“War or Peace with North Korea?”
Of all the dangers the reactionary Trump administration poses, the most immediately devastating would be another war with North Korea. Such a war would almost certainly go nuclear, with catastrophic loss of life. President Trump’s bluster and instability, matching that of the North Korean president, pose a constant risk of a tense situation getting completely out of control. The public needs to weigh in on the need for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict. Peaceful options exist, and they need to be brought to the forefront of public discussion.
Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) has joined a large coalition of national peace and justice organizations in calling for a multi-faceted campaign of teach-ins, forums, debates, roundtables, film showings, and political actions—on campus and in the community—to raise consciousness about the danger of war and the options for peace.. We want these events to raise the question “Korea: What Are the Options?”
The fact that the Winter Olympics (February 9-25) and the Paralympics (March 9-16) are to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, offers a unique opportunity to use the ancient tradition of an Olympic Truce to achieve peaceful resolution of the U.S.-North Korean confrontation. Already the occasion of the Olympics has reduced tensions, as North and South Korea have reinstituted dialogue, and planned US-South Korean military exercises are suspended. However, without public awareness and pressure, these steps will become just a short-lived peaceful interlude.
WE CAN’T LET THIS MOMENT PASS: WE MUST ORGANIZE!
Please visit our Korea/Olympic Campaign page
New Principles of Unity
At a meeting on the evening of Friday, January 3, 2003, at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago, historians from more than forty colleges and universities agreed to form a new national network, “Historians Against the War.” A committee was appointed to draft the following statement, which has been circulated for other historians to sign.
In April 2017, members of Historians Against the War ratified the following new policy statement that addresses the perilous times we inhabit since Donald Trump’s election. It announces that HAW will focus on integrating our work against the dangers of war abroad with threats to democracy at home by defending civil liberties for all, countering “alternative facts” and triumphalist narratives, and challenging militarism in all its aspects.
On this basis, a newly-elected Steering Committee met on June 6, 2017 and voted to change our name to Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD).