As Americans, our main concern should be to make sure that our government behaves responsibly and fairly, which can be possible only if our mass media behave responsibly and fairly. They do not. Conflict after conflict, the US government takes the wrong side, falsifies evidence, and wages wrong wars, creating human catastrophes. And the US media act like puppets in the government’s hands, spreading one-sided propaganda, lies and falsifications, and refusing to report the news from the other side of the conflict. The US State Departments’ and the US media’s approaches are full of hypocrisy and double standards.
The US foreign and military policies are hurting average American taxpayers. The US military and war budgets are close to $1 000 000 000 000 (one trillion) per year. Most of it goes to wasteful production and to counter-productive wars. The US military/war spending is nearly equal to what the rest of the world spends on their military, combined! Had the USA, in the last 20-25 years, not bloated its military budget and stayed away from destructive wars, we wouldn’t be now facing an $18 000 000 000 000 (18 trillion) debt (and growing every day), which cannot be repaid without destroying the US economy.
In the last 2 months we have seen the catastrophic consequences of the US foreign policy. Our government captured Iraq in 2003, using falsified intelligence claims of WMDs in Iraq, destroyed the entire Iraqi law enforcement and security infrastructure, and then idly watched chaos and a bloody civil war that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. In parallel, the US government and media went into over-drive trying to start a US aggression against Syria for the purpose of bringing to power the extremists from ISIS/ISIL. whom the US government and media called “freedom fighters”. And suddenly, these “freedom fighters” invade Iraq, using American weapons, and start a wholesale genocide against Christians, Kurds and Shiites, turning Iraq into a staging ground for future anti-American terrorism.
In Ukraine too, the US government is supporting the wrong side. Supporting militarily, as the US has sent 180 top military advisers to Ukraine to study how to most efficiently organize the US military involvement in the civil war in Ukraine.
To remind the readers, the current conflict started with the offer from the EU to Ukraine to sign a free trade agreement that had previously been signed with such countries as Turkey (1964), Albania (2009), Algeria (2005), Jordan (2002), Palestinian Authority (2003), Colombia (2011), Honduras (2013) etc. This offer contained an ultimatum that Ukraine must sever its free trade with its biggest partners: The Customs Union (CU), consisting of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, etc. No matter how President Yanukovich begged the EU to allow Ukraine to continue free trade with CU, the EU didn’t budge. In the end Yanukovich decided that joining the CU would be more beneficial to Ukraine than free trade with EU. We can argue which of the 2 alternatives was better for Ukraine’s economy, but it is undeniable that the democratically elected President of Ukraine had a full right and responsibility to make this decision. Moreover, the regular presidential elections in Ukraine were scheduled for February 2015, at which point Ukrainian voters could (if they wanted) elect Yanukovich’s opponent (Poroshenko?) and to reverse Yanukovich’s decision.
When thousands of Kiev residents immediately gathered in Maidan to protest Yanuk’s decision and to demand the signing of the agreement with EU. I approved of it, but ambivalently. On the one hand, I am a Libertarian and oppose Putin’s strongman rule over Russia. On the other hand, trade with the CU is more important to Ukraine than trade with the EU, as millions of Ukrainians work in Russia for better wages, the same way as millions of Mexicans work in the USA (wages in Ukraine are more than 3 times lower than in Russia).
Here in the USA, when people (like the Tea Party or the Occupy movement) are outraged by our President’s decisions, they stage peaceful mass protests, attract the media, make their point and then go home. But in Ukraine, they lingered on, for 3 months, turning more violent towards the police with each day. The whole make-up of the Maidan crowd changed. The original pro-Europe demonstrators soon became outnumbered by hateful anti-Russian throngs from allover the Western half of Ukraine, and at least 30% of demonstrators were now ultra-nationalist extremists. This started to bother me a lot. But when Maidan turned into violence, when 107 people in Maidan died at the hands of mysterious snipers, when the heavily armed revolutionary militia captured all government buildings in Kiev and the Rada (Parliament) unconstitutionally “impeached” the democratically elected president in a matter of 10 minutes, without any investigation or trial, I, as a man dedicated to the rule of Constitution, could no longer remain neutral. And then came the holocaust (burning alive) of between 50 and 100 anti-Maidan demonstrators in Odessa, at the hands of the storm-troopers of Maidan’s Right Sector. And then the shelling and bombing of East Ukrainian cities, resulting in more than 1000 civilian deaths. And I was forced to oppose the new oligarch Kiev government. let me elaborate.
