NATO ‘imperialist expansion’ blamed for triggering Ukraine crisis — Analysis
The Democratic Socialists of America claimed the US and NATO “set the stage for this conflict”
The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), in a statement, blamed NATO and the US for helping to ignite the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This led to condemnation by other Democrats.
“DSA reaffirms our call for the US to withdraw from NATO and to end the imperialist expansionism that set the stage for this conflict,”The group stated this in a press release.
“While the failures of neoliberal order are clear to everyone, the ruling class is trying to build a new world, through a dystopic transition grounded in militarism, imperialism, and war. Socialists have a duty to build an alternative,”DSA added to their statement, declaring “no war but class war.”
Condemning “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”And calling “immediate diplomacy and de-escalation to resolve this crisis,”DSA reminded the working class “will undoubtedly bear the brunt of this war.”
DSA, the United States’ largest socialist group, has over 92,000 members. This includes Alexandria OcasioCortez, a prominent Democratic Congresswoman, and Senator Bernie Sanders, a former Presidential candidate. There are chapters throughout the country. It previously endorsed John Kerry and Barack Obama as Democratic presidential candidates. But it did not endorse Joe Biden.
The DSA’s position faced immediate condemnation from other Democrats from different wings of the party, who sought to reaffirm their commitment to America’s current alliances.
The DSA’s position faced immediate condemnation from fellow Democrats from the main party, who sought to reaffirm their commitment to America’s current alliances.
Mike Gwin, White House Rapid Response director, quickly replied with a quick statement, in which he described DSA’s remarks as “shameful,”Inviting the group to reconsider why they are there “referred to the deaths of dozens of Ukrainians seeking democracy and basic freedoms in 2014 as a ‘coup’.”
Max Rose, an active congressional candidate and military veteran Max Rose said that he is “deeply concerned” by DSA’s statement, adding that it’s “time to double down on our alliances”And “punish Russia with crippling and unprecedented sanctions.”
Responding to Rose’s remarks, Tom Suozzi, a Democratic candidate for Governor of New York, declared “I adamantly oppose the DSA’s statement calling on the US to leave NATO.”
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