Dear Mr Gaffney
On most issues I agree with you BUT not this one because you are ignoring (maybe you do not know) that the so called rebels against the pro Russia movement are mostly Nazi Fascists in alliance with the Chechen Islamists.
Moreover, the Crimea to Russia – their back yard – is what Cuba is to the USA. Kennedy was willing to go to war (even nuclear) but would not allow the Soviets to have any missiles threatening the Continental USA.
They Ukranian neo Nazis represent a new destabilizing item in the Ukrainian crisis and should be of great concern to all those in the USA & Europe who want a free and democratic Ukraine.
The ultra-nationalists were instrumental in ousting pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. They are equipped with helmets, masks, protective gear, weapons and Molotov cocktails and are trained to confront security forces by infiltrating the other demonstrators.
The most prominent and violent of the ultra-nationalist groups is the Pravy-Sektor, or Right Sector, whose leader has recently appealed once more on Chechen Islamic militant chief Dokku Umarov to launch terror attacks in Russia.
It is obvious that John Kerry is helping to incite these groups, ignoring – as usual with Obama and his administration who support the Muslim Brotherhood – the excesses of militant Russo-phobic and anti-Semitic forces inciting demonstrations in Kiev.
The Nazi style Ukrainian groups use identical slogans, symbols and methodology as the Islamo-fascists.
IQ al Rassooli
Kafir & Proud!
When describing the complexities of the Middle East my cousin, Ken, used to say “what we have here is a kind of a situation”. What’s happening in the Ukraine is also one of those “situations” with many different players and more than two sides to the story driven by the Cold War legacy. One of my favorite counter jihad blogs, Cherson and Molschky, has been presenting a different view than what we are seeing in our media.
By Y. K. Cherson:
The situation in Ukraine is clearly confusing for Westerners and even more confusing for their media. A little insight from a native-born Ukrainian:
Crimea has a status of autonomy, authority, and has every right to ask another state for help. But it’s not only about if they have a right or not; 60% of the population of Crimea are ethnic Russians, and among Ukrainians, quite a lot would be more than happy to become a part of Russia instead of a weak and poor Ukraine. And 12% of Tartars in a wink became pro-Russia as soon as the new PM of Crimea guaranteed them that their rights in Crimea would become wider.
The comments made in the Western media’s articles demonstrate a total lack of knowledge and understanding. I’d like to address some of these ideas.
“The Russian military is not all it’s cracked up to be. It couldn’t stand up to the West.”
Come on! It would be true if Russia invaded France or Germany. But in a clash with Russia on the territory of Russia, neither NATO nor the USA would have any chances, and the West would have counted losses by the thousands each day. You’re not Nazi Germany, and you are not accustomed to a war where thousands of your mothers would be getting notifications that “your son died a hero”. And to start a war against Russia in winter is just an act of a collective suicide.
But it’s not only about Russia; it’s more about Ukraine itself. Southern regions like Odessa and Mariupol are waiving Russian flags. Odessa, Nikolaev and Cherson are talking about the creation of an independent State in the South of Ukraine. Kharkov and Donetzk raised Russian flags too and declared they would hold a referendum about where they want to live. All Crimea, together with Sevastopol, is Russian without a single shot. And Putin got a “go” from the Russian Council of Ministers to use military force- but he did not move a single additional soldier to Crimea!
All Russian soldiers there are of the Black Sea Fleet, and by the Kharkov Treaty of 1994, Russia has the right to have 25,000 soldiers in Sevastopol. Now it has only 16,000, which means Russia can calmly increase its military presence by 8,000 soldiers without violating a single letter of this treaty. And the West knows this, although your politicians are hypocritically screaming about “invasion”.
There is not any “invasion”! Putin has outsmarted the West who did not expect of Russia such a resolute and at the same time cunning game. But Putin understands that a war with Ukraine will meet resistance in Russia; Ukrainians for Russians are, in spite of everything, a brother people. Putin will never start a war, and he does not need to; the idiots in the Ukrainian government will give Ukraine to Putin with their own hands.
This is who the West supports?
In an attack of collective madness, Ukrainian leaders declared a mobilization and called to ranks 1,000,000 reservists. By International Law, mobilisation is equal to the declaration of war. And now Putin has the right to do with Ukraine anything he wishes; in technical terms, they are aggressors, because Russia has not declared any mobilisation! Russia is calmly holding the Paralympic Games, watching concerts, readily giving shelter to Ukrainian refugees, whose number in just two months reached 600,000 persons- and patiently waiting.
Do you understand the costs to maintain, feed, arm, cure and dress a million soldiers? It is exorbitant even for a developed Western country, and for Ukraine, with its rachitic economy, it means a collapse in 10 days.
In two weeks, Putin will have Ukraine on a silver platter without a single shot. And let’s be honest; Ukraine as it is today is not a viable State. The Western part of Ukraine is different from its Southeastern part practically in all. Different religion (South and East are Orthodox, while Western Ukraine are Catholics), language, culture, traditions, history; they are all different. Even the geography is different! And it means that the mentalities of Ukrainians of the Western and Southeastern parts are absolutely different too. An example: Stepan Bandera for Western Ukrainians is a national hero- while for South and East Ukraine, he is a bloody murderer and a fascist.
Read more at Cherson and Molschky including links to many posts on the situation in Ukraine: