Johnson presents the British military offensive against Russia
February 7 Time featured an opinion column by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, outlining British plans for a military escalation in Eastern Europe and Ukraine, targeting Russia.
the Time conducted with the headline, ‘Britain won’t flinch on Ukraine, says Boris Johnson. Provocative message to Putin as Marines and Typhoon jets ready for deployment.
Johnson was quoted as saying that the UK’s support for Europe and NATO will remain “unconditional and immovable”. the Time lists as immediate action the dispatch of 350 Royal Marines to Poland, adding that “Johnson says he is ready to go further and is considering sending Typhoons [fighter jets] and warships to South Eastern Europe. Plans have been drawn up to deploy jets to Romania and Bulgaria and send warships to the Black Sea.
Troops bound for Poland from 45 Commando were being diverted from cold weather exercises in Norway. They will join 100 Royal Engineers already in Poland, where they will carry out contingency planning, including “developing responses to threats they may face” and joint exercises.
Johnson’s op-ed, misleadingly titled “Diplomacy May Prevail,” threatens: “British sanctions and other measures will be ready for any further Russian attack. He points out that “NATO allies agree that we are ready to send more forces to guarantee the security of our allies on the eastern flank. The foreign ministers of Latvia and Estonia have called for additional support due to the reinforcement of the Russian army in Belarus. We are ready to provide it”.
As well as preparing to “reinforce the British-led NATO battlegroup in Estonia”, it lists the possibility of “deploying RAF Typhoon fighters and Royal Navy warships to protect the south- east of Europe. And HMS Prince of Wales, our newest aircraft carrier, is now NATO’s High Readiness Maritime Force command ship.
Turning directly to Ukraine, Johnson boasts: “Since 2015, the UK’s Operation Orbital has trained 22,000 Ukrainian troops. Last month we sent 2,000 anti-tank missiles, causing the God Save the Queen trend on Ukrainian Twitter and making Britain one of the few countries to provide lethal aid. When I met [Ukrainian] President Zelenskyy last week announced another £88 million in British aid to boost Ukraine’s energy independence.
Speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Johnson warns: “If he launches another invasion, he will force the West to bring about much of what he seeks to prevent. In fact, it is already happening. Due to its growing strength, America, France, Italy and other allies are deploying forces to NATO’s southeastern flank, just as the United Kingdom is reinforcing the northeast.
Johnson fails to list the most provocative gesture ever made during the military build-up against Russia. Last week, the UK sent more than 100 special forces (Special Air Service, Special Boat Service, Special Reconnaissance Regiment and Special Forces Support Group) to Ukraine to train its armed forces, focusing on counter-attack tactics. insurrection, sniping and sabotage. “They have a wide range of skills that will undoubtedly be very useful to the Ukrainian forces,” a military source told Reuters. SunFebruary 6. The United States already has a force of 200 Rangers stationed in Ukraine, which is still not a NATO member.
How deliberately inflammatory the UK’s measures are has been underscored by the Mirror reporting on February 7 that the planned troop deployment to Poland was part of a joint operation with the United States. He writes that “defense chiefs are drawing up plans for a spectacular parachute jump between the UK and the US in Poland as a massive show of force against Moscow.
“British military leaders at the Joint Permanent HQ in Middlesex have reviewed plans to project British military force as a sign of solidarity with Ukrainian forces. A plan being discussed is to parachute members of 2 Para and 82nd Airborne into Poland as a dramatic signal of defiance to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He adds: ‘It is believed that members of 2 Para will be asked to join US airborne troops in demonstrating what the military calls a joint forced entry, dropping dramatically into Poland. They are part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, Britain’s high-readiness troops consisting mainly of paratroopers, with signalmen, medics and engineers attached.
“After jointly parachuting into Poland, they would then launch a 14-day wargaming exercise – as a huge two-finger gesture to the Kremlin, whose troops are currently training in Belarus.”
the Mirror continues, “The plan is to jump with the 82nd Airborne which has already arrived, but there is concern and confusion at the upper level that any drop will be considered aggressive and we are awaiting a decision.”
It is not an improvised gesture. the Mirror reports: ‘The Paras are listed as the UK’s Global Response Force, are already part of an operational readiness capability which was formed with US forces in 2015. Over 200 UK Paras fell in Ukraine in September 2020 , as part of a joint exercise with local forces and testifies to the Daily Mirror.
The newspaper also notes: “More than 120 members of 2 Para’s B Company are already in Estonia for winter warfare exercises with NATO units, including soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment.
Johnson’s actions indicate that right-wing forces are being unleashed by the crisis of British imperialism, with his factional opponents no less committed to military aggression and warmongering. One of the first Tory MPs to publicly call for Johnson’s resignation was Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the defense committee and former captain of the Royal Green Jackets.
In a Feb. 5 interview with the Time, Ellwood complained that on Ukraine Johnson could not provide “the statecraft necessary for Britain to make its mark and bring together a very timid and risk-averse West”. His task was to rally “other nations to stand up to Putin, to stand firm in Ukraine and make this our moment of Cuban Missile Crisis.” It would be like imitating Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Reagan. The sanctions Johnson discussed with President Zelensky of Ukraine “are not a threat,” Ellwood said. He wanted NATO to send a division of 15,000 troops to Ukraine – ‘That would be enough to make Putin think twice’ with a four-star general ‘in charge of the Downing Street operation’.
For its part, the Labor Party intends to position itself to the right of Johnson. Welcoming the sending of troops to Poland, he again complained that he “has been concerned with protecting himself rather than protecting our national security”. Shadow Defense Secretary John Healey added: ‘With growing threats and growing Russian aggression, ministers must halt their plans to cut the army by another 10,000 troops over the next three months. years.”
As the Socialist Equality Party explained in its statement: “The working class must mobilize to bring down the Johnson government! “, the policies of austerity, militarism and war carried out by the ruling elite and all its parties and factions are dictated by a global escalation. crisis of the profit system, characterized above all by an unprecedented polarization between the broad mass of the working class and an ultra-rich and socially criminal oligarchy.
“Like the Biden administration, [Johnson] responds to a desperate domestic crisis by seeking to channel discontent outward, against an external threat, with Putin’s regime as a convenient scapegoat. Johnson’s diversion took the most dangerous form imaginable: a provocation against a military power with nearly 4,500 nuclear warheads.
“The war campaign is fully backed by the Labor Party, which combines statements of common purpose with the Tories with an attack on Johnson’s ability to mount an anti-Russian offensive.”
Opposing this push for war requires the independent political mobilization of the working class from an anti-capitalist, internationalist, anti-imperialist and socialist perspective.