Panel debates whether American imperialism can save Ukraine

Panel debates whether American imperialism can save Ukraine

Lawyer and journalist Bill Blum on Monday joined a discussion with political analyst Eric Draitser and surgeon and former intelligence officer Dr. Keith Rose about the conflict in Ukraine and what it means for the world.

The debate focused on a few key issues; namely, how the United States and its allies should check Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression to prevent a catastrophic loss of life in Ukraine. The panelists also contemplated the impact that Putin's invasion of Ukraine will have on future geopolitics.

One crucial takeaway, however, is the notable differences between American and Russian imperialism.

"The U.S. has been the single global dominant imperial power for more than a generation, since the end of the Cold War, and that is now changing," Draitser said. "What Putin has done is revealed that the world is unfortunately extremely fragmented, and that what comes after unipolar global imperialism is more and deadlier imperialisms."

While Blum agrees that the United States can be characterized as an imperial power, he argues that it's important to consider how it can intervene on behalf of the Ukrainian people.

"America is an imperial power. That doesn't mean that U.S. society is the same as Russia," Blum said. "Russia is a dictatorship. There's no freedom of the press in Russia. There's no freedom of assembly in Russia. Russia is a homophobic state. It's a kleptocratic state, but that doesn't detract from the fact that the U.S. is an imperial power."

The most urgent issue, Blum insists, is ending the war.

"The question we have to ask ourselves is not only what are we against, but what are we for," Blum said.

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