The real enemy is not Russia or Putin: it is the hypocrisy of the US and Britain

John Wight . Posted in News

The US invested $5bn and hand picked the leaders of the coup that toppled Ukraine’s democratically elected government.

Victoria Nuland with Ukraine coup leaders

US State Department’s Victoria Nuland with neo-Nazi Oleh Tyahnybok (left) and Arseniy Yatseniuk (right), hand-picked to lead Ukraine after US-funded coup.

IT HAS been just over a year of growing and escalating crisis in Europe since the Maidan Square protests in Kiev succeeded in toppling Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014.

Those protests, which people in eastern Ukraine consider to have been the basis of a coup that brought down their government and thus trampled over their rights, were openly and materially supported by the West. It saw the likes of US Senator John McCain – a man whose quest for a new Vietnam War never ends – travelling to the country to personally urge on the demonstrators in Kiev alongside Britain’s Catherine Ashton, representing the EU.

With this in mind, just imagine the reaction if Russian politicians had travelled to Mexico to urge on an anti-US protest movement to topple the elected government there and replace it with a pro-Russian alternative. And imagine too that at the head of this movement to topple said government were avowed neo-Nazis and fascists. Imagine what the reaction of the United States would have been then.

Then we have the open admission by the US State Department’s Victoria Nuland, another visitor to Maidan Square during the protests, that the US had ‘invested’ $5billion dollars to help secure Ukraine’s ‘democratic future’ since 1991, combined with the staggering contents of a taped telephone conversation she conducted in early February 2014 with the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, during which they discuss whom they would like to see ‘appointed’ the new Ukrainian president, anticipating Yanukovych’s imminent demise.

Is there anybody who seriously believes, given the aforementioned, that the US and its European allies were not engaged in a nefarious attempt to destabilize and undermine an elected government?

Ukraine’s history is inextricably linked to Russia’s. In the east of the country especially, cultural, ethnic, economic, and historical links with Russia are deeply entrenched. It describes a fissure between east and west in which one half of Ukraine favors close and fraternal ties to Russia on the basis of those links, while in western Ukraine the dominant political current is anti-Russian and pro-West.

Professor of Russian and European Politics, Richard Sakwa, explores the two competing models of statehood that have arisen on the basis of this fissure in his recent book, Frontline Ukraine (IB Taurus 2015).

He describes the first of these as monist nationalism, involving the assertion of an ethnocentric identity that underpins a regeneration of the nation’s culture and social values along rigid and exclusionary nationalist lines.

The second he refers to as a pluralist model, denoting an inclusive Ukrainian identity that embraces the disparate and diverse peoples and ethnic groups who make up the country, a consequence of its “long history of fragmented statehood.”

These two contested models of statehood are being played out in the current Ukrainian conflict, which has been ramped up by the geopolitical stakes involved as Washington and its allies seeks to ‘contain’ Russia in a struggle over the continuation of the unipolarity enjoyed by the West since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, or the multipolar alternative which Russia’s re-emergence as a global power demands.

With over 5000 people killed and over a million displaced in the ensuing conflict in eastern Ukraine, the need for a political solution is self evident.

Yet, judging by the intensity of the demonization of Vladimir Putin and Russia by the British political and media establishment recently, it is clear that an intensification of the conflict is the preferred option of those who refuse to accept that the British Empire no longer exists.

When he’s not being compared to Hitler, a particularly offensive caricature for historical reasons, the Russian leader is being accused of harboring ambitions of forging a ‘Russian Empire’. Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon recently went so far as to make the ludicrous assertion that Putin constitutes as great a threat to Europe as Islamic State, further evidence of a political class that has suffered intellectual collapse.

(TAP – Hitler was a British agent.  Putin could be the same, acting out the bogeyman role to get the war going.  Let’s hope not.)

That such accusations stem from a nation whose government has played a key part in reducing Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya to a state of chaos in recent years, only makes them all the more hypocritical if not downright noxious.

But then this should come as no surprise, as we’ve been here before, haven’t we? Remember when Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez was being similarly demonized and held up as a dictator? His crime when he came to power and remained there on the back of numerous democratic elections was his refusal to allow Venezuela’s wealth to continue to be shipped out of the country, as it had been for decades, by a small group of Western-supported oligarchs.

