Global Crisis: Proposals for Solution – Schiller Institute Conference – former Ambassador Leonidas Chrysantopoulos (EPAM, Greece)
“I totally agree with the Schiller Institute’s viewpoint that we need a renaissance of Classical culture, as we see measures being taken to prevent it from happening. Not only is the educational system in Greece doing everything possible to make Classical culture disappear,— it seems to be following steps taken in the United States and in other EU countries. It seems that Classical culture, which also encompasses humanism, philosophy, the sciences and art, creates fear among the ruling classes who do not want to see the people thinking again. We should resist any such tendencies.”
Leonidas Chrysantopoulos (EPAM)
Creating A Common Future For Mankind And A Renaissance Of Classical Culture
June 28, 2016 — The Schiller Institute’s international two-day conference gathered more than 300 guests from 24 nations and four continents for an intense and profound dialogue on how to stop the immediate danger of world war, by creating instead a new paradigm of global cooperation and development, based on a dialogue of civilizations and the unique creativity of mankind. Conference participants were extremely alerted about the escalation of western geopolitical confrontation against Russia and China and the danger of thermonuclear war and passed a resolution calling for an immediate end of sanctions against Russia and Syria. To end the war and to reconstruct war-torn Syria and the greater region of Southwest-Asia, was a key focus of the conference, during which Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, Presidency of Syria, addressed the conference audience and engaged in a moving Q&A via live stream.
Global Crisis: Proposals for Solution
Global Crisis: Proposals for Solution
Leonidas Chrysantopoulos EPAM, Greece – former Greek Ambassador to Poland, Canada and Armenia, former Secretary General of the Black Sea
“Allow me at the outset to congratulate the Schiller Institute and its Director, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, for trying to make the world better for humanity. I wish us all success in this important conference and hope that the outcome will be beneficial for us all.
The theme of our conference is very appropriate and comes at a moment when humanity is not only facing its worst economic crisis since the depression of 1928, but also the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, due to the aggressive policies of the United States in the last decade, that have destroyed Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. The EU is continuing to gradually collapse, as it destroys its member states, forcing some to consider leaving, while its democratic deficit is increasing and far-right parties are closing in on power.
The world economy cannot get out of a vicious circle that it has been in since the outset of the crisis in 2008. We are witnessing global demonstrations against austerity measures that enhance poverty instead of growth, and against greedy financial systems that lead to extreme social inequality. The demonstrations in France are a good example. Until now, nobody has been listening to the people. It is due time that decisions be taken on priorities beneficial to the interests of human beings. We should no longer ask the question of what the markets are saying, but what our people are saying.
The EU not only has become an incompetent organization, but is also in disarray as more and more is being heard every day about political parties with rightwing programs, and exiting the EU. The UK referendum of Thursday demonstrates the case.
In Greece the situation is deteriorating. After the legislation adopted by Parliament on May 22, Greece has ceased to exist as a state, having given the economic management of the country to the lenders and to the EU for the next 100 years. It is the first time in history that a country has dissolved itself. Parliament will no longer have any role to play in this area. In May 2010, the Greek government was forced to sign the Loan Agreement so that it could, through austerity measures, reduce the public debt which in 2009 was 129% of GNP or 299 billion euro in absolute numbers. After three memoranda and the mistaken policies of the EU, the IMF, and the Greek governments, not only was the public debt not reduced, but it has increased to 180% of GNP.
The Syriza government was elected on an anti-austerity program, yet betrayed the Greek people by doing exactly the opposite. It did not even take into account a referendum in which 62% of the people voted against the austerity measures. In spite of the fact that they had acknowledged their mistakes, the EU, the European Central Bank, and the IMF continue to insist on the implementation of the same ineffective policies that are destroying a member-state of the EU and its people. Unemployment is up to 25% from 9% in 2010, Greeks looking into garbage bins for food is a common sight, overtaxation has paralyzed the economy, and the health system has collapsed, while more than 5,000 people have committed suicide.
But it is not only that the measures are erroneous, they have also violated the Lisbon Treaty as well as the human rights of the Greek people, something that is also mentioned in the report dated February 29 of the UN independent expert, Juan Pablo Bohoslavski, to the UN Human Rights Council:
The US-provoked war in Syria with the participation of some EU states, has created the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Almost 5 million refugees have left Syria to ask asylum mainly in the EU. Germany has 484,000, Sweden 108.000 and more in other Member States. Turkey is currently hosting 2,748,000, Lebanon 1,500,000 and Jordan 1,265,000.The EU, once the champion of humanitarian assistance, was incapable of managing the refugee flow. Greece, a country that had no participation in the Syrian war, was inundated with an increased number of refugees while many of its Central European members refused to accept them. Though the movements into Greece were gradually reduced after the shaky EU-Turkey Agreement of March the EU has still to live up to its previous decisions, according to which 60,000 refugees from Greece and Italy would be resettled in EU member-states. Today, Greece has 56,000 refugees, all of whom want to depart North. It is, however a shame that the US has accepted only 4,000 refugees.
Another threat facing humanity is the U.S. animosity towards Russia, as if we were still in the cold war period. A missile system is being set up to encircle Russia and, of course, Moscow is preparing a defense shield to counter it. The EU embargo on Russia after the Ukrainian crisis is not at all helping the situation. Also, threats have been recently made by Obama against China with references to the need to restrict her economic power.
