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Takuan Seiyo takes a close look at the real story behind the recent pro-EU demonstrations in Kiev.
Update: The image misidentified as a photo of Stepan Bandera has been replaced by two other photos illustrating the same theme.
Things are not what they seem
By Takuan Seiyo
As pro-European Union demonstrations swell in Kiev’s equivalent of Tahrir Square and Western leaders sing hosannas to Ukrainian ostensibly Europhile demos, it’s easy to forget that that there is a reality behind the apparent reality.
Western media started writing about the skeletons rattling in the closet of Ukraine’s “democratic opposition” mainly in the last couple of days, after Senator John McCain took his usual traveling Neocon circus to the Ukraine and was photographed with some individuals of questionable connections. But in Eastern Europe, where people speak languages kin to the Ukrainian, and have some troubling memories, scrutiny of the “Euro-maydan” — the Kiev square on which pro-EU, anti current-regime demonstrations have been taking place, began earlier.
An eyewitness account of the “Eurosquare” was published by the Czech Free Press on 9 December. The Czech on-site correspondent opens with this paragraph:
”The descendants of those who in 1941 crossed over to the side of Hitler, served in the occupation police force, executed Jews in the Babi Yar massacre, fought in the ranks of SS Division “Galicia,” carried out the ethnic cleansing of Poles via the gangs of Bandera, shot and slaughtered Ukrainians, Russians, Slovaks, Belarusians, Poles, Jews are now totally free to walk the streets of Kiev and speechify from tribunes. Today they have only changed their master. Instead of Hitler they now have Obama.”
The last sentence sounds confusing, as most writers expressing strong anti-fascist opinions tend to be of the Left, and love Obama. But one who keeps his head about him and knows the lay of the postmodern terrain perceives its hidden gullies and peat bogs. One such may hate fascists and despise Antifa, and see the similarities between Obama and Mussolini, EU and Third Reich. It’s the Yang-become-Yin of the ancient Orientals, and the Unity of Opposites of the ancient Greeks.
The Czech correspondent goes on to describe how Ukrainian Nationalists with Nazi heritage and current sympathies were bused in from Galicia (Western Ukraine) early on, organized a pro-UPA march, occupied public buildings and then, emboldened by the regime’s weak response, went on to elevate the aggressive profile of the Euro-Square demonstrations. He provides some interesting photo links, particularly this.
The Polish website Kresy.pl (“Borderlands”) has been following the happenings in Kiev since day one. It’s easy to understand why if one knows that for most of the past 1000 years, Western Ukraine, “Galicia,” was a Polish province, as was Belarus, Lithuania and parts of Moldova too. All these were the Borderlands.
That indigenous Slavonic tribes sought self-determination is understandable. It’s their methods that were questionable. The total number of victims of the genocide by the Ukrainian Nazi-tool organizations OUN and UPA plus “freelancers” is assessed in Poland at 200,000 Poles and a larger, uncountable number of Polish Jews, Armenians, Gypsies, Czechs, Russians, and Ukrainians too who took exception to the nationalist-fascist ideology.
There are quite a few commemorative websites like Kresy.pl (historical background Google transl. here), some with portfolios of photographs of dead people that no one should see but those who have already hardened themselves by viewing photos of White victims of rape-homicide in South Africa or videos of Saddam Hussein’s torture chambers.
The reason it’s possible to determine roughly how many Poles were killed by Ukrainians, but not Polish Jews, is that the murder of Poles in the Ukraine (but not in Western Poland) was the work mainly of Ukrainians, whereas Germans were the main murderers of Jews, with Ukrainian units sometimes doing the wet work on German orders and at other times acting on their own initiative.
But the situation was far more convoluted than that. Even while hating and slaughtering Jews in collaboration with Nazi Germany, the Ukrainians themselves were a subject of enslavement and murder by the Germans. Moreover, there were Ukrainians who resisted the fascist factions and even sheltered Jews and Poles at a risk of their own lives. Holocaust deniers would be much smarter if they took the opposite tack and asserted that the Holocaust was five times as big as it’s supposed to have been, and Slavs were four fifths of it. A common estimate is that during the three years of German occupation of the Ukraine, 2.5-3 million Gentile civilians perished, and 0.8-0.9 million Jews.
