Here is my letter to my Congressman urging non-interference. Feel free to copy any or all of it (change the names at the top and bottom). Contact information is below.
Dear Congressman Hastings,
I am concerned that you voted to pass House Resolution 758 (Dec. 4, 2014) and only 10 in the House voted against it. While in principle I do not oppose a resolution condemning the Russian Federation for their interference in a neighboring country, the language of this Resolution is troubling. In it I do not find a desire to bring peace but rather to escalate war and flex our might, plus falsehoods and a fair amount of duplicity.
First, the duplicity:
- The Resolution condemns Russia for what we do ourselves, such as violating Ukraine’s sovereignty (paragraph 3) when we participated in the overthrow of Ukraine’s elected officials in February.
- The Resolution condemns the people in east Ukraine of “fraudulent and illegal elections,” (paragraph 11) which were no more so than our own country’s Declaration of Independence, and also urging the government in Kiev to resume military operations against the regions seeking independence. Our country has always supported the basic human right of self-determination – why not now?
- The Resolution (paragraph 16) condemns Russia for selling arms to the Assad government in Syria, to fight against ISIS, while we supply arms to rebels, to fight ISIS, and Syria, some of which have been confiscated by ISIS and are being used against us.
- The Resolution (paragraph 17) condemns Russia for economic sanctions against Ukraine while we repeatedly hit Russia with the same and is considering even more.
- Paragraph 34 condemns the Russians for spying, as if the US doesn’t do that. Who are we kidding?
As for falsehoods, the Resolution (paragraph 22) accuses Russia of invading Georgia in 2008 while the European Union concluded that it was Georgia that “started an unjustified war” against Russia, not the other way around.
This Resolution appears to seek to escalate war rather than seek peace. It calls on the US President to “provide the government of Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal defense articles, services, and training required to effectively defend its territory and sovereignty,” and states that “military intervention” by the Russian Federation in Ukraine “poses a threat to international peace and security.” With language like that, we cannot ignore what is going on. This greases the skids for more aggressive resolutions to follow.
I urge you to encourage President Obama to stay out of the internal affairs of the Ukraine and draft a resolution to that effect.
Only ten members of Congress voted against this Resolution, 5 from each party. They are:
1) Justin Amash (R-MI)
2) John Duncan (R-TN)
3) Alan Grayson, (D-FL)
4) Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
5) Walter Jones (R-NC)
6) Thomas Massie (R-KY)
7) Jim McDermott (D-WA)
8 George Miller (D-CA)
9) Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
10 Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
One of the Congressmen who voted against the Resolution, Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), explains why he did here.
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