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Russia v. Ukraine Conflict. Socialist Labour Party Policy

Updated: Jun 25

We are witnessing an unprecedented propaganda campaign coordinated by the United States of America, NATO, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Western Powers unlike any propaganda campaign since the Fascist campaign by Germany prior to and including the Second World War.

All TV News channels and virtually all newspapers in the UK, USA, EU and all Western countries are subjecting its population to a non-stop 24 hours a day news media seeking to convince people that Russia started the conflict with Ukraine despite clear evidence that the current conflict was started by NATO who, over the past eight years, have been deploying troops in nearly all countries which surround Russia.

In 1990 James A Baker, USA Secretary of State, agreed with the then Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev that there would be no expansion by NATO, a promise repeated by the NATO Secretary General in a speech in Brussels on 17 May 1990. Following that agreement the Soviet Union disbanded the Warsaw Pact in March 1991 and the Soviet Union became the Russian Federation.

The member states of the former Soviet Union subsequently established independent states on the understanding that they would all conform to the agreement concluded by the United States, the Soviet Union and European Union in 1990 that there would be no expansion of NATO by the former member states of the Warsaw Pact.

The Ukraine established an independent state subject to the agreement that it would not apply for or become a member of NATO or the EU. The Ukraine subsequently elected President Leonid Kravchuk. He was succeeded as President by Leonid Kuchma and in 2010 Viktor Yanukovych was elected President but because he conformed to the 1991 agreement was overthrown by a Coup d’état in 2014 and replaced by an unelected Oligarch as “President” to the delight of the USA, Britain, the EU and NATO.

Following the Coup d’état two States, Donetsk and Luhansk established independent States following a vote by their citizens in 2014. Since the two independent States were established in 2014 they have been subjected to non-stop attacks by Ukraine using rockets, bombs and shells, yet no Western country has done anything to prevent these attacks, which are in breach of the agreement concluded in 1991 and in breach of the ceasefire agreed in 2014. Indeed, during the past eight years Ukraine has built up its army, navy and air force using soldiers from the U.S., UK and other countries “to train” the Ukrainian army how to use the armaments which the West has been pouring into Ukraine together with mercenaries who have become part of Ukraine’s army, air force and navy.

It appears that the unprecedented propaganda has been swallowed hook line and sinker by Britain’s ‘left wing’ political leaders who are weeping at the Russian invasion and occupation of land yet not a whisper has been heard against the neo-fascist Israeli invasion of Palestine and Syria. Israel is bombing Palestinian civilians on an almost daily basis, yet not one suggestion has been made to impose sanctions on Israel. On the contrary the West has imposed sanctions on the victims and continued to support the perpetrators.

The hypocrisy of the UK, the USA and EU is beyond belief, not a word is heard of America’s occupation of Cuba which it uses as a “Hell Hole” known as Guantanamo Bay which continues to imprison human beings without charge.

Why does the International Court fail to bring the USA and its leaders and the United Kingdom and its former leader Tony Blair to court, for the unlawful invasion of Iraq, on the basis of a lie that it had weapons of mass destruction (a lie which to date has cost the lives of over a million people).

Why does the International Court fail to bring the USA to court as a result of its invasion of Libya on the grounds that it wanted regime change an invasion which has resulted in deaths of hundreds of thousands and left Libya in a war torn civil turmoil.

Why does the International Court fail to bring the USA and UK to face justice following its invasion of Afghanistan, an invasion which lasted 20 years and resulted in over a half a million deaths plus thousands of young soldiers from America and Britain with thousands more badly disabled? After 20 years of occupation the United States in 2021 ignominiously left Afghanistan defeated and the country left in disarray.

In Britain we now face the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and yet we have a government and a Labour Party opposition agreeing to pouring £millions of armaments to Ukraine who are in a conflict which has nothing whatsoever to do with the United Kingdom.

The Socialist Labour Party calls for an end to this mad policy and calls for the £250billion, which is spent on armaments and Trident missiles, to be spent on our NHS, Social Services, Care for the elderly’ and the restoration of the Triple Lock for pensioners.

We are facing critical austerity and Britain should not be spending all the money it currently expends on the production of armaments, and instead use these monies for the preservation of life.

Arthur Scargill

President National Union of Mineworkers 1982-2002 and

Leader of the Socialist Labour Party 18th April, 2022

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