With a collapsing EU and a United States looking for confrontation with Russia and China, a solution for humanity can be the BRICS’ initiative. This is an initiative of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa to pursue a policy of economic development for the benefit of humanity. They created their own Development Bank to invest in necessary development projects. China has also established the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, joined by over 20 Asian nations as founding members, and has set up a Silk Road Development Fund. Within the BRICS, China has proposed the creation of a Free Trade Area of Asia and the Pacific. The Chinese proposal was quickly rejected by Obama, who created his own free trade organization. The incorporation of the Shanghai Cooperation Agreement to the BRICS could create a formidable power, which—if remaining out of the control of the bankers—could be decisive so that humanity reaches global peace and ends poverty through economic development.
From what was previously mentioned, we can see that there is a crisis of civilization that is impeding humanity’s progress. I totally agree with the Schiller Institute’s viewpoint that we need a renaissance of Classical culture, as we see measures being taken to prevent it from happening. Not only is the educational system in Greece doing everything possible to make Classical culture disappear,— it seems to be following steps taken in the United States and in other EU countries. It seems that Classical culture, which also encompasses humanism, philosophy, the sciences, and art, creates fear among the ruling classes who do not want to see the people thinking again. We should resist any such tendencies.
As for the dialogue of cultures,— yes by all means this should take place, and perhaps we could get on board the UN dialogue of civilizations and make it even better. Both dialogues are useful efforts to enhance efforts for a permanent global peace.
In conclusion, and after having criticized the EU and the United States, allow me to propose some solutions that would be beneficial for humanity.
For Greece it is imperative to denounce the Loan Facility Agreement of May 2010, on the basis of Articles 8-52 of the Vienna Convention concerning the Law of Treaties. These articles anticipate the invalidity of a treaty, if there was error, fraud, or coercion of a representative of a state. The cessation of payments with the denunciation of the Loan Agreement and the nationalization of the Bank of Greece, will allow Greece to repair the damage done and instigate true development. Adoption of a national currency will follow. The Unified Popular Front (EPAM), a political party not in parliament yet, supports such a policy.
There must be a transformation of the EU into an efficient organization, having as its sole priority the safeguarding of the interests of its people. A new charter is necessary, drafted by movements of citizens of member-states who will submit their proposals to a European Assembly composed of representatives of these movements. The existing EU must be dissolved.
The United States
It must stop its policy of destroying nations, and Obama must return to the Nobel Committee the Peace Prize that was awarded to him, since he did nothing to deserve it. The same applies to the EU, which also received the Peace Prize. The United States must adopt a more friendly policy towards Russia and the rest of the world, for the benefit of humanity.
The deletion of the global debt, which is about $600 trillion, will allow humanity to restart on a new and healthy basis. In history, we have examples of debt deletion, from the ancient Greek Sisahthia to the Jubilee of ancient Hebrew communities, where every 50 years all debts were cancelled. Even during the 1970s, the developed countries of the West deleted the debt of the Non-Aligned Movement, thus allowing the economic boom of Yugoslavia. The BRICS’ movement can promote this while the decision must be taken by the G-8. Humanity as a whole will benefit, because it will be able to restart on sound and healthy principles.
In order to implement the previously mentioned proposals, it is necessary to have politicians with imagination, vision, and courage — politicians who care about the progress of humanity and who can control the greed of multinational companies by restricting their power. Such politicians do not exist today. So we have to create them.”
The following are excerpts of Putin’s speech delivered at the Valdai conference in Sochi, just a few days ago. The speech was directed at Western elites.
“Russia will no longer play games with the United States and engagein back-room negotiations… Russia is prepared for serious agreements, but only if these agreements are conducive to collective security… All systems of global collective security now lie in ruins. There are no longer any international security guarantees at all and the party responsible for the destruction of global collective security is The United States of America…
…The builders of the New World Order have failed by having built a sand castle…Russia favors a conservative approach to introducing innovations into the social order, but is not opposed to investigating and discussing such innovations, to see if introducing any of them might be justified…
…Russia has no intention of building an empire of their own, but will not go fishing in the murky waters created by America’s ever-expanding “empire of chaos…
…Russia’s challenges lie in developing her already vast territory)…Russia will not attempt to reformat the world in her own image, but neither will she allow anyone to reformat her in their image. Russia will not close herself off from the world, but anyone who tries to close her off from the world will be sure to reap a whirlwind. Neither is Russia willing to act as a savior of the world, as she has in the past…
…Russia does not wish for the chaos to spread, does not want war, and has no intention of starting one. However, todayRussia sees the outbreak of global war as almost inevitable, is prepared for it, and is continuing to prepare for it. Russia does not war, nor does she fear it…
…Russia does not intend to take an active role in thwarting those who are still attempting to construct their New World Order, However, Russia will oppose their efforts if they begin to impinge on Russia’s key interests. Russia would prefer to stand by and watch them give themselves as many lumps as their poor heads can take. But those who manage to drag Russia into this process, through disregard for her interests, will be taught the true meaning of pain…
…Russia’s will rely not on the elites to set the tone for the future, and these decisions will result from the will of the people…”
Russia Is In War Mode
The RAF has intercepted Russian military aircraft as they neared UK airspace for the second time in the past week. This incident follows Norwegian interception of two Russian bombers last Wednesday.
The Baltic countries are also witnessing a dramatic increase in Russian military violations of NATO air space in which the Russians appear to be testing their ability to penetrate NATO’s air defenses.
