Communist party member in Kiev beaten by fascists to within an inch of his life. Jews are being thrashed as well because they're linked to "communists"
First, let me say Chrystia Freeland has been one of my favorite authors as well as commentators. Her book from 2012, ‘Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else. ‘ ought to be required reading for every self -professed liberal or progressive concerned about inequality. Her valid point was that Über Plutocrats no longer feel any civic allegiance or social obligation to the average citizen. While in decades past, the massively wealthy acknowledged on some level the need to contribute to the welfare of the whole society via just taxation, they no longer believe so. This fact, coupled with the Citizens United Supreme Court decision – that allows corporate entities to give as much as they want to specious election fronts to undermine votes, is part of why the Neoliberal state has tightened its grip on the rest of us. It can do so by the venal pay to play rubric that allows the wealthy to buy congress critters- and “laws” – wholesale.
Which makes one wonder why this doesn’t extend to Freeland’s grasp of what’s happening in the Ukraine, wherein a Neoliberal fascist state is making a bid (with the help of the Neoliberal West) to justify its egregious existence predicated on some nominal “democracy”. In reality, it's bare-faced fascism backed unwisely by U.S. Neocons (in the National Endowment for Democracy) and their hangers on and fellow travelers.
In her Sunday New York Times piece, ‘Russia Has Already Lost the War’, Freeland indeed exhibits and displays all the misplaced tropes and disinformation one can hear and see on FOX News every day. Including that Putin is the “big bad guy” who started it all, never mind – as Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (Ret.) pointed out a week ago on Chris Hayes' MSNBC show, the West and the U.S. brought this disaster on themselves by recklessly expanding NATO to the east, and also staging a coup – compliments of the neocons like Victoria Nuland- in Kiev.
Now, with ever more information coming out on the fascist connections to this “newhttp://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/us-backing-neo-nazis-Ukraine
” – see
It is inexcusable for someone with the gravitas and keen intellect of Freeland to fall pell mell into the same memetic tripe. But she has! To catalog all her errors would take a dozen blog posts so let me concentrate on the primary ones, starting with:
“No matter what happens over the next few months, or even years, Mr. Putin and his vision of an authoritarian, Russian-dominated former Soviet space have already lost. Democratic, independent
and the messy, querulous (but also free and law –abiding) European idea have
Wilkerson at least understood enough Russian history to know that Putin would
not tolerate a NATO client state set up on his very border via a coup. Indeed,
Wilkerson even said flat out on Chris Hayes’ program that if he were Putin,
he’d have done the same thing! This
after Gorbachev and Col.
were PROMISED by Bush Sr. that NATO “would not move one more inch to the east”. Russia
And then to foment a coup on
doorstep? I am afraid that Ms. Freeland has it all wrong, every last bit! Putin’s vision is not of a “Russian-dominated
former Soviet space” but of protecting his nation’s security at its borders –
in this case from a growing fascist state- the same damned way the Russia U.S. would if Russians launched a massive Naval
Base in Cuba and attempted
to annex ! So WHO
is she trying to fool anyway? Guantanamo
“Anyone who knows Russian history .....could have guessed that President Putin would move into the
once we had formed a group there, led by the NED and its affiliates - which
effectively pulled off a coup". Ukraine
This take was fully reinforced by Dimitri K. Simes, President of the Center for the National Interest quoted in the Sunday NY Times (p. 10):
“The new pro-Western government in
lacks legitimacy because it came to power by toppling a democratically –elected
President. “ Kiev
In other words, while Ms. Freeland portrays Putin’s moves as predicated on offense, they are in fact defense, and of the same kind the
would employ if its own border security was threatened – say by a still
existing Warsaw Pact or
– building extensions in this hemisphere.. What gives the Russia the right
to dictate the extent of its national security and not the Russians? And btw,
this isn’t any case of “choosing sides” here – as some liberal websites have
gotten themselves into a twist over via dozens of specious, sterile ‘debates’, but of
adjudging fairness for any given nation to exert self-interest in matters of
security. Also, to accept and define that the same security standards must apply to all nation states, no exceptions! U.S.
The claim about being “law abiding” is also foolishness. Says who? Did Ms. Freeland receive a signed and sealed affidavit from her uncle, who apparently lives there? Did he attest - like the other Neoliberal blowhards at the WaPo and FOX- that ‘there ain’t no sign of any disruptions'?
