By Fighting Words Editorial Staff
The Communist Workers League critically supports the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, which de facto defends the existence of the two worker states in the Donbass region: the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. For eight years these two states, under constant fire from Ukrainian pro-NAZI militias, have been a beacon of hope for both the Russian and Ukrainian working class.
Russian intervention is also a direct result of decades of relentless U.S. policy to expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aggressively eastward toward Russia. If Ukraine joined NATO, as threatened, U.S. troops, military bases and missiles would have been placed right along the 1200 mile border that Ukraine shares with Russia. This is clearly unacceptable to Russia.
We call for the dissolution of NATO, a military instrument of U.S. Imperialism designed to maintain Wall Street’s hegemony over not only Europe but also over the rest of the world.
We also call for the ending of all of Biden’s sanctions against Russia, designed to punish and impoverish the Russian people, but which will also further reduce the living standards of the workers and oppressed both in the U.S. and Europe, already racked by record-breaking inflation, gasoline price spikes, rent hikes, termination of child tax credits, wage stagnation, and much more while at the same time pouring trillions into the vaults of the war industry, the oil and gas giants, and the collection of 750 parasite billionaires that currently set policy in this country….
Our responsibility is to stop U.S. imperialism and its wars in all forms, and to stand in solidarity with those who fight against U.S. domination.
Victory to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and their allies!
Solidarity with the anti-fascist underground and exiles of Ukraine!
U.S./NATO: Hands off Russia! Get out of Ukraine and Eastern Europe!
Dismantle the imperialist NATO war machine – bring all the troops home now!
John McEvoy – Feb. 23, 2022
When the corporate media push for war, one of their main weapons is propaganda by omission.
In the case of the recent crisis in Ukraine, Western journalists have omitted key context about the expansion of NATO since the end of the Cold War, as well as US support for the Maidan coup in 2014 (FAIR.org, 1/28/22).
A third and crucial case of propaganda by omission relates to the integration of neo-Nazis into the Ukrainian armed forces (FAIR.org, 3/7/14, 1/28/22). If the corporate media reported more critically about Western support for the neo-Nazi-infested Ukrainian security services, and how these forces function as a front-line proxy of US foreign policy, public support for war might be reduced and military budgets called into greater question.
As recent coverage demonstrates, one way of resolving this issue is by not mentioning the inconvenient matter of Ukrainian neo-Nazis altogether.
The Azov Battalion
In 2014, the Azov Battalion was incorporated into the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU) to assist with fighting against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
At the time, the militia’s association with neo-Nazism was well documented: The unit used the Nazi-inspired Wolfsangel symbol as its logo, while its soldiers sported Nazi insignia on their combat helmets. In 2010, the Azov Battalion’s founder declared that Ukraine should “lead the white races of the world in a final crusade…against Semite-led Untermenschen.”
The Azov Battalion is now an official regiment of the NGU, and operates under the authority of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs….
Within large sectors of the U.S. left, including many elements of the Black left, there is widespread confusion related to the Ukraine “crisis.” Years of anti-Russia propaganda from the U.S. and its NATO allies, and the tendency to abstract the current Ukrainian situation from its historical and geo-strategic context, have created a climate of confusion. This climate has played into the hands of state propagandists and Democratic Party activists eager to use the Ukraine situation to deflect attention from Biden’s disastrous domestic agenda.
The situation with Ukraine did not just fall out of the sky in 2021. It has a long history….
February 25, 2022
Orinoco Tribune: Venezuela Gives Full Support to Putin & Criticizes US and NATO Militarism (This is before war broke out) President Maduro stated, “Venezuela announces its full support for President Vladimir Putin, in defense of peace in Russia and the region, and in the brave defense of his people and his homeland. All our support for President Putin. All our support for Russia….