Petition of the International Peace Coalition: “Begin Negotiations for Peace Now”

On July 4, the International Peace Coalition, which was co-founded one year ago by the Schiller Institute, issued a petition welcoming the peace initiative for Ukraine that Vladimir Putin presented on June 14, 2024, and supporting the commencement of a diplomatic process around it (cf. SAS 27/24). We invite our readers to read the petition in full and sign it here.

The petition continues: “Time is of the essence. Any further escalation heightens the danger that the present conflagration will escalate to the level of region-wide war, or even thermonuclear confrontation, and that far more quickly than might be imagined.”

The war in Ukraine, it goes on, “could have concluded over two years ago, by the end of March, 2022. Instead, through the clearly-documented intervention of the UK’s Boris Johnson and NATO, the already-negotiated proposal for peace between Russia and Ukraine was scuttled. Hundreds of thousands of lives were unnecessarily sacrificed as a result…

“We here declare, emphatically, that the goal of dismembering Russia by using the Ukraine conflict as a springboard for regime change there, is clearly a madman’s enterprise in the era of thermonuclear weapons… The war-mongering, and profit and revenge-driven calls for Russia to be defeated, are based on the mistaken assumption that the theater of war—including nuclear war—can be limited.” This, it calls “a huge misjudgment of the reality of our time”.

“To repeat: We urge the commencement of a diplomatic process forthwith, not withstanding the present state of war between NATO/Ukraine and Russia….”

Among the first signers from the United States are Col. (ret.) Lawrence B. Wilkerson, Former Special Assistant to the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Former Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of State; Scott Ritter, former U.N. weapons inspector and U.S. Marine intelligence officer; Lt. Col (ret.) Earl Rasmussen, Lt. Col, U.S. Army; Col. (ret.) Richard H. Black, former head of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon; Kirk Wiebe, Member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), and a former senior analyst with the National Security Agency; Dr. Clifford Kiracofe, Former Senior Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and President, Washington Institute for Peace and Development.

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