‘Regime Change’ Solidarity with Neo-Nazis of Ukraine! Hello???
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last Monday:
“Frankly, the legitimacy of many governmental bodies is in doubt there,” ... “Treating masked men armed with Kalashnikov rifles, who are now circling Kiev, as a government – we would find it difficult working with such a government.”
According to Peter Schwarz in "Coup in Ukraine: A warning to the international working class" asserts: “The situation in Ukraine is still extremely tense and unstable.” There is a real danger of secession and civil war in Crimean and the east. The camps of the opposition are vying for dominance.
The fascist forces upon which the Western powers and the opposition relied to force through regime change are demanding their pound of flesh and will play an important role in the political life of the country.
The leading role was played by the so-called Right Sector, whose masked militants, equipped with helmets, batons, fire bombs and firearms soon dominated the center of Kiev, carrying out fierce attacks on the security forces. News reports estimate their number in Kiev alone to be between 2,000 and 3,000.
Schwarz goes on to reveal that the Die Welt paper described the Right Sector as an “informal association of right-wing and neo-fascist splinter groups”. Time magazine said of the ideology of its members that it “borders on fascism and it enjoys support only from Ukraine's most hard-line nationalists”. It explained that many of the members are former soldiers or active participants “in the conflict on the side of Azerbaijan, and in Chechnya and South Ossetia against Russia.”
Paul Craig Roberts in "Democracy Murdered by Protest" writes:
The Right Sector’s roots go back to the Ukrainians who fought for Adolf Hitler against the Soviet Union during World War 2. It was the Right Sector that introduced armed fighters and turned the tide of the protests in Kiev from peaceful protests in favor of joining the EU to violent attacks on police with the view of overthrowing the democratically elected government, which the Right Sector succeeded in doing.
There is a tendency to discount the Right Sector as a small fringe group, but the Right Sector not only took control of the protests away from the Western supported moderates, as moderate leaders themselves admitted, but also the Right Sector has enough public support to destroy the national monument to the Red Army soldiers who died liberating Ukraine from Nazi Germany
Roberts declares that the Right Sector leaders are assuming they are “in charge” now.
One of the group’s leaders, Aleksandr Muzychko, has pledged to fight against “Jews and Russians until I die.” Asserting the Right Sector’s authority over the situation, Muzychko declared that now that the democratically elected government has been overthrown, “there will be order and discipline” or “Right Sector squads will shoot the bastards on the spot.”
The bastards are any protesters who dare to protest the Right Sector’s control.
Muzychko declared, “The next president of Ukraine will be from Right Sector.”
Another Right Sector leader, Dmitry Yarosh, declared: “the Right Sector will not lay down its arms.” He declared the deal made between the opposition and the President to be “unacceptable” and demanded the liquidation of President Yanukovich’s political party.
Schwarz explains that the crisis in the Ukraine began last November when President Viktor Yanukovych’s refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. This outraged Washington and Germany. They have “systematically” supported the pro-EU opposition in the Ukraine which organized demonstrations against Yanukovych.
Schwarz explains that participating in the demonstrations were two right wing parties Julia Tymoshenko's Fatherland party and Vitali Klitschko's UDAR. Also joining in was “the fascist Svoboda party of Oleh Tyahnybok.” Schwarz:
The fact that Svoboda employs neo-fascist symbols, agitates against foreigners, Jews, Hungarians and Poles, maintains close relations with the French National Front and is compared to the ultra-right Greek Golden Dawn and Hungarian Jobbik by the World Jewish Congress, has not prevented the foreign ministers of the United States and Germany from publicly embracing Tyahnybok.
When the initial opposition demonstrations failed to force Yanukovych to resign the paramilitary fascist militias intensified the conflict with violence against the police and security forces. Then, when the former prime minister of the Fatherland party, Yulia Tymoshenko, spoke in Independence Square she thanked the Right Sector for its “contribution to the revolution” and promised they would be “integrated” into the new order.
Fascists who perpetrated violence in the Ukraine are now strengthened not only by the allied opposition groups within the Ukraine but the media and main politicial parties in Europe and the US. The NYT and Süddeutsche Zeitung are “glorifying” the coup in the Ukraine as a “democratic revolution”. Schwarz points out they are “glossing over the role of fascists.”
Representatives of parties of all stripes—the US Democrats and Republicans, the Conservatives, Social Democrats, Greens and Pirates from Germany and other European countries—have made pilgrimages to Kiev to express their solidarity with the right-wing mob. In particular, Germany’s social-democratic Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier played a key role in the coup against Yanukovych.
The Left Party in Germany and numerous other pseudo-left organizations joined the campaign to obscure the role and nature of the Ukrainian fascists, supporting the coup in Kiev.
Paul Craig Roberts writes:
Who’s in charge? Certainly not the bought-and-paid-for-moderates that Washington and the EU hoped to install as the new government of Ukraine. The agreement that the Washington and EU supported opposition concluded with President Yanukovich to end the crisis did not last an hour. Even the former boxing champion, Vitaly Klitschko, who was riding high as an opposition leader until a few hours ago has been booed by the rioters and shoved aside. The newly appointed president by what is perhaps an irrelevant parliament, Oleksandr Turchynov, has no support base among those who overthrew the government. As the BBC reports, “like all of the mainstream opposition politicians, Mr. Turchynov is not entirely trusted or respected by the protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square.”
In western Ukraine the only organized and armed force is the ultra-nationalist Right Sector.
Roberts stresses that the Ukraine is more important to Russia than it is to US or the EU. If right wing extremists seize control Russian intervention is CERTAIN. Roberts:
... The arrogant and stupid Obama regime has carelessly and recklessly created a direct strategic threat to the existence of Russia.
