There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes.
Ernest Hemingway, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
Martin Luther King.
The new president, Mr. Turchynov, is not entirely trusted or respected by the protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square.
BBC, 23 February 2014
One day Victoria Nuland, John McCain, Guido Westerwelle, Radek Sikorski and Catherine Ashton came together on Maidan and blamed Russia for its meddling into the Ukrainian affairs…
To affect enduring and substantial social and political change, it takes respect as opposed to self-righteousness, responsive dialogue as opposed to status-rhetoric and blame game. Most importantly, “to end one practice … you need to start another” (K. A. Appiah)
It does bear repeating, though, that insisting on the pursuit of a meaningful conversation with people stubbornly refusing to submit to its requirements is misguided and conceited.
Take the “tough guys” of Right Sector (Pravyi Sektor) – the Ukrainian Golden Dawn or, better still, the European Taliban. They can be seen carrying Bandera flags, displaying Nazi swastikas, chanting “Death to Jews and Moskali”, taking down WWII monument honouring the victory over Nazism. They are bullies. They blackmail, they kill, they desecrate and set fire to the homes of their political adversaries and to synagogues, they attend sessions of local councils carrying their automatic rifles for all to see.
Or consider the new deputy prime minister, Oleksandr Sych, of “Svoboda”, ironically meaning “freedom”. The first party logo was identical to the Nazi and neo-Nazi Wolfsangel symbol and the party leadership ranked 5th in the 2012 Simon Wiesenthal Center’s anti-Semite list. Sych has proposed to ban all abortions, even by victims of rape. Does his appointment signal a shift by Ukraine toward the European Union?
How do Ukrainian Europhiles like Yulia Timoshenko and Aleksandr Turchinov plan to deal with someone who declared that “joining EU would mean death to Ukraine and Christianity”?
Leaders of the far right like Andriy Parubiy and Dmytro Yarosh have been appointed heads of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council.
Would it make sense to persuade them that the de-Russification of Ukraine is a crime against humanity and can only lead to a civil war? Or to remind him that, by signing and ratifying the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Ukraine is under the obligation to “protect and promote” the Russian language?
The Hungarian, Rumanian, Russian and Bulgarian governments have harshly criticized the decision to revoke a law allowing the use of a second language in Ukrainian regions where national minorities comprise more than 10 percent of the population.
Is this how the European Union is preventing wars in Europe?
A year before the elections, the European Union and the United States have endorsed Molotov cocktails-throwing “peaceful” protestors, and “liberal-democratic” neo-Nazis/neo-fascists intent on staging a violent and unconstitutional overthrow of an elected government. Victoria “fuck Europe!” Nuland wanted Iatseniuk as prime minister and he is now prime minister, but sidelining the armed far right movement is by now impossible: the Pandora box has been opened and we have reached the point of no return. It is hard to believe that a partition would be as peaceful as in the former Czechoslovakia and, at the same time, one doubts that eastern and southern Ukraine – producing half of the national GNP – will be willing to subsidizing the anti-Russian, pro-NATO western Ukraine (Galicia: 12.7% of GNP) within a federal structure.
Most certainly this is not the kind of change that most Ukrainians desired.
All Russia has to do now is to watch, don’t cooperate, and wait for the inevitable collapse of Ukraine.
This crisis will not only have consequences for the territorial integrity of Ukraine, it might spell disaster for the whole of the continent, and perhaps the planet too. We are living on a razor’s edge. John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, has not ruled out a military strike on Iran (27 February 2014), lamenting the fact that Americans are failing to realize the deep connection between their lifestyle and US engagement abroad – we see the usual refrain: “The American way of life is not up for negotiations” (George H.W. Bush, 1992).
I don’t recall a single successful American military intervention in the post-9/11 era. What I see, instead, is unilateralism, unchallenged manipulation of the global financial system, tacit endorsement of torture, rendition and assorted human rights violations, as well as an unstinting support of autocratic and murderous regimes (cf. Zbigniew Brzezinski “The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives” (1998) and “Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power” (2012).
This is why the only sensible thing to do would have been keeping on friendly terms with Russia and the European Union, and independent from both. It is by no means clear whether it is still possible to settle the matter equitably, by diplomatic means.
The Ukrainian opposition, backed by the European Union and the United States, had to wait but one year to regain power through standard electoral procedures. Why all this haste?
Could it be that these events are somehow related to a well-known “accident” off the Syrian coast and that the ultimate goal is neutralizing the Russian Blacks Sea fleet in order to go back to Syria and finish the job, without Russian interference?
If so, the world will never be the same again.