The 75th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union passed the day before the EU referendum – 22 June – with barely a murmur of acknowledgement from our press, who were too busy trying to brow-beat and pressurise us into voting to remain within the EU.
The historical irony of this fact should not be overlooked – for while Ex-Labour leader Gordon Brown hypocritically and falsely claimed that the EU has spared a generation from war, NATO/EU are behaving more like Fascist Germany than ever, in their massive build-up of forces in the Ukraine and on Russia’s border.
Our party, however, has had a clear and historically accurate analysis of the European Union. We reproduce here Stalin’s speech, given to rally the peoples of the great and glorious USSR, to inspire them to resist the merauding forces of hitlerite fascism. It was a life-and-death struggle in which the Soviet working people sacrificed some 27 million lives.
The EU rose after WW2 to stand as a ‘bulwark’ against communism, against human progress and workers freedom; to stand for preservation of empire and to safeguard the rights of the European and US billionaires, both on the European continent and in their former colonies; to stand against the great anti-colonial struggles that were very much the legacy of the October revolution, but received a huge impulse following the defeat of fascism by progressive humanity, spearheaded heroically and self-sacrificingly by the peoples of the mighty Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Yet with the current crisis of capitalism, the contradictory interests of the national capitalist groups and the discontent of their working masses – particularly in southern Europe, but also of workers within the most powerful European states – is bursting this temporary alliance of European capitalists asunder.
Those who listened to the EU debate and were led to believe that a vote to remain in the EU was a vote for ‘internationalism’, ‘broad-mindedness’, and ‘anti-racism’, should not lament our exit from this criminal club – were misled.
We should celebrate, not mourn Brexit. The anti-immigration circus was again paraded before us to manipulate our emotions; but for once this tried and tested tactic of divide and rule misfired disasterously for the bourgeoisie, who totally failed to achieve their desired aim of remaining within the EU.
In the week of the Brexit vote, no British politician or journalist referred to Vladimir Putin’s speech in St. Petersburg commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June, 1941.
Putin likened the current frenzied build up of Nato troops and war material on Russia’s western borders to the Third Reich’s Operation Barbarossa. Nato’s exercises in Poland were the biggest since the Nazi invasion; Operation Anaconda had simulated an attack on Russia, presumably with nuclear weapons.
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Order “the Soviet Victory over Fascism” and other titles online here: http://www.proletarianonline.org/
The battle of Stalingrad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKxNzspt00E
The 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over fascism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s-jy4kgyPA
On the eve of the referendum, the quisling secretary-general of Nato, Jens Stoltenberg, warned Britons they would be endangering “peace and security” if they voted to leave the EU. The millions who ignored him and Cameron, Osborne, Corbyn, Obama and the man who runs the Bank of England may, just may, have struck a blow for real peace and democracy in Europe.
As US/UK/NATO/EU Imperial forces again ramp up their wars of colonial plunder and head on a trajectory of conflict with China and Russia that threaten all out third world war, we would do well to remember the words of Lenin, that without a Bolshevik organisation and a bolshevik struggle, there can be no peace.
Corbyn and the labour party (Social democracy with a much trumpeted ‘left leadership’) failed totally to lead the working people against the interests of the great capitalists, instead pretending that the interests of capital are also the interests of labour, that this EU gangster alliance of mercenary imperialists is all aimed at making workers lives better, at providing employment rights for pregnant mothers, and decent working hours, holidays and pay.
Tell that to the people of Greece – still very much enthralled to the EU, and paying for the capitalist crisis most dearly. Better yet, tell this fairy-tale of “EU internationalism and peace” to the people of Ukraine, Yugoslavia or Syria.
Corbyn proved to be very sensitive to the needs of his MPs to ‘follow their [warmongering] consciousnesses’, but rather cavalier over the millions of displaced, injured and murdered Syrians, when he insisted on a ‘free vote’ allowing Britain to bomb the Syrian people in 2015, who were just then overcoming the Fundamentalist forces set to destabilise their country by EU/NATO imperialists.
We understand that while destroying the EU does not end capitalism, it weakens the imperialist alliance, and that when thieves fall out – honest men may prosper.
Why Britain needed a Brexit:
Red Youth: https://redyouth.org/2016/06/16/workers-should-vote-to-leave-the-eu-on-thursday-23-june/
Read the leaflet: http://www.cpgb-ml.org/index.php?secName=leaflets&subName=display&leafletId=114
Read the full article: http://www.cpgb-ml.org/index.php?secName=proletarian&subName=display&art=1190
Nice article from john pilger: http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/24/a-blow-for-peace-and-democracy-why-the-british-said-no-to-europe/
In this powerful interview, CPGB-ML chairman Harpal Brar reviews the history of the European Union, conceived following the second world war as a ‘United States of Europe’ to save the waning power of European imperialism from the very real threat of socialist revolution.
Workers for Brexit
Ella Rule, vice chair of the CPGB-ML, outlines the reasons why British workers should vote to leave the EU, explaining that, while the British bourgeoisie has encouraged xenophobia as a way of rallying mass support for its wars and brigandage abroad, and as a means of dividing the working class at home, this carefully inculcated racism may be what is needed to pull Britain out of the EU — and that this could prove disastrous for our rulers.
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