Just heard the 2/10 debate on Democracy Now! Prof. John Mearsheimer, who opposes guns to Ukraine, based his argument on the Monroe Doctrine! He said the U.S. was right to force the Soviet Union out of Cuba and Russia had the right to do the same in Ukraine. Mearsheimer said powerful states naturally don’t want forces of other powerful states anywhere near their borders.
OMG! The Monroe Doctrine has long been opposed by Latin Americans and the Left. That’s the way to oppose the U.S. getting into another war?
On the other hand General Wald who wants U.S. weapons to go to Ukraine said states should abide by international law. He said, “Putin has no claim to any sphere of influence whatsoever in Europe, other than Russia, period.” In talking about Cuba, Wald disputed Mearsheimer by saying the Soviet Union had invaded Cuba. What a mess.
Though Mearsheimer mentioned the U.S. breaks international law when it feels it’s against its “interests”. [I hate that word “interests”. It’s an excuse to steal what’s not yours for the benefit of a country’s 1%.] However, he never talked about NATO itself and why its only use now is to by-pass the shreds of U.N. authority and international law. It’s a menace that should be disbanded?
Why can’t Democracy Now find some leaders of peace groups or left-wing professors who can talk about Ukraine?
Brand new petition from Promoting Enduring Peace “No U.S. Weapons to Ukraine – Stay Out of the Fighting ”
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