The USA is a nation which can conjure up this amount of money for its military and its proxy in the Ukraine, but it cannot or will not provide for its citizens a universal health care system free at the point of need.
In one US city alone, San Francisco, in the richest country in the world has more homeless people sleeping on the streets and in homeless shelters than all western nations put together.
Cross the North Atlantic to the UK and you see much the same indifference, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with the support of the leader of the opposition Kier Starmer, have donated £2.1 billion of aid to the Ukraine so far with a further £1.4 pledged over the next three months. Yet the NHS is in tatters, 5% of the population depend on charitable food banks to feed themselves and families, and come winter a sizeable section of the population won’t be able to pay their energy bills and may well be left in the cold and dark.
All this because Joe Biden, with his British poodle marching in unison, decided to put the squeeze on Russia by moving NATO’s presence to its borders without a thought about the hardships and dangers this will create for the British and US people. To become embroiled and fund a war which is taking place 1,800 miles away from the UK and 4,775 from a US border is infantile, a crime against humanity. Their attitude is basically war is a profitable business for the few and to hell with the consequences.
As to the Ukraine and Russia, as Sun Tzu once wrote there is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare. Negotiations to end this war are long overdue, however with NATO and Putin throwing petrol on the flames it doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon.
⏩ Mick Hall is a veteran Left Wing activist and trade unionist.