People concerned with unjust war being waged in our name are, and should be, very concerned about the tense situation in Ukraine. Particularly when the Commander in Chief goes on about the "aspirations" of the people of Ukraine, and its territorial integrity, we have to take serious notice.
Say what? Concern for the "democratic aspirations" or the Iraqi people was the justification for destroying Iraq eleven years ago.
But searching news reports won't get you to truth on this. Several articles below uncover the basic big-power interests through which the U.S. decides who at any point is "democratic," and therefore, to be controlled, and who is in a "strategic" area and therefore to be squashed.Trampling On Other Nations? The U.S. Empire Was Built On That
(March 10, Revolution
“this crisis is driven by the ‘jockeying for position and geopolitical advantage by rival imperialist powers—with the potential to escalate into direct great-power confrontation.’ (See Ukraine: Not a ‘Democratic Uprising’ but a Clash Between Predators
.) In all this, people in the United States are being systematically lied to and taught to identify—unthinkingly and uncritically—with the interests of the U.S. ruling class that sits atop a world of vicious exploitation, ferocious oppression, and environmental devastation.”
The article's listing of US interventions draws on the paper, “A Century of U.S. Military Interventions: From Wounded Knee to Iraq
,” by Zoltán Grossman, faculty member in Geography and Native American Studies, The Evergreen State College, a useful work of history.
Bill Blum, an adviser to WarCriminalsWatch.org
in his Anti-Empire Report of March 7
, looks at the National Endowment for Democracy, “an agency created by the Reagan administration in 1983 to promote political action and psychological warfare against states not in love with US foreign policy, [and] is Washington’s foremost non-military tool for effecting regime change,” succeeding the CIA in doing some of this work, with 65 projects in the Ukraine.
Different players, presidents, parties, yes, but the same scenario holds: the fact that Russia and other oppressive global powers are contending with the U.S. with their own drive to expand their piece of the action doesn’t diminish for a minute the fact that when it comes to “respecting the integrity of other countries,” nobody can touch the record of the U.S.A. No US/NATO intervention!