If Ms. Freeland were to avail herself of The Nation, she’d learn the Svoboda Party wants to "ban abortion, gun control, foreigners’ adoption of Ukrainian children", and “the Communist ideology.” (Hell, these rapscallions have already banned Russian!) Svoboda has also organized violent attacks on gay pride events, as well as on those they outed as belonging to any communist group. To get inside the brains of some of these fascist derelicts, check out this BBC video:
Party leader Oleh Tyanhybok, a member of Parliament, routinely trashes “the Kikes” and calls for the liberation of
from the “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.” He
idolizes the OUN. (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, founded in 1929
by a man named Stepan Bandera, who latter threw his lot in with the Nazis.) Bandera solicited and received Nazi money and
support for two battalions to be deployed against the Soviet Red Army. One of
these was the Nachtigall Battalian, which according to the Ukraine , rounded up around
4000 Ukrainian Jews for the Nazis in Lviv in July 1941 Simon Wiesenthal
“They did not fear,” he declared in 2004, “but took up their automatic rifles, going into the woods to fight Muscovites, Germans, Jewry and other filth which wanted to take away our Ukrainian nationhood. It’s time to give
to the Ukrainians.” Ukraine
Now these renegades are going around beating the crap out of anyone that even looks Jewish (or communist- see graphic above) , intimidating others and defacing property. Much of this behavior can likely be traced to days before the putsch, when Victoria Nuland was observed handing out cookies to the rebels and encouraging them to ‘go for it’. What, do she and her neocon ilk think the Russians are stupid?
While Svoboda has only received about 10% of the vote in recent parliamentary elections, it was deeply involved in the street violence that toppled Yanukovich, executing a coup. One (anarchist) protestor in
told Salon that 30% of the demonstrators were “fascists.” There has been a
credible report, based on a leaked phone conversation between EU Foreign
Minister Catherine Ashton and ’s
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, that the sniper fire that occurred in Estonia Maidan Square,
attributed by the opposition to Yanukovich’s security forces in order justify
the coup, was actually arranged by neo-fascists. See e.g.
Nuland herself - incredibly - is a neocon Cheneyite holdover in the Obama administration, a consistent liar who has campaigned for endless war on
etc. Her husband, pundit Robert Kagan and top NED honcho, is also well-known for his support for wars
based on lies. Nuland was famously
recorded discussing with the Libya U.S.
ambassador to Ukraine plans
for regime change in .
In the days leading up to the coup, she dismissed the EU’s advocacy of a role
for Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s rival Viktor
Klitschko (whose party has in fact
been excluded from the present cabinet). “Fuck the EU!” snapped Nuland.
More interestingly, also declaring that the newly installed Yatsenyuk needed
“Tyahnybok on the outside” and needs to talk to him “four times a week.” See, e.g. Kiev
Freeland then goes on to claim:
“The reality is that everyone in the country speaks and understands Russian and everyone at least understands Ukrainian”
The subtext being that they can at least all get along and find common cause based on language, since of course, “bilingual discussions are commonplace.” Her disinfo then is that
could as well be regarded as a single, unified democratic state – when in fact
it is a savagely divided failed state. This is what likely causes her to
misconstrue Putin’s vision as “believing Ukraine Ukraine
etc. Nonsense! If she’d have taken the time and trouble to even check former
Ambassador to Moscow Jack Matlock’s website, she’d have read that: Yugoslavia
“In the 22 –plus years of its independence, it has not yet found a leader who can unite citizens in a shared concept of Ukrainian identity”.
Sadly, it was this lack of national identity that the West’s Neo-conservatives chose to exploit in order to try to set up a NATO puppet state on
doorstep. As the ‘bear’ she is, protective of her security, Russia bit back and
now the West, its Neoliberals- Neocons and others act all surprised at the move,
while remaining unctuous to the neo-Nazi street gangs in Kiev and projecting a self-righteous demeanor to the world. They are all hysterical they finally met a nation
they can’t bully, and increasingly frustrated, they want to push
Obama into a stupid, forceful move – which might be the end of it for us all. Russia
Let’s hope those like Freeland see through the charade before it’s too late. And let’s hope Obama takes no precipitous action we may all live to regret! (It's bad enough Russia is likely to halt all nuclear inspections from the START Treaty, thanks to the latest "sanctions" imposed.)