Alas, it’s in the Ukraine where Holocaust deniers thrive today. The “Dr” in Dr. David Duke [also Grand Wizard of the KKK] is a gift from MAUP, the largest university in that country, for his dissertation “Zionism as a Form of Ethnic Supremacism.” Among many others, MAUP teaches that “Zionism” is the biggest threat to Modern Civilization, and propagates old-time “Elders of Zion” and blood libel hogwash. In 2005 its president, Georgy Shchokin, expressed solidarity with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s threat to wipe out Israel, stating, “We’d like to remind that the Living God Jesus Christ said to Jews two thousand years ago: ‘Your father is a devil!’
Such utterances may be heard in other parts of the world too, but hardly a university president may be found, let alone if he is Professor of Theology, which Shchokin is, who doesn’t know that the Jesus portrayed in the Gospels is an observant Jew addressed by his all-Jewish disciples as “rabbi.” It adds to the understanding of how much of the Ukraine we misinterpret that Shchokin the defender-of-the-Living-God is an ex-Communist Party functionary and a Russophile, hence he represents Eastern Ukraine’s Jew-hatred, as opposed to Western Ukraine’s, which is the main subtext of this article. 
“Do you know what is the “right wing” of the “Euro-Square” in Kiev?” — asks “Polish Ukraine” activist Wiesław Tokarczuk (name is Polish, surname Ukrainian) in a December 9 article in Kresy.pl, entitled “Racism and anti-Semitism in the Kiev Pro-European Union Demonstration Square”. “I have not heard anything in the Polish media about that, but there are troglodyte weirdos there from hell — from the world of Hitler, [Ukrainian fascist leader] Bandera, and Mussolini.”
Tokarczuk relays that Web-posted photographs show Eurosquare’s protesters with the Wolf’s Claw emblem: the contemporary equivalent of the swastika. “They are members of the paramilitary organization “Ukrainian Patriot” and of the nationalist Svoboda [“Freedom”] Party. They are waving flags of the fascist troops of UPA and OUN, symbols of a sick ideology and of genocide.” He relays that none of the leaders or prominent foreign supporters of the pro-European Union demonstrations have distanced themselves from their strong Nazizoid element.
“The Neo-Nazis stand under the flag of the European Union,” relays Tokarczuk, “and read poems from the racist, Antisemitic tome, Voice of the Blood — and no one protests.” He quotes a poem that one of the authors of Voice of the Blood, Diana Kamliuk, has read from the tribune of Euro-Square — the same tribune where the leaders of the demonstration and visiting foreign politicians have addressed the crowds:
Yellowed reflections of archival photographs
Distant glow of bygone days
Repulsive disputes ‘for’ and ‘against’
And musings of fattened Jews.
Noting that Ukrainian Antisemites refer to Holocaust victims as “Jewish Soap”[yevreyskie mydlo in the embedded video], Tokarczuk continues:
It’s easier to cry tears over Jewish Soap
Let the world concentrate on that
from Leaders to Privates’ epaulettes
In Nuremberg before a tribunal.
“Diana Kamliuk,” relays Tokarczuk, “ended her appearance before the “fighters for European values” with the following exhortation:
”May they not throttle you exactly like they did the “Orange Square” in 2004, so that you cut through [metaphor invoking the sword] immediately and not let yourself be deceived by the babbling of Jews! In our veins flows the Ukrainian blood of the White Man.”
This is all even more confusing to the rational mind because in all likelihood the only Jew whose babbling may be involved in the current political struggle in the Ukraine is George Soros — a mighty fearsome babbler, but he is working for Ms. Kamliuk’s side; indeed, without him her side may not be able to prevail. If there are any other Jews involved, they have the same Progressive goal: to “open” Ukraine’s society, Ukrainian attitudes, via membership in the European Union.
Mr. Tokarczuk embedded a video of the Kamliuk Blood woman’s speech, though one who does not speak the language will have to take his word for its content. He completes his report by relaying that when Petro Poroshenko tried to address the crowd — he being the Ukraine’s business tycoon, past Foreign Minister and a courageous opponent of the same Yanukovytsh oligarchy that the pro-EU protesters oppose — he was met with boos and cries of “You Jew.” He left, offended.
The New York Times relayed on 16 December how much the Svoboda Party has gained from these pro-EU demonstrations in Kiev. It’s the Svoboda Party’s members whose presence is most noticeable at the Eurosquare, with their red and black UPA flags and wolf’s claw emblems on black shirts everywhere. The paper mentions the party’s troubling background but skimps on what’s most troubling: the Svoboda Party is a direct descendant of Nazi ally OUN/B — Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, whose military arm was UPA.
