The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) today condemned the decision of the US and Germany and other NATO countries to send tanks to the Ukraine. This is yet a further escalation by these western military powers of what is becoming a full-blown proxy war between Russia and NATO on the territory of Ukraine.
The IAWM has condemned the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation from the beginning and we called for Russian military forces to be withdrawn, as we still do. But we also predicted that the war would be a proxy war between NATO, and particularly the US, and Russia i.e. the two most heavily nuclear armed powers on the planet. This is exactly what has panned out.
This new escalation by NATO, given the lack of any attempt to use diplomatic efforts to achieve a ceasefire and peace talks, brings the conflict to a frightening and dangerous level, the ultimate victims of which will be the people of Ukraine and young Russian conscripts.
There are estimates already of at least 200,000 Russian and Ukrainian soldiers dead or wounded and 30,000 recorded civilian casualties. Much of Ukraine has been devastated and millions have fled their homes if not the country.
How many more people have to die or be horribly wounded before NATO will heed the call for peace talks?
Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:
“This escalation by NATO countries brings humanity yet closer to one accident or miscalculation away from a nuclear war. Western leaders maintain that Russia must be punished enough before peace talks can happen. But there is no evidence that the Russian leadership is buckling and this further escalation just guarantees a continuation of the suffering of ordinary Ukrainians and Russian conscripts. This militaristic madness must stop. We condemn the Russian invasion but we also condemn NATO’s escalation and prolonging of this horrible war in Ukraine. We say no to tanks, yes to talks.”
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
Marnie Holborow, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 9889244