How Not to Analyse Ukraine: the Sad Case of Socialist Resistance.
There once was a Fourth International.
Liam Mac Uaid , who is a respected comrade, has roused an unusual unanimously hostile reaction on the left for this article.
We can agree or disagree with the Fourth International’s analysis: whether there is a ‘side’ worth taking, or not.
But these sentences have become notorious.
Putin’s strategy is to gouge out chunks of Ukrainian territory. He started with Crimea. That is roughly analogous to the north of Ireland. The British state has used the presence of a Protestant population which is opposed to a united Ireland to claim sovereignty over Irish territory.
Another analogy is the Israeli state. There, a settler population displaced the original inhabitants and denied them the right to a Palestinian state. Stalin’s tactics in Crimea were not too different from those of the Israeli state’s founders. He deported almost 200 000 Crimean Tatars and filled the gap with ethnic Russians.
Putin is planning to use the presence of Russian speakers in other parts of Ukrainian territory to annex them. This has even worried Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. According to The Moscow Times he criticised Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea as setting a “bad precedent.” Even Putin’s friends in the region are twitchy now.
Northern Ireland, Israel, plenty more about Stalin.
A confused phrase stating that, “A defeat for Russian imperialism in Ukraine is both a victory for that mass movement and the Russian working class. ”
This article, with the central analogies cited above, has caused great offence on the left, including some of my close comrades.
Mind you some individuals seem to think that Stalinism=Israel=Northern Ireland=Putin.
The magic of dialectical thinking at work no doubt.