What the crisis and conflict in Ukraine has done is remind us that we live in a world in which the West’s interests and rights are the only ones deemed legitimate.

This is what drives the repeated attempts by Washington and its allies, especially the UK, to push a hegemonic agenda. And whether in the Middle East or in Europe, it is this agenda that has been the root cause of instability and conflict that is unfolding in eastern Ukraine at present and which has pushed the Middle East into an abyss of carnage and barbarism.

The US is a global hegemon. With over 1,000 military bases covering the planet, 11 navy battle carrier groups, and a military budget exceeding that of every other major industrialized nation combined, the challenge facing the world is not how to contain Russia but rather how to contain Washington.

Vladimir Putin and Russia’s crime is to dare resist this US Empire, taking a stand against the hypocrisy, double standards, and complete lack of respect for other countries, cultures, and values it represents.

The concerted attempt to expand NATO and an ever more militant EU all the way up to Russia’s border has nothing to do with democracy and everything to do with the projection of imperial power masquerading as democracy.

Successive British governments have made a virtue out of attaching itself to Washington’s coattails. Indeed it is no exaggeration to state that when Washington sneezes Britain is ready with a handkerchief to blow its nose. It is a sordid and eminently dishonorable relationship that has allowed the UK to parade itself as a first rate power when in truth it hardly qualifies as third rate.

An escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine benefits no one, least of all Russia. But the principle at stake is one that must be upheld – namely an end to the West dictating orders to the rest of the world and thereby spreading destabilization rather than stability, war instead of peace, and chaos at the expense of respect for international law.

Only when the proponents of ‘democratism’, an ideology not to be confused with democracy, understand that the world is not theirs to control will there be an end to the never-ending spiral of conflict that shows no sign of abating anytime soon.

The enemy is not Russia or Vladimir Putin. The enemy is hypocrisy.

Source: Counterpunch

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15 Responses to “The real enemy is not Russia or Putin: it is the hypocrisy of the US and Britain”

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    MOSCOW, 8 March. /TASS/. The European Union should have its own armny as an instrument of defending interests of Europe, the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker said.

    This army could help us form up common foreign policies and the security policy to be responsible for Europe, Welt am Sonntag reported him as saying. The official said his suggestion did not mean the army would repeat functions of NATO.

    With its own army, the EU would be able to react to threats to the member countries or neighbouring countries, Junker said.

    He said the European Union should have an army in order to send a message to Russia that Europe is serious about upholding the EU values.

    BRUSSELS, 9 March. /TASS/. The idea of setting up EU armed forces may be on agenda of the June summit, the European Commission’s press service told TASS on Monday.

    The chief of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker came forward with a proposal for creating the EU’s own army in an interview to the German weekly Welt am Zontag.

    First deputy chairman of the United Russia faction in the State Duma, Frants Klintsevich
    © TASS/Vladimir Smirnov

    Russian legislator: EU’s common army, if created, to play provocative role

    “A common European Army would show the world that there will be no more wars among the EU countries. Such an army would enable us to conduct a foreign policy and a policy of security and to become aware of Europe’s responsibility in the world,” he said.

    “In the nuclear age extra armies do not provide any additional security. But they surely can play a provocative role,” Klintsevich said, adding it was regrettable that such ideas had already met with some support.

  3. Gordon says:

    Russia Issues International ARREST WARRANT For ROTHSCHILD & SOROS!

  4. The plot is to destroy Russia again and it’s the same people behind this and other atrocities on a global scale!

  5. Lynn says:

    Someone needs to start this round up and soon. The goons are running amock now and the awake can see the total devastation this is having on every single life. We are at a turning point where we will not take anymore.

  6. Aldous says:

    Khazar Jew Nudelman is wholly responsible for tens of thousands of indigenous/Christian Ukrainian deaths – men, women and children – and deserves to die… soon. Tear falling pity dwells not in this eye of mine when it inevitably happens. Nudelman doth infect my eyes!

