Note: This feature essay was originally published on Saturday March 22, and was “sticky” for several days. Scroll down for more recent posts, including last night’s news feed, “Competing to Re-Islamize Turkey”, “A Million Dragon’s Teeth”, and the latest from Pat Condell.
At our request, Takuan Seiyo has undertaken an analysis of recent events in Ukraine. The following detailed account is the first part of a comprehensive two-part report on Ukrainian “democracy”.
Ukraine as Quantum Decoherence
by Takuan Seiyo
The maps above show present-day Ukraine on top, its terrain in 1750 in the middle, and in 1600 at the bottom. There would be no country called Ukraine — there had been several ukraines i.e. “borderlands” in Eastern Europe — until 1917 for Eastern Ukraine only, on and off as the Ukrainian People’s Republic. It’s a hint of how convoluted the history of the region is that just in 1918-1920, Kiev’s territory was under the governance of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, German-sponsored Cossack Hetmanate, again UPR, the Bolsheviks, the Russian anti-Bolshevik army of Gen. Anton Denykhin, again UPR, Poland, and finally, as of July 1920, the Bolsheviks who incorporated it formally as Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, in 1922. Throughout these changes and particularly in 1919 there were recurring waves of pogroms that resulted in the murder of over 100,000 Jews. And ten years after Soviet Ukraine was born, the Soviets murdered at least 5 million Ukrainians in an engineered famine.
If the above slice of chaotic multi-pronged aggression weren’t enough, in 1918 Western Ukrainian nationalists proclaimed the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic in a territory that had gone back to Poland after its century-long seizure by Austria. The Ukrainian campaign of terror against the Poles resulted in the crushing of the nascent entity by the Polish Army in 1919. Then the eastern Ukrainian People’s Republic was attacked by the Soviets, and its head — Ukraine’s one genuine great leader, Symon Petliura — sought relief in an alliance with Poland. The Soviets nonetheless crushed the Ukrainian state, continued in a bloody campaign into Polish Ukraine and on to Warsaw, and were defeated — but returned in 1939, to complete the job.
Rivers of blood have washed over Ukraine’s territory; had for 1000 years. Much of it was and is to this day one kind of Ukraine-dwelling Slav against another, and two great powers — Russia to the east, Germany to the west — that tussled repeatedly over land, resources and influence.
To greatly simplify, and omitting earlier history when Ukraine’s territory had been annexed by Lithuania and later amalgamated into Poland, it’s useful to perceive that as of the 17th century the territory on the right bank of the Dniepr river — see it bisecting Ukraine in the top map — has defined itself as the anti-Polish, Orthodox Ukraine, affiliated with Russia as of 1654 (Treaty of Pereyaslav) and with the Soviet Union as of 1920.
The territory on the left bank of the Dniepr, mostly Greek Catholic, had been for centuries and would remain Polish until 1939, with some of its eastern provinces eventually dominated by Russia. Kiev in the 1600 map is shown well inside Poland; in the 1750 map it sits on the Cossack/Russian side of the Polish border. But what is now Lviv (then Lwow), the capital of Western Ukraine — and of Ukrainian Nazism and pro-EU sentiment — was up to 1939 and had been for over 500 years Poland’s third most important city. It is 460 kilometers west of Kiev, and, if it were marked on the 1600 map, would show so far in the west of Poland that it would be in the upper left corner.
In 1939, Lviv’s population was 50.9% Polish Roman Catholic, 31.4% Jewish, 15.9% (mostly Greek-Catholic) Ukrainian, and the remaining 1.8% various minorities. In 1939-41 the Soviets would greatly “reduce” — i.e. murder and exile to USSR’s far east — the top tier of the Polish population. In 1941-44 the Germans, with Ukrainian OUN/ UPA help, would further “reduce” the Polish population and wipe out the Jewish one so that from 169,900 Jews in 1939, 1,300 would remain by 1944. In 1945, the Soviets kicked out almost all the remaining Poles, and amalgamated this territory into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
In the 1750 map, Ukrainian Cossacks (two dark-color zones) are shown holding the buffer zones east of Kiev into Russia. Their main political expressions, the Hetmanate and the Zaporozhnian Sich, would eventually be disbanded by Russia’s Catherine the Great in the 1760s-70s, but the Cossacks continued as Russia’s trusted military proxy, and are Russia-leaning to this day.
In the same period of Russia’s greatness, as a result of Russia’s victory over Turkey in the 5th [sic!] Russian-Turkish War, the two warring powers signed a treaty in 1774 that transferred what is now Southeastern Ukraine, with Odessa at its center, from Turkey to Russia, giving Russia for the first time access to the Black Sea. Turkey also ceded its protectorate of the Crimean Khanate and control of Crimean ports to Russia.
Even those pundits who cite tame excuses for Russia’s current pretenses to Crimea usually don’t mention that what the Russian Commies gifted to the Ukrainian Commies in 1954, Russia had formally incorporated into its territory already in 1783. Moreover, that act contributed greatly to throttling the Mussulmans’ pillaging and slave harvesting in what is now Ukraine (then Poland) that had led to multiple wars between Poland and the Tatar-Turk alliance for over two centuries, ending only in 1699. If it weren’t for the ultimate battlefield victories of Russia and Poland after centuries of bloody fighting, the entire Black Sea basin would still be red-orange, as it shows in the 1600 map.
