Monday, February 24, 2014

Thoughts on the Ukraine

Some like Father Matthew Raphael Johnson (who is now writing for Eurasia Review, believe Russia should challenge the West’s moves in the Ukraine, which is Russia’s very own borderland. 

In an e-mail of 21 Feb. 2014, he writes:

The Ukraine issue has been extremely upset.
Here are a few thoughts that keep me awake:

1. Who riots over abstract issues like joining the EU? Its always something more concrete. Western ideas destroyed the economy. The EU is drowning in debt while Belarus and Russia have budget surpluses and trade surpluses. I don't get it.

2. Originally, as was the case in 2004, the pro-Russian rallies are 10-20 times larger than the anti-Russian. Soon, the pro-Russian rallies are not covered, and the anti-Russian protests grow. In Syria the same: The pro-Assad rallies were massive and dwarfed the anti-Assad protests.

3. Consistently, over the last 10 years, the percentage of pro-western Ukrainians is about 2-3%. I've read polls in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and English. The same numbers apply. It was western market absurdity that destroyed the economy in the first place. Now, they're rioting because they are not given more "market freedoms." 

4. Consistently, Ukrainians support a closer union with Russia about at a level of 75-80%. They still want independence, but also want a fraternal connection between the two countries.

5. 20 policemen have been killed. Rioters are armed with grenades and machine guns. Yet, no cop has fired back. Explanation? I have none.

6. When the Germans invaded the USSR in 1941, they destroyed about 40% of the economy. From 1990-1994, 80% of the Russo-Ukrainian economy was dismantled. Yet, allegedly, the rioters want closer ties with the west? 

My view has become extreme. Russia needs to invade Ukraine and see what the US does. Parts of Galicia and Volyn should be given independence. The US is overstretched militarily and totally broke. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is led by Russia and China and is aimed at the US. China has promised to back all Russian claims against the west, so Russia can help but win, since US bonds are being bought by the Chinese.

The color revolution issue is the most disturbing political development in history. These are well orchestrated coups. They have the identical script without the slightest deviation. All major media say the exact same thing, using the same words and phrases over and over again. And in every single case, the country is left worse off than before, with the only difference being that there is no longer any government to keep US capital out.

Yet all major political analysts and professors repeat the same slogans over and over, and continue to collect 6 and 7 figure salaries. 

The evil has become so blatant that the system does not even try to be creative about it. The same slogans are recycled over and over, and no one notices. Can it really be this bad, or is the media so completely controlled that reporters, analysts, etc., don't know any better?

And in e-mail of 24 Feb. 2014, he writes:

I've been following Ukrainian politics since 1990. I have not been this upset over anything in that time. It affects all of us. If they can get away with this kind of coup there, why not here? Protesters are not in short supply anywhere. It proves what I've been saying: the econ. downturn only benefits the Regime, since they control the direction of protests.

The whole thing is laughable. Pro-western opinion in Ukraine has been consistently between 3-7%, depending on the poll. The west is blamed, rightly, for the disintegration of the economy since 1991. Attitudes toward Russia hover around 75% approval, with maybe 60% in western Ukraine (especially in the cities). The Ukrainian division is not east v west, but it is urban v rural. Urban areas are pro-Russian, while the countryside is mixed.

I've always been interested in police responses to these types of things. Riot suppression is a focus of the national police units of South Korea and Northern Ireland. The unspoken contract is that, if protesters use non-lethal weapons, the response will be moderate. In Ukraine, they were shooting (etc), and the police would not fire back. This cries out for explanation. No other society would tolerate this. The police abandoned their posts on Saturday, which is rational if they are getting no state support.

There was a time when these groups, such as the OUN, were positive. They were a militant underground against the USSR. The problem was that these are mostly uniat organizations. Bandera himself was UAOC, as far as I know, but Melnyk and so many others were uniat. I've read OUN writings since their founding. They want full independence against any and all. The EU would be heresy to them; as would free trade and economic hierarchy. So if that is the core of the movement, they have fallen from their founding documents.

I've read that the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine (that of Natalie Vertrenko), a Eurasian group I normally respect, said that the uniats were the essential part of the movement and had not the slightest interest in the EU. I'm willing to accept that for now.

My opinion has been that Russia needs to invade and occupy most of Ukraine and the Crimea. Also, absorb Carpatho-Rus, very pro-Moscow. If Galicia and Volyn want to go, let them go (though the urban populations will not like that). The funny thing is that I still believe in Ukrainian independence, but entering the EU is its negation. the UAOC under Met. Mefodii (whose group my own takes its canonical line, as do two RTOC groups in Moscow) is anti EU and quite opposed to the protests.

The first thing the well paid protesters did is pardon Julia Tymoshenko, the head of the oligarchical faction in the energy industry. One of the most unpopular women in Ukraine, she made her billions siphoning off Russian gas and selling it at an inflated rate on the side. Everyone knows she is a fraud. This alone shows what the "protesters" were all about.

The simple reality is that nearly all Ukrainians belive that western "assistance" is what brought down the economy. This is why the uniat movement is significant, since they are anti-Russian on religious grounds.

Perhaps it is time someone challenged them, for as Kurt Nimmo points out in his news article, this Western-backed series of ‘regime changes’ shows no signs of slowing down.  But no benefits accrue to the peoples of the countries thus affected; they simply become slaves to Western banks and corporations who move in after the chaos to take advantage of the situation (to echo Fr Matthew’s points above).

Back in 2011 the Party of Regions warned that if left unchecked the globalist financier George Soros would unleash a “Libyan scenario” on Ukraine.

“I even have information that Soros has allocated certain funds in order to prepare a certain group of young boys here in Ukraine who could launch any existing projects based on the North Africa examples,” said Aleksandr Yefremov, head of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction.

A “certain group of young boys,” namely violent gun-toting hooligans from the Right Sector and associated neofascist groups, are reportedly in control of Kyiv as of Saturday. Members of 31st Hundred, an opposition group from Lviv, were said to be in control of Ukraine’s Parliament building, The New York Times reports, and the president, Viktor Yanukovych, has fled the capitol. Protesters have taken control of his home.

The United States and NATO supported mercenaries in Libya who overthrew the government and murdered its leader, Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi. Libya is now paralyzed by factional, regional, tribal and ideological divisions, a fate Ukraine now confronts as stores are looted, cash machines emptied, and a mass exodus departs the capitol for Odessa, Simferopol and Kharkov, Ukrainian cities largely loyal to the government and less affected by the turmoil, according to Russia Today.

In 2008 the now imprisoned former prime minister, Yulia Timoshenko, talked about the role George Soros played in Ukrainian politics and the advice he gave following the financial crisis.

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In January we reported on the cynical attempt by Soros to undermine Ukraine and other nations in the Russian Federation. Soros’ Open Society Institute, now known as Open Society Foundations (OSF), doles out grants to activist NGOs in central Europe and builds upon and continues the work of the Ford Foundation. Since the early 1950s, the CIA has used the Ford Foundation as a funding cover. Soros and a handful of U.S. organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy destabilize and overthrow governments, tasks formerly accomplished by the CIA.

The destabilization of the Ukrainian government is part of an ongoing geostrategic move by the globalists to undermine any challenge to their hegemonic designs. Libya suffered the result of what is essentially an order out of chaos plan. A similar plan on Russia’s frontier is now underway.

Source:, posted 22 Feb. 2014, accessed 24 Feb. 2014

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