You’re needed now to be part of a global outcry to close the Ramstein Air Base, the giant U.S. Air Force facility in Germany.
Please join with people around the world to sign a just-launched petition urging closure of that key base for endless war — now enabling terror and carnage with drones and other airborne assaults in many countries.
Ramstein’s crucial role in relaying signals for drone strikes “is binding the United States and Germany in an unconscionable program for extrajudicial killings,” the petition says. And “Ramstein is also central to many other military aspects of the ‘war on terror’ that continues to have such profoundly negative consequences in many nations.”
The petition — addressed to Chancellor Merkel, President Obama, the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress — will be delivered in Berlin at a presentation sponsored by RootsAction. The petition will also be presented to the U.S. government in Washington.
As the petition says, “War efforts by the U.S. government, NATO and allies are causing vast human misery in many countries, predominantly Muslim. The results include fueling of hatreds, worsening of refugee crises, and inflaming of xenophobia.” The petition states clearly: “We condemn racism and bigotry in any form.”
After visiting the Ramstein base and doing a wide range of interviews, RootsAction co-founder Norman Solomon reports in a piece that has just been published by The Nation magazine: “The overseas hub for America’s ‘war on terror’ is the massive Ramstein Air Base in southwest Germany.”
The article explains that Ramstein is “the most important Air Force base abroad, operating as a kind of grand central station for airborne war — whether relaying video images of drone targets in Afghanistan to remote pilots with trigger fingers in Nevada, or airlifting special-ops units on missions to Africa, or transporting munitions for airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.”
Please sign the global petition to close the Ramstein Air Base — a vital step toward moving the world away from nonstop war.
Partners in this effort: Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, Code Pink, Coop Anti-War Cafe Berlin, Danish Peace Academy, Gandhi Earth Keepers, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Peace Action New York State, RootsAction.org, Syracuse Peace Council, United National Antiwar Coalition, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, War Criminals Watch, Western New York Peace Center, WILPF-US, Women Against Military Madness, Women Against War, World Beyond War, World Can’t Wait, Clearing Barrel Coffee House.
After signing the petition, please use the tools on the next webpage to share it with your friends.
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— The RootsAction.org Team