Founded in 1982, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) describes itself as "a non-partisan international education and advocacy organization" that "initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, to use technology responsibly and sustainably, and to empower youth to create a more peaceful world."
Toward these ends, NAPF administers several programs, including:
(a) Nuclear Dangers: This program seeks to draw attention to the need for worldwide nuclear disarmament, and exhorts the United States to lead this movement. Laments NAPF, "The United States is working on designing new nuclear weapons, … threatening to use these weapons in more and more circumstances, and pursuing other techniques for establishing nuclear supremacy."
(b) International Law: This program "promotes nonviolent and non-aggressive means for settling global conflicts and opposing unwarranted recourse to war outside the scope of international law and the United Nations." It includes "advocacy for preventing unauthorized and illegal wars," which is how NAPF characterizes the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
(c) Youth Outreach: This program seeks to "inspir[e] and empowe[r] a new generation of peace leaders."
(d) Coalition Against Gun Violence: This is a joint effort of more than 40 organizations working for the passage of anti-gun laws.
(e) Peace Education: This program trains volunteers "to teach conflict resolution and diversity appreciation to students in grades K-6."
NAPF’s assessment of America's military response to the 9/11 attacks was a defining statement for the organization: "Our attacks against Afghanistan have resulted in the deaths and injuries of thousands of innocent Afghanis due to our high-altitude bombing," said NAPF founder and President David Krieger. "Our response to September 11 has probably killed more innocent Afghanis than the number of innocent persons who died in the terrorist attacks. But our President tells us we are a country at war, and dismisses the deaths of the innocent people we kill as collateral damage."
Opposed to taking military action against the perpetrators of 9/11 and their benefactors, Krieger and NAPF counseled Americans instead to recognize their own role in having given rise to the rage that animated the 9/11 hijackers. "[W]e need to really be thinking deeply about why these people hate us so much," Krieger told a CNN interviewer in the wake of 9/11. "I don't think the reason that we're so hated by these people, whoever they happen to be, is that they want to bring down democracy or they want to bring down our freedoms. … I think they have some far deeper grievances against us with regard to policies that we've instituted perhaps in the Middle East region." In Krieger’s analysis, American policies had bred a hopelessness to which September 11 was the logical and predictable conclusion: "Hopelessness grows," he explained, "when some 35,000 children die daily of malnutrition and preventable diseases, when 50,000 children a year die in Iraq as a result of U.S.-led economic sanctions on that country, when the Palestinians are increasingly marginalized and oppressed in their land."
NAPF also denounced vigorously Operation Iraqi Freedom and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Writing in Counterpunch, Krieger condemned the war as "immoral, illegal and unnecessary." In June 2003 he called for the impeachment of President Bush: "The 'regime change' that is needed most in the world is not by war in Iraq, but by peaceful means in the United States. … Lying about the reasons for war and misleading the American people into supporting a war has the look and feel of 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' for which the Constitution provides impeachment as the remedy."
Returning from a July 2004 trip to Libya, Carah Ong, a communications official at NAPF, avoided any discussion of President Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's decision to dismantle his nation's WMD program for fear of U.S. attack. Instead, Ong heaped blame on the United States. "Having no idea what to expect of Libya," she said, "I was very impressed with the country and the social and economic strides the people of Libya have taken despite U.S. sanctions."
NAPF is a member of the OneWorld Network, an umbrella organization of more than 1,500 leftist groups that, according to the OneWorld website, seek "to promote sustainable development, social justice, and human rights."
NAPF views American military spending as a drain on funds that would be better spent on social welfare programs. An NAPF document titled Ten Reasons to Abolish Nuclear Weapons laments “[a]ll these misspent resources” which “represent lost opportunities for improving the health, education and welfare of the people of the world."