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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Ukraine - the Hypocrisy of the West

Neo-Nazis led ‘revolution’ in Ukraine

Israel remains silent when it comes to genuine anti-Semites

Andriy Parubiy of the Right Sector, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Committee,  meets Senator John McCain
Many people have been bemused at events in the Ukraine.  A challenge to the legally elected government, supported by the West and European Union, and the formation of a violent militia amongst the demonstrators.  The militia, which consisted primarily of far-right/neo-Nazi groups first engaged with petrol bombs and then live ammunition
Oleh Tyahnybok, Svobada leader which has 4 seats in government including security
When the Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych signed an agreement with Russia rather than the EU, as had been expected, that was the signal for a concerted attempt to install another regime in Ukraine.  The USA reportedly spent $5 billion a subverting Ukrainian democracy.
If Ukrainians in the Crimea and east of the Dnieper River wish to secede then they have the right to.  It’s called self-determination.

It is strange that when Kosovo wanted to secede from the Serbian/Yugoslavian Federation, the West enabled it to do so through a massive bombing campaign.  But in the case of Ukraine international law prevails!  The same international law that Israel has flouted for 46 years of occupation of the West Bank.  The same international law that prohibits pre-emptive wars.
Under Secretary of State Nuland gives her blessing to Ukrainian fascists
Pre-emptive war is clearly illegal under Article 2(4) of the UN Charter and the precedent of the Nuremberg laws.  The only exceptions are self-defence or collective action.  The Bush Doctrine effectively means that only the US is entitled to attack at will.  Self defence can only be exercised in this manner in the case of an overwhelming threat.  In this case, invasion because of the bogus allegations that Iraq possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction was clearly illegal.  But as I’ve argued before, international law had no enforcement mechanism and cannot be considered the equivalent of domestic law.  Effectively the US defines what is and isn’t permissible in international law.   Thus it has exempted itself from the International Criminal Court rather than sending Bush and Blair to be tried for war crimes.
Fascist Ukrainian leader protected by thugs in balaclavas - not a picture the BBC would show!

Russia, quite rightly, fears the US and the EU are encircling them with a belt of NATO states.  As in Georgia a few years ago, Russian troops invaded in order to protect the secessionist state that they had helped form. According to an interview by John Robles with Prof Francis Boyle ‘Ukraine: The Brown (Shirt) Revolution’ -  the break-up of Ukraine would serve western interests very well as it would move the borders nearer Russia.  The US could come to an agreement with Russia not to install nuclear missiles on its doorstep but instead they tore up the Anti-Ballistic Missile System Treaty of 1972.  It was another achievement of George Bush. 
Mass demonstrations in Maiden Square
 An equivalent comparison was the Cuba Missile Crisis of 1962.   The US threatened to go to war with nuclear weapons if nuclear missiles were not removed from Cuba, 100  miles offshore.  But in the case of Russia it is expected to smile at the prospect of being ringed by US nuclear weapons.

The presence and participation of neo-Nazis is not in doubt.  In Ha'aretz it is reported that ‘Ukrainian Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, called on Kiev's Jews to leave the city and even the country if possible, fearing that the city's Jews will be victimized in the chaos, The chief rabbi of Kiev has told his congregants to get out.’

Below is an article by Paul Craig Roberts ‘Sleepwalking Again’  February 23, 2014

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On the 100th Anniversary of World War 1, the Western powers are again sleepwalking into destructive conflict. Hegemonic ambition has Washington interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine, but developments seem to be moving beyond Washington’s control.
Regime change in Ukraine for a mere $5 billion dollars would be a bargain compared to the massive sums squandered in Iraq ($3,000 billion), Afghanistan ($3,000 billion), Somalia, and Libya, or the money Washington is wasting murdering people with drones in Pakistan and Yemen, or the money Washington has spent supporting al Qaeda in Syria, or the massive sums Washington has wasted surrounding Iran with 40 military bases and several fleets in the Persian Gulf in an effort to terrorize Iran into submission.

