Dear CCI Friends,
It’s difficult to wake up to the reality through which we are now moving. War seems so far away, as it seemed in 1939.
What can wake us up? What can we do even at this late moment with 15,000 nuclear weapons between us and Russia––with Democrat and Republican Congress members urging to “Get Tough on Russia.” Our planet is loaded with these mega-weapons that can destroy us in an instant, and all life on our planet in a year or so. Without doubt any left living would envy those who had died.
Does this make the urgings of both Republican and Democrat Congress members to “get tough” on Russia seem like the height of insanity?
What can you and I do in August of 2017 to buy time? We can independently petition the President and Congress to agree to “NO FIRST STRIKE.” We can call and email our Congress members’ offices and tell their phone answerers passionately that we insist they change their rhetoric and focus on diplomacy and negotiations! Put a tone of urgency in your voice. Members’ assistants and phone people are there to carry messages to their bosses. Let us professionally give them an earful to remember––and do it daily!
The White House’s tele is: 1-202-456-1111.
Congress tele is: 1-844-USA-0234 (this number will get you direct to your own Congress member)
All Senate phones: https://www.dailykos.com/…/-
All Representative phones http://clerk.house.gov/member_
August 14, 2017
I Never Expected a War ….
by Harry Leslie Smith, a 94 year old WWII veteran
In 1939, I didn’t hear war coming. Now its thundering approach can’t be ignored.
As a teenager I would just laugh at newsreels of Hitler and other fascists. I hope what happened next is not witnessed again by my grandchildren’s generation.
A chill of remembrance has come over me during this August month. It feels as if the 2017 summer breeze is being scattered by the winds of war blowing from across our world towards Britain, just like they were in 1939.