Even the number of times that Japanese fighter jets have been forced to scramble to intercept Russian military aircraft has more than doubled in the last six months, amid the escalating diplomatic tensions between Japan and Russia.
Russia has even violated American airspace in Alaska with multiple air incursions designed to test and discover the sophistications of America’s ability to detect and intercept Russian fighters and nuclear bombers.
Coupled with the air incursions, Putin has the Russian economy in war mode. He even has the Russian military prepared to militarily seize the “resource rich” Arctic.
Putin has warned that “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations,” Putin said. “This is a reality, not just words.”
The United States would be wise to prepare in kind. Is anyone else concerned that our first and last line of defense is Barack “let’s play nine” Obama?
Video of the Valdai Speech
The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery.
How do we know that this is a lie? Is it because we have heard nothing but lies about Russia from NATO, from US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, from assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland, from Obama and his entire regime of pathological liars, and from the British, German, and French governments along with the BBC and the entirety of the Western media?
This, of course, is a good reason for knowing that the latest Western propaganda is a lie. Those who are pathological liars don’t suddenly start telling the truth.
But there are even better reasons for understanding that Russia has not invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops.
One reason is that Putin has invested heavily in diplomacy backed by unprovocative behavior. He would not risk his bet on diplomacy by sending in troops too few in number to have a decisive effect on the outcome.
Another reason is that if Putin decides he has no alternative to sending the Russian military to protect the Russian residents in eastern and southern Ukraine, Putin will send in enough troops to do the job quickly as he did in Georgia when the American and Israeli trained Georgian army invaded South Ossetia and was destroyed in a few hours by the Russian response. If you hear that 100,000 Russian troops accompanied by air cover have invaded Ukraine, it would be a more believable claim.
A third reason is that the Russian military does not need to send troops into Ukraine in order to stop the bombing and artillery shelling of the Russian populations by Washington’s puppet government in Kiev. The Russian air force can easily and quickly destroy the Ukrainian air force and artillery and, thereby, stop the Ukrainian attack on the secessionist provinces.
It was only two weeks ago that a fabricated report spread by the UK Guardian and the BBC that a Russian armored convoy entered Ukraine and was destroyed by the Ukrainian Military. And two weeks prior to that we had the hoax of the satellite images allegedly released by the US State Department that the corrupt US ambassador in Kiev spread around the world on social media allegedly showing that Russian forces were firing into Ukraine. One or two weeks from now we will have another lie, and another a week or two after that, and so on.
The cumulative effect of lie piled upon lie for most people is to build the view that the Russians are up to no good. Once this view is established, Western governments can take more serious moves against Russia.
The alleged entry of 1,000 Russian soldiers into Ukraine has been declared by NATO Brigadier General Niko Tak to be a “significant escalation in Russia’s military interference in Ukraine.” The champion liar Samantha Power told the US Security Council that “Russia has to stop lying.” The UK ambassador to the UN said that Russia was guilty of “a clear violation of sovereign Ukrainian territory.” UK prime minister Cameron warned Russia of “further consequences.” German chancellor Merkel announced that there would be more sanctions. A German Security Council advisor declared that “war with Russia is an option.” Polish foreign minister Sikorski called it Russian aggression that required international action. French president Hollande declared Russia’s behavior to be “intolerable.” Ukraine’s security council imposed mandatory conscription.
This suicidal drive toward war with Russia by Europe’s leaders is based entirely on a transparent lie that 1,000 Russian troops crossed into Ukraine
Of course the Western media followed in lock-step. The BBC, CNN, and Die Welt are among the most reckless and irresponsible.
The mountain of lies piled up by Western governments and media has obscured the true story. The US government orchestrated the overthrow of the elected government in Ukraine and imposed a US puppet in Kiev. Washington’s puppet government began issuing threats and committing violent acts against the Russian populations in the former Russian territories that Soviet leaders attached to Ukraine. The Russian people in eastern and southern Ukraine resisted the threat brought to them by Washington’s puppet government in Kiev.
Washington continually accuses the Russian government of supporting the people in the territories who have voted their separation from Ukraine. There would be no war, Washington alleges, except for Russian support. But, of course, Washington could easily stop the violence by ordering its puppet government in Kiev to stop the bombing and shelling of the former Russian provinces. If Russia can tell the “separatists” not to fight, Washington can tell Kiev not to fight.
The only possible conclusion from the facts is that Washington is determined to involve Europe in a war with Russia or at least in an armed standoff in order to break up Europe’s political and economic relations with Russia.
Europe’s leaders are going along with this because European countries, except for Charles de Gaulle’s France, have not had independent foreign policies since the end of World War II. They follow Washington’s lead and are well paid for doing so.
The inability of Europe to produce independent leadership dooms Russian President Putin’s diplomacy to failure. If European capitals cannot make decisions independently of Washington, there is no scope for Putin’s diplomacy.
Notice that the very day after Putin met with Washington’s Ukrainian vassal in an effort to resolve the situation, the new lie of Russian invasion was issued in order to ensure that no good can come of the meeting in which Putin invested his time and energy.
Washington’s only interest is in hegemony. Washington has no interest in resolving the situation that Washington itself created in order to bring discomfort and confusion to Russia. With the caveat that the situation could be resolved by Ukrainian economic collapse, otherwise the longer Putin waits to resolve the situation by force, the more difficult the task will be.
