On Saturdays for many months, people have stood on the corner of Broadway and Canyon in Boulder with signs that say “No War With Russia” and “End NATO Threats Against Russia.”

Why “No War with Russia”? If the United States and Russia went to war with each other, the conflict would most likely escalate to nuclear war, causing a nuclear winter and consequent inability to grow food, global radioactive contamination, and massive devastation and death. “No War With Russia” is the only sane path because nuclear war would mean ecocide and suicide for its human inhabitants.

Why “Stop NATO Threats Against Russia”? NATO, a military coalition of the U.S., Canada and 27 European countries, has expanded up to Russia’s borders. It has put weapons and missiles within striking distance of Russia. Russia has no way of knowing if the offensive missiles are nuclear. Russia has responded by expanding its military and nuclear capacities (eastwestaccord.com).

How would the U.S. react if Russia put its weapons along the U.S. borders of Canada and Mexico?

People have different opinions about Russia, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and the hacking allegations. But what does unite most people is the desire to survive. The present stance of the U.S./NATO toward Russia greatly diminishes our prospects for survival.

The United States is only one of 196 nations, and Americans are only 5% of the world’s population. We are not the “one indispensable” country as our leaders repeatedly have told us. Let’s stop threatening other countries. Let’s stop the massive military buildup on Russia’s and China’s borders. We need to become a peace loving country if we want to preserve ourselves and the planet.

Feel free to join us on Saturdays at 11 a.m. at the corner of Canyon and Broadway in Boulder if this letter resonates with your desire for peace.

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