On September 1, 1939, the world was plunged once more into imperialist barbarism, just 21 years after the end of the First World War, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland, and Britain and France declared war on the Third Reich two days later.
Citing “Polish aggression” near the town of Gleiwitz on the Silesian border, which had been staged by the SS, killing concentration camp prisoners dressed in German military uniforms, Hitler ordered a general advance of German troops across the entire border with Poland.
In 8 weeks, on October 26, there are – supposed to be – parliamentary elections in Ukraine. What’s that going to look like? Who’s going to vote? In the presidential elections a few months ago, most of east Ukraine did not vote. How many different ways are there to define democracy and still remain credible?
In an interview today on Russian Channel 1, Vladimir Putin commented on the upcoming elections: “All the participants in the electoral race will want to show how cool they are; Everyone will want to show they are strongmen or strongwomen, and as the political struggle sharpens it is hard to expect anyone to seek a peaceful resolution and not a military one.” That would seem to be an accurate prediction.
The EU yesterday (in yet another definition of democracy) picked its new president. They chose Polish PM Donald Tusk, which may seem a bit strange since Tusk doesn’t speak a word of either English or French, and he comes from a nation that is not even in the Eurozone, yet he will now now get to chair meetings that concern the euro. But Tusk is a hawk on Russia, and therefore suspiciously convenient to the inner core of Washington and Brussels’ control apparatus. He’s said more bad and ugly things about Russia and Putin than just about anyone recently, and that’s saying something.
In modern Ukraine, as the democratic government has been overthrown by Fascists backed by Wall Street and London, and the people in the East have risen up in resistance, International Brigades have been formed once again.
Military veterans from France and Germany have already gone to Ukraine, to stand with the people in Donbass region. As the fascist Junta in Kiev reigns death and destruction on the people in East, people from far off lands are joining with them to fight against Wall Street backed fascism.
While the Soviet Union may be gone, and the Spanish Republic was eventually defeated, and history has marched onward, the spirit of internationalism and anti-fascism has not died.
While the west has demonized and slandered the people of East and Southern Ukraine for daring to resist the fascists, millions around the world support their revolt.
International solidarity against fascism and repression has not died, and the same internationalist spirit of resistance is alive today. As Wall Street and London unleash fascist terror on the world, in places like Ukraine and Syria, the response of the people is still a loud, unforgiving chant of “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”