This is the text of the introductory speech delivered by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to the 2022 International May Day Online Rally.
The United States and the NATO powers of Europe have set into motion a chain of events that is leading to World War III.
The pledge by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amounts to an unlimited commitment of treasure and blood to the pursuit of sweeping, open-ended war aims that threatens to draw the United States into what US President Joe Biden called “world war.”
Two months after the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine, US officials are making it clear that their goal in the conflict is not a ceasefire or end to the war, but a decisive strategic defeat for Russia.
The Challenge of May Day 2022: For the International Unity of the Working Class against Capitalism, National Chauvinism and War!
The celebration of May Day 2022 must be dedicated to the unification of the international working class in a global struggle against imperialist war and its root cause, the capitalist system.
This letter was sent by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to a friend who requested North’s opinion on a recent online discussion held at a US college on the Russia-Ukraine war.
There are entirely principled and leftwing grounds upon which the Russian invasion of Ukraine should be opposed, and which do not require adapting to the US-NATO coverup of fascism in Ukraine’s past and present.
A Russian comrade, who firmly opposes the invasion of Ukraine, describes the mood within Russia as deeply conflicted.