Washington’s conflict with Russia over Ukraine threatens the world with immeasurable catastrophe. Driven by an intractable internal crisis and rapacious geopolitical ambition, US imperialism is recklessly heading to the extreme limit before a Third World War.

The crisis in Ukraine was fabricated by the United States and its NATO allies based on lies. Biden government slams Russia for troop movements within its own borders. The assertion of an imminent invasion of Ukraine by Russia is repeated endlessly by the White House and taken up without reserve by the media.

This is hysterical war propaganda. Russia has never threatened to invade Ukraine. Moscow, however, said it could not tolerate Ukraine joining NATO.

Members of the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kiev, Ukraine, January 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not a geographic alliance of “democratic” states but an imperialist cabal for war with Russia and other countries. The incorporation of Ukraine would place NATO arms and forces on Russia’s immediate border. It would commit the forces of American and Western European imperialism, under Article 5 of the NATO treaty, to go to war in the name of the far-right regime in Kiev, in the event that the latter would cause a conflict with Moscow, knowing that it is linked to neo-Nazis and fascists.

US officials have revealed their intention to deploy up to 50,000 troops to the borders of Russia and Ukraine. On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement rejecting Moscow’s written request for guarantees that Ukraine would not be allowed to join NATO. The Biden government is not negotiating. He does not seek to ease tensions, but to push Putin into armed conflict so that he can present him as the aggressor.

While US and NATO troops are mobilized, Washington has turned on the apparatus of economic warfare. Both Biden and Blinken have threatened Moscow with “tough economic sanctions.” Russia is preparing for Washington to cut off its access to the SWIFT global financial system for US dollar transactions, which would exclude the country from much of the global economy.

The United States has invaded countries around the world, and Putin knows what defeat at their hands would mean to him. Manuel Noriega and Slobodan Milosevic died in prison, Muammar Gaddafi was brutally murdered and Saddam Hussein was hanged. Washington wants Putin dead.

The Biden administration has created a situation that Putin and Russia must interpret as an existential threat. Moscow cannot make any concessions that would prevent the advance of NATO forces, unless it capitulates completely. It must choose between war now and war in the near future when NATO is on its doorstep.

The White House is moving recklessly toward war, but no one discusses its implications. No reporter asks Biden what the worst-case scenario would be. Nor has anyone asked if it could lead to the use of nuclear weapons. Washington acts as if the conflict it is pursuing will be properly contained in the eastern regions of Ukraine, locked in the Donbass.

The United States has fought a series of wars since 1991, and each has ended in disaster. Millions of people died, and entire societies in the Middle East and Central Asia were reduced to dust and rubble. They had only primitive weapons. Washington now has in its sights the country which holds the second largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world.

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