Mike Whitney has another excellent article about the current situation in the Ukraine. And the article from Mr. Ray McGovern I linked to in my first post of the day below is one of the best analysis of the Ukrainian situation that I've seen. No surprise of course coming from a veteran intelligence analyst like Mr. McGovern. Don't forget to scroll down that far, as its been a busy and still rather scary day in the world.
In order to topple Yanukovych, the US had to tacitly support fanatical groups of neo-Nazi thugs and anti-Semites. And, even though “Interim Ukrainian President Oleksander Tuchynov has pledged to do everything in his power to protect the country’s Jewish community”; reports on the ground are not so encouraging. Here’s an excerpt from a statement by Natalia Vitrenko, of The Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine that suggests the situation is much worse than what is being reported in the news:
“Across the country… People are being beaten and stoned, while undesirable members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine are subject to mass intimidation and local officials see their families and children targeted by death threats if they do not support the installation of this new political power. The new Ukrainian authorities are massively burning the offices of political parties they do not like, and have publicly announced the threat of criminal prosecution and prohibition of political parties and public organizations that do not share the ideology and goals of the new regime.” (“USA and EU Are Erecting a Nazi Regime on Ukrainian Territory”, Natalia Vitrenko)
Naturally, Russia is worried about developments in Ukraine, but is unsure how to react. Here’s how Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev summed it up the other day:
“We do not understand what is going on there. A real threat to our interests (exists) and to the lives and health of our citizens. Strictly speaking, today there is no one there to communicate with … If you think that people in black masks waving Kalashnikovs (represent) a government, then it will be difficult for us to work with such a government.”
Seriously, what?! Kerry tells Russia 'you don't invade a country on completely phony pretexts' - from RT News
The US Secretary of State spoke today of the unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century. But no, he was not speaking about the United States, as one might have thought.
“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behaviour in the 21st century.”
... Although Kerry was never challenged by the interviewer to comment in terms of that statement on Washington’s own constant threats to use force and military invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan, those who watched the interview immediately smelled the hypocrisy.
“Since when does the United States government genuinely subscribe and defend the concept of sovereignty and territorial integrity? They certainly are not doing that at the moment in Syria,” Marcus Papadopoulos, commentator for ‘Politics First’ told RT. “They certainly did not do that when they attacked Libya. They certainly didn’t do that when they invaded Iraq. They certainly didn’t do that when they attacked Serbia over Kosovo and then later on recognized Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence. The United States government merely pays lip service to sovereignty and territorial integrity, it picks and choses.”
While most of the Western media describes the current crisis in the Ukraine as a confrontation between authoritarianism and democracy, many of the shock troops who have manned barricades in Kiev and the western city of Lviv these past months represent a dark page in the country's history and have little interest in either democracy or the liberalism of Western Europe and the United States.and ...
"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," reports Seumas Milne of the British Guardian. The most prominent of the groups has been the ultra-rightwing Svoboda or "Freedom" Party.
The current situation is dangerous precisely because it touches a Russian security nerve. The Soviet Union lost some 25- to 27-million people in World War II, and Russians to this day are touchy about their borders. They also know who inflicted those casualties, and those who celebrate a Waffen SS division are not likely to be well thought of in the south or the east.
Ukraine nationalist leader calls on 'most wanted' terrorist Umarov 'to act against Russia' - from RT News
A leader of the Ukrainian radical group Pravy Sektor (Right Sector), Dmitry Yarosh, has called on Russia’s most wanted terrorist Doku Umarov to act against Russia in an address posted on Right Sector’s page in VKontakte social network.This last one is stunning. The Right Sector is one of the major groups in the Kiev revolution. Since the street protestors rejected the 'moderates' agreement for compromise and instead joined the Right Sector in attacking the government, its not entirely inaccurate to say the Right Sector is one of the leader forces in this revolutionary movement.
The statement points out that “many Ukrainians with arms in the hands” supported Chechen militants in their fight against Russians and “it is time to support Ukraine now.”
The message, signed “leader of Right Sector Dmitry Yarosh” then calls on Umarov “to activate his fight” and “take a unique chance to win” over Russia.
And the leader of the Right Sector just called on the most wanted terrorist in Russia to attack Russia.
The only American equivalent I can think of is if Texas tried to secede from the Union again, and then a leader in that Texan movement called on Al-Qaeda to attack America in support. Wow.
Went to CNN to check out their 'coverage'. Its amazing how bad and slanted it is. The main news story on the front page is entirely sourced from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and US and NATO officials. Its a long article that completely manages to avoid ever putting forward Russia's position. It has one quote from the Russian FM's 'blog' that seems a bit dated. Obviously no attempt to get a comment from Russia on this issue. Absolute pure propaganda. Look at the sources their 'reports' are coming from, and you can obviously see that its one-sided junk. If anyone you know is getting their news from CNN, they need to have their mind washed out with soap.
I know the RT website is slanted in the Russian direction. But CNN is acting like the press office of the Ukrainian nazi street mobs. And in general, if you had to pick which one tends to be right in hindsight, so far RT is leading in that gold medal category. Read RT today and it seems to provide pretty good insight into what will be occurring in the next couple of days.
That makes sense with the various analysis from people like Mr. McGovern that says that Russia holds all the strategic cards in this crisis. PM Putin is playing with a handful of aces, and the west seems to be bluffing. Therefore, it makes sense that RT might give a better guide to the future than the western fake news channels because if RT is putting forward the Russian government point of view, which it does, then since the Russians hold all the cards then it makes sense that RT is going to better at helping to understand what's going on.
At this point, I'm wondering ...
1) Is Washington governed by madmen who are willing to start world war III?
2) If Washington is at a strategic disadvantage, will Washington be able to admit
defeat at some point?
3) If Washington isn't willing to admit defeat, and little in recent history says it can, is Washington willing to start WWIII to avoid having to admit defeat?
The computer programmers among you see how this loops. Fatal error at some point unless someone in Washington is brave enough at some point to back down and admit defeat. If Russia and Prime Minister Putin hold every strategic advantage, and if they aren't willing to fold, then at some point President Obama and the west have to either admit defeat or start a major war from a position of disadvantage.
Since I live in a country stupid enough to go to war as an invader in Afghanistan without knowing anything about Afghanistan's history of fighting off foreign invaders, perhaps I should mention what happens to countries and leaders that have taken Kiev away from the Russians. Emperor Napoleon took Kiev from Czar Alexander, and Chancellor Hitler took Kiev from Chairman Stalin. Does anyone need a reminder of how that worked in the long run for Napoleon and Hitler?
In other words, this is a really stupid place for the west to start a major conflict with Russia. They can not win. But reality seems to matter less and less to Washington's political leadership. They seem desperate to start a war some place. If they couldn't make their bloody dream of a Syrian war into reality, now they seem to be doing everything they possibly can to cause death and destruction in the Ukraine. What on earth is going on with these people?
Meanwhile, SOS Kerry is flying to Kiev. I wonder if he's going to get his picture taken with the Nazis?