March 12, 2014

Updates On Ukraine: Russian Ambassador To Lebanon Says Europe "Will Regret" Backing Ultranationalists In Ukraine; Kiev Announces Formation of A New National Guard; Right-Wing Leader Dmytro Yarosh Will Run For President

1. An excerpt from, "Russian ambassador upbeat over Lebanon and Syria, warns West over Ukraine" by Firas Choufi, Al-Akhbar, March 11, 2014:
For Russia, defining the opposition as perpetrators of a coup against the legitimate authority in Ukraine is a simple feat. Zaspikin says there are “extreme right-wing, nationalist, and ethnic movements and they are the basis of the protest movement against the state. These movements relied on the support of Nazi Germany since the 1930s to destabilize the country and they used to call for a ‘pure Ukraine,’ empty of all the other social groups. Today these groups rely on western support.”

The diplomat addresses “Russia’s Western partners,” saying: “If our partners are objective, they should put pressure on those they are supporting to go back to the February 21 agreement.” He continued: “Europe will regret this in the future. There are dormant extremist movements inside Europe like the ones present in Ukraine. The Ukrainian crisis is going to wake them up and then it will be too late for regrets.” 
Alexander Zaspikin, the Russian ambassador to Lebanon, is not blowing smoke. The EU and US are digging up the past in Ukraine by helping to bring to power radical ultranationalist groups. This is a convenient alliance that won't stand the test of events. These groups are acting as proxies for the illegally imposed IMF bankster regime right now, but in a prolonged state of lawlessness, chaos, war, and economic collapse anything can happen.

When their numerical strength and political popularity grows they'll turn into an entirely different beast, and then their current political masters in Washington and Brussels won't find them as easy to control as they do today. Presently, they have a hero's image in the Western mainstream media, but that could change very suddenly tomorrow.

It's similar to Washington's arming and funding of radical fundamentalist Islamist groups in Afghanistan in the 1980s to damage the Soviet Union, only to then turn around and declare them international terrorists in the 1990s and 2000s. Remember, the late President Reagan once compared the Taliban to the founding fathers so there is literally no limit to Washington's deceit and delusion when it comes to the radical groups they support against Russian interests, whether it be in Central Asia or Eastern Europe.

But what's even more worrisome in this case is that the political success of the ultranationalist ideology in Ukraine will be copied in neighbouring collapsing EU economies, "where a dangerous right-wing brand of populism is returning."

2. An excerpt from, "March 11 Update On Ukraine" by 'b' of Moon of Alabama, March 11, 2014:
A few days ago the coup government in Kiev had called for a mobilization of the military reserve. That failed. Obviously no one showed up. The coup government has now called to form a "National Guard" of volunteers. With all security and defense related top-jobs now in the hand of the fascists one can easily imagine who will be allowed to join. All Right Sector members have already gone through some (para-)military training as it is a condition for membership. They will revive memories about the 14th SS-Volunteer Division "Galician" which often used in anti-partisan action, i.e. to suppress local dissent.
3. An excerpt from, "Front and Center in Ukraine Race, a Leader of the Far Right" by Andrew E. Kramer, The New York Times, March 11, 2014:
During the Independence Square protests, Dmytro Yarosh made a name for himself as an expert with firebombs. Now, just weeks later, Mr. Yarosh, leader of the right-wing coalition known as Right Sector, says he is running for president.

When Russia’s politicized state media talk about the “neo-fascists” and “anti-Semites” who pulled off what the Kremlin calls a coup in Kiev and are now supposedly threatening Russians in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, they have men like Mr. Yarosh in mind.

But who these men really are and what they stand for, outside the caricatures in the Russian media’s fun-house mirror, are not always clear.

Other than his unstinting nationalism, penchant for secrecy and leadership role in the street fighting, little is publicly known of Mr. Yarosh, beyond that he is 42, a graduate of a teachers college and a man who has been active in Ukraine’s once-fringe right-wing politics for most of his life.