The 3 months of Maidan were full of violence on the part of the demonstrators. Non-stop attacks on the police, which had the orders not to respond to them. Armed pro-Maidan militia (primarily the neo-nazi stormtroopers from Right Sector, Maidan Self-Defence, UNA/UNSO, Svoboda, etc) capturing all government buildings in West Ukraine and Kiev, capturing weapons arsenals, thousands of rifles in the Maidan square, tens of thousands of Molotoff cocktails thrown at the police. Had this happened in the US or EU, the demonstrators would have been violently suppressed in a matter of hours by mass arrests, water cannons, pepper sprays, tear gas, as we have recently seen at UC Davis, New York, Canada, Brussels, Rome, Paris.
The top US and EU officials – Senator McCain, Undersecretary of Stace Victoria Nuland and various EU ministers – visited Maidan, hugged and kissed the three Maidan political leaders – Yatsenyuk from the party of corruption “Batkivshchina”, boxer Klitschko and the notorious neo-Nazi leader Tyhanybok – and urged them to overthrow the democratically elected president of Ukraine. Victoria Nuland was also taped giving the US ambassador in Kiev instructions to meet with these three leaders to announce to them the appointment of Yatsenyuk to be Prime Minister, and to order Yatsenyuk to have at least 4 consultation meetings per week with Klitschko and Tyhanybok. As the result, 6 top posts in the Ukrainian were given to neo-nazis, including Vice Premier and all security and defense ministerial posts.
Imagine what the US reaction would have been if top Russian officials came to Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, urged them to overthrow President Obama and appointed their own men (including KKK and neo-nazi leaders) to top government positions in the US!
When the Maidan ultra-nationalist paramilitaries under the leadership Andrey Parubiy (the founder of modern Ukrainian neo-nazi movement, the Camp Commander of Maidan and of the Maidan Self-Defense military team, the man suspected of being behind the Maidan snipers that are responsible for the murder of the “heavenly hundred” – 19 policemen and 88 demonstrators – from rooftops and windows on February 20, 2013, and the current Secretary of Security and Defense in the Kiev government!) assaulted the police and conquered government buildings all over Ukraine, while the US and EU officials demanded that Yanukovich’s police should not even touch them!
I use the term “neo-nazi” not as an insult, but as a statement of fact. That’s how experts on nationalism and the World Jewish Congress call them. The Social-National party Svoboda was founded by Oleh Tyahnybok and Andrey Parubiy as a neo-nazi party. Its name “Social-National party” was purposefully chosen as a play on Hitler’s National-Socialist party. Its emblem was chosen to be the Wolfsangel – the symbol of Nazi SS. Its leaders founded the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center and called for prosecution of Zhyds (Jews) and Moskals (Russian-speakers). They glorified the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists(OUN/UPA) which was responsible for murdering hundreds of thousands of Polish and Jewish civilians in WWII. In one of his public speeches Tyahnybok said about OUN?UPA: “They weren’t afraid. Took up machine guns and fought Russians, Jews and other scum. And we shouldn’t be afraid either!“. The OUN’s shout “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!” became the obligatory shout in today’s Ukraine, just like “Sieg heil!” (“Glory to victory!”) in Nazi Germany. Even President Poroshenko shouted it out many times in a period of 2 minutes while casting his vote in the elections in front of the cameras, even though they all know how much shudder this shout causes in the hearts of ethnic Poles, Jews and Russians. but they just don’t care.
