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OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BIDEN

THE URGENT NEED FOR A CEASEFIRE IN UKRAINE!

IT'S TIME TO PREVENT A NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

IT'S TIME FOR SANITY TO PREVAIL

IT'S TIME TO END THE WAR

At Earth Future Action, we absolutely condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This is a personal issue for us since we have a number of Ukrainian friends. We also support giving aid to Ukraine.

However, the war in Ukraine is a very dangerous situation that needs to be de-escalated as soon as possible. Continuing this war could lead to a nuclear war, which would end life for a good part of the planet. A continuation of the war could also mean global economic collapse and world wide famine.

The situation in Ukraine needs to move to an end game of peace in Europe. Unfortunately, it is not clear what the end game of the U.S. government is. Is peace their end game? Or is it their interest to use Ukraine to weaken Russia as a world power? The latter is a very dangerous strategy. And the missiles that recently hit Poland are not a good sign.

So far, there has been a troubling lack of a commitment to peace coming from the U.S. What is particularly insane is that U.S. officials have been saying they would rule out pushing Ukraine to negotiate with Russia, even though they privately admit that neither Russia or Ukraine is capable of winning the war outright. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also stated that he will not negotiate with Russia as long as President Vladimir Putin remains in power. Is it realistic that Putin is going to resign any time soon? We think not.

Recently, the four star general and Joint Chiefs chair, Mark Milley, stated during an appearance at the Economic Club of New York that a victory by Ukraine may not be achieved militarily, and that winter may provide an opportunity to begin negotiations with Russia. U.S. officials have been discussing a pause of the fighting during the winter. However, senior U.S. officials are telling their counterparts in Ukraine that the expected winter fighting pause doesn’t mean talks should happen imminently. Instead, they’re relaying that Washington will continue to support Kyiv’s militarily as it launches the next phase of advances on the battlefield, according to Ukrainian and U.S. officials familiar with the outreach. (Politico, 11-14-22)

So what is the end game then? Endless fighting? What will that achieve? The current strategy is likely to cause an escalation to an even wider war. And there is no such thing as a "winnable nuclear war." In nuclear war, everyone loses. The entire planet loses. It's game over for a good majority of the human race. So the current U.S. strategy is a study in insanity.

While we don't claim to have all the answers, we know that what needs to happen next should happen at the negotiating table, not the battlefield.

Sixty-six nations at the UN General Assembly have called for an end to the war (Common Dreams, 9-29-22).

The American people also agree. Poll: 60% of Americans support quick diplomatic end to war in Ukraine.

Due to the complexity of the western sanctions and the war it is not going to be possible to resume vital food shipment without a ceasefire.

There's a very realistic danger of millions dying in a global famine, since Ukraine and Russia supply about a third of the world's wheat UN report.

Meanwhile, there is very good reason to take Putin's threats of nuclear war seriously. 

There is also the recent damage to the Nord Stream pipelines. This could cause a good part of Europe to have an energy crisis and a social catastrophe if it cannot be repaired.

The sanctions so far are doing huge damage to western economies (look at the semiconductor industry).  While we don't disagree with all the sanctions, and think some should stay. However, we shouldn't have sanctions that are going to harm our own economic interests. In a ceasefire they need to be changed.

We call on you, President Biden, to work for a viable plan for peace, for a plan to end the crisis that began in 2014.


What needs to happen to end the war? We have some ideas.  It involves unhappy choices for all.

An immediate ceasefire needs to take place. Negotiations need to happen.

The West needs to renegotiate sanctions that are harming the global poor, along with Western economic interests.

There needs to be an investigation into who sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines.

Ukraine may have to accept the loss of Crimea and some of their Eastern territories.


Our planet needs to come together to deal with climate change and other threats to our survival (such as the pandemic).

Our plan is not perfect.  Better plans may exist. But it's time for action to help the people of Ukraine. Many have already died. They cannot wait.


ALSO NOTE:  If the war cannot be ended soon, we call for a limited No Fly Zone in western Ukraine.  The people of Ukraine need protection.


SUPPORT FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE

We Call For Democracy in Ukraine (Earth Future Action Report)

A Vicious and Divisive War When We Should All Be Battling a Common Enemy (Common Dreams, 11-14-22)

Urging peace with Russia, top US general challenges DC's proxy war (Aaron Mate on Substack, 11-12-22)

'End War in Ukraine' Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly (Common Dreams, 9-29-22)

Coalition Urges Biden to 'Maximize' Efforts to Achieve Diplomatic End to Ukraine War (Common Dreams, 3-29-22) Read Letter Here (PDF)

Opinion Piece by Jeffrey Sachs | Biden's Foreign Policy Is Sinking the Congressional Dems—and Ukraine (Common Dreams, 10-30-22)

West Must Stop Blocking Ukraine-Russia Negotiations (Black Agenda Report, 10-26-22)


FACTS ABOUT THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

See Our Fact Sheet on the Crisis

Letter Regarding Additional Funding to Address Assistance to Ukraine and to Support the United States Response to COVID-19 | OMB | The White House (The White House, 11-15-22)

U.S. scrambles to reassure Ukraine after Milley comments on negotiations (Politico, 11-14-22)

Report: US Officials Have Ruled Out Pushing Ukraine to Negotiate With Russia (Antiwar, 10-11-22)

UN Report on the Effect of Ukraine War on Global Food Supply (UN, 2022)

Ukraine in maps: Tracking the war with Russia (BBC, 9-22-22)

Putin threatens to use nuclear weapons as he escalates his invasion of Ukraine: 'This is not a bluff' (Business Insider, 9-20-22)

Nuclear arms fears surface during Senate hearing (Roll Call, 9-20-22)

Timeline: Six months of Russia’s war in Ukraine (Aljazeera, 8-24-22)


GAS EXPORTS

Chipmakers brace for trouble as Russia limits rare gases exports

Nord Stream pipeline leaks spark sabotage fears (Axios, 9-27-22)


TREATIES

Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty


RUSSIAN PEACE PROPOSALS

We do not support the Russian Proposals. However, we are supplying a link to what Russia said in the interest of providing documentary material to educate our readers.

We put their material on our site since the Russian sites have usually not been reachable

Russian December 17, 2021 Peace Proposals

Russia March 7, 2022 Peace Proposals