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Workers' Fight workplace bulletin editorials
22 February 2023

This week it will be one year exactly since the beginning of full-scale war in Ukraine.  To mark this - and to underline who its real protagonists and beneficiaries are - US President Biden went first to Kyiv and then to Poland.

    He described this war as a war “for freedom and democracy”, being conducted by Ukrainians on behalf of the “rest of us” - in NATO countries and the “free world” - pledging that the US was 100% behind it and that it would go on for as long as it took to defeat Putin’s Russian army.  Or, conversely, one might add, as long as the weapons and military hardware manufacturers are able to profit from it, freely...  And for that, there certainly is no conceivable end in sight...  The demand for US and EU weapons is exponential.

    At precisely the same time, President Putin was making his “state of the nation” speech in Moscow.  Unsurprisingly, he pointed the finger of blame for this war, which he insists is “local” and not expansive, at the USA and its NATO puppets.  So at least there is agreement between the US leaders and the Russian leaders on this point.

    Biden said he wants to see Putin’s military forces weakened, although he did not admit that he wants to see the Russian economy (and its satellites) opened up fully in the interests of US companies...

    But he was quite open about the fact that he wants Zelensky’s regime in Kyiv to carry on to the bitter end, as a US proxy, suffering all the death and destruction involved, while “encouraged” by billions in military aid, the only beneficiaries of which are ghoulish arms’ merchants.

    Yes.  The Ukrainian and Russian soldiers - not to mention the tens of thousands of Ukrainian civilians caught and killed in the cross fire - are being used as cannon fodder in the great and cynical games of US and European imperialism.  While British politicians too, vie stridently with each other to appear the most zealous in their support for the war.

    So it was just to be expected that in this obscene celebration, Boris Johnson would shout for fighter jets to be sent to Ukraine to escalate the conflict further - and that he’d be joined in this death-mongering by Liz Truss, in her first Common’s intervention since being kicked out of Downing Street.

    The working class, whether in Britain, the USA, or indeed in any part of the world - including Ukraine and Russia - cannot possibly support this carnage.  All the more so, when it is being cheered on by our sworn class enemies.