Today, only the historically ill-informed, the deeply indoctrinated or the mentally ill, can see the Nazis and their alike as opponents to the globalists, the financial elite, the West’s ‘royal’ families, the ‘aristocrats’ and their ‘courts’ and ‘servants’. Nazism is the expression of ideas that was formed to protect exactly these people from Democracy or a new Bastille! Its logic, methods and tactics are therefore adopted by NATO, IDF, EU and U.S with offspring’s as Al-Qaeda and their latest ‘freak’, Kiev’s NATO assembled Gladio-army . The one who was put in place to prepare NATO’s invasion of Ukraine.
This article deals with the rise of Nazism, its character, its prerequisites, its alike and its heritage and contains the following 5 paragraphs:
- Why do the Nazis stand out as the worst War Criminals in the History of Mankind?
- Evil is ‘Empathy Erosion’ and the Nazis made it a social norm
- The devastating misconception of the concept of ‘Freedom’ in the West
- Nazism and NATO
The EU and U.S supported Kiev-regime, with its hooligan mobs and its NATO assembled, ‘Gladio’ army; have with the Odessa massacre in May 2, 2014 and the ongoing massacres in East Ukraine begun a new era of ethnic cleansings in Europe. The Odessa massacre was a carefully staged covert intelligence operation with the aim to signal the beginning of Nazi terror on the European continent.
There was nothing ‘spontaneous’ or ‘accidental’, as the media suggested, in this diabolical undertaking which included the mass murder of 120+ humans inside the House of Trade Unions in Odessa. The building was quite deliberately set on fire as part of a carefully planned paramilitary operation, executed by American psychopaths of CIA’s special ops.
Israel’s and USA’s armies and their Intelligence services are the direct heirs of the Nazis and their dehumanizing-policies. The recently re-styled Nazi-regime in Ukraine is just a natural result of a 7 decades long CIA and MI6 sponsored Neo-nazism and so are the CIA and Mossad promoted Jihadists in the Arab world.
Today the EU- and U.S-media persistently tries to downplay and diminish the Nazi’s war crimes in WWII and their outstandingly misanthropic (human-hating from Greek μίσος [hate], άνθρωπος [human]) disposition and thereby give another image to Nazism. To slay, pole, rape and burn unarmed women, children and infants was and is, by the Nazis themselves declared to be a part of their ‘warfare tactics’. The exceptionally cruel character of the massacre in Odessa, May 2, 2014, and the ongoing massacres in Lugansk, has the same characteristics as the thousands of the German WWII massacres, performed by the Einsatzgruppen and the Waffen SS. Despite this clear similarities in both cruelty and tactics, the massacre in Odessa was reported and ‘explained’ by the western media, with a ‘logic’ that tried to wave off the staged crime as an unfortunate accident.
The two main prototypes for the war provoking and terrorizing the civilians to obedience tactics, that the Kiev-regime, NATO, IDF and EU are frequently using are two of the major Nazi-policies in WWII:
- “Covert Military or Paramilitary Operations Policy” (false-flag ops) like the Gleiwitz incident, which ‘gave the excuse’ for the invasion of Poland. Or a more relevant example as the Stay-Behind operations under the name “Operation Gladio”. They were formed in the end of WWII by the U.S-saved, and CIA supported Nazis and Fascists that the allies helped to reorganize. They have been active in Europe up to current days with Libya, Syria and Ukraine as its latest provoked NATO-engineered civil wars.
- “Collective Punishment Policy” (against unarmed civilians), like in Greece, Belarus, France, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine during WWII. Or more recent examples as the Odessa Massacre and the continuous Syria and Gaza massacres.
The Nuremberg trials clearly declared these policies to be criminal. Both these policies are considered as War Crimes according to the Fourth Geneva Convention (GCIV) part III, Article 33 and as terrorism according to The Geneva Declaration on Terrorism Article I, paragraph 1 and 7. U.S, NATO and the IDF has fully adopted these policies and are since 1946 frequently using them as ordinary ‘warfare methods’ (IDF didn’t exist until 1948, but Haganah did).
It is out of highest importance today that we can understand what exactly Humanity stand against and what separates the Nazis and their alike, from all other mass-murderers in history. Their alike today is of course USA, Israel and the German led EU with NATO and the new EUROGENDFOR (European Gendarmerie Force) as today’s Wehrmacht and Gestapo.
Why does the Nazis stand out as the worst War Criminals in the History of Mankind?
The Nazis stand out from all the rest of humanity’s war criminals in a league of their own, because of their well-documented, unsurpassed cruelty and blood-thirst and their sadistic, misanthropic disposition, especially when dealing with unarmed civilian women, elders, children and infants.
What is it that makes them stand out, compared to all other war criminals in the human history? The answer is quite simple really:
It is the fact that they managed to turn the organized dehumanization of humans into a suitable ideology/cult, and they managed to make ’empathy erosion’, the scientific term for evil (explained further down), a highly valued ‘quality’ and a widespread norm in the social character of the German society.
Intentionally, very well planned and well-organized, they nurtured misanthropic sentiments in the German society.
Due to this socio-psychological engineering, the Nazis could construct an unprecedented industrial form of genocide. They organized proper slaughter houses after the Assembly Line Principle, for the mass extermination of human beings. Human Experimentation and Industrial Extermination of humans, as “solutions” to cultural, political, geopolitical and socio-economic problems, were and still are compatible with the Nazi-version of a Human Civilization. No other war criminals, ‘slayers’ or tyrants in the human history, before the Nazis, went that far in their ‘refinement’ of their misanthropic feelings and urges. No one before them, did industrially recycle and use the skin, the fat and different body parts and body tissue from the mass murdered.
