The false “internationalism” of the ruling classes and their media

4 March, 2022

Russian soldiers captured by a Ukrainian paramilitary group.
Russian soldiers captured by a Ukrainian paramilitary group.

The invisibilization of resistance against war and militarism on both sides of the front, as well as the media support for the Ukrainian “international legion”, clearly shows what the “internationalism” of the ruling classes and their spokesmen all over the world is all about.

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Western and Putinist propaganda go hand in hand in invisibilizing the anti-war response and militarism within Russia

Front page of the site "We are not alone" which collected over 1,162,000 signatures and over 162,000 manifestos from labor and professional groups against the war despite the fact that each signatory is liable to fines and imprisonment. The site was silenced and shut down this morning.
Front page of the site “We are not alone” which collected over 1,162,000 signatures and over 162,000 manifestos from labor and professional groups against the war despite the fact that each signatory is liable to fines and imprisonment. The site was silenced and shut down this morning.

It could not be otherwise. For the European media this is about demonizing Russia. They present it as a monolithic country where “nobody doubts the beloved leader” Putin. They try to eliminate any possible empathy with the Russian soldiers dragged to death and the population crushed by sanctions. They do not hesitate to make invisible the fact that over 1,160,000 people and more than 162,000 labor and professional collectives have spoken out publicly in Russia against the war, risking overwhelming fines and years of forced labor.

This exercise in disinformation goes hand in hand with the invisibilization of defections in Ukraine. The media hide the fact that most of the male refugees fleeing to the West are deserters and shamelessly covers up the very existence of a mass of refugees who have fled to Russia and Belarus in the East of the country. Refugees fleeing among other things from the policy of ethnicist terror promoted by the nationalist paramilitaries and encouraged by Zelensky’s closest advisors.

Everything indicates that the Zelensky government is not only encouraging the hunt for “deserters”, but has embarked, using paramilitaries, on a veritable ethnic cleansing in several regions of the country. But this will not make the front pages. For the European media, everything depends on showing “the unity and courage of the Ukrainian people against Russia”.

The Ukrainian “international legion”.

Kosovar KLA volunteers Kosovar KLA volunteers
Kosovar KLA volunteers Kosovar KLA volunteers

Where the disinformation strategy reaches the grotesque is in the famous “international legion” marching to fight in Ukraine..

Presented by the US press as a remake of the “International Brigades”, the European press gave them hype from day one and one by one different EU states – the Baltic states, Poland, Czechia, but also the “pacifist” Denmark – authorized their citizens to march to Ukraine to enlist and fight against the Russian army, putting on hold the legislation they had passed against European jihadist volunteers returning from the war in Syria.

But when the media approached the Ukrainian consulates to discover “the volunteers”, they did not find the well-meaning stalinist and petty bourgeois students of ’36. Despite the tons of sugar-coating in the press it was obvious that the international recruitment was attracting a very different audience: ultra-right wingers from the gym and ex-mercenaries.

Even worse for the propaganda: paramilitary groups linked to mafia crime such as the Kosovar KLA, whose founders are now on trial for crimes against humanity, were sending whole platoons.

In Germany, alarm bells went off in the state’s own repressive apparatus. Apparently, the coordination of international recruitment was being handled by the “Azov regiment”, a neo-Nazi paramilitary group theoretically integrated into the structure of the Ukrainian army. And in Berlin they had no better idea than to coordinate with their colleagues in the NPD, a German far-right group under permanent state surveillance that has touched on everything from pogroms against refugees to child pornography to outbreaks of organized terrorism.

Faeser, the German interior minister sounded the alarm by hinting at the obvious: Ukraine is well on its way to becoming a playground for the armed far right. Something similar to what Afghanistan or Syria once were for jihadism.

The “internationalism” of the bourgeoisie

Mass graves of Russian soldiers displayed by Ukrainian paramilitaries on their Telegram channels. Some show signs of what could torture.
Mass graves of Russian soldiers displayed by Ukrainian paramilitaries on their Telegram channels. Some show signs of what could torture.

The “internationalism” of the bourgeoisie has never been anything other than the international organization of nationalist factions ready to aggravate the killings.

It is no coincidence that the same people who in Ukraine and Russia give free rein to state terrorism, those who persecute deserters and anti-militarists, are the ones who resort to the worst niches of mafiosi, mercenaries, neo-Nazis and lumpen to “reinforce” their ranks. Putin with the neo-Nazis who until now suppressed strikes in the Donbass and with Kadyrov’s Chechen mercenaries. Zelensky with his sinister “International Legion”.

As was seen in the Yugoslav wars and in the Donbass, they do it not because they will make a difference in the military balances, but because they poison the atmosphere with their venom and their ethnicist crimes on the ground, making it difficult for the exploited on both sides to recognize themselves as being in the same situation.

It is literally the opposite of workers’ internationalism: the consistent struggle against the causes of war on both sides, the denunciation of militarism and propaganda for the fraternization of the troops.

And this, and not the whitewashing of wannabe slaughterers drawn from the worst of each country as the European press does, is what must be told and spread now.

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