'Party of war': Cornel West rejects Ukraine involvement

 July 12, 2023

Cornel West, who entered the 2024 presidential race with the People's Party and has since moved to the Green Party, called the Democrat party a "party of war" and rejected Ukraine involvement under his leadership in a social media post on Monday. 

“Let us not be deceived: NATO is an expanding instrument of U.S. global power that provoked Russia into a criminal invasion and occupation of Ukraine,” West said, even as President Joe Biden announced that he would give controversial cluster munitions to Ukraine.

“This proxy war between the American Empire and the Russian Federation could lead to World War III. We must stop the war and war crimes (including cluster bombs used by all parties) and embark on diplomatic talks that should lead to a just peace,” West explained with a quote from W. E. B. Du Bois.

“The Democratic Party is a party of war and Wall Street targeting Russia and China,” he said, predicting World War III.

Zelenskyy unsure

Ending war is one of the key tenets of the People's Party.

The party's website says, "Bring our troops home and invest those trillions of war dollars into American communities. Support veterans, stop all foreign military aid, close the bases, disband NATO, and ban nuclear weapons globally."

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is heavily dependent on aid from the U.S. for his efforts to defend himself against Russian aggression.

He said last month that he feels more comfortable asking Biden for aid compared with former President Donald Trump, the current GOP primary frontrunner.

“President Biden is the president during a full-scale war and he has been more helpful to us than President Trump,” Zelensky told the Wall Street Journal. “In a situation like this, when there is support, you are afraid of changes."

Trump's view

Trump said recently that he could end the Ukraine war within 24 hours, suggesting that he thinks Ukraine should cede the land Russia has taken from it.

With West only polling at around 4% nationally, it's unlikely Zelenskyy will need to deal with his ideas regarding Ukraine.

Almost half of Republicans, 44%, say that the U.S. is giving Ukraine too much aid, but overall 47% of Americans think the amount of aid given to Ukraine is about right, according to Pew Research.

The Council on Foreign Relations estimates that as of early July 2023, the U.S. has sent $76.8 billion in aid to Ukraine at the same time the U.S. economy has remained shaky, with many experts expecting a recession in the next year.

It seems like a big price to pay for the tiny Eastern European country to remain independent, but the consequences of letting Ukraine fall may be too great to imagine.

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