Besides the Human Experimentation’s and the Industrial Extermination of over 15 million human beings, in the 23 main German extermination camps and over 1 200 sub-camps, they were particularly savage in their ‘warfare methods‘ against unarmed civilians. The Einsatzgruppen and the Waffen-SS performed thousands of massacres on unarmed civilians, particularly in Belarus, Greece, France, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.
One example of this fact is from Greece and is very graphically explained by the late Sture Linnér, the Swedish head of the International Red Cross in Greece, when he described the grim reality he saw when he arrived in the little town of Distomo:
“Vultures were rising slowly and hesitantly at a low height from the sides of the road when they heard us coming. On hundreds of yards along the road, human bodies were hanging from every tree, pierced with bayonets – some were still alive.
They were the villagers, who were punished this way – they were suspected of providing help to the guerillas of the region, who had ambushed an SS unit.
The odor was unbearable.
In the village the last remnants of the houses were still burning. Hundreds of dead bodies of people of all ages, from elderly to newborns, were strewn around on the dirt. Several women were slaughtered with bayonets, their wombs torn apart and their breasts severed; others were lying strangled with their own intestines wrapped around their necks.“
1779 villages were burnt to rubble in Greece and over 430 massacres of unarmed civilians took place from June 1941 to August 1944. Greece lost as many people in WWII as USA and England together… 13% of its population.
Perhaps one of the most moving aspects of this fact comes again from Sture Linnér, who returned to Distomo at the end of the war, two months after the massacre:
“When the German occupation forces were forced to leave Greece, things did not go as planned for them. A German unit was surrounded by guerillas exactly in the same area, at Distomo. I thought that this might be taken by the Greeks as an opportunity for a bloody revenge, especially when considering that for quite a while the region had been cut off from any food supplies. I loaded a few lorries with food and necessities, I wired to Distomo a word about our planned arrival, and we found ourselves on the same road, once again, Cleo and I.
When we reached the outskirts of the village, we were met by a committee led by the elderly priest. He was an old fashioned patriarch, with a long, wavy, white beard. Next to him stood the guerilla captain, fully armed. The priest spoke first and thanked us on behalf of the survivors for the food supplies. Then he added: “We are all starving here, both us and the German prisoners. Now, even though we are famished, we are at least in our land. The Germans have not just lost the war; they are also far from their country. Give them the food you have with you, they have a long way ahead.”
At this phrase Cleo turned her eyes to me. I suspected what she wanted to tell me with that look, but I could not see clearly any more. I was just standing there weeping….“
“HUMANITY. It’s something the Nazis didn’t have and something the Hellenic people had — and still have — in abundance”.
The many thousands of similar examples from Greece, Belarus, France, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, together with their Human Experiments and their Industrial Exterminations, are telling us one certain thing about the Nazis: They managed to organize, make into routine and express the ultimate evil in their ‘policies’, their ‘warfare methods’ and in their behavior against human beings in general. They developed methods, tactics, ‘logic’s’ and behavior that unfortunately many others have adopted since then.
Apart from the advanced Industrial Exterminations, NATO, U.S, IDF and the German governed EU are permanently using the same ‘routines’ in their behavior against any humans they chose to see as degenerated or even as non-human. Human Experiment’s have been performed in recent years in the Guantanamo Bay medical facilities, in Abu Ghraib prison, and in several University Hospitals or prisons in USA, on the US army’s requests, since 1947.
Evil is ‘Empathy Erosion’ and the Nazis made it a social norm
Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University describes ‘Empathy Erosion’ as:
“…when people dehumanize other humans, when they turn other people into objects, and can therefore become capable of malevolence and extreme human cruelty”.
The Nazis very much relied on their skillfully tailored ideological, political, scientific and historical propaganda myths, their ritualistic mass-meetings, their SS-brotherhoods elitist, racist indoctrination, their paramilitary political violence and terror, and their youth organizations. They developed a ‘system of education and nurturing‘ for the progress of the suitable norms, beliefs and preconditions, so that the organized ‘dehumanization of humans’ could develop on a mass scale in the German society. The leaders of the Nazi organization’s the Hitlerjugend (60% of all boys) and the Bund Deutscher Mädel (50% of all girls) imposed ‘empathy eroding‘ fostering methods and inside their framework, one of the purposes was to indoctrinate the youth with ‘race’-biological vulgar-science, twisted moralities and with nonsense-historical fairy-tales and myths, presented as historical facts. They did this to point out different ethnic and cultural groups or ‘races’ as non-human, and the progressive thinkers and the dissidents as ‘mentally ill’ or as ‘degenerates’ and therefore less human.
Civilians from the town of Ohrdruf were taken to view the bodies from the extermination camp and the visible, ‘human’ reactions were very few
U.S. Army soldiers show, the German civilians of Weimar, corpses found in Buchenwald concentration camp. One woman in the lower right section of the photo is the only one who seem to react in a normal, human way to the sight.
The Nuremberg trials condemned the indifference and the passivity of the German people living close to the 23 extermination camps, when the mass exterminations of humans took place on a daily basis for well over four years. It was evident that the over 20 years of dehumanization-propaganda and the Nazi-party’s tailored ’empathy eroding’, education and training methods, in fact had made a majority of the Germans inhumanely tolerant and permissive of such atrocities. They had been fed with all the, according to the ‘logic’ of Nazism, “acceptable reasons” for such crimes against humanity.
