On Wednesday, November 16, a missile reportedly landed and exploded in Poland, killing two farmers (see “Hair-Trigger Incident Shows Catastrophic Dangers of US/NATO Proxy War with Russia”).
Instantly—before the actual facts about the alleged missile strike in Poland were known—talking heads (including ex-U.S. generals) on MSNBC and CNN angrily denounced Russia’s missile strikes in Ukraine (reportedly 100 on Wednesday, November 16), called Russia’s actions “terrorism,” and condemned Russia as a “terror state.”
Russia is an imperialist power employing reactionary means toward reactionary ends that have nothing to do with the interests of humanity. But did these same American ex-generals and “expert commentators” somehow forget “Shock and Awe”—the U.S. barrage on Iraq in 2003, which makes Russia’s attacks in Ukraine pale in comparison?
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The media talking heads irately castigated Russia for bombing and attempting to destroy Ukraine’s electrical grid. Perhaps they didn’t remember Operation Desert Storm in 1991—the U.S. bombing campaign and invasion of Iraq that inflicted devastation (on a scale that the Russians could only dream of wreaking in Ukraine) on Iraq’s electrical grid and water system, and which together with U.S. sanctions blocking medicine and other vital goods caused over 500,000 Iraqi children to die?
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And throughout this whole war in Ukraine—which is actually a proxy war between U.S./NATO imperialists and the Russian imperialists—the U.S. media and government have refused to talk about American aggressions and provocations against Russia in Ukraine before Russia’s invasion. Instead, they have condemned Russia’s invasion as “totally unjustified,” as if Putin was simply a power-hungry lunatic. (For more on what this war is actually about, see Longer Version—The Fuller Picture: “LEGIT GANGSTERS”— GANGSTERS WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS, by Bob Avakian; and THE WAR IN UKRAINE AND THE INTERESTS OF HUMANITY: A SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH VS. HARMFUL CONFUSION AND CHAUVINIST DELUSION—Bob Avakian Responds To People Who Should Know Better (and Maybe Once Did).)
The implication from all this is that the U.S. would never take military action or wage war if, for example, some country in Latin America got close to a foreign power. But wait!! That has happened, and the U.S. rulers responded with military action and coups!1
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1. In 1962, the U.S. learned that the Soviet Union, then a rival imperialist power, had deployed nuclear missiles to its ally Cuba, which is 90 miles from the Florida coast. (After the defeat of socialism in the Soviet Union in the mid-1950s, capitalism was restored, and by the 1960s Soviet Union became a socialist-imperialist power contending with the U.S. imperialists globally.) The year before, the U.S. had tried to invade Cuba, in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Cuban government. U.S. President John F. Kennedy condemned the Soviet deployment as a reckless act of aggression and imposed a naval blockade around Cuba. He warned that if any Soviet ship attempted to cross the blockade, it would constitute an act of war, and threatened that the U.S. would respond militarily. In short, during this Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. took the world to the brink of nuclear war over the Soviet missiles in Cuba, even though at the time, the U.S. had nuclear missiles deployed in Turkey, which was closer to the Soviet Union than Cuba is to the U.S. For more, see "Chapter 5: Life Interrupted"—An Excerpt from From Ike to Mao and Beyond by Bob Avakian, at revcom.us. [back]