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NYT notices Ukraine’s neo-Nazis. In the last paragraph.

Posted by Charles II on August 10, 2014

Andrew Kramer, NYT:

Officials in Kiev say the militias and the army coordinate their actions, but the militias, which count about 7,000 fighters, are angry and, at times, uncontrollable. One known as Azov, which took over the village of Marinka, flies a neo-Nazi symbol resembling a Swastika as its flag.

In pressing their advance, the fighters took their orders from a local army commander, rather than from Kiev. In the video of the attack, no restraint was evident. Gesturing toward a suspected pro-Russian position, one soldier screamed, “The bastards are right there!” Then he opened fire.

This via Robert Parry, who culls the items showing the role of neo-Nazis in the removal of the elected president, Viktor Yanukovych and in the violent confrontations that followed.

Kramer notes that the Ukrainian strategy is based on the theory that the Russians are going to let them overrun the nationalists and consolidate their hold on power. I would guess that the reason we are not already hip deep in Iraq has to do less with Obama’s restraint and more with fears that the Russians are just waiting for the right moment.

Also interesting: in the coup, the confederate flag was reportedly amid Nazi symbols (although this is not as evident from the video as Flounders implies).


4 Responses to “NYT notices Ukraine’s neo-Nazis. In the last paragraph.”

  1. jo6pac said

    Amerikas cia sure has a long history with the Ukraine Nazis. I wonder why that is?

    • Charles II said

      The Cold War stuff doesn’t bother me as much as the recent stuff, Jo. The Cold War was dirty all around. But in the present, the Ukraine is a must-have for Russia. and it’s just a pawn for the West. If the West wanted to play clean, and end up with a truly democratic government in the Ukraine, that would be one thing. But they are playing this as if it was a must-have for the West, and it’s not.

      As for the relationship between the CIA and Ukrainian fascists, I think you know the backstory. Stalin created a lot of enemies. When WW II came, many Ukrainians came out for the Germans. It didn’t take long for most of them to sort out that the Germans intended to kill all the Ukrainians, while Stalin just wanted to kill enough to create permanent subservience. But not everyone figured it out. If the CIA wanted to recruit anyone who wasn’t loyal to the USSR, they didn’t have much choice but to recruit from those who hadn’t figured out that Hitler intended to kill them all. Evil and stupid.

  2. jo6pac said

    This is good also and the first comment has to great links and this sure is depressing stuff.

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