And Svoboda is not alone. There are other, even more militant parties, like the Right Sector and UNA-UNSO. All these parties have been holding rallies allover Ukraine under the slogans “Москалей на ножи!” and “Москаляку на гилляку!”. “Slaughter Russians!”. Here are a few Youtube videos:
The anti-Maidan rebellion in Donetsk and Lugansk is an exact mirror copy of the Maidan rebellion, and it is a legitimate counter-revolution in the attempts to restore the Constitution. Everything that the Donetsk and Lugansk insurgents did, was an exact copy of what Maidan insurgents had done prior to and during the violent February revolution. All that the insurgents ask is a peaceful and legitimate referendum! And yet, the US and EU officials urged and then cheered the new Kiev government to drown this counter-revolution in blood. To date, 1129 innocent civilians have been killed by Kiev government’s bombs, rockets and artillery shells. And the Western media isn’t even reporting this. Instead, they report a never-ending stream of falsifications manufactured by the Kiev government. This is a civil war that follows a bloody revolution in Kiev, in which corrupt oligarchs, using duped Maidan demonstrators as a publicity gig and extremist nationalist storm-troopers as their military force, further tightened their stranglehold on the people of Ukraine. This is much like the bloody counter-revolutionary Civil War of 1918-20 waged by Russian democrats and monarchists and by Ukrainian patriots against the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, a war that was supported by the West, and rightfully so. It is time for the West to support the new counter-revolution in Donetsk and Lugansk.
July 27 city Gorlivka shelling the city (27 июля город Горловка Обстрел города)
Lugansk. Bloody Poroshenko Ukraine Artillery. 18 July 2014 (LPR)
Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more in insurgent-controlled areas of Donetsk and its suburbs in at least four attacks between July 12 and 21, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today.
The United Nations –1129 Civilians Have Been Killed in Ukraine
Германия начала говорить правду, Немцы сняли сенсационный фильм о майдане
German TV. 10.4.14. Who were the Maidan snipers? Ukraine.
The Silence of American Hawks About Kiev’s Atrocities
Stephen F. Cohen
June 30, 2014
The regime has repeatedly carried out artillery and air attacks on city centers, creating a humanitarian catastrophe—which is all but ignored by the US political-media establishment.
For months, the US-backed regime in Kiev has been committing atrocities against its own citizens in southeastern Ukraine, regions heavily populated by Russian-speaking Ukrainians and ethnic Russians. While victimizing a growing number of innocent people, including children, and degrading America’s reputation, these military assaults on cities, captured on video, are generating intense pressure in Russia on President Vladimir Putin to “save our compatriots.” Both the atrocities and the pressure on Putin have increased even more since July 1, when Kiev, after a brief cease-fire, intensified its artillery and air attacks on eastern cities defenseless against such weapons.
These weapons were seized by pro-Maidan troops and were used against the police in Maidan:
On the night of February 18 in the Lviv region alone, activists seized over 1,170 firearms (nearly a thousand Makarov pistols, more than 170 Kalashnikov rifles, machine guns, rifles and sniper rifles, more than 18,000 rounds of ammunition of different calibers) . Maidan rebels also captured more than 5000 Kalashnikovs 2741 Makarov pistols, 123 light machine guns, 12 rocket flamethrowers “Bumblebee”, fifteen hundred F-1 grenades and a significant amount of ammunition from the Interior Ministry warehouses in the Lviv region.
“Peaceful Maidan demonstrations” in Kiev:
Ukraine Protests: Leaked EU Phone Call Suggests Kiev Snipers Were Hired by Opposition Coalition
A phone conversation suggesting snipers who shot protesters in Kiev might have acted on the orders delivered by the opposition coalition – not former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich – has been leaked online.
The phone conversation features Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet telling EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton his suspicions regarding sniper attacks on protestors that took place in Kiev in February.
Paet is heard telling Ashton that there was evidence both protesters and security forces came under sniper fire during the deadly protests in the Ukrainian capital last month. During the conversation Paet airs the possibility that members of the opposition coalition might have had something to do with the shootings.
“What was quite disturbing, this same Olga told that, well, all the evidence shows that people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides,” Paet is heard as saying. “She also showed me some photos, she said that she is medical doctor, she can say it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it’s really disturbing that the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened.” The woman named “Olga”, cited by Paet, is believed to be head of the Maidan medical service, Olga Bogomolets.
“So there is a stronger and stronger understanding that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych, it was somebody from the new coalition,” Paet says.
The Estonian foreign ministry confirmed the recording was genuine and the 11-minute conversation took place on 26 February. “The recording of a telephone conversation between Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and High Representative Catherine Ashton that has been leaked online is authentic,” the ministry said.
Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
A team of Pentagon officials is heading to Ukraine to help the country rebuild its fractured military, a mission that lawmakers and analysts expect will result in recommendations for greater military assistance in the country’s fight against pro-Russia separatists amid international outrage over the downing of a commercial airplane.
Within the next few weeks, a group of Defense Department representatives who specialize in strategy and policy will head to Kiev to evaluate specific programs that the United States may want to help bolster, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
Their objective is to work with Ukrainians to “shape and establish an enduring program for future U.S. efforts to support the Ukrainian military through subject-matter expert teams and long-term advisers,” he said.
The U.S. is moving to bolster Ukraine’s defense infrastructure. The Defense Department intends to begin looking for an innovative way to bolster the army of the former Soviet bloc country.
Wiesenthal Center ranks top 10 anti-Semites, Israel-haters, 2012
What list of anti-Semites could ever be complete without a delegation from that bastion of historical Jewish hatred, the Ukraine. As such, two people – Oleg Tyagnibok from the fascist Svoboda Party and MP Igor Miroshnichenko – share the inglorious 5th position. /2012/
Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?
Exposing troubling ties in the U.S. to overt Nazi and fascist protesters in Ukraine.
One of the “Big Three” political parties behind the protests is the ultra-nationalist Svoboda, whose leader, Oleh Tyahnybok, has called for the liberation of his country from the “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.” In the Ukrainian parliament, where Svoboda holds an unprecedented 37 seats, Tyahnybok’s deputy Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn is fond of quoting Joseph Goebbels – he has even founded a think tank originally called “the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center.” According to Per Anders Rudling, a leading academic expert on European neo-fascism, the self-described “socialist nationalist” Mykhalchyshyn is the main link between Svoboda’s official wing and neo-Nazi militias like Right Sector.
Андре́й Влади́мирович Паруби́й, отец нео-нацизма на Украине
The All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda” – Five members of the party were appointed to positions in Ukraine’s government, including:
Oleksandr Sych – Vice Prime Minister
Andriy Mokhnyk- Minister of Ecology
Ihor Shvayka – Minister of Agriculture
Oleh Makhnitsky – General Prosecutor
Ihor Tenyukh – Defense Minister
In May 2013, Batkivshchyna (Tymoshenko, Yatsenyuk, Turchinov, Parubiy, etc.), UDAR (Klitschko), and “Svoboda” (Tyahnybok) vowed to coordinate their actions during the presidential campaign, and they promised “to support the candidate from among these parties who wins a place in the run-off election. In case the election format changes to a single round, the three parties have vowed to agree on a single candidate.
Политолог Владимир Корнилов об урегулировании ситуации в Луганской и Донецкой областях
UC Davis Protesters Pepper Sprayed
Tear Gas, Water-Cannon Used To Disperse Violent Brussels Protests
Riot police fire tear Gas at protesters in Rome
The 2010 G-20 Toronto summit protests began one week ahead of the summit of the leaders of the G-20 on 26-27 June in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The protests were for various causes, including poverty and anti-capitalism. More than 20,000 police, military, and security personnel were involved in policing the protests. Over 1000 arrests were made.
Occupy activist assaulted by cop, faces seven years in prison
Насколько я помню, Янукович был согласен на неминуемые досрочные выборы. Кто-нибудь может мне объяснить, зачем всё это было нужно?
Кто-нибудь без крика, истерики, патриотического пафоса или оскорблений может объяснить: Зачем нужно было разрушить недавно отсроенный центр прекрасного города, допустить огромные людские жертвы, потерять полуостров, спровоцировать гражданское противостояние, вдрызг разругаться с самым близким по крови соседом, обвинить меня, моих близких, моих соотечественников, моего президента во всех смертных грехах и в причинах всех своих проблем, чтобы под общее ликование привести к власти тех же людей, кто при правлении предыдущих слуг народа, а то и будучи ими, сосредоточил в своих руках половину бюджета страны.??? Вполне понятно зачем все это нужно было новому руководству. Президент слишком жадничал и его отодвинули. С Москвой чего-то серьёзно не поделили. А вам, киевская интеллигенция, зачем? За что боролись? За резиденции, в которых вам не жить? За деньги, которые вам никогда не увидеть? За договор с Евросоюзом, который никто даже не читал?