And so we end up in 2014 with a Ukraine where originally anti-Polish and eventually pro-Nazi fascism rules in the west, Russophile Ukrainians, Cossacks and ethnic Russians concentrate in the east and in Crimea, and everyone has lost someone either to the Soviets or the Germans. Crimean Tatars — with a Waffen-SS heritage just as rich as Svoboda Party’s — feel affinity for the Svoboda government in Kiev rather than for their Russophile Crimean neighbors, and Germany and its NATO/US party pull on one side and Russia on the other.
The colors on the map below may as well symbolize the political sentiments, too.
The question is: Why we are dragged into such a morass by ignorant politicians and their pabulum spewing glad-handing MSM footmen. The pervasive willful ignorance of even the foregoing rough and sketchy background of Ukraine perverts the West’s perceptions and actions relative to that country, and the bias of Reality-averse messianic ideology — i.e. Democracy Inc. — spins the whole thing further out into orbits of cartoon craziness.
When the Reuters Progressive (they all are) writes the headline, “Russian forces storm Ukraine naval HQ in Crimea”, why does he omit that this is Sevastopol in Crimea that has just voted 97% for Russia, and Sevastopol was built by the Empress of Russia, Catherine the Great, and it has since been Russia’s only warm-water port, home to its all-important Black Sea fleet, and Russia had gone to war before over Sevastopol, in 1853-1856 against Turkey: a Muslim power then — and one must add, now — in an anti-Russia alliance with Great Britain and France.
That the Charge of the Light Brigade took place in that war should have taught the West that not all of its Russia-targeted moves are well thought-out. But like Talleyrand’s Bourbons, the postmodern socialists who run both Brussels and Washington have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.
In the kingdom of the one-eyed
“A specter is haunting Europe: the specter of Communism” — wrote Marx, famously, in the Manifesto. Yet, there is a worse specter haunting the entire West now: a monocular monster, a life-snuffing creature from Belzebub’s fertile imagination: the one-eyed perception of man and society, distorting reality for the sake of ideology and conformity.
The Monocular Monster is omnivorous, distinguishing not between man and woman, young or old, poor or rich, Left or Right, American or Austrian. It has chewed up Western democracy itself, whose eyes are the major media, the one on the right firmly shut and taped. It has chewed up the West’s Right itself, which has its own variant of monocularism: the one that gives the electorate in the Anglophony a choice only of a Stupid Party as an increasingly hypothetical replacement for the rampant Evil Party.
The way the Ukraine question has been positioned in the media, in articles by metaphorically monocled Ivy League professors and, ultimately, in the public consciousness, is similarly distorted. Before I gave up in disgust, I had been following Ukraine-related news and commentary with the same resigned weariness that I follow every other part of the sociopolitical discourse in the United States and Europe. It’s mostly true what they say and write, and it’s all spectacularly false, for it accounts only for one fourth of the knowable Reality, maximum.
Moreover, all this noise now is no news at all but a belated disclosure of information that was available to the sane and sober a long time ago. Just as whatever Obama is doing in 2014 was totally foreseeable and could have been written as news-of-the-future in October 2007, the “news” of the making of a civil war in Ukraine and Russia’s involvement in it were a certainty in December 2013, and indeed had been predicted by a Czech commentator whom I quoted in my article that month. And Russia’s moves now could have been predicted easily 50, 100 or 200 years ago, for they follow a fixed geography and a fixed national interest.
The snatched-and-fully-delivered Western press just sprays jets of misinformation, always on a giant sardine run from the sharp-toothed dolphins of “racism,” sexism, and those awful homo and Islamo phobias and toward the safe haven where democracy, equality, tolerance, compassion, peace and justice shine. And, ah, it’s so clear to the captains of our leaking boat which side in the Ukrainian conflict holds all those twinkling jewels.
To take just one of those baubles under a professional magnifying glass: suppose that Ukraine joins the European Union; is EU a democracy? Does EU reflect, is it responsive to, the wishes and aspirations of its constituent peoples? Does it not engage, in an act of unparalleled authoritarianism, in forced re-engineering and in fact destruction of its constituent peoples, swamping them under an alien mass of foreign, inimical colonizers? Have all those millions of rules, regulations, codes and codicils spewing out of Brussels in a cosmic-size plume been put before the little people for approval?
But don’t look to CNN to explain that by moving from the repulsive Yanukovych to the strange new sexumvirate of Bandera fascists-Oligarchs-Soros-Banksters-US-EU the Ukraine is exchanging one form of corrupt autocracy for another. For one, you would hardly know, unless you read Slavic languages, that the opposition’s sainted Yulia Tymoshenko is a bona fide oligarch, one of Ukraine’s richest citizens, and directly involved in mega-corruption, connection to Ukraine’s super-mafioso Semyon Mogilevich, peripherally perhaps even murder.
