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Operation Solidarity: Thoughts about militarism [Ukraine]

Ukraine. Today Operation Solidarity want to share some thoughts about militarism, which they posted earlier on their social media channels.

Originally published by Operation Solidarity.

Operation Solidarity – Day 84

May 19, 2022

Militarism. One can hear this word in almost every discussion about the war in Ukraine. Many in Europe today, while condemning Putin’s aggression, aren’t prepared to supply the Ukrainian resistance movement even with protective equipment, let alone arms, because this would be “militarism”. Without a doubt, war leads to an increase in military budgets, arms supplies are not always controlled, and, in general, weapons are always about death. It’s hard to disagree with this. But it is important to clarify that it wasn’t the Ukrainian people who chose this path. Weapons and military equipment are needed only to protect ourselves from the authoritarian regime which today razes cities to the ground and kills their inhabitants. The lack of weapons will not stop the war, but will only lead to more civilian casualties, kidnappings and torture in the occupied territories, a humanitarian catastrophe, and more waves of refugees.

The war in Ukraine, and rising tensions around the world, vividly demonstrate that the world really needs a new anti-war movement which would force all players to give up offensive weapons and nuclear arms. However, such a movement would be feasible only if Ukraine wins this war. The aggressor’s victory would show everyone that, under the current dubious rules of the game, sufficient military resources and nuclear weapons are enough to win, and take us right back to the good old days of the arms race. The presence of an aggressor state, one that has achieved its goals through military means, will lead to an even more significant expansion of military budgets, an increased concentration of weapons at the borders of Russia and Europe, and a constant threat of world destruction in a nuclear war. This cannot be acceptable for any anti-war movement.

Operation Solidarity – Day 85

May 20, 2022

to our friends,

here are two recommendations how you can easily get active – first, an art collective has made this page with leaked phone numbers of representatives of the putin regime. a simple variant to disturb the war logisticians a bit.
and secondly, here is a list of companies that are still cooperating with putin. any form of public pressure on the companies is certainly helpful.
furthermore, here is a relatively differentiated anarchist statement from finland against the desired entry of finland into nato – and in solidarity with the anarchist fighters in ukraine.

solidarity will win

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