Editors’ Note: The following is an unofficial translation of the article “Editorial semanal – Imperialistas rufam tambores de guerra que não podem desatar agora” by the Brazilian progressive newspaper, A Nova Democracia.
By the Editorial Board of A Nova Democracia
The huge mobilizations and concentration of troops in Eastern Europe, never seen before in the last 30 years, involving different superpowers and imperialist powers with their respective coalitions, reinforce the historical period of great storms and cataclysms that world history is entering.
Yankee imperialism, as the only hegemonic superpower, maneuvers to overcome the atomic superpower Russia, this being the only condition to ensure and maintain its unique hegemony in the world, not only questioned but also threatened in the midst of the advanced state of decomposition of monopoly capital. Although economically weak, Russia remains a military superpower and is ahead of other imperialist powers, such as China, and countries subject to the sphere of influence of both.
The Yankees can no longer maintain their global domination without neutralizing Russian imperialism’s atomic-war response capacity. They use everything they have to do so: their enormous military power built on a formidable industrial base (increasingly at the center of crises of overproduction) and cutting-edge technologies achieved through the exploitation of their own proletariat and the working masses of the world and preying on the majority of the oppressed nations; through the colossal indebtedness that they impose on the rest of the world, being the owner of the dollar-making machine and by other forms and means typical of the imperialist system, in which they hold hegemony.
This is the background of all the latest skirmishes, which seriously threaten to turn into a war in which the two imperialist superpowers act, more or less directly and openly, to dominate certain countries, especially those that were part of the extinct USSR’s social imperialism in Eastern Europe and Asia. The main one today is Ukraine, although the provocations against Belarus and Kazakhstan have grown.
Yankee imperialism forces Ukraine, already torn apart by a civil war, to join NATO as it has imposed on other Eastern European countries. And, in fact, through the pro-Yankee lackey regime in that country, they provoke Russia, forcing it to carry out certain actions in response that, in turn, justify to public opinion the “necessity” of Ukraine as a member of the western coalition. This is a key element of the Yankee strategy, since having Ukraine as part of NATO puts it in the extraordinary position to snatch from Russia a vast territorial swath indispensable for its military defense where Yankee Imperialism can install its most advanced anti-missile defense systems.
At that moment, Yankee troops and their imperialist coalition are stationed in several Eastern European countries, while Russian imperialism is carrying out a gigantic mobilization of its army on the border. In negotiations, the Yankees demand that Russia stop mobilizing troops on the border, and the Russians demand that NATO guarantees, in writing, that it will not integrate new member countries in Eastern Europe, nor will it maintain a military presence there. Given the real objectives and the real contradictions that operate behind the pronouncements, it is evident that both requirements are, at the present moment, an impossibility. The tension will rise further, but neither side is interested in war. This will force both of them to come to an intermediate term of their respective goals.
The plan of Yankee imperialism, in operation for at least 20 years, in addition to stationing troops in certain positions in the East, is to surround Russia with its anti-missile defense system, capable of neutralizing Russian atomic war power. Since the mid-2000s, the Yankees have managed with the European Union, through NATO, in collusion and struggle to install their defense system on the continent, heading east.
Here’s a brief summary. In 2008, the USA, tearing up the agreement signed with the Russians at the time of the dissolution of the social-imperialist USSR, openly advocated the immediate incorporation of Georgia and Ukraine into NATO. In 2013, Russia installed a missile launch system near Poland and Lithuania, in response to the deployment of Yankee anti-missile shields installed in Europe. Three years later, Yankee imperialism, through NATO, installed in Romania and other Eastern countries a new system of anti-missile shields, but justifying them as if they were to “defend” themselves from Iran. A year later (2017), after lashing out at North Korea with its imperialist sanctions, they used Kim Jong-Un’s rhetoric to justify the installation of new anti-missile shields, this time in the Pacific, making the military siege against Russia progress extraordinarily. In the same year, they carry out the biggest simulacrum of war since the “Cold War”, crossing all of Europe and parking in Poland, used several times as a gateway to war against Russia in the last century.
Some say that there is the risk of a third world war in the very short term. Although incidents may precipitate it, this is not the main trend for this period. As Chairman Mao analyzed, in the 1960s, a new world war, although inevitable, will only occur when there is no other way to continue the partitioning of the world. For now, the disputes between the imperialists will necessarily be expressed as imperialist invasions and wars of these against the oppressed nations, exacerbating this, which is the main contradiction of the time and today.
This proves what the Great Helmsman* said back in those days: a new period has opened, from the next 50 to 100 years, in which the fundamental contradictions of our time are getting worse in a way never seen before. The world is shaken by the general crisis of imperialism in an advanced stage of decomposition and the necessary “reckoning” that the imperialists make among themselves. The world is still shaken by the resulting and inevitable explosive revolts of the masses. Instability and acute crisis are a law in this period, and it is precisely the instability and the agonizing crisis of the old order that are those conditions that allow great transformations, provided that there is a proletarian force that, in different countries, knows how to exploit such contradictions and instability in favor of the proletariat and popular masses, enhancing the world revolution.
*Note by Tribune: “The Great Helmsman” is an honorific title referring to Chairman Mao.
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