Dear Mr. Blinken:
Thank you for inviting me to serve as an Honorary Member of the NATO 50th
Anniversary Summit Host Committee.
Regretfully, I must decline the invitation because I feel that there is
little cause for celebration. It is my considered opinion that the NATO of
today is a far cry from the organization that was formed 50 years ago.
Today's NATO is embarking on the course that takes it away from its
original goal -- opposing the aggressive expansion of the Soviet Union, a
function worthy of support by all freedom-loving people, -- onto a course
of selective coercion, bordering on state-sponsored terrorism. In short, it
is evolving from a defender of democracy and freedom into an aggressor in
its own right. The Congress of Russian-Americans has joined many prominent
statesmen in their opposition to the expansion of NATO. We firmly believe
that the act of bringing NATO closer to the Russian Federation's border is
going to strengthen Communists inside Russia and, at the same time, have a
chilling effect on the struggling Russian democracy. This is a sure road to
The Congress of Russian-Americans views with concern further development of
the NATO aggressive policies.
Very truly yours,
Peter N. Budzilovich
cc: Board members