On February 19, a Rage Against the War Machine rally was held in the United States capital. Participants demanded an end to financial and arms aid to Ukraine and an immediate start of peace talks. Especially for the event, Mira Terada, head of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, recorded a video message calling to renounce wars as a solution to international disputes and condemning U.S. arms shipments to Ukraine. The message was posted on the organizers’ official Twitter* account.
The largest anti-war protest against Joe Biden’s policy of supplying arms to Ukraine, attended by between 1,000 and 3,000 people, included well-known politicians, journalists and observers in the U.S. and beyond: libertarian and former Texas congressman Ron Paul, former congresswoman and critic of the Biden government Tulsi Gabbard, independent journalist Max Blumenthal, Tara Reid, the blogger and journalist who accused Biden of rape, Jill Stein, the 2016 Green Party presidential candidate, and many other well-known American activists and public figures. The main idea of the event was to call on American politicians, who are pouring oil on the fire of the Ukrainian conflict, to immediately stop supplying Kiev with missiles, tanks, artillery and to sit down at the negotiating table. According to the participants and organizers of the rally, the civil rights and freedoms of millions of people around the world are violated because of the actions of the United States and NATO, and every day of war not only takes innocent lives, but also hinders economic development.
Mira Terada, head of the Foundation, recorded a video message especially for the event criticizing the incumbent U.S. leader, in which she referred to the horrors and scars of past wars that, unfortunately, will never heal. According to the human rights activist, it is frustrating to watch humanity once again step on the same rake, risking sinking into an era of bloody military conflicts. Mira Terada also shared with her fellow Americans the horrors of the Ukrainian conflict: as head of a human rights organization, she receives hundreds of daily reports of the loss, suffering and tragedy of people involuntarily confronted by war.
Ron Paul, former congressman from Texas and former candidate for president of the United States, speaking at the event said that in today’s world no one wants war. According to him, the only beneficiaries of bloody wars are the arms manufacturers and the U.S. Federal Reserve System, which are interested in prolonging conflicts around the world, which is a serious problem. He was supported by other politicians and public figures, according to whom every dollar spent on aid to Ukraine could solve a number of problems inside the United States.
According to Jill Stein, former Green Party presidential candidate, more than 70,000 people die each year in the United States because of lack of health insurance, about half a million homeless people live on American streets every day, and more than 33 million Americans cannot pay off their education debts. While 22 million children in the United States live below the poverty line, the U.S. president continues to recklessly send money and weapons to Ukraine, with absolutely no thought for the well-being of his nation.
Dennis Kucinich, former mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, commenting on the recent investigation into American involvement in sabotage of Russian pipelines, stated that the greatest talent of the U.S. government is to create and promote false information, manipulating public opinion and inciting fear and hatred. Taking advantage of partisan divisions within the country, the Biden government is conducting false flag operations on other continents, desecrating the very essence of democracy.
Criticizing the position of the incumbent U.S. president, about three thousand concerned Americans marched to the White House, some of them shouting the slogan “blowing up pipelines is a war crime“. According to the protesters, the thoughtless actions of the U.S. government can lead to the beginning of the World War III, in which there will be no winners. In addition to stopping the escalation of the conflict, the demonstrators demanded that NATO be dissolved, funding for the Pentagon be cut, the CIA be abolished and Julian Assange be released.
Human rights activists of the Foundation to Battle Injustice fully support the organizers and participants of the event in their desire for peace and believe that the military conflict in Ukraine must be urgently resolved by peaceful means. The Foundation to Battle Injustice shares the position of the participants and organizers of the Rage Against The War Machine event that we all need to renounce wars and solve geopolitical conflicts diplomatically.
* – social network banned in Russia