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Monday, 5 May 2014

Silence of the Wolves: The Ukraine and the Moral Stultification of the West

00 This is business as usual for Langley. 05.05.14


Although the putschist junta in Kiev and its sponsors in the USA and Europe made all efforts to, by turns or simultaneously, ignore, downplay, obfuscate, and distort the horrific events in Odessa in the Ukraine on Friday, 2 May, what’s indisputably clear is that an estimated 46 people died and 200 forced to seek medical treatment after assaults by pro-government forces culminated in the burning of a trades-union office building.

A French novelist wrote in the 19th century of a curious trait of the human psyche; a person would perpetrate the perfect crime, then, give himself away by bragging it about it to the first stranger he meets in a bar. Such indeed is the dynamic that seems to account for videos appearing on YouTube almost immediately after the carnage in Odessa demonstrating beyond a scintilla of doubt that young thugs, many with military camouflage outfits and plastic and metal military helmets, were preparing firebombs, and, in one clear instance, firing a handgun towards the besieged occupants of the trades-union headquarters, who fled a tent camp they’d inhabited outside for shelter after extremist goons arrived.

One cell-phone video shows what seem to be police walking by and observing several young men getting Molotov cocktails ready and, far from intervening, appearing to nod their approbation. After the assailants hurled several of the handmade bombs into the building, one heard shouts of exultation and triumph, increasing in intensity as the fires caused by the bombs spread through the several-story complex. After the tardy, unaccountably and unconscionably tardy, response by law enforcement forces and rescue workers, the cops arrested several of the victims who survived the onslaught and held them for investigation. There are no reports indicating that the cops nicked the perpetrators and those who incited them.

The American/NATO-backed régime of Arseny Yatsenyuk and Aleksandr Turchinov attempted to deflect attention from the self-evident truth of what occurred, with Turchinov stating the day after the massacre, “I’ve signed a decree on the two days mourning in the Ukraine for the heroes killed during the antiterrorist operation and the people killed during the tragic events in Odessa”. Comparable equivocation and evasion by American and EU leaders echoed his cynical disingenuousness, or he orchestrated it with them. This is as though a defendant himself presented proof of his guilt and not only confessed but celebrated his act, and the prosecutor demanded an investigation, and the judge rendered an acquittal. Western leaders will, after consulting with their PR flacks, shed a couple of crocodile tears, lament the violence on both sides and continue to support, morally and materially, the massive military campaign by their client régime in Kiev against what the latter invariably refers to as terrorists.

As Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov stated in relation to the above, “Not even fascists acted like this. First, to burn people alive by blocking all entrances and setting them on fire, and, then, to tell the whole world that it was the people inside the building who hurled bottles with flammable substance at each other”. Not even fascists, indeed. There won’t be any outcry against the hideous barbarity motivating and characterising the massacre in Odessa in the West; what one of its supporters described on a video as “our May barbecue”. Not one of the 100 US Senators, not one of the 435 members of the US House of Representatives, and no member of the European Parliament will rise to denounce this outrage, more reminiscent of the behaviour of Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht seventy years ago and of roaming bands of cutthroat mercenaries during the Thirty Years’ War four centuries ago than what people may have expected in the 21st century, in the post-Cold War epoch, of what President Barack Obama embraced as the reign of “the world’s military superpower” when he received… how truly unimaginative George Orwell has been proven to have been… the Nobel Peace Prize in December of 2009.

Wolves don’t cry, not even stage tears; they howl… and tear flesh.


I know why the Odessa massacre occurred. Back in the ’80s, I had contacts with “Ukrainian Catholics” and “Ukrainian Orthodox”… what goes on in these circles is evil and beyond words. No, by no means are all those in these groups goons… emphatically not, in fact. However, the vast bulk keeps quiet when the loud and hate-filled nationalists speak up. No one opposes the strident anti-Russian rhetoric… no one protests hate indoctrination in the most inappropriate venues (Christmas parties and parish affairs). Since the end of World War II, the haters nurtured their hatred… and the American government abetted some of them in an attempt to weaken the USSR. After the August events of 1991, some of these haters got the chance to muck about in the Ukraine itself. We’re seeing the fruit of that today. These people hate “Moskali” (their term for Russians), for what, I have no bloody idea. This hate is boundless… they’ve nurtured it for a long time… with the full approval of the American government. Their forebears murdered Poles, Russians, Jews, Roma, Romanians, Magyars, and dissident Galicians (yes!) without a qualm… and the “Ukrainian” churches glorify them!

You saw the bitter fruit of that in Odessa… you saw it in the Euromaidan terrorism… you saw in the massacres of unarmed civilians in the southeast. If you support the junta in any way or keep quiet about its enormities, you cover yourself with their guilt. By their fruits ye shall know them… yes, indeed… I have to walk away from all this shit. I bit into that fruit, and it’s the foulest stuff that I’ve ever tasted. Have a care with such sorts, some of ’em aren’t wrapped overly-tightly. I’d hope that someone like Senator Sanders would condemn the junta and all of its works… but I’m not holding my breath. All of Washington is cheering on the fascists. God have mercy on us for tolerating such shit. It tells you how LOW we’ve fallen…


5 May 2014

Rick Rozoff



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