Target: Mr. Ashton Carter, United States Secretary of Defense
Goal: Do not provoke conflict with Russia by sending military equipment to their borders.
Against all better judgment, the United States has announced that it will place a variety of heavy weapons in countries that share borders with Russia. According to the United States Department of Defense, the reason for this deployment is so that the U.S.’s NATO allies can participate in training exercises, but the reality is that the United States simply wants to puff out its chest. This deployment must not be allowed to threaten the already fragile relationship between Russia and the U.S.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has been quoted as saying that if the weapons, which are said to include tanks and mortars, do in fact end up in Eastern Europe that it “will be the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO since the Cold War.” What’s worse, is that they are entirely correct. The U.S. DOJ can say that this deployment is about training until the cows come home, but it is just a show of strength intended to cow Russia.
This type of threat does not cow or calm anyone, however. Take, for example, the military drills the United States routinely holds with South Korea. The drills take place close to the border, the North Korean government feels rightfully threatened, and they respond with violent rhetoric and threats of their own. The biggest difference is that this time, the drills are not taking place on the border with North Korea, they are taking place on borders with Russia; a country of means with military might enough to back up threats that it might make when threatened.
This type of braggadocio tells the world that, for the United States, might makes right and that military power is all that matters. Please sign here to demand that these weapons not be allowed to stress an already tense relationship.
Dear Secretary of Defense Carter,
It has come to my attention that you intend to send a variety of weapons to several Eastern European countries that share borders with Russia. I understand that you have said this is for training purposes, but I am not fool enough to believe you. I don’t understand why you would be willing to provoke a violent confrontation with Russia, but I am writing to demand that you evaluate your actions for the good of mankind.
The last time the United States and Russia were in direct conflict countless thousands were killed in pointless side wars and the very existence of humans on Earth was threatened. This move will not increase the safety of any NATO countries and will only jeopardize the already stressed relationship that the United States shares with Russia. Please reconsider this action and take less inflammatory actions in the future. Remember Secretary Gates: there are limits to the power of coercive force, but there are no limits to diplomacy.
[Your Name Here]
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