Socialist Action Defends Russian Army’s Rights.
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Much of the European left has either adopted a balanced position on the Ukrainian crisis (democratic, not taking the “camp” of the ‘West’ and Russia), or has tended to be over-enthusiastic about the Ukrainian Maidan movement.
The Tendance backs the former view and rejects the latter.
There are good reasons to be sceptical about the interventions of the EU and the USA in the Ukrainian crisis, and, at the same time, to back democratic and social demands, without either supporting the new government in Kiev, or en bloc the crowds that forced regime-change.
There are some, nevertheless, who take Putin’s side.
Shiraz Socialist points out, there are still neo-stalinists still around who justify this in the following way.
George Mellor writes,
For today’s neo-Stalinist the world is divided into Western imperialism on the one hand and China, Russia and other states (like Iran and Venezuela) that broadly identify with them against the ‘West’ on the other. Their conclusion is that socialists must stand up for China, Russia, or, indeed, any state or movement (eg the Taliban) that finds itself in conflict with ‘The West’. Seeing the world through this lens has led them to support Russian imperialism against Western imperialism, turning them into Putin’s Foreign Legion.
One of the strangest of these ‘multi-polarists’ (as they would no doubt never call themselves) is the group known as Socialist Action.
This was originally Trotskyist and democratic Marxist (indeed some of them were comrades of the Tendance in the International Marxist Group back in the 1970s).
Associated with Ken Livingstone it has somewhat disappeared from sight in recent years (that is, since its members lost their highly paid jobs with Ken).
“Its members have maintained leading positions in many campaigns – the National Abortion Campaign, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, National Assembly Against Racism and various coalitions against the wars against Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia, for example. As a result, Socialist Action exert an influence beyond that which might be expected from so small a grouping.
Socialist Action has also participated in Respect – The Unity Coalition since the 2007 split in that party.Several of its supporters became members of the party and one serves as its national treasurer.”
Their present line is this.
The confrontation playing out in Ukraine is however not fundamentally about the rights of the Ukrainian people but is the site of a massive attempt by the US to drive back Russia and destroy the capacity for any force to challenge it at a global level.
Russia may not be a second superpower anymore, but recent events on Syria have shown that – especially when in alliance with China – it is still powerful enough to obstruct the US’s plans.
US imperialism will not tolerate any challenge to its global hegemony, however weak and vacillating.
It demonstrated that recently in Iraq, in Libya, in getting rid of Morsi in Egypt, its sanctions on Iran and its offensive against Syria. Therefore it has decided Russia must be fatally weakened.
The US is not interested in ‘democracy’ in the Ukraine – if it was it would not team up with fascists.
The people of Ukraine are just a tool in its attacks on rivals and challengers, which in this case is Russia.
Defending the rights of the people of Ukraine means defending the rights of the east to resist the imposition of a US puppet government over it, defending the right to self-determination even to secession for all regions that want it, and defending the right of the Russian army to come to the aid of the eastern regions to prevent Kiev enforcing its control.
If you want to hear more of the same opinions you can watch Galloway below.
An epideictic ethopoeia (as Seymour could call it) on Lindsey German,
“But since the theory is impossible to infer from German’s polemic, it unfortunately comes across as facile opportunism, and any theory that does now emerge to bolster it – even should it direct us to seize the ‘key link in the chain’ – will tend to look like a post hoc rationalisation.”
Written by Andrew Coates
March 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm
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