So far, in Washington’s attempt at regime change in Ukraine large numbers of Americans are not being killed and maimed. Only Ukrainians are dying, all the better for Washington as the deaths are blamed on the Ukrainian government that the US has targeted for overthrow.

Fascist militia drove riot police off streets - almost  certainly the recipient of US money
The problem with Washington’s plot to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine and install its minions is twofold: The chosen US puppets have lost control of the protests to armed radical elements with historical links to nazism, and Russia regards an EU/NATO take-over of Ukraine as a strategic threat to Russian independence.

Washington overlooked that the financially viable part of today’s Ukraine consists of historical Russian provinces in the east and south that the Soviet leadership merged into Ukraine in order to dilute the fascist elements in western Ukraine that fought for Adolf Hitler against the Soviet Union. It is these ultra-nationalist elements with nazi roots, not Washington’s chosen puppets, who are now in charge of the armed rebellion in Western Ukraine.

If the democratically elected Ukraine government is overthrown, the eastern and southern parts would rejoin Russia. The western part would be looted by Western bankers and corporations, and the NATO Ukraine bases would be targeted by Russian Iskander missiles.

It would be a defeat for Washington and their gullible Ukrainian dupes to see half of the country return to Russia. To save face, Washington might provoke a great power confrontation, which could be the end of all of us.

My series of articles on the situation in Ukraine resulted in a number of interviews from Canada to Russia, with more scheduled. It also produced emotional rants from people of Ukrainian descent whose delusions are impenetrable by facts. Deranged Russophobes dismissed as propaganda the easily verifiable report of Assistant Secretary of State Nuland’s public address last December, in which she boasted that Washington had spent $5 billion preparing Ukraine to be aligned with Washington’s interests. Protest sympathizers claim that the intercepted telephone call between Nuland and the US Ambassador in Ukraine, in which the two US officials chose the government that would be installed following the coup, is a fake.

One person actually suggested that my position should be aligned with the “sincerity of the Kiev students,” not with the facts.

The friendly face of the US's friend
Some Trekkers and Trekkies were more concerned that I used an improper title for Spock than they were with the prospect of great power confrontation. The point of my article flew off into space and missed planet Earth.

Spock’s mental powers were the best weapon that Starship Enterprise had. Among my graduate school friends, Spock was known as Dr. Spock, because he was the cool, calm, and unemotional member of the crew who could diagnose the problem and save the situation.

There are no Spocks in the US or any Western government and certainly not among the Ukrainian protesters.

I have often wondered if Spock’s Vulcan ancestry was Gene Roddenberry’s way of underlining by contrast the fragility of human reason. In the context of modern military technology, is it possible for life to survive humanity’s penchant for emotion to trump reason and for self-delusion to prevail over factual reality?

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under Reagan and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. His latest books are, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and How America Was Lost. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org

Pravy Sektor ("Right Sector") are now camped out at the bottom of the Maidan.  The Kremlin points to Right Sector as proof that what happened in Kiev was an ultranationalist take-over.

Right Sector's deputy leader, Andriy Tarasenko, told the Guardian his organisation didn't want to be involved in post-revolutionary party politics. Rather, he said, it sought to "transform the relationship between people and power". What this meant was a little unclear. He also wanted Kiev's new interim government to introduce a law that would allow his members to carry arms.

Kiev's protesters: Ukraine uprising was no neo-Nazi power-grab
We are not dealing with a transitional government in which Neo-Nazi elements integrate the fringe of the coalition, formally led by the Fatherland party.

The Cabinet is not only integrated by the Svoboda and Right Sector (not to mention former members of defunct fascist UNA-UNSO), the two main Neo-Nazi entities have been entrusted with key positions which grant them de facto control over the Armed Forces, Police, Justice and National Security.