If Yanukovych looks bad, and Tymoshenko not sufficiently better, since Ukraine gained independence a continuous string of its Prime Ministers has been involved in mega-theft, major looting and asset-stripping, conspiracy, murder, international arms trafficking, misuse of police and spy services for personal gain, tax evasion and more. Even a cursory glance reveals that Leonid Kuchma, Yukhym Zvyahilsky, Yevhen Marchuk, Paul Lazarenko, Valery Pustovoitenko, Mykola Azarov, Yuriy Yekhanurov and probably others are either fugitives from justice (as is Yanukovych) or in prison now, or have narrowly escaped the one or beaten the other. You wouldn’t know it from reading all that “Yanukovych bad” propaganda.
Here is the world’s most “conservative” MSM platform, the liberals’ bugaboo, Fox News, stating, “Putin plays Nazi card to marginalize Ukraine’s revolution”. Playing a card? Fox News touches gingerly on the “ugly complicity” of “some” Ukrainians’ with “German pogroms of Jews” — but that is lying by omission, distortion, diminution and willful ignorance. As I sketched much-too-briefly in the December 23, 2013 “Things Are Not What They Seem,” many thousands of Ukrainians participated in Ukrainian genocidal actions independent of those in which they collaborated with the Germans. And the victims, whose number was in six figures, included not only Jews but up to 200,000 Poles, plus Armenians, Russians, other minorities — and about 60,000 good Ukrainians too.
It’s all for “democracy,” see, and in the blinding light of democracy the leprous boils of the purported seekers of democracy become invisible. The Fox News story has other major gaps, starting with playing down Svoboda Party’s nature and current influence, but even that pales in comparison to the “Vivat Democracy!” stupid pap one reads as one moves upmarket in American punditry. Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale and specialist in Eastern Europe has an article about the Ukrainian Maidan in the March 20, 2014 of The New York Review of Books that curls one’s toes with disgust at the tendentious selectiveness of his analysis.
With respect to the Ukraine, as in all other foreign matters where America’s and Western Europe’s bien pensant ruling elites wade in with their attaché cases full of Progressive stupidity, metrosexual soft power and, incongruously, missionary neocon madness unencumbered by knowledge of the relative history, ethnography and the spirit of the place, the same short motto applies that I invoked in the earlier article: We have no clue.
Let’s wade in, in search of some.
Ukraine’s new government that the Snatcher nitwits governing the West have pushed into place after destabilizing the old one includes Andriy Parubiy, founder of the Social National Party of Ukraine — Nazi, to cut to the core of the matter. Parubiy is Secretary the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, i.e. all spook and internal repression services too. His deputy is Dmytro Yarosh, identified in the international press as commander of the Maidan rioters and leader of the Right Sector. What Western hacks fail to dig out is that “Right Sector” is another name of a Nazi organization Yarosh founded, named S. Bandera Tryzub, now subsumed in that sector.
S. Bandera is a name readers of my December 2013 venture onto the Ukraine’s steppes will recognize. Tryzub means trident: symbol of Ukraine. And the whole may be neatly wrapped in a scarf offered on eBay as “Ukraine Scarf Stepan Bandera Tryzub Trident OUN.” Only $14.99 . Just remember what I wrote in this space about OUN — roughly equivalent to the Nazis’ NSDAP, down to SA-like paramilitaries, aggressive symbols, the colors red and black — Blut und Boden (blood and soil) — and eventually a full convergence in the death machine of the SS, the Nachtigall Battalion, Ukrainian police regiments and extermination camp executioners.
As to the mass-murderer and Nazi tool, Stepan Bandera, New Ukraine’s official hero far more than he was the Yanukovych regime’s, the motto he inspired in his followers was “Lachiw wyriżem, Żydiw wydusym, a Ukrajinu stworyty musym”: The Poles we shall slice through, the Jews we shall strangle out, but Ukraine we must create. Look for a Bandera International Airport and the Bandera Trans-Ukraine highway soon, built undoubtedly with money confiscated by the EU from the hapless European taxpayer. UPA mausoleums and cenotaphs for SS Division Galizien and OUN’s Nachtigall Battalion will probably be built with more discreetly sourced funding from Ukraine’s oligarchs.
Svoboda, which grew directly out of Andriy Parubiy’s Ukrainian Nazi party, is now the dominant party in Ukraine’s post-Maidan “democracy” and its government. Svoboda’s leader Oleh Tyahnybok, John Mc Cain’s cordial amigo and now People’s Deputy of the new Ukrainian government, is known for rallies in which Svoboda’s paternity is unmistakable:
The new Deputy Prime Minister, Oleksandr Sych, is Svoboda’s chief ideologue, focused on promoting Ukrainian nationalism in Bandera’s image. Ihor Tenyukh, a member of Svoboda and a former admiral, is the new Defense Minister. Svoboda’s Oleh Makhnitsky is prosecutor-general. Svoboda’s Ihor Shvaika is head of the critically important Ministry of Agriculture. Svoboda’s Andrij Mochnyk is Minister of Ecology. Svoboda’s Serhiy Kvit (by some accounts also a member of the now-camouflaged [and Nazi] Tryzub Bandery) is Minister of Education and Science.
As a fine topping on this, UNA-UNSO’s and Right Sector’s Dmytro Bulatov is Minister of Youth and Sports, and UNA-UNSO’s Tetyana Chernovol is now the chairwoman of the government’s anti-corruption committee. Alas, you won’t find much to bite on with respect to UNA-UNSO if you open Wikipedia or any other accessible Western source, nor will you find much more about these two individuals than praise for Chernovol’s investigating journalism and empathy for Bulatov due to his kidnapping and torture by unidentified goons from the opposite side. None of this, however, justifies Western media’s tendentious skipping around living, breathing Nazism.
While there is no space in this forum for a comprehensive picture of UNA-UNSO, let it suffice that UNA’s first chairman was Yuriy-Bohdan Shukevych, son of Roman. We visited with Roman Shukevych in the December article; for now let just a small part of his calling card be posted here via an article by Lund University history professor Per Anders Rudling: “Schooling in Murder: Schutzmannschaft Battalion 201 and Hauptmann Roman Shukhevych in Belarus 1942.”. Professor Rudling has also exposed to sunlight the roots and deeds of Svoboda Party, here.
All of these helmsmen of the “New, democratic Ukraine” angrily deny the Nazi paternity of their organizations, and deeds of their native idols that even the original German Nazis would have blanched at. Among many other examples Prof. Rudling relays, with a photo, that on the site of Huta Pieniacka, where the Ukrainian Nazi fourth police regiment burnt a Polish village and slaughtered its residents on February 28, 1944, Svoboda has erected a large billboard denying the conclusions of both Polish and Ukrainian historical commissions.
Not two weeks have passed since the putsch in Kiev, and already Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Yuriy Serheyev, was whitewashing his nation’s Nazis in an international forum. Even more strangely, the only MSM news of this in English seems to have been in the Russian RT, and the only UN ambassador to condemn this vileness was Russia’s.
The red and black banners that were thick in the Maidan in December, the yellow armbands with the Nazi “wolf’s hook,” the Bandera icons, the SS Galizien and Nachtigall Battalion and all other Nazi paraphernalia have been largely toned down by now, replaced by the yellow-and-blue and the trident. Much deep-pockets money has poured in to sustain the Maidan putsch, and some of it undoubtedly paid for the services of American or British PR-men to shape an image tailored to Progressive Western sensibilities. Even the smarmy Tony Blair is in this lucrative business now, managing the Western image of Kazakhstan’s ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Lest we forget the un-massaged Ukraine too quickly, here is a good reminder: a street demonstration probably in February 2014, after the Maidan discorporated:
See the screaming crowd with Stepan Bandera pictures and red-black Ukrainian Nazi flags; the Ukrainian trident embossed on European Union yellow stars-on-blue caps side by side with Ukrainians marching proudly in Waffen SS and OUN-B uniforms — in 2014!. See Oleh Tyahnybok grinning like a Cheshire Cat and hear him mocking the foreigners who disrespect Stepan Bandera. See people holding a street-wide banner with the likenesses of two Class-A WW2 Nazi criminals and one pre-war Nazizoid criminal: Stepan Bandera, Roman Shukevych, and Yevhen Konovalets.
Still, the sponsors of this Circus Maximus are the United States and the European Union, and the notions of what they consider kosher in the nascent New World Order are well known to the (mainly Lviv-based) Ukrainian Nazis. This gives rise to taqiah of the sort known to followers of Muhammad and designed to fool Western useful idiots.
Ukrainian Nazis now offer a friendly “all-Ukrainians brothers” logo, relays Ukraine-based blogger Graham Phillips in his “Insane Ukraine”:
But, Phillips relays, Eastern Ukraine does not quite see it the same way:
Nor should the United States and the European Union. Even ignoring their continued and very dangerous baiting of the Russian bear, their habitual meddlesome idiocy is creating another Bosnia-Kosovo here due to the usual kind of myopia that’s both ignorant and arrogant. It’s the myopia that fails to discern the fundamental differences between West Ukraine and East Ukraine, just as it had ignored that there are Sunni and Shia, that there were no good sides to take in Egypt, Libya and Syria, and that as between the Serbs and the Croats and the Muslims one ought not to be so sure to pick out the Serbs for a knockout punch.
Indeed, the Nazis are by no means the sole or even the most powerful party in the alliance that carried out the Kiev putsch. This has been a curious hybrid, with major strings pulled from places as far away as Washington, New York, Brussels and Warsaw, and given that the use of agent provocateurs is a standard KGB technique, one could wager that Moscow too.
The strange paternity of Stasoleu Babafa
None of the foregoing is to belittle the Ukrainian people or to question their desperate disgust with the kleptocratic Ancien Regime, from which there was no escape in normal elections. The Maidan was an outlet not only for the Nazis but also for millions of ordinary Ukrainians who couldn’t take it anymore. One can only wish that peoples further West — much further — were so brave and hardy to protest their political, economic and demographic disfranchisement this way.
“People came to the Maidan, in November 2013,” writes Tatiana Zaharchenko in “Ukraine: Corruption Doesn’t Capture It”, “not only to protest their government’s last minute rejection of the free trade and association agreement with the European Union [snip], not only from outrage at riot police violence [snip]. They came to the streets and many have stayed there for 90 days to denounce the looting of their country that has been taking place in front of their eyes for years. They came to reclaim their own dignity, which they were stripped off by becoming part of an unprecedented historical experiment of dismantling state ownership and creating private fortunes behind closed doors overnight, by accepting and living by the rules they did not establish and therefore becoming part of the system they despised.”
