NATO Blocked from Destroying Montenegro’s Pastures

June 6th, 2023 - by David Swanson / World BEYOND War

The People Kept NATO Off Their Mountain — Again
David Swanson / World BEYOND War

(June 5, 2023) — The US military had threatened to use the mountains of Sinjajevina as a training ground between May 22nd and June 2nd, together with other troops under the banner of NATO. Instead, the troops went to other locations in Montenegro but never to the mountains of Sinjajevina.

Milan Sekulovic of Save Sinjajevina credited local and international pressure —  including from International Land Coalition— for this latest success in the ongoing campaign to protect Sinjajavina from being turned into a military training ground.

It also may have helped that Montenegro has parliamentary elections on June 11th, and in “democracies” governments prefer not to do highly unpopular things, breaking past promises, immediately before elections.

People had most recently turned out to oppose military exercises in snowy February, but have been nonviolently preventing the planned destruction of their mountains for years.

World BEYOND War recently sent messages of solidarity from New York City. We are also working to make sure the people of Maine know what the so-called Maine National Guard is doing in Montenegro.

The place to sign the petition, make a donation, download an image and submit a photo, and learn more about Sinjajevina is

The Maine National Guard Is Not
Defending the US But Destroying Montenegro

Montenegro has a new flag, and few people in the US could find
Montenegro on a map. What’s wrong with this picture?

David Swanson / World BEYOND War

(May 23, 2023) — According to the following tweets by the Montenegran military, the Maine National Guard and Brigadier General Dean A. Preston are not “guarding” Maine or the nation Maine is in. The Maine National Guard is not even anywhere near the United States.

Instead, the Maine National Guard is helping to turn a beautiful and inhabited mountain in Montenegro into a training ground for the US military and its NATO sidekicks, against the overwhelming demand of the people of Montenegro, who are doing everything they can to nonviolently protect their home.

nhabitants are waging a nonviolent campaign to protect a beautiful inhabited mountain in Montenegro from being turned into a military base. The people of Montenegro, led by the Save Sinjajevina campaign, have done everything people can do to prevent atrocities in so-called democracies. They’ve won over public opinion. They’ve elected officials promising to protect their mountains. They’ve lobbied, organized public protests, and made themselves into human shields. They show no signs of planning to give up, much less to believe the UK’s official position that this mountain destruction is environmentalism, while NATO is threatening to use Sinjajevina for war training in May 2023!

Learn more and help prevent this destruction.