Thursday, February 20, 2014

Is Ukraine Drifting Toward Civil War And Great Power Confrontation?

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Paul Craig Roberts
Activist Post

People ask for solutions, but no solutions are possible in a disinformed world. Populations almost everywhere are dissatisfied, but few have any comprehension of the real situation. Before there can be solutions, people must know the truth about the problems. For those few inclined to be messengers, it is largely a thankless task.

The assumption that man is a rational animal is incorrect. He and she are emotional creatures, not Mr. Spock of Star Trek. Humans are brainwashed by enculturation and indoctrination. Patriots respond with hostility toward criticisms of their governments, their countries, their hopes and their delusions.

Their emotions throttle facts, should any reach them. Aspirations and delusions prevail over truth. Most people want to be told what they want to hear. Consequently, they are always gullible and their illusions and self-delusions make them easy victims of propaganda. This is true of all levels of societies and of the leaders themselves.

We are witnessing this today in western Ukraine where a mixture of witless university students, pawns in Washington’s drive for world hegemony, together with paid protesters and fascistic elements among ultra-nationalists are bringing great troubles upon Ukraine and perhaps a deadly war upon the world.

Many of the protesters are just the unemployed collecting easy money. It is the witless idealistic types that are destroying the independence of their country. Victoria Nuland, the American neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State, whose agenda is US world hegemony, told the Ukrainians what was in store for them last December 13, but the protesters were too delusional to hear.



In an eight minute, 46 second speech at the National Press Club sponsored by the US-Ukraine Foundation, Chevron, and Ukraine-in-Washington Lobby Group, Nuland boasted that Washington has spent $5 billion to foment agitation to bring Ukraine into the EU. Once captured by the EU, Ukraine will be “helped” by the West acting through the IMF. Nuland, of course, presented the IMF as Ukraine’s rescuer, not as the iron hand of the West that will squeeze all life out of Ukraine’s struggling economy.

Nuland’s audience consisted of all the people who will be enriched by the looting and by connections to a Washington-appointed Ukrainian government. Just look at the large Chevron sign next to which Nuland speaks, and you will know what it is all about. (Source)

Nuland’s speech failed to alert the Ukraine protesters, who are determined to destroy the independence of Ukraine and to place their country in the hands of the IMF so that it can be looted like Latvia, Greece and every country that ever had an IMF structural adjustment program. All the monies that protesters are paid by the US and EU will soon be given back manyfold as Ukraine is “adjusted” by Western looting.

In her short speech the neoconservative agitator Nuland alleged that the protesters whom Washington has spent $5 billion cultivating were protesting “peacefully with enormous restraint” against a brutal government.

According to RT, which has much more credibility than the US State Department (remember Secretary of State Colin Powell’s address to the UN setting up the US invasion of Iraq with his “evidence” of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, a speech Powell later disavowed as Bush regime disinformation), Ukrainian rioters have seized 1,500 guns, 100,000 rounds of ammunition, 3 machine guns, and grenades from military armories.

The human-rights trained Ukrainian police have permitted the violence to get out of hand. A number of police have been burned by Molotov cocktails. The latest report is that 108 police have been shot.
A number are dead and 63 are in critical condition. (Source) These casualties are the products of Nuland’s “peacefully protesting protesters acting with enormous restraint.” On February 20, the elected, independent Ukraine government responded to the rioters use of firearms by allowing police to use firearms in self-defense.

Perhaps the Russophobic western Ukrainians deserve the IMF, and perhaps the EU deserves the extreme nationalists who are trying to topple the Ukraine government. Once Ukrainians experience being looted by the West, they will be on their knees begging Russia to rescue them. The only certain thing is that it is unlikely that the Russian part of Ukraine will remain part of Ukraine.

During the Soviet era, parts of Russia herself, such as the Crimea, were placed into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, perhaps in order to increase the Russian population in Ukraine. In other words, a large part of today’s Ukraine–eastern and southern provinces–are traditional Russian territory, not part of historical Ukraine.

Until Russia granted Ukraine independence in the early 1990s, Ukraine had experienced scant independence since the 14th century and had been a part of Russia for 200 years. The problem with the grant of independence is that much of Ukraine is not Ukrainian. It is Russian.

As I have reported previously, Russia regards the prospect of Ukraine as a member of the EU with NATO with US bases on Russia’s frontier as a “strategic threat.” It is unlikely that the Russian government and the Russian territories in Ukraine will accept Washington’s plan for Ukraine.