That storming the Ukrainian Bastille under Nazi banners may prove counterproductive at the end is another matter, by no means unique. The Russians chafed under the tsar’s yoke when they supported the 1905 and 1917 revolutions, in effect exchanging a Romanov for Stalin. The Germans who put Adolf Hitler in power in 1933 saw in him a true savior of their nation, not the devil incarnate that he was. The Iranians greeted the return of Ayatollah Khomeini from exile as liberation from the Shah’s Savak goons and wept for joy; now they just weep. The millions of middle-of-the-road white Americans who voted for Obama in November 2007 chose not to listen to the little voices in their heads whispering of foreseeable consequences.
Nor is any of this to support Vladimir Putin and hypernationalist Russian machinations. Rather, it is to ask the West’s Body Snatcher ruling elite: when you read one of those “Python devours crocodile after a 5-hour battle” stories, why must you meddle in favor of the one or the other? It’s that meddling that has been cleverly exploited by the Russian python after the West’s mad bolstering of a series of nasty crocodiles to entrench Russia in Syria, Iran, and now Ukraine as well.
What’s written here is to highlight the Progressive stupidity of the ruling cliques of the United States and the EU, and their Davos buddy banksters, oligarchs and assorted gofers who are re-engineering the world heedless of the foreseeable consequences of their good and not-so-good intentions. To begin with, as Zaharchenko mentions concerning Ukraine, and I know from having watched the post-Commie economies of Russia, Poland, Slovakia etc: ignorant and arrogant Western “experts,” particularly American ones (e.g. Jeffrey Sachs) destroyed the economies of those countries before they could get started in the early 1990s, upon liberation from communism. They did so by pushing large-scale privatization in societies that had been socialist for decades and did not have the framework of laws, institutions and traditions common in the Protestant West. Ergo, the rise of the oligarchs whose main asset when they were poor and ready then was their greed, utter ruthlessness, and connections with or outright membership in the Communist nomenklatura.
Six eventual fathers had to impregnate Ukraine before she could conceive and bring to term the mythical post-Yanukovych creature, christened here Stasoleu Babafa after its begetters: State (U.S. Dept. of) — Soros — Oligarchs — EU — Banksters — Bandera Fascists. And the Nazis, though a major concern, would never have been able to succeed, were it not for the other indispensable DNA.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, new Ukraine’s Prime Minister, symbolizes this strange alliance. He is not from the odious Svoboda but from Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland Party, and a competent central banker-lawyer-technocrat, not a troglodyte rabble-rouser like the others. But here a different color light should come alive on the dashboard.
Ukraine is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Europe; it’s in dire need of very large loans. At the same time its huge agricultural and energy bounty is ripe for international market exploitation. Yatsenyuk is the ideal point man to deliver that rich prize into the hands of the international banksters, the IMF, America’s Fortune 500 and global democracy enforcers, the EU’s political commissars, and, combining them all, the New World Order.
Indeed the now-famous early February phone conversation between U.S. State Department’s Victoria Nuland and the American Ambassador to the Ukraine seem to offer a clue that “Yats” was hand-picked by Washington; The Economist’s March 6th “Embracing Yats” confirms that Brussels has blessed that choice.
Incidentally, there may be a reason why Yatsenyuk is acceptable to the OUN-UPA-Svoboda-Right Sector Nazizoids too. According to the usually reliable former Solidarity chaplain and chronicler of Ukrainian fascist atrocities, Fr. Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski, as president of the Open Ukraine Foundation Yatsenyuk implemented a program called “Common history — common future” in the course of which he was promoting UPA in Eastern Ukraine (as to what Eastern Ukraine thinks of UPA, see cartoon above). To make matters more confusing, “Open Ukraine Foundation” must either be a Soros spawn or is at least modeled on Soros’s Open Society activities.
More fingerprints: Ukraine’s new Finance Minister Oleksander Shlepak is a former deputy chairman of Privatbank. Privatbank was founded and is co-owned by Ukraine’s second- or third-richest man, Ihor Kolomoisky. Kolomoisky, the new governor of the Dniepropetrovsk province, is important to the Svoboda/Right Sector regime because he is a high-profile Jew and can thus serve as a Hausjude (token Jew), paraded to massage Western sensibilities with respect to “intolerance” and antisemitism. Privatbank was involved in the laundering of Russian oligarchs’ money into Cyprus; there are allegations that it served as a conduit for American and other western funding of the Maidan putsch, but there is no convincing evidence of it that I know.
Now, as to the inseminators. The BaFa — Bandera Fascists — we’ve already dealt with. First among the rest is the Sta, i.e. United States as represented by its State Department. It’s not in vain that opponents of the post-putsch Ukraine call it the Nuland-Nazi Regime, and the putsch that led to it a US-EU-NATO sponsored Coup d’État. What manner of madness it is that compels the United States to charge like a bull elephant into a bone china museum in foreign conflicts is a subject for a separate treatment; indeed a roomful of thick tomes. The insight that’s relevant to my thesis is that in such meddlesome interventions the United States either has no national interest at stake or it does, and that interest would have been better served through finesse and abstinence.