According to the Moscow Times, this is what a senior Russian official has to say: “If Ukraine breaks apart, it will trigger a war.” Ukraine “will lose Crimera first,” because Russia “will go in just as we did in Georgia.” Another Russian official said: “ We will not allow Europe and the US to take Ukraine from us. The states of the former Soviet Union, we are one family. They think Russia is still as weak as in the early 1990s but we are not.”
The Ukrainian right-wing is in a stronger position than Washington’s paid Ukrainian puppets, essentially weak and irrelevant persons who sold out their country for Washington’s money. The Right Sector is organized. It is armed. It is indigenous. It is not dependent on money funneled in from Washington and EU financed NGOs. It has an ideology, and it is focused. The Right Sector doesn’t have to pay its protesters to take to the streets like Washington had to do.
Most importantly, well-meaning but stupid protesters–especially the Kiev students–and an Ukrainian parliament playing to the protesters destroyed Ukrainian democracy. The opposition controlled parliament removed an elected president from office without an election, an obvious illegal and undemocratic action. The opposition controlled parliament issued illegal arrest warrants for members of the president’s government. The opposition controlled parliament illegally released criminals from prison. As the opposition has created a regime of illegality in place of law and constitutional procedures, the field is wide open for the Right Sector. Expect everything the opposition did to Yanukovich to be done to them by the Right Sector. By their own illegal and unconstitutional actions, the opposition has set the precedent for their own demise.
John Robles in “Ukraine, Another Piece in the Neo-Con Puzzle” writes:
Nothing that the insurgents have done would be supported in any US/NATO/EU country or city, yet they continue to call on, threaten and pressure the authorities in Ukraine to not interfere or take required measures. The violent insurgents have made a mockery of law and order and have literally set the capital of a civilized, democratic European country on fire.
Storming, seizing and burning down the buildings which house the instruments and bodies of the state; openly shooting, murdering, kidnapping and falsely detaining members of law enforcement; destroying and setting alight the property of the state and the people; organizing the pogrom we are seeing in Ukraine; violating the law and acting against their own constitution; blackmailing and threatening officials to step down or be complaint and finally promoting policies that are not in keeping with the desires of the Ukrainian people, are all factual aspects of the Ukrainian "opposition". So why is US/NATO/EU openly supporting them?
Business As Usual for US/NATO/EU
In my journalistic work I have attempted to robustly detail for years what US/NATO have been doing in their redesigning of world’s geopolitical landscape and I cannot repeat this enough, what we are seeing in Ukraine is just another regime change for the West. The tactics they use are always the same, we have seen them and documented them time and again and they continue to be illegal and egregious. Yet they continue with impunity.
All of the regime change actions and provocations that US/NATO/EU have used in Ukraine have been documented and exposed before the fact, yet the US president, EU leaders and their compliant media continue to egregiously stick to their own artificial pre-planned narrative.
The goal was regime change because US/NATO/EU understood that the Ukrainian Government and more importantly the Ukrainian people would not allow their country to be subverted and become yet another US/NATO/EU client state. More importantly this turn to Russia seriously interferes with US/NATO/EU military plans to base US/NATO missiles in Ukraine, evict the Russian Black Sea Fleet and achieve their prime military objective of neutralizing Russia and eliminating Russia’s response to a first strike nuclear attack, which at the end of the day is the goal. The people of Ukraine and the organs of government are just inconveniences for US/NATO/EU and even if the country is completely destroyed and divided, their goal will be carried out. The destruction of the state of Ukraine will in fact benefit the US/NATO/EU and this fact we have seen repeatedly in the last 15 years.
Bob Dreyfuss in “Obama Plans to Escalate the War in Syria”
According to The New York Times, President Obama is deeply “frustrated” with the crisis in Syria, though it’s a crisis partly of his own making. ...
According to the Times, a secret meeting just concluded of all of the intelligence agencies involved in the anti-Assad coalition, including the CIA and the spy chiefs from Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. If so, that’s a sign that the administration’s commitment to diplomacy is fading, and that Obama is prepared to let the covert operators go to work with a freer leash. Indeed, it appears that the Obama administration has given the green light to Saudi Arabia to supply the rebels with heavy weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles. Until now, Washington has been reluctant to send these devastating weapons to the anti-Assad forces because they will inevitably fall into the hands of Al Qaeda and its allies, who will use them against El Al and Western airlines.
“Ends justify the means” "let savage death squads off their leashes" amorality is what stands today for western especially US geo-political engineering under the disgustingly hypocritical mantle of "supporting democracy.”
It reveals myopia and naivete on steroids with all those minimizing the violence that occurred recently to topple a democratic Ukraine government, its corrupt and incompetent leadership notwithstanding, and celebrating the latest “regime change” victory after all these years of US, NATO et al. generated violence
Putin expressed outrage at one point not long ago upon hearing of an Al Nusra “rebel” in Syria cutting the heart out of an Assad soldier and biting into it. Would that Obama be inclined to register similar moral outrage amidst all of the multi-countried US-enabled regime changing violence. But such savagery is all part of the ends justify the means modus operandi. Regime change uber alles. Again, US hegemonic ends justify any mass deaths and/or suffering and Orwellian-level pr-spin means.
Pepe Escobar in “Will NATO Annex Ukraine”:
In the West’s ardor for ‘democracy’ it’s so easy to forget that Western Ukrainian fascists were aligned with Hitler against the USSR. It’s their descendants that have been in the forefront of the hardcore violence last week. And Right Sector still insists they will continue to ‘protest’. In this sense they may not be Washington’s preferred puppets; they are just momentarily useful patsies.
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS PATSIES, CAPABLE OF BECOMING EVEN MORE SO.
[cross-posted on open salon]