Why is the Left Supporting the War in Ukraine?

Supporters of Nazi collaborator, Stepan Bandera, march in Ukraine.

Hint: It starts with “Anti-” and rhymes with “communism.”

  • An immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and for both sides to engage in good-faith diplomatic negotiations. This position is in line with majority American opinion on the Ukraine war.
  • The dissolution of NATO. The NATO “security” coalition serves no actual humanitarian function. It is an arm of U.S. imperialism. NATO was specifically established to thwart Soviet “aggression.” Socialists should not be defending this antiquated, anticommunist, imperialist coalition.
  • An end to Russian sanctions. Sanctions are a form of warfare — not an alternative to it. And sanctions ultimately hurt the poor and working-class. The wealthy elite inevitably find ways around economic sanctions. While I maintain that Russia is not unjustified in its defensive invasion of Ukraine (curious how Israel perpetually maintains the “right to defend itself,” but this right does not, apparently, apply to other countries…), the Russian working-class, nonetheless remains firmly opposed to this war. The working-class people of Russia should not be forced to suffer for what is, essentially, Putin’s war.
  • The dismantling of the U.S. empire and the establishment of a socialist alternative that benefits the many — not the wealthy few.

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Writer, socialist, and coffee-fiend. I have written for the West End News, Socialist Worker, a bunch of decidedly less interesting publications.

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Adam Marletta

Writer, socialist, and coffee-fiend. I have written for the West End News, Socialist Worker, a bunch of decidedly less interesting publications.