Posted by: CS | February 2, 2014

Fascists and Anti-Semites Confront Russian Power in the Ukraine

Eric Margolis: Don’t Let Kiev Become Another Sarajevo

Patrick Buchanan: Will Mobocracy Triumph in Ukraine?

… We “stand with the people of Ukraine,” said Kerry.

But which people? The Ukrainians who elected Yanukovych and still support him or the crowds in Maidan Square that want him out and will not vacate their fortified encampments until he goes?

Kerry is putting us on the side of mobs that want to bring down the president, force elections, and take power. Yet, Americans would never sit still should similar elements, with similar objectives, occupy our capital.

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L. Todd Wood: Ukraine Is The Wrong Fight To Pick With Russia

… Ukraine was the heartland of the old kingdom of Kievan Rus.  At one point the most powerful kingdom in all of Europe, the state included modern day Ukraine as well as Belarus (White Russia) and parts of modern day Russia. …

Kissinger: Why Ukraine matters to Putin

Voice of Russia: Ukraine and the Lies the Western Media Tell

First, the violent protests are presented as being “pro-democracy.” Actually, the opposition is trying to overthrow a government and a president who came to power after the 2010 elections. The elections’ results have been accepted and recognized by the opposition, by the European Union, by the US, by the whole international community. …

The second lie spread by the mainstream media is that Russia is ‘bullying’ Ukraine or heavily interfering in Ukraine’s internal political process. Actually, the interference and bullying comes only from the West. State Department’s Victoria Nuland has been openly supporting the protesters and, together with numerous diplomats from EU countries, has visited their headquarters, holding rousing speeches in front of the raging crowds. Imagine what would have happened if a Russian diplomat came to support and coordinate the Occupy Wall Street movement in the US. …

Third,  is the alleged representativeness of the protesters, who are presented as ‘ordinary people’ with ‘pro-European political views’. Actually, the hard core of the protest movement is made up of neo-Nazi groups, characterized by vicious xenophobia, antisemitism and revisionism. The average ‘protester’ is not a pro-European hipster, but a violent, xenophobe who glorifies Ukrainian Nazis who fought in World War II. It is hard to understand how Victoria Nuland or John McCain can support, meet and fund such people. However, it is to be expected that people who supported al-Qaeda in Syria will not have any qualms in supporting violent neo-Nazi revisionists and Holocaust deniers, all in the name of democracy, of course. …

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Seumus Milne : In Ukraine, fascists, oligarchs and western expansion are at the heart of the crisis

We’ve been here before. For the past couple of months street protests in Ukraine have been played out through the western media according to a well-rehearsed script. Pro-democracy campaigners are battling an authoritarian government. The demonstrators are demanding the right to be part of the European Union. But Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has vetoed their chance of freedom and prosperity.

It’s a story we’ve heard in one form or another again and again – not least in Ukraine’s western-backed Orange revolution a decade ago. But it bears only the sketchiest relationship to reality. EU membership has never been – and very likely never will be – on offer to Ukraine. As in Egypt last year, the president that the protesters want to force out was elected in a poll judged fair by international observers. And many of those on the streets aren’t very keen on democracy at all.

You’d never know from most of the reporting that far-right nationalists and fascists have been at the heart of the protests and attacks on government buildings. One of the three main opposition parties heading the campaign is the hard-right antisemitic Svoboda, whose leader Oleh Tyahnybok claims that a “Moscow-Jewish mafia” controls Ukraine. But US senator John McCain was happy to share a platform with him in Kiev last month. The party, now running the city of Lviv, led a 15,000-strong torchlit march earlier this month in memory of the Ukrainian fascist leader Stepan Bandera, whose forces fought with the Nazis in the second world war and took part in massacres of Jews.

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Martin Armstrong: Why it is impossible to remove Ukraine from Russian control

According to a former adviser to Vladimir Putin, the economist  Andrei Illarionov, the Kremlin will take one of three possible scenarios with respect to the Ukraine problem. The most dramatic will be the establishment of full control over the whole Ukraine.

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Telegraph: Russian Foreign Minister: The West is promoting violence and anti-Semitism in Ukraine

 “Why is no one condemning those who seize administration buildings, attack policemen and chant racist and anti-Semitic slogans?” said Mr Lavrov.

“Why are prominent European politicians actually encouraging the moves in question, although in their own countries they immediately clamp down on those any encroachments on the letter of the law?”

Speaking at the three-day Munich Security Conference, which began on Friday, Mr Lavrov likened the West’s support for protesters in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev to Russia supporting demonstrations in a European capital.

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