WEST SUBURBAN PEACE COALITION
SEEDS OF PEACE
September 1, 2021
Note From The President
Afghanistan war ends; time to end others as well
It is wonderful to report on the end of America’s 20-year long war in Afghanistan. There is never a bad time to end a war that should never have been fought. We should all give thanks to President Biden for making one of the most courageous decisions promoting peace in our lifetime. We should all give him our support to counteract the onslaught of voices from Congress and the punditry class focused solely on the withdrawal problems. They should Instead celebrate that U.S. troops will no longer defile a country shattered by our unnecessary, unjust war for 20 years.
Biden should not rest on the laurels of ending a single war. He should comply with the Iraqi President and Parliament both whom demanded 19 months ago that America’s remaining 2,500 troops be removed. They did this after President Trump bombed an Iranian delegation visiting Iraq in January, 2020, that killed 10 Iranian and Iraqi military personnel. Negotiations to achieve this are ongoing but little news of their progress has been forthcoming.
The other country our soldiers are stationed against the will of the sovereign government is Syria. President Trump removed about 5,000 troops from northeast Syria in October, 2019. Sadly, he left 900 troops there to guard the Syrian oil resources, keeping them from their rightful owners, the Syrian government. Sadly, President Biden has ignored ending this shameful act of aggression which needlessly keeps U.S. service personnel in harm’s way while violating international law.
Even if Biden removes all troops from where they’re not wanted, we still must end our senseless plane and drone bombings which often simply obliterate harmless civilians. But that discussion is for another Seeds of Peace. For now, let’s celebrate the rare ending of an unnecessary American war. This celebration is long overdue.
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Speaker: Anthony Donovan, peace activist who worked on the treaty with the UN
Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 to 8:00 PM via Zoom
Campaign for No First Use…of nuclear weapons
Speaker: David Borris, peace activist involved in the No First Use campaign
Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 to 8:00 PM via Zoom
Email Walt Zlotow, email@example.com for the Zoom links
WSPC Legislative Workgroup
WSPC Board Member Carol Urban runs our monthly Legislative Workshop, formerly in person, now via Zoom. The Workshop discusses current events and issues, and includes prayer and meditation as participants seek spiritual nourishment in their efforts to promote peace.
Next Legislative Workshop will be held Wednesday, September 1, from 11:00 to 12:30.
Contact Carol Urban at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link
WSPC 2021 Membership Dues Schedule
Individual $15 per year
Organization $30 per year
Send check payable to “WSPC” to WSPC, 340 Greenfield, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Dues and additional donations are tax deductible.
West Suburban Peace Coalition
340 Greenfield, Glen Ellyn IL 60137
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WSPC is a non-profit peace organization based in Chicago’s western suburbs. WSPC promotes peace through public commentary, peace education, an annual peace essay contest, lobbying for peaceful legislative initiatives and public witness.
Peace, if not now, when?