According to the United Nations, the "Special Military Operation" against Ukraine on 24 February 2022, for which Russia has been so vilified, has caused deaths on both sides totalling 7,387 civilians and 81,207 military. Even if we were to attribute to Russia the blame for every one of these 88,594 deaths, how does this compare with the United States' record? For much of the time since 1945, the United States has been engaged in a bloody war against much of humanity - overtly in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Libya and elsewhere - and covertly through the CIA, around much of the rest of the world.
The US government's genocidal war against Korea commenced in September 1945
The first of the many US-initiated wars against humankind was the war against the people of Korea which, in fact, began in September 1945 and not in June 1950, as establishment history books tell us. On September 1945, US forces occupied the southern half of Korea, dismantled a government, which had been formed from popular forces that had resisted the Japanese occupation, and imposed their own right-wing regime in Seoul. From that date onwards, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK - North Korea) and its supporters in the South were in conflict with the US-imposed Republic of Korea (ROK -South Korea) and the US occupation forces within it. This struggle took the form of murderous repression in the South, guerilla resistance, and frequent cross-border incursions initiated by one side or the other. What establishment histories refer to as the 'invasion' of South Korea, which started on 25 June 1950, may well have been a counter-attack by the North which appeared to go better than expected, but which unfortunately was labeled 'aggression,' and allowed the US to gain formal support from the United Nations Security Council for its subsequent war of genocide against the peoples of both 'North' and 'South' Korea. That war lasted until an armistice was signed on 27 July 1953.
As Professor Michel Chossudovsky explained near the start of the 40 minute video of his speech America's War on the People of Korea (1/8/2013)
The Korean War was characterised by crimes against humanity, against the people of Korea which are unprecedented in world history. The Korean war was also characterised by a practice of targeted assassinations, as we know, of political dissidents, and I think we have to understand that this practice set the stage for US interventions in other countries. […]
North Korea was subjected to extensive carpet bombing which resulted in the destruction of virtually every single city and village and, if you examine the statements of the US armed forces - the key generals, who are extremely cynical individuals - they have acknowledged that, according to US Major General William F. Dean, that most of North Korean cities and villages were either rubble or snow-covered wastelands. There was an enormous destruction and loss of life during those three years. We can recall the historic statement of General Curtis LeMay, who coordinated the bombing raids and who stated quite candidly, quote "Over the period of three years or so we killed off - what? - 20% of the population. We burned down every town in North Korea and South Korea as well." These are statements emanating from the US military and the estimates of mortality in North Korea resulting from the Korean War are the order of 25% of the population. It's unprecedented in history. …
Murdered United States' political leaders
Victims of this military-industrial complex may include a number of the United States' own past political leaders who went against its plans.
President John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Senator Robert F. Kennedy - three United States' political leaders who were probably murdered because of their opposition to the US military-industrial complex
President John F. Kennedy was murdered on 22 November 1963 at a time when he was trying to end both the Vietnam War and the nuclear arms race, and he actually prevented the US Joint Chiefs of Staff from launching a first-strike nuclear attack on at least one occasion.
Martin Luther King Junior, another renowned black civil rights leader, was murdered on 4 April 1968, shortly after he announced his opposition to the Vietnam War.
JFK's younger brother, Bobby Kennedy, was murdered on 6 June 1968 as he was set to win the race to become the next President of the United States. Had Bobby Kennedy lived the Vietnam War would have almost certainly ended by not much later than 20 January 1969, the scheduled date for his inauguration.
In spite of the murders of JFK, MLK and RFK, the massive anti-war movement in the US and Australia was able to force both those countries' governments to end their war against Vietnam. As a result Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos won their independence in 1975, but at a terrible cost. The United States' war on humanity then abated somewhat, but for barely more than one decade.
The United States War against humanity resumes in 1990 with Operation Desert Storm
The United States war against humanity openly resumed in 1990 after Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was duped by US Ambassador April Glaspie into believing that he could take military action against neighbouring Kuwait in response to that country slant-drilling under the border into Iraq's oil fields. However, after the Iraqi Army overran Kuwait, contrary to Glaspie's assurances, the United States and its allies feigned outrage and indignation against Hussein. Amongst the the stories used to gain public acceptance for the united States' planned war against Iraq was the infamous 'incubator babies' hoax in which a tearful 15-year-old Nayirah appeared before the US Congressional Human Rights Caucus to tell of how, as a volunteer nurse, she had witnessed invading Iraqis removing 312 babies from incubators and leaving them to die.
In fact, Nayirah was not a volunteer nurse. She was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States and had been coached to give her lying testimony in Washington by the Hill and Knowlton public relations firm.
The subsequent Operation Desert Storm, largely enabled by Nayirah's lie, caused the deaths of between 20,000 and 50,000 Iraqi soldiers, according to Wikipedia, and the devastation of Iraq's infrastructure. Whilst as few as 2,300 civilians died during the war, 1,500,000 both civilian and military subsequently died as a result of sanctions by the US and its allies. This death toll included 500,000 children which the late former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright infamously told 60 minutes was 'worth it' in 1996.