Even if the methods differ a bit, they weren’t particularly different in essence, from the ‘dehumanization propaganda’ we are all force-fed with today, by the U.S and the EU governments and their media. This is done so that we shall accept the NATO led massacres and pogroms against unarmed civilians in Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and any other place that U.S, EU and NATO decides to “liberate”. This propaganda is aiming for a clear social-psychological result – the same ’empathy eroding’ social character as in Nazi-Germany. A historically very bizarre, but unfortunately very obvious, example of a society that has been put under a strict ’empathy eroding’, social-psychological engineering policy, is the Israeli society.
On Israels war crimes Chris Hedges wrote in Nov, 2013 in IOA (Israeli Occupation Archive):
“Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy — which was always exclusively for Jews — has been hijacked by extremists who are pushing the country toward fascism. Many of Israel’s most enlightened and educated citizens — 1 million of them — have left the country. Its most courageous human rights campaigners, intellectuals and journalists — Israeli and Palestinian — are subject to constant state surveillance, arbitrary arrests and government-run smear campaigns. Its educational system, starting in primary school, has become an indoctrination machine for the military.”
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Now when the NATO led Nazi-massacres has begun also in Europe and the truth behind them are still, to a very high degree, met with indifference and apathy from the western societies, we should at least hold one thing in mind: One day, on the order of a decent and righteous ‘International Criminal Court’ that understands its role, the alleged “civilized” westerners (including the Israelis), might also be forced to walk through hills of hundreds of dead bodies, that the U.S-EU-NATO-IDF proxy wars has left behind. Maybe, we will be collectively judged for the collectively shown indifference and the collectively shown apathy, when our leaders over several decades were feeding us with lies, racist-propaganda, false flag operations, proxy wars, irrational, alleged ‘self-defense’ actions and other ‘acceptable reasons’ for the mass killings of innocent, human beings. We will most likely be condemned for our obvious racist disposition, which is clearly shown in the openly revealed differences in how we value Arab, Asian or African lives and American, European or Israeli lives.
That’s where the ‘ultimate evil‘ begins in our time. It begins with such generalizing, misanthropic sentiments. It begins with these artificially revived remnants of the ’empathy-eroding’ Nazi-heritage and its ideological, spiritual and cultural foundations. It is this heritage that very strongly has contributed to the “barbarization” rather than the “civilization” of the West. Nowadays this Nazi-heritage of the western societies, has become very obvious through Kiev’s Nazi-regime, its NATO assembled Gladio-army and NATO’s and IDF’s crimes against the Palestinians and the Arabs. Many (including myself) argues that this heritage has been reawakened, most of all through the U.S’s and EU’s neo-liberal, socio-economic IMF/World Bank/WTO-policies with their clear society exhausting and genocidal intentions. Their criminal policies are predestined to increase and hasten the wished destabilization of the European societies and the dismantling of Democracy and Justice. It is a necessity for the neo-liberal “projects” to actually work. And it is a well-tried ‘recipe’ from Latin-America and Southeast-Asia, for Nazi and Fascist ‘dehumanization’ sentiments to rise and spread. This is the ‘ultimate evil’ unfolding again in Europe.
On TutuFoundationUSA.org the following comment was made on ‘erosion of empathy’:
“Rather than dismissing the acts of evil as mere acts of insanity, it can be highly valuable to investigate what causes people to act so destructively. Dr Baron-Cohen, the author of the book The Science of Evil look at empathy in general and what a deficit of empathy in people can lead to.
He argues that empathy is distributed throughout the population as a bell curve. Some have a tremendous amount of empathy while others, those often labeled as psychopaths or with other psychiatric diagnoses, reside on the low end of the bell curve. Dr Baron-Cohen explains that the roots of empathy are derived from both nature and nurture. Those with little or no empathy may have different brain structure and functionality, or may have suffered environmental factors such as childhood neglect or abuse.”
Behavioral Cognitive Psychology shows that the absolute majority of individuals with ‘little or no empathy’ have suffered environmental factors as childhood neglect or abuse. It must be noted here that in behavioral research, social phenomenons as poverty and famine during childhood, are considered as environmental factors of childhood neglect and abuse. Sociological and criminological research shows that the type of ‘empathy erosion’, which gives birth to organized subcultures of cruelty and evil, almost exclusively originates from childhood and adolescence neglect and abuse and long lasting poverty and social misery. Still, a few more ‘ingredients’ are needed in order to actually guarantee the appearance of structured, evil subcultures.
The development of structured, evil subcultures only emerges through the conscious organization of the ‘guidance’ and the ‘leadership’ of these groups. In a human society, this is best accomplished through intentional and continuous propaganda, infiltration, fear and repeated indoctrination. These facts are something that the Nazis understood very well. They had very good social-psychological insights, through the rich German literature on psychology and psychoanalysis, but in particular through a French social psychologist, sociologist and anthropologist, Gustave Le Bon’s and his book, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. It became a highly useful group-psychological guide when they customized their fostering methods, for the creation of the desired ‘erosion of empathy’ on mass scale. It is inevitable nowadays that these ‘evil subcultures’ primarily emerge in the western societies, since quite a few of the Nazis social engineering projects and methods are still implemented in these societies.
In our days unfortunately the ‘erosion of empathy’ is well inbuilt in almost all the aspects of a typical, western life.
