GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Send butter not guns

‘Send butter not guns’ (anti-war slogan from the Vietnam war era)

Russia’s war of choice in Ukraine is becoming a vortex of horror and destruction, drawing in everything around it. China is moving to siding with Russia, Syria is sending troops, Belarus is about to do the same. the vortex is drawing in everyone, even on the furthest periphery of the conflict..

It is very clear that the insane maelstrom of violence and mass destruction in Ukraine is spiraling into a global conflict.

It won’t be long before the whole world is drawn into this maelstrom.

Unless it is stopped by the anti-war movement on both sides, another world war is inevitable. The establishment forces of the world are committed to war and environmental destruction, our only hope is an anti-war movement on the streets of the East and the West to rival and surpass any protest movement that has  ever preceded it.

In her closing remarks from the dock, Russian teenager Olga Misik on trial in Russia for protesting, is our voice of conscience the Sophie Scholl  and Nelson Mandela  of this time, speaking to us..

‘I Was Never Afraid’

“I felt despair, helplessness, hopelessness, confusion, anxiety, despair, anger, but neither politics nor activism every infected me with the feeling of fear.” Olga Misik

‘Sad And Sickened But Not Scared’

[Judge Maria Buraya] “And what about your children? When they ask you where you were when this happened, how will you answer them? That you handed down the guilty verdicts?” Olga Misik

 “Even if the death penalty threatened me, I’d do it again. And I’d do it again and again and again…. They say that repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is madness. Then hope is madness. And ceasing to do what you consider right because everyone around you thinks it is hopeless is surrendering to helplessness. I would rather look insane to your eyes than helpless to mine.” Olga Misik

‘We Will Win’


New Zealand’s established authorities are making sure we don’t miss out on supporting the world’s latest gory bloodfest.

New Zealand is gifting Nato $5million to support the war effort. As well as offering surplus military equipment if they ask for it.

Previously the government had been donating money through the Red Cross for humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

The National Party Spokesperson Gerry Brownlee said the government is doing the right thing giving the money to Nato.

The Green Party Spokesperson, Golriz Ghahraman says New Zealand should stick to sending humanitarian aid to help the civilian victims of this war.

I think rather than sending $5 million to support Nato’s war effort. New Zealand should be donating this money to the Russian anti-war protest movement.. Many Russian antiwar protesters are facing possible 15 years prison terms for protesting against this war.

The US war in Vietman was not lost, just in the jungles of South East Asia, but also on the streets of America.

The same will be true for Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Pat O’Dea is a unionist and human rights activist.

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