Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict
This careful, informed, judicious study is an invaluable guide to understanding the background, character, and likely consequences of Russias criminal invasion of Ukraine, and most crucially, how we can act to help bring this terrible tragedy to an end. Noam Chomsky This book is an important antidote to the war propaganda about Ukraine that so many in the West are caught up in. Mairead McGuire, Northern Irish peace activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize "Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies lay out the historical background and series of provocations by the US that led Russia to launch its war on Ukraine. These provocations do not excuse the Russian invasion, but they tragically make clear that this was a conflict that could have been avoided if our foreign policy had not become captive to militarists whose sole loyalty is to the arms industry." Chris Hedges, journalist and author Here, finally, is the book we've been awaiting. War in Ukraine is illuminating and essential for anyone seeking to penetrate the fog of myth and propaganda that distorts our understanding of this crisis. Stephen Kinzer, author and journalist Given corporate medias pro-war bias, a book like this, which provides important political and historical context for the current war and argues for negotiations instead of escalation, is of utmost importance. Katie Halper, host of The Katie Halper Show and co-host of Useful Idiots Give this book to anyone seeking the knowledge and wisdom needed to help end the violence in Ukraine. David Swanson, executive director of World Beyond War and campaign coordinator for Roots Action This concise primer gives what U.S. media consumers so rarely gethistorical context with balance and compassion. Norman Solomon, executive director of Institute for Public Accuracy
Medea Benjamin is a co-founder of CODEPINK and the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange. She is the author of Drone Warfare, Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.Saudi Connection and Inside Iran. In 2012, she was awarded the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundations Peace Prize; she is also recipient of the 2014 Gandhi Peace Award and the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Nicolas J.S. Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He has written extensively for Huffington Post, Alternet, Consortium News, Common Dreams, Salon, The Progressive, and Foreign Policy In Focus.
Preface Introduction: Collision Course Chapter 1: How 2014 Set the Stage for War Chapter 2: The Success and Failure of the Minsk II Peace Plan Chapter 3: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Chapter 4: NATO: Myth vs. Reality Chapter 5: Information Warfare Chapter 6: The Consequences of Sanctions on Russia Chapter 7: How Does the War Increase the Risk of Nuclear Confrontation? Conclusion: How on Earth Will This End?