Svoboda perpetuates a cult of OUN/B and of its leaders, Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych. The Wikipedia OUN entry is a thorough whitewash, but this may provide a closer and more reliable look. As to Bandera, his OUN militias in just one day, 11 July 1943, in just one Ukrainian region, Volhynia, massacred 4330 (documented) Poles in their homes and churches. Not to stay behind, roughly at the same time the Ukrainian Nachtigall (“Nightingale”) Battalion — Roman Shukhevych was the co-commander — helped German units in the mass murder of 4000 Jews in the Lwow Ghetto, and in the dispatch by hammer, bayonet and other refined means of the cream of Lwow’s Polish intelligentsia. Nachtigall went on from there to massacres of Jews in Vinnytsia and probably (on these there was only hearsay) Zolochiv and Ternopil — all those Polish towns with Polish names at that time .
Both Bandera and Shukhevych have been named “Heroes of the Ukraine.” Their statues are everywhere. In any normal country they would have been named “Class-A War Criminals.”
Fans of the Karpaty-Lviv soccer club. Stepan Bandera is horizontal.
Priests of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in a celebratory service for Ukrainian SS-Galizien voluntaries, Lwow, July 18, 1943. Christian and pagan symbols share the stage.
Celebration by Stepan Bandera’s statue in 2010 upon his receiving the title “Hero of the Ukraine” from the “pro-Western” Ukraine president Victor Yushchenko
As to the Nachtigall fiend, “Roman Shukhevych honored as national hero on anniversary”, proclaims the 12 March 2010 headline of the Kiev Post, above a photo of an honor guard in front of the Einsatzgruppe Ataman , with Ukrainian and UPA/Svoboda Party flags flying.
There is much more to this, from the Waffen-SS Galizien (Galicia) Division to modern-day Ukraine’s celebrations in honor of UPA’s 65th Anniversary, but it’s more useful to examine other issues through this prism.
The first one is this: we have no clue. The cognitive chaos of the Eurosquare is well represented in an image that may be found on the Facebook pages of some “Europhile” Ukrainian Svobodniks:
On a background of the European Union’s flag, a Waffen-SS officer poses as St. George slaying the dragon, the latter bearing the inchoate likenesses of the hammer and sickle, an Orthodox priest, the Russian Imperial Eagle, and some unidentifiable beige object. The caption reads: Glory to the German soldier, the liberator of Europe. Try to decipher what it all means, taken together.
All the global village malarkey notwithstanding, when the West leaves its safe boundaries that it has made unsafe through its deluded Third World immigration, it knows very little about what it’s getting into, what the contours of reality are. If this is so with the Ukraine, how more so in Iraq or Afghanistan, Syria or Somalia.
It’s the hand of Svoboda’s leader, Oleh Tyahnybok that the world-meddling Neocon, John McCain, shook publicly a few days ago, in Kiev. An individual less deluded than the vociferous senator and timid presidential candidate would contemplate the pro-Russia, super-corrupt Yanukovytsh regime versus the pro-EU, Nazizoid-infused opposition, say with Shakespeare’s Mercutio: “A plague a’ both your houses,” and stay away.
Second, if the European Union manages to absorb the Ukraine, there are two certainties. First, the multiculti Eurocrats will fail miserably in an attempt to muzzle Cossacks relative to Antisemitic, xenophobic, racist and “racist” statements. Second, the EU will use its activities against Ukrainian Antisemitism to muzzle Western Europeans further relative to “Islamophobia.”
It’s relevant in this context that current Antisemitism as exhibited by nationalist Whites is just a public squeezing of ugly pustules from the past, with hardly any consequence to contemporary Jewry, except in the Ukraine and other Eastern European countries where there remain small Jewish minorities. “Islamophobia,” in contrast, is a protective mechanism by which hundreds of millions of the autochthons of Europe, America and other Whitey Lands, protect themselves against a major, collective peril — peril particularly severe to the Jews who live among them.
We live in a time when the form is a shadow and the shadow is the form. Much discrimination required, starting with restoring the word “discrimination” to the pedestal on which it belongs.
Lastly, Ukraine is a good example that multiculturalism does not, cannot work.