Whatever their intention, Secretary of State John Kerry’s provocative statements are raising tensions and fomenting war. The vast bulk of the American and Western populations have no idea of what the real situation is, because all they hear from the “free press” is the neoconservative propaganda line.

Washington’s lies are destroying not only civil liberties at home and countries abroad, but are raising dangerous alarms in Russia about the country’s security. If Washington succeeds in overthrowing the Ukrainian government, the eastern and southern provinces are likely to secede. If secession becomes a civil war instead of a peaceful divorce, Russia would not be able to sit on the sidelines. As the Washington warmongers would be backing western Ukraine, the two nuclear powers would be thrown into military conflict.

The Ukrainian and Russian governments allowed this dangerous situation to develop, because they naively permitted for many years billions of US dollars to flow into their countries where the money was used to create fifth columns under the guise of educational and human rights organizations, the real purpose of which is to destabilize both countries. The consequence of the trust Ukrainians and Russians placed in the West is the prospect of civil and wider war.

This article first appeared at Paul Craig Roberts' new website Institute For Political Economy.  Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following.



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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

in regards to the beginning of the article: I really hope the main reason people are irrational is because they are taught to be irrational and think with their emotions and lie to themselves. I don't want to believe its a condition of human nature. I hope im right.

Hide Behind said...

Good Article and about only point that should have more empasis is just how intertwined the two seperate nations realy are.
Roberts is giving euros a friendly blow job as he ommits their part in the chaos but that is not to say US State Department assholes are not neck deep in getting the blood to flow.
Question is why Euros want Ukraine not why US likes killing in order to rule but why the euros.?
SIMPLY PUT THEIR WELFARE STATE IS GETTING TOO FUCKING OLD AND THEIR POPULATIONS ARE DECLINING BELOW REPLACEMENT LEVELS.
GUARDIAN late Jan 2014 ; article correctly points out that they who are pushing not for reforms but regime change through civil war are "An alliance of oligarchs, Fascist and the west.
Later latebJan 2014 the guardian in article by TimothybGarton realy and bluntly explains why of Euros :
"LOOK AT THE SHIFTING BALANCE OF WORLD POWER, AND LOOK AT THE DEMOGRAPHIC PROJECTIONS FOR WESTERN EUROPES AGING POPULATIONS. WE'LL NEED THOSE YOUNG UKRANIANS SOONER THAN YOU THINK; IF WE ARE TO PAY YOUR PENSIONS , MAINTAIN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEFEND OUR WAY OF LIFE IN POST WESTERN WORLD."

Just as we euro centrics do not care about how much blood is spilledfor resources to maintain our lifestyles we do not care how many we enslave in order to pay for our retirements as well.
READ THE DEMOGRAPHIC REPORTS PUT FORTH CONTINUALLY BE WORLD BANK AND WORLD TRADE ORGS AND EVEN EURO COUNCIL THEY TELL IT FOR ALL NATIONS AND EVEN WHY YOUR OLD ASS AND MINE WILL BE REPLACEDBY THE NEW BORN LATINOS .
ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EUROPE AND HERE IS THEY BLEED IMMIGRANTS TO KEEP THEIR WHITES SMILING WHILE HERE OUR LEADERS JUST BLEED THEM AND US WITH LOW WAGES AND POLLUTION WORST IN WORLD SO ONLY THEY THE TOP 30% LIVE COMFORTABLE.

FunCoTech said...

I'm afraid I disagree, I think logic and "critical thinking" and grammar are a vital part of education. We are a thinking creature but the ability can be trained - especially in recognising the tricks bad people can use to confuse you.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to say that the article did not mention the most important topic and that is the oil and gas pipelines that run through the Ukraine to you know where - good old Russia. The fact is that American covert operatives are creating these problems in the Ukraine as well as in Syria and previously in Libya,Egypt,Afghanistan, Iraq and they hope Iran and North Korea eventually. I believe that the trouble being fermented in the Ukraine is retribution for Russian interference in Syria this will have a big impact on oil and gas going to Russia

Anonymous said...

"Dr. Spock of Star Trek...". Why is it that non-trekkies even in articles can't get characters right? Dr. Spock = baby doctor. Mr.Spock = Star Trek character.

ignasi said...

The control of information and being able to chain to better serve the public corporations that only strings are even more fat.

Orwellian Eye Australia said...

I'd like to express my thanks for this article. It's so well written, is highly precise yet so articulate. If only mainstream journos possessed the ability to produce this type of work, imagine what a different world we would be living in. Nice work to the author and Activist Post. Salutations from Australia. Much support and love to citizens of the US :-)

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