We must hold governments accountable for their wrongdoings
In his outrage at Louis Shawcross pointing out the West has been guilty of self-interest in its political machinations over the last, at least, 60 years or so, Grzegorz Kolodziej (Irish Independent, July 27) falls into the trap of one-sided argument.
He tells us that the USA ended World War One and World War Two, while Russia invaded Poland in 1920. What he doesn't tell us is that the beleaguered new Soviet state ceased hostilities in 1917 in the Brest-Litovsk Treaty in which it lost considerable territory. Why should any self-respecting nation continue to shed the blood of its citizens for imperialist domination that suppresses the rights of the oppressed, both without and within its borders?
Let us also consider the Western Front in 1917. The USA joined us, three years in and after countless millions of European lives were lost after the start of World War One. How courageous of it. On to World War Two. It was not the USA that ended that war. It was the Soviet Union's defeat of Germany on the Eastern Front that crippled Germany to the extent that its defeat was imminent. A Soviet Union that suffered 25 million dead in its fight against Germany.