The devastating misconception of the concept of Freedom in the West
The western societies has due to massive ’empathy erosion’ and and a long lasting Social-Darwinist indoctrination developed a highly immature and very perverted perception of the concept of freedom. Not in words of course, but in behavior and actions. It is usually expressed as a very adolescent, self centered, one-sided, prejudiced and racist kind of freedom, due to a very high degree of ongoing and increasing dehumanization-policies in these societies. That’s from where the worst racist ideologies in the history of mankind has sprung forward, and that’s where the criminal logic of ethnic cleansing, genocide, plundering and colonizing on a global scale, are so blatantly excused.
Why we see most people in the west today more or less, even if maybe not supporting it, at least ‘accepting’ the rise of Nazism, is because:
- They are indifferent, arrogant and ignorant and fully preoccupied with satisfying their egoism and their narcissism.
- They are just receptive to ‘tailored truths’ that will satisfy their presumptions, theories and prejudices.
- They are historically misinformed and relies only on the culturally and socially served, popular, ’empathy eroding’ tales.
- They don’t understand that the only truly effective antifascist-action is to establish real democracy and true justice.
- They don’t really believe in democracy and justice because they have accepted very selfish concepts of freedom in their lives for too long.
- It doesn’t touch them where it should, because their emotional lives are infected with mental and emotional ‘toxic waste’.
A mature and civilized understanding of freedom, in a truly developed and civilized human society, is NOT mainly expressed through how many natural moral principles one can break. Free to break every moral and ethical limits without any conscience or any responsibility for ones actions, is the most common version of practiced freedom in the western societies today. That alone is a crystal clear evidence of that these societies in fact are socially immature and spiritually backward. Because of these blatantly unacknowledged, collective, social diseases, such societies become extremely accepting towards cruel tyrannies, communal violence and wars. Needless to say, these societies are not particularly sustainable, and almost certain is that they are doomed to perish relatively quickly. It is ignorance, selfishness and indeed a very poor level of critical thinking, that are keeping most citizens in these societies from the necessary commitment, to unified build the adequate political and judicial ‘safety gates’ against tyranny. The real danger lies in the fact that its citizens are still convinced that ‘this kind of society is the best human society there is, even if it’s not perfect‘. What these citizens are incapable to understand, because of their social blinkers and their refusal of any adequate self-criticism, is that what ‘is not perfect‘, actually is exactly the intentionally imposed ’empathy eroding’ policy, that allows misanthropy to become a highly accepted social norm. This fact put these societies very, very far away from the assessment “perfect” and instead one could argue that they are actually quite defect, at least from a utilitarian, human perspective.
This has happened because in almost every practiced aspect of a typical western life today, EGOISM is highly valued, cherished and developed and ALTRUISM is ignored, ridiculed and crippled. Therefore the western perverted, but nevertheless widely practiced form of freedom, is quite obviously a result of the following doctrine: “Do as you like – seek only constant physical and material satisfaction – have no regrets for whatever damage, affliction, misery or misfortune you might have caused others”. A very destructive doctrine which when it forms the general social character in a society, it causes fraudulent relations, distrust, conflicts, violence, revolts, wars and suffering, and it gives birth to organized ‘subcultures of evil’. What actually happens, when everything of the human side of humans is ignored and ridiculed and therefore numbed, calloused and dried out, is that ‘the empty shell’ of the human turns to Mammon for ‘salvation’ (as the despairing Jews did in Sinai). That is why personal profit and personal wealth is the outermost aim in a western or ‘westernized’ life, and that is why loneliness, hopelessness, depressions, emotional collapses, insanity, suicides and homicides, are far more common in the West (or westernized societies) than anywhere else.
“Start a company – take big loans – make sure that you can afford a few corporate lawyers and your own bodyguards and hit-men, and begin to abuse and misuse the world and the humans, for personal profit and satisfaction”! This is the actual underlying message of the western, practiced, concept of freedom, based on the “do as you like doctrine”.
The West’s justice departments and legal authorities clear unwillingness, of bringing the obvious top criminals from the top layers of the society to justice, is what – with an indisputable clarity – reveals that the above mentioned doctrine, really is the underlying message of this kind of crime worshiping, western form of freedom.
The common understanding of the concept of freedom in the western societies is in other words not at all based on any particularly wider social insight, or any deeper understanding of what a human society, or a human being, really is. Actually, contrary to that, it is based on clearly immature pseudo-scientific conceptions, very backward minds and ugly emotional lives. Sadly enough, this has evolved in the western societies despite the availability of a very rich classical heritage, which clarifies and explains both very well. It is a heritage that also offers the adequate intellectual, spiritual and practical tools to humanity and the human societies, in order to evolve in accordance with the true nature of Man, and thus leave barbarism and misanthropic sentiments behind. That heritage is highly esteemed and revered in the West, only in words, but unfortunately extremely rarely in individual and social behavior and almost never in the practical expression of education, the law or in the governmental work. It is claimed to form the fundaments of western thinking, yet neither in words or in actions, the West seems to be capable of really understanding the almost 3 000 year old path to truly free, critically thinking humans, personally and socially civilized behavior and thus a real human civilization. One very deep reason behind this is the existence of a very ancient schism between two completely opposite idea-worlds as the basis for Western thinking. A very schizophrenic schism is hidden behind western thinking, which even though many academics actually have alarmed about it, it is never seriously considered, by the mainstream thinkers and scholars. At least not in its right proportions. One of these idea-worlds is the real cradle of western civilization and offers the liberation of the human being, and the other is the burial of this ‘cradle’ and offers the enslavement of the human being. One of them makes Tyrannies as Nazism and Fascism impossible and the other gives birth to them and nourishes them.