After the First Gulf War, the United States also started wars against Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yugoslavia, and now Ukraine, with many softer regime-changes in countries that simply joined NATO rather than risk military intervention, or because newly installed puppet-regimes never asked their populations.
US-NATO operations in parts of Africa and US operations in South America continue to cause economic, political, and civil turmoil.
In the 1990s, after President Mikhail Gorbachev dissolved the USSR, US-NATO operatives aided the Boris Yeltsin puppet regime in Russia, and the countries of the former Soviet Union fell prey to savage global economic predation by international criminal elites. In this socio-political chaos, no-one expected that a political titan like Vladimir Putin might rise from the ashes to impede the slide of the former Soviet Union, and Ukraine, into the corrupt client states that US-NATO hoped for.
From November 2013 until February, with the help of $5 billion to "bring democracy to Ukraine" from Victoria Nuland, rioters, including neo-nazis, overthrew the democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. A succession of US puppet presidents, starting with Petro Poroshenko, began their rule over Ukraine. The Russian language, spoken by about half of Ukraine's population, was outlawed, and those who defied this were subject to savage repression. However, Russian speakers in Donetsk and Luhansk were able to acquire weapons and resist the regime's forces.
The Kiev regime allowed the United States to build military bases on Ukrainian soil. Their very presence represented threat to neigbouring Russia as well as to much of Ukraine's own population, notably the Russia-sympathetic parts. An illegal US biological weapons program was established on Ukraine's soil.
The current Ukrainian President Volodomir Zilenskyy who was elected in 2019, supposedly as the peace candidate, but very quickly continued with his predecessor's war against Russian speakers. In addition he also continued the repression against the local Ukrainian opposition, not just Russian speakers.
With all the mayhem going on in the world at the moment, as a result of US-NATO's divide, conquer and pillage international policy, how could Russia be expected to put up with US-NATO's advance to its very border?
Zilenskyy forces bombardment of the operational Zaporizhye nuclear power plant!?
Some of the most recent of Zilenskyy's crimes are his attempts to bombard, with artillery and rockets, the Zaporizhye nuclear power plant while it is in use, on the south bank of the Dnipro (or Dnieper) River. The nuclear power plant is now occupied by Russian forces but is still being operated by its Ukrainian staff. Should Zilenskyy succeed in destroying one or more of the containment structures, large volumes of poisonous nuclear waste could escape into the atmosphere. This would cause many Ukrainians, Russians, and others in Europe, to die from radioactive contamination or become very ill.
Ukrainian regime keeps shelling Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. With American weapons...— Vera Van Horne (@VeraVanHorne) October 17, 2022
Zilenskyy and the other members of his regime, in facilitating the bombardment of the Zaporizhye nuclear power plant, have forfeited their right to even walk the streets of Ukraine from now on, let alone to continue their rule of Ukraine. These criminally reckless acts on the part of the Kiev regime have shown Russia's "Special Military Operation" not only to be fully justified, but an urgent necessity for both the people of Ukraine and of Russia.
The only way that a nuclear disaster could be guaranteed against now would be for the "Special Military Operation" to be extended to remove Zilenskyy from power.
Far from being an act of aggression by Russia, the whole Ukraine conflict, which started in November 2013 has been one massive act of aggression by the United States and its allies against both the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia.
In the United States and in each of the countries which are allied to the United States, including Australia, there is an urgent need to build a peace movement to end this aggression.
 Professor Michel Chossudovsky's own estimate is even higher than North Korea's figure of 25%. He believes that an even more terrible proportion of the population of North Korea was killed: 30%. These figures do not take into account the many thousands of civilian and partisan supporters of the Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) in the South who were also killed.
 In JFK and the Unspeakable - Why he Died and Why it Matters (2008) James Douglass describes how, during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 , President Kennedy over-ruled demands by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to launch a nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union. On other occasions.
 Russia maintains that Gorbachev had allowed the reunification of Germany in exchange for an agreement from NATO that they would not advance to absorb its former states. There are numerous academic analyses, especially since declassification of associated documents, of what Gorbachev was actually given to understand. See, for instance: Sarotte, Mary Elise, "A Broken Promise? What the West Really Told Moscow About NATO Expansion," Foreign Affairs, Vol. 93, No. 5 (SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014) , pp. 90-97. https://www.jstor.org/stable/24483307, or "NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard, National Security Archive," George Washington University, https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/russia-programs/2017-12-12/nato-expansion-what-gorbachev-heard-western-leaders-early, or "Russia's belief in NATO betrayal and why it matters today," The Guardian, 12 January 2022 at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/12/russias-belief-in-nato-betrayal-and-why-it-matters-today