John Laughland in his “The Technique of a Coup d’État” offers a good insight, based on events up to 2010:
“The United States considers as a matter of official policy that the promotion of democracy is an important element of its overall national security strategy. Large sections of the State Department, the CIA, para-governmental agencies like the National Endowment for Democracy, and government-funded NGOs like the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which publishes several works on “democracy promotion.” All these operations have one thing in common: they involve the interference, sometimes violent, of Western powers, especially the US, in the political processes of other states, and that interference is very often used to promote the quintessential revolutionary goal, regime change.”
“Democracy” is not the only almost-involuntary psychotic twitch of the American governing elite. Among the others, a curious one is the mania of placing women in key foreign policy positions, where they have to go eyeball-to-eyeball with wily, ruthless, macho dictators of the patriarchal nations that are the chief foes and competitors of America. I, for one, would love to have been there as a fly on the wall for the male banter after the Nuland woman’s meeting with Tyahnybok & Co. or the Clinton woman’s meeting with Sergey Lavrov, or to hear Muslim potentates’ appreciation in places like Cairo, Riyadh, Damascus, Yemen or Pakistan after the likes of Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Karen Hughes, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Samantha Power have exited the palace.
And so it had to be Madam Clinton to wade into the Ukrainian conflict vicariously by likening Putin to Hitler, just a few short years after she had presented Putin’s foreign minister with a gift-wrapped red button that she thought spelled “Reset” in Russian, though it spelled “Peregruzka” — meaning “overcharged.” The latest form of resetting the U.S.-Russia relationship was even more incompetent than the first one had been.
Notwithstanding the Pavlovian salivation at the word “democracy,” why would the United States sponsor a Nazi-led coup d’état and a painful poke in the eye to Russia not in some inconsequential Haiti but in Ukraine — the Wild East of Europe with 8.5 million Russians, millions more Russophile Ukrainians, major strategic Russian assets on its soil for 250 years now, and a history of fealty to Russia since Bohdan Khmielnytski signed on the dotted line in 1654?
Moreover, a country where rivers of blood have been shed as recently as World War II between the Russians and Russo-Ukrainians of the Eastern part and the Nazizoid-Ukrainians of the Western part. A country which, if the putsch succeeded, would have been the thirteenth on the periphery of Russia added to NATO since 1999, delivering a humiliating slap to a bear that — flea-bitten though he may be — is still a proud, fierce grizzly.
Just how could have Russia possibly acted in response to such a provocation, per the thinking of the foggy bottoms of the U.S. State Department, but the way she has acted?
It was the right thing to do to help the Soviet Union’s former satellites; in fact it was a major blunder not to help Russia itself when the time was right, and Bush 41 in the patented Bushian manner did the wrong thing. But since the Georgia caper, it should have been clear that major diminishing returns are the case now. The more the West meddles now on Russia’s periphery, the more aggressive Russia grows — and that’s in an age of uniform Western weakness, foolishness and talking big while waving a small stick — all of which Russia knows too well.
For sure, at stake was Ukraine’s famous agricultural bounty, with its vast expanses of rich soil making it a natural breadbasket — formerly for the Soviet Union and, the hope was, now for the European Union. There is much gas and oil too, and Chevron Oil stood to lose a lot of money if the Yanukovych hoodlum broke its contract to extract up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year, plus much oil. The private zoo, fake pirate ship and 70-automobiles owner did plan to break that contract and sign one with Russia’s Gazprom instead. But all that pales in comparison to the unwarranted risks the West took with the Nazi-tainted Maidan, and therefore with Russia.
Other than the obligatory Holocaust memorials planted like statues of the awesome Doctor King willy nilly across the landscape, the horrors of Nazi Germany are increasingly soft-pedaled in the West. Not so in Russia that suffered blows from the Hitler Machine that are inconceivable to the Western mind and that answered them with heroism and sacrifice that are even more inconceivable. Russia would have to have a big problem with a Nazi-led putsch on its doorstep, with United States’ fingerprints all over it, including Victoria Nuland’s “The Euro-Maidan movement has come to embody the principles and values that are the cornerstones for
all free democracies.” For Russia, this was no longer realpolitik-as-usual, protecting the Russian minority, trying to get back Crimea, but white hot fury and an ICBM rocket fired over Ukraine, just as a sampler.
Former insults and maladroit moves of the West have already led to Russia’s seeking naval bases and other military assets in eight countries on the periphery of Pax Americana, stationing NATO-targeted nuclear missiles in the formerly Polish city of Kaliningrad, Putin’s entente cordiale with China and other countries that dislike the democracy-mongering American Uncle, and Russia’s creation of a bloc devoted to eliminating the US dollar from international trade.
