My ban is over but I feel no compulsion to post here anymore, if anything I just feel done with this place. The neoliberals have won and their message runs rampant all over the place. To somehow try and point out the underlying reasons for things happen in a dialectical analysis of the world situation just gets you branded as a "Russian shill" or Putin supporter. There has been a massive fucking campaign of painting all leftists here as supporters of Russia because "We hate the US. imperialism and therefore must love the Russian imperialism" which is some of the fucking dumbest takes I have seen in a while. Back 2 weeks ago I too made the assumption that the most likely scenario was that Putin wouldn't authorize an attack, cause the deck would be stacked against the Russian military and the assumption was that, maybe, he would think rationally about things. Turns out he didn't. I will eat that crow. I still stand though by analysis of that day still cause what we are seeing now is the Russian invasion grinding to a halt exactly because of the reasons I then pointed out: the world would turn against Russia and the Ukrainian people would take arms against an invader (polls telling 63% of the Ukrainian people ready to defend their country, give or take a chunk of that of anyone saying things and then still fleeing and you still got a hell of a civilian guerilla to deal with). I will still curse this "defensive" alliance of NATO that is a major cause of Putins rise to power and Russias alienation from the rest of the world. I found this quote from a 1998 interview to be quite telling of what the fuck went wrong with NATO still expanding when it's primary enemy, the Soviet Union, had fallen. And now my country of Sweden is considering to join this bullshit. It's a clusterfuck of stupidity and fuck Putin, that stupid, demented piece of autocratic shit, for driving people into the arms of another imperialist power. For NATO doesn't exist as just a sole "defensive alliance" where we might be called upon to rush off to defend another member, it is a military pressure that America suddenly can put on it's members. America remains the main controller of the alliance and can enforce rules and regulations onto it's members, how much to spend, what to buy, where to go etc. etc. etc. During the war of Serbia NATO participated, for some reason, as an aggressor and conducted a massive bombing campaign. There was no member state there, there was no defensive strategy being involved. Suddenly NATO members had to participate in a war that costs thousands upon thousands of civilian lives. Same with Libya. NATO suddenly dragged into a war as the aggressor, not defensively, to remove Gaddafi. I don't want people to be part of that. I am gonna post the statement of my fellow Russian comrades of the IMT, and then take a fucking break from this place. No war between peoples, no peace between classes indeed comrades. Stay safe out there everyone and don't stop fighting for a world where we, the proletariat, and not the fucking political and economical elite finally control our lives and fates.