Lord John Hendy QC Mick Whelan, ASLEF General Secretary  Sarah Woolley, BFAWU General Secretary Eddie Dempsey, RMT Assistant General Secretary Daniel Kebede, NEU President Gawain Little, NEU International Committee Chair Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition Convenor Shelly Asquith, Stop the War Coalition Chair Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary  Brian Eno Sir Mark Rylance Tariq Ali Michael Rosen Richard Norton-Taylor John Pilger Miriam Margolyes Kika Markham Francesca Martinez Lowkey Victoria Brittain Martin Rowson Alexei Sayle Joe Glenton, Veterans for Peace Vijay Prashad, Director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research Paweł Wargan, Coordinator of the International Secretariat, Progressive International Andrew Feinstein, Executive Director: Shadow World Investigations Prof Richard Sakwa, Kent University Prof Alpa Shah, LSE Prof Natalie Fenton, Goldsmith’s University Prof Des Freedman, Goldsmiths University Dr Feyzi Ismail, Goldsmith’s University Dr Deepa Govindarajan Driver, Reading University Dr Kalpana Wilson, Birkbeck University Andrew Murray, Stop the War Coalition Deputy President John Rees, Officer, Stop the War Coalition Steve Bell Treasurer, Stop the War Coalition Chris Nineham Vice chair, Stop the War Coalition Jess Barnard, Young Labour Chloe Schlosberg, Peace & Justice Project Amrit Wilson, South Asia Solidarity Roger McKenzie, Liberation General Secretary Jenny Clegg Officer, Stop the War Coalition Fiona Edwards, Officer, Stop the War Coalition Fraser Amos, Young Labour Student Rep Nabeela Mowlana, Young Labour Student Rep Hasan Patel, Young Labour Under 18s Rep Mo Suhail, Young Labour North West Rep.

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