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US Veterans Call for Holiday Truce, Ceasefire, And Negotiations To End War

Above Photo: A Ukrainian civilian is pictured in Bakhmut on December 18, 2022. Andre Luis Alves / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.

We Want Urgent, Good-Faith Diplomacy To End The War In Ukraine.

Not More U.S. Weapons, Advisors, And Endless War.

Winter’s arrival in the northern hemisphere brings increased concern about the war in Ukraine–now in its tenth month. Concern about the suffering of civilians under siege, and the fate of millions of refugees. Concern about the energy crisis and militarization in Europe. Concern about war-related food shortages in Africa. And concern about the possibility of a civilization-ending nuclear war.

In the face of these compounding disasters, the world’s people are confronted by the apparent readiness of Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., and NATO to dig in for a long war in which there will be no winners.

Veterans For Peace (VFP) shares all of these concerns. As far back as 2015, we called for the withdrawal of all NATO forces from Ukraine’s borders with Russia. Like many observers, we saw this unnecessary and totally avoidable war coming. On February 24, 2022, the day that Russia invaded Ukraine, we issued an urgent call for Diplomacy Not War. Veterans For Peace is part of the Peace In Ukraine Coalition, which is calling for a ceasefire and diplomacy to end the war before it is too late.

Now, with the holiday season almost upon us, we join in the calls by religious leaders and others for a temporary truce in Ukraine, harkening back to the storied “Christmas Truce” in 1914 during World War I, when German and British soldiers came out of their trenches to celebrate together.

As veterans who have experienced the carnage of war, we feel great empathy for the young soldiers on both sides of this bloody war who are being killed and injured in the tens of thousands. We know all too well that the survivors will be traumatized and scarred for life. We say Enough is Enough–War is Not the Answer.

We want urgent, good-faith diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine, not more U.S. weapons, advisors, and endless war. And certainly not a nuclear war. We want to see those billions of dollars going for climate, jobs, healthcare, and housing, not for weapons manufacturers and war profiteers.

As soldiers who have resisted wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, we support war resisters on all sides, including Conscientious Objectors, draft resisters, deserters, and all who refuse to participate in killing. We especially encourage U.S. military personnel to refuse to participate in training, arming, advising, or otherwise engaging in this and other wars of empire. We furthermore call on the U.S. government to end all its wars and withdraw our troops from multiple countries around the world.

It is time to reverse course now. Drop the weapons. Embrace diplomacy and peace. For the sake of Ukraine. For the sake of Russia, Europe, and the United States. For the sake of all the peoples of the world. A holiday truce could be the first step toward peace.

Enough Is Enough–War Is Not the Answer!Ceasefire Now–Negotiate, Don’t Escalate!Support Soldiers Who Refuse to Kill!


Enya Anderson, VFP National BoardEllen Barfield, Past Vice President, VFP National Board; Co-founder, Baltimore VFPMedea Benjamin, VFP Advisory Board, CODEPINK Women for PeaceMarjorie Cohn, VFP Advisory Board; Past President, National Lawyer’s GuildGerry Condon, Past President, VFP National BoardPaul Cox, VFP National BoardMichael Dempsey, VFP National Board; President, Monterey, CA, VFPJim Driscoll, VFP Climate Crisis and Militarism ProjectMike Ferner, Past President, VFP National BoardMark Foreman, Past Treasurer, VFP National BoardGerald Hassett, Vice President, New York City VFPMatthew Hoh, VFP Advisory BoardHelen Jaccard, Manager, VFP Golden Rule ProjectEric Johansson, Past President, San Francisco VFPTarak Kauff, Past Member, VFP National BoardBob Keilbach, Secretary, New York City VFPKathy Kelly, VFP Advisory Board; Board President, World Beyond WarBarry Ladendorf, Past President, VFP National BoardGene Marx, Past Secretary, VFP National BoardRay McGovern, VFP Advisory Board; co-founder, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for SanityMaj. (ret’d) Ken Mayers, USMCR; VFP National BoardNick Mottern, VFP National Board; Co-coordinator, BanKillerDronesBarry Riesch, Past President, VFP National BoardDoug Rawlings, Co-founder, VFP; Past Vice President, VFP National BoardDenny Riley, USAF, Our war in VietnamSusan Schnall, President, VFP National BoardJoshua Shurley, Secretary, VFP National BoardAlice Slater, VFP Nuclear Abolition Working GroupRick Staggenborg, President, Mid-Valley Oregon VFPDavid Swanson, VFP Advisory Board, World Beyond WarMike Tork, Treasurer, VFP National BoardMichael Wong, Vice President, San Francisco VFPCol. (Ret) Ann Wright, VFP Advisory Board; Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

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