The more the US and EU bait the bear, the more the bear bites back. Was the OUN-UPA-Bandera Maidan the opportune moment in history for more bear baiting? Future hostilities on Ukraine’s soil are as good as guaranteed now, but there is more. Just as Ukrainian Nazis are revered in Ukraine, so are Estonian Nazis in Estonia and Latvian Nazis in Latvia. Both countries are former Soviet vassals and in both annual parades and ceremonies are held to commemorate native Waffen-SS battalions in service of the Nazi machine. Both also, like Ukraine, have significant Russian minorities, and like the post-putsch Ukraine discourage or prohibit the use of the Russian language.
Russia has now been emboldened to signal its grave concern (e.g. here) over these matters, and may at some opportune moment implement hostile activities against Estonia and Latvia as well. It remains an incalculable blunder in all three countries to imperil hard-won independence from the Soviet yoke by coddling Nazis.
“Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many?”, asked Ray McGovern on March 1, 2014. In his words, “It would have been a no-brainer that Russia would use military force, if necessary, to counter attempts to use economic enticement and subversive incitement to slide Ukraine into the orbit of the West and eventually NATO.”
McGovern mocks the nonsensical American bear-baiting with this understatement: “By now, Russian President Vladimir Putin is accustomed to Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, et al. telling the Kremlin where its interests lie, and I am sure he is appropriately grateful.” Just as “grateful,” I am sure, as Salafist potentates and Shiite mullahs are for America’s and Great Britain’s governing fools’ recurring explanations of what Islam is and isn’t, and how — it being the religion of peace — Muslim terrorism is actually “anti-Islamic” terrorism.
Significantly, with academic background in Russian studies and a 27-year tenure at the CIA — ten of which he spent as analyst of Russian foreign policy — Ray McGovern is now a member of VIPS: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.
Just because the United States has voluntarily ceded large swaths of its landmass to an estimated 25% of the population of Mexico and Latin America in the last 50 years alone (some data pro and con) not to speak of their rapidly-multiplying descendants; and has promoted countless individuals to positions of power and responsibility based on their skin pigmentation; and has redeployed its Affirmative Action-led NASA to space cooperation with Nigeria and Indonesia and to promoting Socialism, and has gifted the Panama Canal that it had built from scratch to — long story short — the Chinese; and has voluntarily built the starving Chinese waif into a giant, muscle-bound, menacing Frankenstein colossus; and has trained countless actual and potential Muslim terrorists in its colleges and flight schools and armed services, does it give it a right to emit a cloud of hostile words and actions against countries, including Russia, that define their national interest in, ahm, more traditional ways?
Indeed, sitting in the hoi polloi upper gallery of this Grand Guignol par-excellence, one howls with painful spasms of laughter listening to the likes of America’s Alinskyite saboteur Obama — far to the left of Putin and far worse for America than Putin is for Russia; or the gilded limousine liberal Jean Francois Kerry, or Hillary What-Difference-Does-It-Make Clinton, or the clueless Affirmative Action U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations lambast, insult, give ultimatums, threaten with empty gestures and amuse with New World Order confetti a super-Machiavellian, stone-eyed KGB colonel like Putin. Appropriately, as this is being written, when 97% of Crimea voted to be with Russia — and they would have even if there had been no Russian tanks at the border (and no Kiev-Ukrainian ones either) — the news says “Russia laughs at Obama ‘sanctions’: calls him ‘Prankster’” and the U.S. — and Germany too but more about that later — continue shaking in feverish indignation.
The KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn asserted in his book
The Perestroika Deception that the Soviets designed Perestroika and Glasnost and even the collapse of the USSR as a subterfuge, to lull the West into laying down its defenses, opening itself to free commerce and movement of people to and from Russia, and so to build Russia with Western capital and Western technology while hobbling it with a large crowd of controlled useful idiots, immigrant-moles, technology-transferring Russian employees and all those other things that, like 9/11, are possible only in a Snatcher-run “open” society that’s never open enough to stop the various Sorosing and Obamaing operations performed upon it by Progressive loons.
I do not know whether Mr. Golitsyn’s premise is true, but looking at the history of the United States moves versus China and Mexico or its management of its incessant wars and tussles such as over Ukraine, I know that it might as well be.
The Russians, the Chinese, the Persians, the Talibs — they all chuckle and guffaw all day as they read nonstop about America’s voluntary self-termination that America is so crazed as to celebrate nonstop. They know how little it means what Obama says compared to the fact that America elected Obama — twice. Putin in particular and his KGB lieutenants know best of all, for when they read about female combat Marines, Wise Latina justices, and student government leaders at the University of Michigan who demand that engineering students first study the “all-important subjects of race and ethnicity” (Daily Caller’s words and photo) they can trace that all the way back to the Comintern and to Lenin’s “useful idiots,” and they know that the work that failed via the “class struggle” has now succeeded through the lab-incubated plagues of identity politics, diversitism, multiculti, global migra, white privilege, affirmative action, GLBT supremacy and the rest of that whole howling insanity, and they know too that no matter how many Machs America’s jets can do now, its airplane has already landed — and she doesn’t even know it.
