Whilst Nuland described the Crimea and Novorossiya as being in the grip of a “Reign of Terror”, over 90 percent Crimeans support reunification with Russia. The fact Nuland is ready to disregard reality when discussing the Ukraine is dangerous and not funny. To enter the mind of Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, is to enter a parallel universe. In comments to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Nuland used the “Reign of Terror” remark. In the Crimea, “Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians who refused to surrender their passports, gays and lesbians, journalists and others” experience violation of their human rights as “the norm, not the exception”. In Novorossiya, “Russia and its separatist puppets (sic) unleashed unspeakable violence and pillage”. The blame for all this horror rests squarely with Moscow, which “manufactured a conflict fuelled by Russian tanks and heavy weapons; financed by Russian taxpayers” to which the Kremlin has sent “hundreds and hundreds of young Russians to fight and die”. Meanwhile, as the Crimea and Novorossiya groan under “illegal occupation” and “terror”, “the Ukraine is building a peaceful, democratic, independent nation across 93 percent of its territory”. Anyone who believes this fantasy must however explain certain facts. It turns out that far from feeling oppressed by “illegal occupation” and “terror”, over 90 percent of Crimeans supported reunification with Russia. This contrasts with reports of growing discontent in “the peaceful, democratic, independent Ukraine”. Meanwhile, the German government and intelligence service can find no trace of any vast Russian army in Novorossiya or on the Ukrainian border that Nuland talks about. Whilst Nuland sees things that aren’t there, she can’t see things that are.
She didn’t notice that President Yanukovich’s removal from office was unconstitutional and violent. She doesn’t see the fascist and neo-Nazi groups and militias that scar Ukrainian political life. The term “Right Sector” doesn’t pass her lips. She’s oblivious to the withdrawal of accreditation to Russian journalists, of the Ukraine banning of Russian and dissident Ukrainian media, and of the deaths of Russian journalists. She doesn’t observe how despite repeated promises the Kiev junta refuses to negotiate a constitutional settlement with the Novorossiyan people. She doesn’t seem to be aware of the junta aggression against Novorossiya, launched in July as the junta’s foreign minister signed a call for an unconditional ceasefire in Berlin. As for the shelling of Novorossiyan cities, the bombing of Donetsk and Lugansk, the fire and murder of protesters in the Odessa Dom Profsoyuzov, the economic blockade imposed by the junta on Novorossiya, the assaults on dissident politicians, and the humanitarian crisis caused by junta actions, if one takes one’s news from Nuland one would know nothing of them. It isn’t that Nuland doesn’t know these things or that she really believes the fantasies she peddles. Rather, she is, as Der Spiegel reported that the German government believes, one amongst several ideological hardliners in NATO and the USA unhappy with the Minsk peace process, who look for ways to wreck it so that the aggression against Novorossiya could restart with the junta rearmed with American weapons. In order to achieve this objective, Nuland and her co-conspirator NATO General Breedlove are ready to say whatever they consider necessary, regardless of truth. Der Spiegel said that this attitude has officials in the German Chancellery “shaking their heads” in dismay. The fact that Nuland is ready to wander so far from reality when discussing the Ukraine is dangerous and not funny. It doesn’t merely risk the West’s credibility, as the German government supposedly thinks. Rather, it’s a sign of how far Western hardliners like Nuland are ready to go to get the anti-Russian war in Europe that they want.
13 March 2015
Many Anglo Americans (especially, in the Affluent Effluent) live in a fantasy world, but Republicans are doubly so inclined. Anyone who takes ANY credence in Fox News, Rush Limboob, or Sarah Palin is dangerously lunatic. If the Fairness Doctrine were still in place, these truth-stretchers wouldn’t be on the air. Yes, Virginia, at one time, the USA disallowed rightwing slime from spouting their shit over the airwaves. It’s time to bring that back, along with the socialistic New Deal, in all its fullness (starting with abolishing Taft-Hartley and reimposing a full and uncastrated Wagner Act). Until we do so, we live in a brutal and violent Corporatist state closer to Nazi Germany than to the New Deal USA that helped to defeat it (there’s little difference between Wal-Mart’s present business practises and those of the slave-labour-utilising IG Farben in the Third Reich). Think on that.