    The Nudelman bitch becomes the most hated figure of all time amongst even the Illuminati and is thankfully killed despite a last minute reprieve from Rothschild 1 who has shagged and sodomised it a thousand times. Unfortunately a tardy Cripple bore the countermand whereas a winged Mercury bore the death warrant.

    Rothschild 1: “I wish to Lucifer all strifes could be settled so!” (Not realising his Pardon has arrived much too late)

    Aldous: WTF, have I offered love for this? Who knows not that the Nudelman bitch is dead?”

    Rothschild 1: “Who knows not she is dead? Who knows she is! Is Nudelman dead? But the Order was reversed!”

    Aldous: “But Nudelman by your FIRST Order did die and that a winged Mercury did bear; some tardy Cripple bore the countermand.”

    Rothschild 1: “Aldous, you are awful … but I really do like you.”

    Aldous: Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!!!!!!

  7. “Something remarkable is taking place in Russia, and it’s quite different from what we might expect. Rather than feel humiliated and depressed Russia is undergoing what I would call a kind of renaissance, a rebirth as a nation. This despite or in fact because the West, led by the so-called neo-conservatives in Washington, is trying everything including war on her doorstep in Ukraine, to collapse the Russian economy, humiliate Putin and paint Russians generally as bad. In the process, Russia is discovering positive attributes about her culture, her people, her land that had long been forgotten or suppressed…..”

  8. “The American Empire is a Threat to Every Nation’s Security” by Joachim Hagopian

    “Similar to Syria’s Bashir al Assad, Nicolas Maduro’s post- Chavez government has remained in power much to Empire’s chagrin despite being permanently targeted for regime change. ”

    “President just declared Venezuela a threat to US national security, which is code word for any smaller, less powerful nation possessing balls enough to thumb its nose at the Empire bully America. The lie of accusing another sovereign nation as a threat to US national security like clockwork is the first step toward levying economic sanctions. Cuba, Iran, Syria and Russia come readily to mind.

    This petty, tit for tat politics game comes only a week after Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro announced a drastic downsizing of US Embassy employees and that tourist visas for any Americans traveling to his country would be required, not exactly actions posing much of a “threat” to America.

    In fact Maduro is exercising remarkable restraint considering that Canada and the US attempted to overthrow the Venezuelan president on Valentine’s Day last month. But with rejuvenated resolve and concerted focus the United States is once again intent on bringing Maduro down…..”

    “…Civil liberties are fast disappearing in the prison-industrial complex of America amidst an increasing hostile police state where US law enforcement’s been steadily arming and militarizing to make war against its own citizens who risk death from police bullets at a rate 55 times greater than from any so called terrorist and 100 times more likely to be killed by police than citizens from any other industrialized nation…..”

    “…All the same subversive US tactics were being simultaneously deployed in both countries with different outcomes – pouring unlimited cash into the nations (per Victoria Neuland $5 billion in Ukraine alone) through CIA and State Department NGO’s, inside false flag snipers murdering street protesters in order to blame government security forces, a steady feed of social media lies and propaganda, and monetary manipulation through high inflation while creating acute food supply shortages. It was close to a coup in Caracas but no cigar for the US neocon criminals last month or last year.

    Similar to Syria’s Bashir al Assad, Nicolas Maduro’s post- Chavez government has remained in power much to Empire’s chagrin despite being permanently targeted for regime change. All the more reason a year later to hone in on twisting the screws a little tighter on Venezuela. With civil liberties and human rights declining across the boards globally, Venezuela has been the only nation close to democracy with its own nationalized oil company.

    Up until his death two years ago, during his 14 years as head of state despite a couple unsuccessful US sponsored coup attempts, Hugo Chavez brought significant economic and social progress to his country. Containing the world’s largest reserves of crude oil and owning the US company Citgo as its subsidiary, the big boys like Exxon and Shell have been locked out of the richest oil nation on earth and for that reason alone, Chavez and Maduro’s Venezuela has long been the biggest hemispheric thorn in America’s side…..”

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  9. Dr Preston James and Jeff Rense on Rense Radio Network discuss US Congress, crimes in Palestine and other issues

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