Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line

Letter to the Editor: Is the USSR the main danger? [And Unity response]

First Published: Unity, Vol. 6, No. 10, June 17-July 14, 1983.
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I’ve been following your series on U.S. foreign policy and I think it is excellent. In these times when various left groups seem to be falling all over themselves to praise Soviet revisionism or U.S. social democracy, your independent view of Marxism-Leninism is very desperately needed.

But I have one question. Nowhere in your comments do you refer to the Soviet Union as “the main danger” to the world’s people. If I recall, that was your position earlier. Has your view changed? Please explain.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

Oakland, CA

UNITY responds:

We believe that the U.S. is in a position of defending its empire internationally. It remains on a strategic defensive because of certain economic, political and military limitations. The U.S.S.R. is on a strategic offensive, as the newer and more aggressive superpower, and we still believe it is the most dangerous source of a new world war.

We also realize that over the last three years the U.S. has sharply stepped up military spending and sent troops to various parts of the world. The U.S.S.R., while continuing its aggression, has become bogged down by tough people’s resistance in Afghanistan, Kampuchea and Poland.

It remains the task of U.S. people to oppose U.S. imperialism, as well aggressive Soviet imperialism.