Ukraine Update: Russia declares itself an imperial power, while tankies still blame U.S.

Ukraine Update: Russia declares itself an imperial power, while tankies still blame U.S.

Remember the tankies? Quick recap: Tankies believe that all the world’s evils are the product of imperialism and the only country capable of imperialism is the United States. They count among their number such luminaries as Glenn Greenwald and Noam Chomsky. 

Noam Chomsky, in an interview this week, says “fortunately” there is “one Western statesman of stature” who is pushing for a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine rather than looking for ways to fuel and prolong it. “His name is Donald J. Trump,” Chomsky says. WATCH:

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 1, 2022

Other high-profile tankies include Jill Stein, Tulsi Gabbard, Max Blumenthal, and Oliver Stone. Most of these where on “our” side when the topic was American imperialism in Iraq and Afghanistan, but they never escaped the idea that “America is bad,” even when Russia is the actual aggressor today. Yes, it’s true—our country can sometimes do the right thing! 

So let’s check in with the Tankies see what they’re up to recently. 

NATO is basically all the white countries. And people wonder how that relates to white supremacy.

— I want a better world for my daughter (@Jason_April) June 7, 2022

Weird that an alliance based in Europe, a result of a World War that killed 40-50 million people, and designed to counter the Soviet Union, would be white countries. But wait, is Turkey a white country? It has the second largest army in the alliance. What about Albania, with its 61% Muslim population?

Then there’s Russia, which spans 11 time zones. You want white supremacy? How about a country that sends its ethnically Asian soldiers to die, while sparing white ethnic Russians in Moscow and St. Petersburg? But sure, NATO is the problem. 

One could argue that Ukraine gets a disproportionate amount of attention and assistance compared to wars in Africa or Asia (like Myanmar). I’m even sympathetic to some of those argument, as I myself focus nearly exclusively on Ukraine, to the exclusion of those other conflicts. But that’s not this argument. 

Tankies apologizing for fascism again

— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) June 10, 2022

It’s always the U.S.’ fault. Always. 

Postcard from The Current Thing, USA

— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) June 11, 2022

Yeah, Putin and his fascist ilk hate the new all-inclusive pride flag too. This isn’t my house, but I also fly both of those. If that’s “the current thing,” then good.  

Now can you imagine a tank column stopping because of one protestor and try to circule around him instead of running over in the USA? Now guess which country is the “land of the free”

— zacca (@zaccalorenzo) June 9, 2022

Tankies don’t just take Russia’s side in their genocidal war of conquest. China gets a pass as well. Of course, if someone points out that these Tiananmen Square protests were brutally suppressed, with up to thousands killed inside the square, they’d accuse you of lying;

There are people, who consider themselves True Progressives (with the moral FP high-ground) that seriously cite this guy. Him & Max Blumenthal are in a perpetual competition to prove who is shittier.

— Centrism Fan Acct 🔹 (@Wilson__Valdez) June 4, 2019

Indeed, there is a whole tankie effort to discredit evidence of the Chinese genocide of Uyghur people. More here. The argument goes like this: 

Here at home, tankies want the systemic destruction of the United States, so that their dreamed-of nirvana can finally be ushered in. 

My god these fucking tankies are insane. 🤦🏻 We just took a 4 year bath of pain under the GOP.

— Ashenthorn 🇺🇸🇺🇦 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ (@ashenthorn) May 31, 2022

It’s no surprise that the tankie advocating for “a 4 year bath of pain” is a white dude—the kind of person least likely to suffer pain under fascist Republican control. And not sure what these people think would happen if Republicans got their hands on the entire electoral and judicial apparatus. Maybe they should pay more attention to the January 6 commission hearings. 

Tankies are a worldwide phenomenon. 

So apparently they will remove the monument and remake the square meant for the red army soldiers who liberated Lithuanian in WW2. Cuck Lithuanians, yank bootlickers.

— Tomas 🇱🇹🤝🇨🇳 (@Father_Vatnik) June 8, 2022

Remember, no one has agency, just the United States. Everyone else does its bidding. It can’t be that Lithuania has real historical issues with a colonial power that murdered and subjugated its people. The United States literally has nothing better to do than to order its supposed puppet colony to remodel a public square?

Of course, these same people are nowhere to be found when Russia literally proclaims itself a colonial power. . 

“There is no state in between. A country is either sovereign or a colony. If a country is not able to make sovereign decisions, it’s a colony”: Vladimir Putin..

— Zaid Hamid (@ZaidZamanHamid) June 10, 2022

Russia isn’t just proclaiming itself a colonial power, it is claiming the right to erase the history of any other country not at its level. So Lithuania’s history is Soviet history, and if Lithuania decides otherwise by reclaiming its own voice, then Russia threatens violence and invasion.

And of course, the tankies blame the U.S. 

This about sums it up: 

the venn diagram of ordinary russians and western tankies is just one big circle

— VinokCollective 🏳️‍🌈🇺🇦 (@VinokCollective) June 9, 2022

Meanwhile, for the latest updates on battlefield movements, this thread covers it well:

June 11, 2022. Russian forces likely occupy the Siverskyi Donets River’s left bank up to Severodonetsk. In south Ukraine, Ukrainian forces are visually confirmed to be on the Inhulets River’s east side. A thread on today’s control of terrain map updates for @TheStudyofWar.

— George Barros (@georgewbarros) June 11, 2022

Sunday, Jun 12, 2022 · 1:57:10 AM +00:00

Mark Sumner

The scale of destruction and artillery around the Ukrainian frontlines is horrifying and astounding. Because of Russia’s invasion, large parts of Ukraine will be completely unlivable for years to come, with the amount of ordinance and explosives there. This is near Dovhenke.

— Nathan Ruser (@Nrg8000) June 11, 2022

Sunday, Jun 12, 2022 · 1:57:31 AM +00:00

Mark Sumner

Ukrainian commander about young soldiers: “New guys arrived, I ask who fought in 2014? One said: commander, I’m only 18. He was 10 in 2014; now has to fight because we couldn’t finish it then. We should finish it now and not leave it to our kids.” 🇺🇦

— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) June 11, 2022

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