The April Guns – World Socialist Website

The United States and European NATO powers set off a chain of events that led to World War III.

In her famous book on the outbreak of World War I, The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman demonstrates how miscalculations, the prevailing belief in a short winnable conflict, and the irreversible tactical maneuvers – “things, mistakes, and obligations” – accumulated as imperial powers dragged European workers down To entangle the trenches and slaughter of the Great War.

A similar dynamic is developing in the struggle between the United States and NATO against Russia. Howitzers supplied by the United States and the massive proliferation of weapons in Ukraine knock the guns of April.

In mid-March, US President Joe Biden repeatedly said that he would not allow a direct conflict between the United States and Russia because it “would mean World War III.” A month later, the Biden government is doing just that.

On Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken chaired a meeting attended by representatives of forty nations on a war council that Washington held at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, the headquarters of the US Air Force in Europe and NATO Air Command.

The two senior American officials, after a visit to war-torn Kyiv, emphasized that the war in Ukraine was a war between the United States and NATO on one side and Russia on the other. Austin announced that Washington would hold a meeting of a similar international group of high-ranking military figures – dubbed the “Ukrainian Contact Group” – every month “with the aim of achieving victory” in the conflict with Russia.

The objectives of the war are now clear. The bloodshed in Ukraine was not provoked to defend its technical right to join NATO, but rather was largely planned, instigated and escalated in order to destroy Russia as a major military power and overthrow its government. Ukraine is a pawn in this conflict, and its people are fodder for cannons.

The Ramstein War Council was organized to prepare the next phase of this plan. Before and after the meeting, the United States and other NATO powers announced the deployment of advanced weapons in Ukraine, including anti-tank missiles, tanks and tactical drones.

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