All this is even more surreally true in Europe, whose preening “soft power” and solicited invasion by dar-al-Islam and Africa is more grotesque than any American self-takedown — but we’ll leave that for Part 2.
|1.||Source: Grzegorz Hryciuk, Polacy we Lwowie 1939-1944; Życie codzienne (“The Poles in Lwow; Everyday Life”), Książka i Wiedza, Warsaw, 2000.
|2.||This is volitional misspelling, or rather a correction of the wrong consensus spelling, Beelzebub. To begin with, it should have been Baalzevuv, as anyone with a smidgen of knowledge of Semitic languages can tell; failing that, Belzebub is still preferable.
|3.||I am not going to hem and haw with soft shoe like “neo”-Nazi, Nazi-tainted etc. These are people still in a blood oath with WWII Nazis. They are Nazis, even if they see themselves just as Ukrainian patriots. The Ukrainian writer/blogger George Eliason opens his long March 7 article about the West’s ignorant wading into a Ukrainian swamp with a comprehensive explanation why he too thinks the “Nazi” appellation is warranted.
|4.||Interested readers with a taste for the morbid may avail themselves of a translation of a post in one of those Ukrainian UPA/OUN-genocide commemoration blogs I referred to in the previous article. The title is “362 Torture Methods Used by UPA on Poles” and all 362 are iterated.
|5.||One might ask, where was the Polish ambassador? After all, the heart of Ukraine’s Nazism is in the formerly Polish city of Lwow (Lviv) — its uniquely graceful, for the Ukraine, private and institutional buildings of pre-war Polish provenance, its population 51% Polish and 31% Polish-Jewish, the one decimated and the other wiped out with the help of Ukrainian Nazis. But here lies a tale of the Polish ruling elite’s stupidity that’s even worse than that of the U.S. and Brussels. We may get to that in Part 2. Meanwhile, interested readers may click on one of the links provided in the Polish blog Adnovum that sought to prove, including in pictures, that Mr. Serheyev was lying and Poland’s political elite is borderline moron for encouraging the charade. Likewise, eyewitness victims are still alive, which makes the denialism of Nazizoid 2014 Ukraine particularly galling and the reticence of the West’s pols particularly reprehensible. Some accounts, of many:|
|6.||We dealt with Bandera and Shukevych in the December article, and one can read some mention of their crimes in the MSM, though Ukrainian “patriots” have wiped out such inconvenient facts from their collective consciousness and history books. But Konovalets is a blank page for Westerners, and his Wikipedia page is a whitewash just like other entries are that are related to Ukrainian fascist leaders.
Yevhen Konovalets was, among others, the commander of the terrorist UVO (Ukrainian Military Organization) that, throughout the 1920s, aimed to take back from Poland by terror and slaughter the Galicia territory that had been Polish or Lithuanian (except when grabbed temporarily by Austria) since the 14th century and never Ukrainian before, as indeed no such country or unified people had existed.
UVO was financed and controlled by the Abwehr, i.e. Germany’s military intelligence organization. As such, its major role was to conduct spying operations in Poland on behalf of the Germans, while undergoing Abwehr’s training in terrorism and sabotage. In 1932, Konovalets met with Adolf Hitler, and wrote about that meeting in the journal Na starożi under the title “Hitler and the Ukrainian Cause.” He appealed to Ukrainians to stand as one man with Hitler, for the sake of Ukraine’s independence. [This information is not in any accessible English language source. It is presented in the Polish Wikipedia and includes bibliographical sources.]
Konovalets had his hands soaked in blood just a little less than the other two “national heroes” did. The Ukrainian writer/blogger George Eliason relays that “Konovalets is best known for his crimes against humanity. During the war [more properly the 1920s] he attacked villages filled with women and children, and slaughtered them”; some hint of that may be found in the Wikipedia entry on UVO.
It is primarily Konovalets’s sabotage of the efforts around 1920 to create some form of a union between a sovereign Ukraine and sovereign Poland that would ultimately hurl western Ukrainians into the orbit of Hitler and eastern Ukrainians into the orbit of Stalin.
UVO having been repudiated by Ukraine’s leadership and hunted down by the Polish authorities, in 1929 Konovalets transformed it in Vienna into OUN — Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists — and thus laid the framework for Ukrainian Nazism during World War 2. He can be credited also with the creation of American and Canadian patriotic organizations that since the 1920s remained in OUN’s corner, aided the escape of hunted OUN-B criminals to North America, lobbied for Ukraine while camouflaging Nazi connections, and generally unbalanced the two countries’ views concerning that part of the world. Considerable literature exists to support these allegations; for starters one may visit with Max Blumenthal here. Mr. Blumenthal is at the very other end of the political spectrum from this author, but when one is right, one is right, and sticking labels onto it does not help the cause of truth.
In the same vein, it’s worth mentioning that having carried out terrorist activities against the Soviets, too, in 1938 Konovalets was assassinated by the KGB. Our common hatred of the KGB notwithstanding, as regarding Konovalets an enemy of an enemy does not necessarily a friend make. Similarly, although Mr. Grover Norquist and I have a major common denominator in our hatred of confiscatory taxes, our relative positions on Islam and the presence of Muslims in the West make symbiosis impossible. It’ a major reason for the failure of the Eujropean and American Right, that it has not learned to make such fine distinctions.
Takuan Seiyo is a European-born American writer living in exile in Japan. For his previous essays, see the Takuan Seiyo Archives.