U.S. airbrushes the Nazis out of the picture
Posted by Charles II on January 30, 2015
James Carden, in the (paleoconservative) National Interest:
In January, according to Agence France Presse, thousands of Ukrainian nationalists took part in a torchlight procession marking the 106th birthday of Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera. According to AFP, some of the marchers “wore second world war-era army uniforms while others draped themselves in the red and black nationalist flags and chanted ‘Ukraine belongs to Ukrainians!’” Anyone under the impression that torchlight processions through the streets of European capitals are a thing of the past would be sorely mistaken.
[You can see the march, from January 1, 2015, here]
On December 30, in the Washington Post, former Freedom House President and current Atlantic Council Sr. Fellow Adrian Karatnycky warned that several of the far-right battalions, like the Azov and Dnepr-1, who had seen action in eastern Ukraine are “revealing a dark side. In recent months, they have threatened and kidnapped government officials” and “boasted that they will take power if Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko fails to defeat Russia.”
These, according to Karatnycky, are no mere idle threats because Ukraine’s interior minister, Arsen Avakov, has only encouraged these elements, noting that “…in September he even named a leader of the neo-Nazi Azov brigade to head the police in the Kiev region.”
Stephen Cohen has a very interesting broadcast on The John Batchelor Show, in which (among many other things) he remarks on how Barack Obama and David Cameron are claiming that the U.S. and Britain, unaided by the U.S.S.R., defeated Nazi Germany. This is part of airbrushing history to make the Russians the bad guys, and to make the presence of extremists in the present government as something less than a potential threat. Strobe Talbott thinks we should be helping Kiev.
Carden is supposedly printing an article in The Nation in the near future. It should be worth reading.
Meanwhile, fighting goes on during the so-called cease-fire. Mariupol, Debaltsevo, Donetsk, Lugansk. If I were to guess, it would be that Debaltsevo falls first, then Mariupol. The following map is, shall we say, optimistic in my estimation. According to what I hear, the Donetsk airport is in rebel hands, Debaltsevo is completely surrounded, and the outskirts of Mariupol are in rebel hands.
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