Wentworth/My Turn: Meddling in the Ukraine
“The U.S. mainstream media portrays the Ukraine crisis as a case of Russian ‘imperialism,’ but the reality is that Moscow has been reacting to aggressive moves by Washington to expand NATO to Russia’s border in violation of a post-Cold War pledge,” writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern in a ConsortiumNews.com article in May.
By 2009, NATO had expanded its military presence by bringing into its fold 12 countries in eastern Europe. A former Soviet Republic with a population of 44 million, Ukraine remained the final piece that would bring NATO to Moscow’s doorstep.
Since WWII, our nation has been illegally meddling in affairs of other countries (a U.N. Charter violation). Steve Weissman, writing for Reader Supported News, points out that the State Department controls the National Endowment for Democracy and the U.S. Agency for International Development, a well-known CIA front, as well as other private groups like Freedom House that set up shop in western Ukraine a decade ago. State even bought a radio station.
On Nov. 21, 2013, democratically-elected President Viktor Yanukovich refused to sign a deal with the European Union allowing the International Monetary Fund to oversee an austerity program that had already roiled Greece, Italy, and Spain. Carefully-orchestrated protests calling on people to oppose corruption, which Yanukovich as well as numerous other political figures were guilty of, and to call for democracy sprang up in Kiev’s Maidan Square.
It was in January, perhaps, that many Americans became aware of U.S. involvement in Ukraine’s internal affairs when an audio tape of a cell phone call between Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Victoria Nuland, and our Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt.
Nuland is married to Robert Kagan, co-founder of The Project for a New American Century that laid out the aggressive, perpetual-war policy aimed at world domination and adopted by the Clinton/Bush/Obama administrations. Nuland had already done a stint as U.S. Ambassador to NATO, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backed Nuland for the assistant secretary of state for eastern affairs last year.
The politically-damaging tape reveals two diplomats plotting to set up a puppet government in Ukraine once a coup d’état has been accomplished. What the media in this country focused on, however, was concern over Nuland’s use of an obscenity directed at the European Union, entirely ignoring the substance of the conversation.
Nuland instructs Pyatt to keep (Oleh) Tyahnybok, the head of Svoboda, a neo-Nazi party, out of direct involvement in the government, but that “Yats,” her candidate for prime minister, should be talking with him “four times a week.”
Indeed, by Feb. 22, neo-Nazis wearing facemasks,swastika armbands and carrying guns had turned peaceful protests into an armed insurgency, forcing Yanukovich to flee the country.
After the coup, the Svoboda Party, the fourth largest party in Ukraine, got 37 seats out of 450 in the rump parliament that then chose Yatsenyuk as prime minister. Plus, Svoboda and a second neo-Nazi organization, Right Sector, were given control of four ministries.
Michel Chossudovsky, award-winning author and professor of economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, tells us in an article on Globalresearch.ca, “Andriy Parubiy ... of Svoboda, was appointed Secretary of the National Security and National Defense Committee (RNBOU), a key position which oversees the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, National Security and Intelligence. The RNBOU is a central decision-making body. While it is formally headed by the president, it is run by the Secretariat with a staff of 180 people including defense, intelligence and national security experts.” Chossudovsky goes on to detail other neo-Nazis that received important positions in this government, including that of prosecutor-general.
A sham election brought Petro Poroshenko to the presidency on May 25. Every bit the puppet that “Yats” was, the Chocolate King doesn’t make a move without the approval of his U.S. handlers. It appears to some that he has lost control over the neo-Nazi National Guard units, which according to Chossudovsky, were funded by the U.S., since they paid little attention to his pronouncement of the ceasefire.
They spout the same rhetoric of Hitler and his followers of “ethnic cleansing” in the East and their hatred of “communists, Jews and Russians.” Establishing a Nazi regime in Ukraine is an extremely provocative act. Russians everywhere remember who it was that attacked them at the beginning of WWII and of the suffering they endured in defeating the German onslaught.
Many of us recall the campaign of lies mounted by the Bush administration and a compliant media to win public support for invading Iraq. Now the Cold War, with its anti-Russian rhetoric, is being resurrected in a new campaign that blames Putin for destabilizing Ukraine and arming the rebels in the East, supposedly, for the purpose of resurrecting the USSR.
These tactics can get off course unexpectedly and explosively. Looking at the horror that we have seen unfold in the Middle East since 2003, do we want to go this route again?
Mary L. Wentworth is an Amherst resident.