Sources reported on Saturday that a peaceful demonstration is taking place in Washington DC to protest against military support for Ukraine and U.S. militarism in general.
Protesters were seen in the city center holding banners reading “Feed the People, Not the Pentagon,” “Fund People’s Needs, Not the War Machine,” and “Disband NATO.”
Today people from over 200 organizations from the peace movement have rallied in Washington DC to protest the war in Ukraine and mark their 20 years of rejection of the war in Iraq.
— Peoples Dispatch (@peoplesdispatch) March 18, 2023
They were also seen carrying coffins wrapped in the flags of countries that were invaded by the U.S. over the past 20 years.
Some of the demands brought forth by demonstrators included cutting funding and halting the delivery of weapons to Kiev’s forces, as well as putting an end to “militarism and sanctions” in affected countries such as Syria, and avoiding escalations with China.
«To be killed and occupied: Disband NATO»
«Negotiate with war criminal wanted by International Court!»
MAGA’s jerks in action? pic.twitter.com/yHrbnI5gp9
— A guy from Ukraine 🇪🇺🇺🇸🇹🇼 (@UkrainianIsHere) March 18, 2023
Organizers said that the peace demonstration aims to warn people of a “global war,” while also raising public awareness of “the human and financial toll of U.S. militarism at home and abroad.”
The rally further coincides with the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, organizers noted.
Right now: hundreds gathering in front of White House for @answercoalition-led anti-war rally.
“China is not our enemy” it says on @codepink balloons on stage.
Signs condemn “20 years of endless war.” ANSWER was founded in response to invasion of Iraq. pic.twitter.com/mZHg85KTLP
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) March 18, 2023
For several decades, the U.S. has waged wars on several countries such as Vietnam, DPRK, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.
Under the Bush administration, it is estimated that over 3 million Iraqi civilians died when the U.S. invaded Iraq.
As for the Obama administration, an estimated 13,072 drone strikes were authorized just in Afghanistan alone, leading to thousands of deaths.
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) March 18, 2023
Despite all these war crimes carried out across the Middle East and Africa, the two former U.S. Presidents, Bush, and Obama, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Former Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair, got nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Yesterday, the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber II announced that it issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin for the alleged “unlawful deportation” of Ukrainian children.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the ICC’s decision to “arrest” Putin was legally irrelevant to Russia, whilst Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov also condemned the decision, saying the formulation of an “arrest warrant” issued against the Russian head of State is unacceptable, that Russia does not recognize ICC jurisdiction, and any of its decisions are null and void from the legal point of view.
“We consider the very formulation of the question outrageous and unacceptable. Russia, like a number of states, does not recognize the jurisdiction of this court and, accordingly, any decisions of this kind are null and void for the Russian Federation from the legal point of view,” Peskov said.
Since its inception, the ICC has always been biased as far as the investigation of crimes and the prosecution of individuals is concerned.
The West has orchestrated wars all across the Global South that have caused millions of children to go hungry, malnourished, displaced, and even killed, including in Yemen where the U.S.-led blockade has caused over two million children to suffer from acute malnutrition.
Yet, these issues have never been taken into consideration at the Hague-based ICC.