While Yatsenuyk’s Fatherland Party controls the majority of portfolios and Svoboda Neo-Nazi leader Oleh Tyahnybok was not granted a major cabinet post (apparently at the request of assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland), members of Svoboda and the Right Sector occupy key positions in the areas of Defense, Law Enforcement, Education and Economic Affairs.
Andriy Parubiy, co-founder of the Neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine, (subsequently renamed Svoboda) was appointed Secretary of the National Security and National Defense Committee (RNBOU). (Рада національної безпеки і оборони України), a key position which overseas the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, National Security and Intelligence. The RNBOU is central decision-making body. While it is formally headed by the president, it is run by the Secretariat with a staff of 180 people including defense, intelligence and national security experts.

Parubiy was one of the main leaders behind the Orange Revolution in 2004. His organization was funded by the West. He is referred to by the Western media as the “kommandant” of the EuroMaidan movement. Andriy Parubiy together with party leader Oleh Tyahnybok is a follower of Ukrainian Nazi Stepan Bandera, who collaborated in the mass murderer of Jews and Poles during World War II.
The Neo Nazi party also controls the judicial process with the appointment of Oleh Makhnitsky of the Svoboda party to the position of prosecutor-general of Ukraine. What kind of justice will prevail with a renown Neo-Nazi in charge of the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine?

Cabinet positions were also allocated to former members of the Neo-Nazi fringe organization Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian National Self Defense (UNA-UNSO):

“Tetyana Chernovol, portrayed in the Western press as a crusading investigative journalist without reference to her past involvement in the anti-Semitic UNA-UNSO, was named chair of the government’s anti-corruption committee. Dmytro Bulatov, known for his alleged kidnapping by police, but also with UNA-UNSO connections, was appointed minister of youth and sports.

Yegor Sobolev, leader of a civic group in Independence Maidan and politically close to Yatsenyuk, was appointed chair of the Lustration Committee, charged with purging followers of President Yanukovych from government and public life. (See Ukraine Transition Government: Neo-Nazis in Control of Armed Forces, National Security, Economy, Justice and Education, Global Research, March 02, 2014

The Lustration Committee is to organize the Neo-Nazi witch-hunt against all opponents of the new Neo-Nazi regime. The targets of the lustration campaign are people in positions of authority within the civil service, regional and municipal governments, education, research, etc.  The term lustration refers to the “mass disqualification” of people associated with the former government. It also has racial overtones. It will in all likelihood be directed against Communists, Russians and members of the Jewish community.

It is important to reflect on the fact that the West, formally committed to democratic values, has not only spearheaded the demise of an elected president, it has instated a political regime integrated by Neo-Nazis.

This is a proxy government which enables the US, NATO and the EU to interfere in Ukraine’s internal affairs and dismantle its bilateral relations with the Russian Federation. It should be understood, however, that the Neo-Nazis do not ultimately call the shots. The composition of the Cabinet broadly coincides with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland ” recommendations” contained in the leaked telephone call to the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

Washington has chosen to spearhead Neo-Nazis into positions of authority. Under a “regime of indirect rule”, however, they take their orders on crucial military and foreign policy issues –including the deployment of troops directed against the Russian federation– from the US State Department, the Pentagon and NATO.

The World is at a dangerous crossroads: The structures and composition of this proxy government installed by the West do not favor dialogue with the Russian government and military.

A scenario of military escalation leading to confrontation of Russia and NATO is a distinct possibility. The Ukraine’s National Security and National Defense Committee (RNBOU) which is controlled by Neo-Nazis plays a central role in military affairs.  In the confrontation with Moscow, decisions taken by the RNBOU headed by Neo-Nazi Parubiy and his brown Shirt deputy Dmytro Yarosh –in consultation with Washington and Brussels– could potentially have devastating consequences.

However, it goes without saying that “support” to the formation of a Neo-Nazi government does not in any way imply the development of “fascist tendencies” within the White House, the State Department and the US Congress.

The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine

 “The flowering of democracy” in Ukraine –to use the words of the New York Times– is endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. It’s a bipartisan project. Lest we forget, Senator John McCain is a firm supporter and friend of Neo Nazi Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok.

US-Backed Neo-Nazi Party Given Key Roles in Ukrainian Government

Ukraine's New Leaders: From Neo-Nazis To A Muslim, A Jew And A Heavyweight Boxer

Huffington Post 3.3.14.

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