https://www.rt.com/information/583651-west-progressives-nato-ukraine/Class traitors: Western progressives have deserted the folks to gasoline NATO’s carnage

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https://www.rt.com/information/583651-west-progressives-nato-ukraine/Class traitors: Western progressives have deserted the folks to gasoline NATO’s carnage

Social democrats, the supposed defenders of peace and the working class, have gone all-in cheering for the devastating conflict in Ukraine

By Denis Rogatyuk, a Russian-Australian journalist and author based mostly in Latin America, worldwide director of El Ciudadano media platform, one in every of Chile’s largest unbiased media sources

After the breakout of the First World Struggle, the Second Worldwide and the quite a few socialist organizations affiliated with it throughout Western Europe threw their weight behind their governments’ new army adventurism and have become fully oblivious to the struggling of their fellow man by the hands of their nations’ financial and political elites.

Greater than a century later, lots of their modern-day counterparts have joined the refrain of Western governments, and their respective military-industrial complexes, of their proxy conflict hymn in opposition to Russia. And a few of them have gone so far as giving a standing ovation to a literal member of the Waffen-SS, Yaroslav Hunka, when he was offered as a “veteran who fought for Ukrainian independence in opposition to Russia throughout WWII” within the Canadian parliament. Plainly even praising Nazis has change into a suitable a part of the Western progressives’ discourse in opposition to all issues Russian.

Whereas most of the social democrats of the Nineteen Seventies and 80s all through Western Europe strongly opposed NATO’s expansionism and the presence of US army bases, the modern-day progressive and inexperienced events exit of their means to roll out the pink carpet for international troopers on their soil. The examples are quite a few. There’s Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s international minister from the Greens, who made headlines world wide for admitting that Germany is “preventing a conflict in opposition to Russia,” the previous prime minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, who attended the funeral of a well-known neo-Nazi chief in Ukraine, Mette Frederiksen of Denmark, the primary to pledge F-16 jets to Kiev, and Spain’s Pedro Sanchez, one of many first to promise Zelensky Leopard tanks. In the USA, the Squad – a gaggle of comparatively younger members of Congress elected in 2018 and 2022 on a progressive left-wing platform – was as soon as thought-about one thing of a substitute for the Democratic Celebration institution, however has equally fallen below the spell of the siren conflict tune of President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Apart from criticism of the supply of cluster munitions and depleted uranium shells and supporting Bernie Sanders’ proposal to chop army spending, the Squad has persistently voted in favor of progressively greater and greater army assist packages to Kiev, whereas largely ignoring the risk posed by the assorted neo-Nazi armed teams in Kiev’s make use of.

Even the commerce unions, lengthy thought-about the spine of the anti-war motion, will not be resistant to the whims of the mass Russophobia and the warmongering spirit of the progressive and liberal leaders. The British Commerce Union Council’s decision urging Rishi Sunak’s authorities to commit additional arms deliveries and monetary help to the regime in Kiev is a stab within the again for the Cease the Struggle coalition and tens of millions of British employees who view the cost-of-living disaster as much more essential than the supply of army assist to a authorities that has thrown the rights of its personal employees again to the nineteenth century with the new legislation 5371.

The (not so frequent) frequent sense

Earlier than the outbreak of WWI, one sole voice of motive in opposition to the approaching mass slaughter was heard within the German Bundestag – that of the communist Karl Liebknecht. At the moment that honor falls to Sahra Wagenknecht, the dissident left-wing deputy of the Die Linke celebration, who has persistently criticized the sanctions in opposition to Russia and the weapons deliveries to Ukraine. Within the UK, former Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn has vehemently opposed any army assist for the federal government in Ukraine, whereas additionally criticizing Russia’s actions. In Eire, the Irish Neutrality League has been established as a countermeasure to the try by the Fianna Fall-Positive Gael-Inexperienced coalition to coach Ukrainian military items on Irish soil. Throughout the Atlantic, the presidential candidate Cornel West has made the dissolution of NATO one in every of his marketing campaign pledges, whereas blaming the army alliance for instigating the Ukraine battle within the first place. Fortunately, there are nonetheless voices of frequent sense discovered among the many Western left, though nowhere close to sufficient to stem the tide of anti-Russian hysteria.

The best inspiration for the left ought to come back from the left-wing governments of Latin America, each new and outdated. Presidents Lula Da Silva of Brazil, Gustavo Petro of Colombia, and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico have rejected the calls for of the US to ship army help to Kiev, have persistently opposed any discuss of sanctions in opposition to Russia and, within the case of Lula, urged that Ukraine ought to finish its calls for for the return of Crimea in alternate for a peace settlement. The left-wing presidents of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua have been much more supportive of Russia’s place and strongly against the US and NATO’s actions world wide.

What’s to be finished?

It’s really distressing to see how the alleged defenders of employees’ rights and supporters of world peace have become keyboard warriors engaged in live-action position play the place they think about themselves as heroes of their battle in opposition to “evil” Russia, with Ukraine as their vanguard. By no means thoughts that each week, a whole lot (if not hundreds) of younger Ukrainians are snatched from their households, thrown into a fast coaching course and despatched off to the frontlines, preventing and dying seemingly for the needs of their nation’s elite and the ethical success of the Western advantage signalers. Mockingly, they’ve additionally persistently ignored the catastrophic harm to the setting and the acceleration of local weather change because of their governments’ army adventurism.

As a substitute of constructing grandiose speeches demanding that their nations’ army warehouses be emptied in protection of probably the most corrupt regimes in Europe, there are extra urgent causes that Western progressives ought to pursue. Primary on the record is the escalating cost-of-living disaster, with spiraling power and gasoline costs, which could possibly be mitigated by means of the nationalization of the largest power firms which have profited probably the most from the carnage in Ukraine. There was as soon as a time when tens of millions of individuals would have protested on the mere considered American planes and German tanks on the fields of battle in Europe. Plainly hundreds extra should die earlier than the modern-day social democrats notice the error of their means, simply as within the aftermath of WWI.

The statements, views and opinions expressed on this column are solely these of the creator and don’t essentially symbolize these of RT.


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