What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear *

The situation in the Ukraine is disturbing. Warhawks in Washington are anxious to give the finger to the Russians and extend the American Empire well into the Russian heartland. On the other hand, Russia has been rattling sabers, piqued at losing to the American hockey team on its own ice.

What must be kept in mind, however, is that this is not simply a matter of the United States as the good guy and Russia as the villain. Things are far more complicated.

It’s been a long, long time since the U.S. could actually lay claim to being the knight in shining armor, and its parry and thrust in eastern Europe surely isn’t a revival of the disinterested American seeking liberty and justice for the world. The U.S., like Russia and many other nation-states, is run by a small power elite who use the nation and its national resources to pursue its own agenda. Whatever America seeks in the Ukraine, it is not to bestow the blessings of liberty but rather to consolidate ever-expanding markets and corporate connections. The American Empire and its European allies are looking to move eastward. They’ve already successfully broken the Yugoslav Federation and worked their way into Czech, Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian economies. The Ukraine was next on the list.

Russia is not a Good Guy either. It wants to dominate the Ukraine, and believes that it must hold on to Crimea as essential to its national security. Despite the U.S. media lampooning Vladimir Putin, any Russian leader who was not a traitor to his people, would act to defend its own backyard from hostile foreign powers. Putin is not a conqueror set on re-establishing the Russian Empire, he is just trying to hold on to what has been Russian for centuries.

Ask yourself who has invaded more countries since 2000, Putin or Bush-Obama? Ding-ding-ding, no, the answer is: Bush and his smarter brother from another mother, Obama. Putin has shown he was ready use military force to defend his own, but the U.S. and the E.U. have been behaving provocatively.

The CIA and other Western intelligence agencies have been pouring money into the Ukraine since the so-called Orange Revolution of 2004. And the KGB, in its present incarnation as the FSB, has also been engaged in black ops with the intent of controlling the Ukraine for their side. No white hats, all black. The Ukrainian people are caught in the middle as pawns in a much bigger game.

From 1946-1956, the OSS, and later CIA, built on the Ukraine underground apparatus left by the Nazis. There was a very strong Nazi collaborationist puppet government in the Ukraine which welcomed and worked with the Nazis when they invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. For about 10 years after the War, the Nazi underground engaged in an on again, off again guerrilla war against the Soviet government.

In recent demonstrations it is notable that shirts and flags emblazoned with the word “Svoboda” were prevalent. Now the word itself is hardly frightening, it means Freedom. What is less well known is that Freedom, or Svoboda, was the name of the Ukrainian nationalist organization that succeeded the Nazi-collaborationist movement from WWII.

So, with much simplification, the conflict in the Ukraine is a Communist-Nazi redux. Only this time, the Empire is on the Nazi side while it chose the Communist side in the last go around.

It reminds one of Orwell’s “1984”, in a world of three “nations” or international alliances, sometimes it was Oceania against Eurasia and East Asia and sometimes it was yet a different combination. The chairs may shift but the players and the game are the same.


* From the Buffalo Springfield song,

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

I think it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side

It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away

We better stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, now, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

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