Photo: John "Bombs Away!" McCain and his newest, best friend in Ukraine - crazed Neo-Nazi Oleh Tyahnybok. Via BusinessInsider.com
ANDREW W. GRIFFIN
Red Dirt Report, MARCH 7, 2014
On Thursday, President Obama signed an unsettling Executive Order stating that the situation in Ukraine and the planned secession of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula back to Russia,
Additionally, the EO says that critics of the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine – a putsch led by anti-Semitic and anti-Russian fascists and neo-Nazis – are to get the message that dissenting from the official line is unacceptable and that there will be consequences for such criticism.
And so far, most American media outlets are repeating the White House press releases demonizing the Russian people, while ignoring the fact that the U.S. is propping up bloodthirsty anti-Semites and Neo-Nazis in Kiev.
But there have been a few exceptions. Intellectually-honest reporters in the alternative media community, are among those willing to report what is really going on and the motivations as to why we are suddenly interested in Ukraine.
We did notice that Press TV reported that the Confederate battle flag, flown during the U.S. Civil War and since used as a banner of Southern and white pride- and at KKK rallies - has been showing up in Kiev as well. Perhaps David Duke dropped a few off during one of his recent visits?
The World Socialist Web Site has a series of columnists who have been thoughtfully addressing the current situation in Ukraine and the Cold War-esque tensions between the U.S. and Russia. The writers agree that it is U.S. and European imperialism, and not claims of Russian expansionism, that is at the heart of this conflict. While the anti-Russian Obama is counting on Vladimir Putin to back down in the face of the current pressure, the likelihood of Putin doing so is fading - particularly with Obama's obvious weaknesses - and we now face
Writes Peter Schwarz:
As political writer Paul Craig Roberts noted this week: “Washington tried, but failed, to take Ukraine in 2004 with the Washington-financed ‘Orange Revolution.’ According to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, since this failure Washington has ‘invested’ $5 billion in Ukraine in order to foment agitation for EU membership for Ukraine. EU membership would open Ukraine to looting by Western bankers and corporations, but Washington’s main goal is to establish US missile bases on Russia’s border with Ukraine and to deprive Russia of its Black Sea naval base and military industries in eastern Ukraine. EU membership for Ukraine means NATO membership.”
Nuland, you may remember, was recorded saying “Fuck the EU” in a recent exchange with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Nuland was upset that the EU had been unable to adequately resolve issues within Ukraine and choose a U.S.-backed puppet to be placed in Kiev.
And, as an unsettling sidenote, Nuland is the wife of Robert Kagan, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a key founder of the neo-conservative Project for a New American Century (PNAC), along with chicken hawk Bill Kristol, which essentially called for American hegemony and “regime change” in countries that did not bow before American imperialism. Remember Iraq?
And after Ukraine, who will be next? Syria? Venezuela? Iran?
Of course it appears that one of the fascist leaders from the Ukrainian right-wing Svoboda party, met with U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) – the least popular U.S. senator according to a recent poll - late last year. And during McCain’s visit he stood side-by-side on a stage in Kiev with this man, thuggish Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok. While there, McCain said “Ukraine will make Europe better and Europe will make Ukraine better," as Tyahnybok smiled menacingly.
And while McCain and his fascist pals in Kiev do their one-armed salute in Kiev's Maidan Square, Ukrainian rabbis are telling their fellow Jews to seriously consider leaving the country in the face of this “dire” situation.
In the recent past, Tyahnybok’s racist ravings have included him stating that he wanted Ukrainians to fight againt a “Muscovite-Jewish mafia” and he has demanded that Ukraine begin making citizens feature their ethnicity on their passports. Could yellow stars sewn onto clothing be next?