The country’s history is too convoluted to relay here. However, for the eight centuries when it was under Polish domination, and then a bit over a century under Austrian domination (until 1918), Galicia was perhaps the most multicultural part of the world, with several indigenous Slavonic ethnies, Jews, Armenians, Germans, Czechs, Gypsies, Italians, Moldovans and the dominant Polish ethny that was four fifths of the population in many areas. Eastern Ukraine, under Russian domination, was multi-ethnic too, though less multiculti.
In either part, the only “multi” element that didn’t work out was the Muslim one: the Tatar-Turkoman Horde of Crimea that devastated the Polish Borderlands, Ukraine the most, in exceptionally barbaric raids, again and again, for centuries, until the end of the 18th century . Jews also suffered repeatedly, mostly due to the poor-and-serf population’s resentment of Jewry’s role in representing the Polish gentry’s business interests, but also due to a primitive form of Christianity prevalent there.
Lwow, then Lemberg, Lwow again and now Lviv — Western Ukraine’s main city — was the “Paris of the East”: made so by Polish culture, Jewish and Armenian commercial genius, and the “Swabian” virtues of its longtime German settlers. It is from these parts that Poland’s most famous generals came from, Jan Sobieski to Józef Piłsudski to Wladyslaw Anders. And many famous intellectuals too: from the “Polish School of Mathematics” — names like Stefan Banach — to 20th century’s greatest Polish poet, Zbigniew Herbert, and most famous pianist/politician, Ignacy Paderewski.
It is here that Rudolf Weigl, a Polonized Austrian, developed the typhus vaccine while saving prisoners of the Nazis. From here, Kasimir Badeni, a Polish aristocrat, rose to become the multiculturally liberalizing President of Austria under Emperor Franz Josef. It is here that Jewish families rose to such prominence that some were ennobled. The Miseses, for instance, would then go on to issue Ludwig von Mises the economist and Richard von Mises the scientist/mathematician.
It is here that Armenian and Greek commerce thrived since the early Middle Ages, supporting resplendent institutions like this cathedral. Lwow’s university, founded by a Polish king in 1661, had become by the time of World War I the second largest university in the Austrian Empire. By the mid-20s, under Polish rule again, it had world-class departments of mathematics, philosophy, anthropology, zoology and geography.
But all this did not work for the Ukrainians. They sought to undermine the dominant ethny and its culture. “Paris of the East” could exist only as long as a strong, self-confident European culture — that of Poland — exercised an unabashed hegemony. Soviet invaders, German invaders, Ukrainian terror troops, all put an end to it, with devastating consequences for the Ukraine.
Even though most of Lwow’s infrastructure survived World War II, from the time the Poles were kicked out by the Soviets Galicia has remained a shadow of its former self. In contrast, Wroclaw (Breslau) has thrived despite of having been destroyed and depopulated in World War II. The punch line here is that Wroclaw and all the major cities of Silesia were resettled by Polish refugees in 1945 after they had been kicked out by the Soviets from their former “Borderlands” with the Tehran Conference’s blessing.
By way of an analogy, perhaps Multiculturalism could be salutary in contemporary Europe and the United States, if both had retained a strong, confident, unyielding cultural and political hegemony of the Christian bourgeoisie in the one and the WASP elite in the other. And, if the demented Socialist Eloi running these polities heeded the advice of Milton Friedman, another famous ex-Ukrainian (his parents were): “Immigration or Welfare: choose one.”
Absent both conditions, whatever the EU does; whichever of the two parties holds the reins of power in the United States — all we have to look forward to is more immigration-driven multiculti decline, degradation, and chaos.
|1.||Items reported here are in the US Congressional Record, March 6, 2006. A fuller account may be found in Nadine Epstein’s The Mysterious Tale of a Ukrainian University’s Anti-Semitic Crusade. She reports, inter alia, that Shchokin attended a conference in the United Arab Emirates where he asserted that Osama bin Laden is a Jew named Benya Landau. In the spirit of full disclosure, the author must state that while he finds Ms. Epstein a reliable witness in this case, based on the website in which her report is published he is sure he’d find her, overall, as well as the sponsoring scholars’ organization, a political foe of his. There is a difference, however, to objecting to either the academy’s or the Jewish majority’s extreme liberalism, and being a poisoned moron of the sort this article deals with.|
|2.||Again, the English Wikipedia is a partial whitewash. More comprehensive information may be found in Polish sources here and here, among others.|
|3.||I wrote more about this in a discussion of slavery in Europe here.|
Takuan Seiyo is a European-born American writer living in exile in Japan. For his previous essays, see the Takuan Seiyo Archives.