Reprint from Volume 36 Issue #9 of The Worker newspaper - published by The Workers Party U.S.A
We Must Sharpen the Manifestations of Our Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism's War Program
October 6, 2022 - The Biden administration asserts that it is not waging a war against the Russian Federation. It asserts that its claims of maintaining a disinterested position are proven true by the fact that it is "merely" providing logistical support, arms, intelligence, training and advice on the movement of ground, naval and air forces. Thus, such proclaimed "disinterest" turns out to be a feverish projection of U.S. military power into the region.
Although it is true that since the 2014 coup d'etat, U.S. imperialism has added fuel to the flames in order to warm its hands at the fire of a war fought by others, this is at heart an American war, gifted to the people of the region straight from the palms of the Pentagon. Each of the reactionary, chauvinist cliques within the Ukraine have been instigated and supported by NATO, which, after sneaking into the Ukraine in 2009, began its oversight of Ukraine's war on oppressed minority populations of the Donbass and elsewhere as part of Ukraine's integration into the military alliance. Although Pentagon generals have not sent any U.S. battalions to the Ukraine, U.S.-authored tactics are adopted by Ukrainian army. And the "security structure" that the Biden administration has in place is one in which Biden and Austin decide the affairs of the Ukrainian generals and heads of state. The administration boasts of its capacity for using its so-called security alliance with Ukraine to grab up new spheres of influence willing to serve as cannon fodder for U.S. imperialism's so-called "national interests" so Americans won't have to.
Biden is using the crisis in the Ukraine region in order to establish the U.S. ruling class as an international hangman, deciding which people is entitled to secession and which is not, and to fling U.S. imperialism into the affairs of other countries in order to prevent the peoples from asserting themselves as the sovereign masters of their own destiny.
The policy of the U.S. government is a mockery of the American people. Every generation of Americans has come forward in struggles to demand and extend the right to hold elected officials accountable, to set the agenda of government, and to participate directly in governance. In particular, the last two decades have been a time in which a great groundswell of anti-imperialist and anti-neoliberal activism has been building up amongst the American people. With the failure of opportunism to liquidate the movement it has become clear that the huge reservoir of anti-war and anti-militarist sentiment being directed against the two parties of war has not even begun to be tapped. Today, the capitalist class wants to reverse this situation and to corrupt the consciousness of the American people. And in particular to reverse the verdicts and lessons of the movement in opposition to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the entire so-called "war against terror" unleashed on the world using the pretext of the World Trade Center attack.
In this way, they hope to corrupt the consciousness and undermine the revolutionary aspirations of the masses who have always fought against the chauvinism and militarism of our own ruling class.
But nothing can prevent the voice of the class-conscious workers, of the advanced representatives of the the American people, from reaching far and wide.
The American workers and people need an alternative to the war program of the capitalist class and its two big political parties, the Republicans and Democrats. But this alternative can only come from the masses ourselves. Only a determined struggle, uniting millions upon millions of the working masses against the capitalists, can thwart their aggressive plans and keep them from submerging the political culture in total darkness. Only a genuine working class political party and the independent class and mass organizations opposed to war and militarism can ensure the development of our struggle. Participating in this struggle, building up such organization, is the real and only alternative to the capitalist war program.
Our study group will be meeting on a regular basis. Contact us if you want to find out more and contribute your voice.
The following article was written by the Dismantle the U.S.-Ukraine Alliance Study Group.