“…It is really this ancient schism between two contradicting idea-worlds and spiritual traditions,… this “schizophrenia” between Hellenism and Rothschild-Zionism, that the ruling classes have tried to crowd into ONE in the ‘modern Western civilization’. This paradox and this fundamental clash of ideas, is what really reflects the whole Western society in all its institutions, its culture its societies, its social character and its basic views on humans and Humanity.” – from the article: Hellenism is in danger, humanity is in danger
The Nazis and their alike represented and are still representing, in a very clear way, the morbid discrepancy between what they claim to be and what they actually are. A constantly repeated example of this fact, during the years of the German occupation in Greece, was the following behavior from the Germans: In Athens, the Nazis often went up to the Acropolis to admire the great works of the Greeks, but when walking down from there, in Plaka, underneath the Acropolis, the same officer who had just admired Parthenon could catch a little famished Greek kid, who had reached for a pretzel, and break his little arm over his knee. From the obvious delusion of being a cultivated human being, to one’s true beast-like character in just a few minutes. At such moments these feign civilized Germans, showed in a very clear way that they only understood to admire dead marble, but not what had inspired the art that was carved out from it. They certainly could not understand and much less admire the moral and ethical concepts, the richness of the minds and the humanity of those that brought Greek culture to the point where they created these, unsurpassed expressions of beauty. These inspired conscious expressions, of the FREE, enlightened and conscious human soul, and the true nobility of the human spirit.
The immensely corrupt form of freedom in the west, apparently chooses to value itself through how many of the lower human urges and desires, (characteristics that makes us more beast-like), its citizens can fulfill and satisfy, and not through how many of the higher human urges and desires, (characteristics that makes us more human-like) they can fulfill and satisfy.
U.S and EU are the “delivery boys” of this kind of pseudo-civilized social character and these soul-corrupting sub-cultures, and they make sure to ‘breastfeed’ them both, because it benefits their bankers and businessmen’s aims, but not only. Also NATO, the criminal, dehumanizing war machine, whose movements are controlled by the western banking family-dynasties, benefit tremendously by maintaining a society which produces lots of young people in despair, anxiety, anger and rage. A youth that will be deeply enraged and misled and therefore inclined to choose to kill and die for, what they don’t understand is just shameful, racist, high-tech, looting hordes called “armies”. Armies that in fact works under a handful of company logos and a few banking family-dynasties.
Nazism and NATO
Nazism is in reality not an ideology rooted in any particularly deeper moral philosophical reflections. Or rather, it is based on an emotionally disturbed teenager’s interpretations of a psychotics moral reflections (Nietzsche), a suicidal pessimists agony (Schopenhauer) and a megalomaniacs admiration of ‘Lucifer’ disguised as an Aryan Christ (Wagner). Nazisms misanthropic “solutions” to political and socio-economic problems, therefore involve mass extermination of other ethnic, religious, social or political populations and experimentation on humans. Since such “solutions” poses an immediate threat to all of Humanity, they are incompatible with a Human civilization. Instead of a truly human civilization, Nazism aim for an anti-human barbarism dressed as an ideology, and it is very well suited to function as the ‘bodyguard’ and the ‘hit man’ of the globalists, the financial elite, the West’s royal families and the ‘aristocracy’ and their ‘courts’ and ‘servants’. Nazism was in fact formed in order to protect exactly these people, from real Democracy or a new Bastille.
Woodrow Wilson signing the Federal Reserve Act in 1913
Senator Nelson W. Aldrich a very good friend of J.P. Morgan called the following bankers and businessmen to the meeting on Jekyll Island in November 22, 1910.
- Paul Warburg – (German representing Baron Alfred Rothschild’s Kuhn, Loeb & Co)
- Henry P Davidson (Senior partner of J.P Morgan Company)
- Charles D Norton (President of the Morgan First National Bank Of New York)
- Abram Piatt Andrews (Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Dept)
- Frank Vanderlip (President of the National City Bank Of New York)
- Benjamin Strong (Representing J.P Morgan)
They arrived at the Jekyll Island Club to discuss monetary policy and the banking system, and this led to the creation of the current, privately owned Federal Reserve. Those who attended the meeting were sworn to secrecy and addressed each other only by code names. The use of last names was prohibited and the group therefore later referred to themselves as “The First Name Club”.
With the birth of the FED, in 1913, in fact these bankers started a 100 year long “Financial Pyramid Game”. Nathan Mayer Rothschild (left) and J.D. Rockefeller (right) was the real ‘powerful’ two, behind the meeting on Jekyll Island even though none of them were there. These two family dynasties were the ones who would concentrate almost all the wealth of the world to themselves within the next 100 years.
A bankers son by the name of Heinrich Heine once said “Money is the god of our time, and Rothschild is his prophet”
Nazism was formed to keep these ‘banker-prophets’, their ‘projects’ and their allies safe from a new Bastille, and to keep the populations that wanted true democracy, terrorized, horrified and divided, fighting eachother, while these bankers gradually centralized power and wealth to themselves. Nazism has served these bankers well through two world wars, several revolutions, dictatorships, imperial wars and depressions. Why wouldn’t it serve them now under NATO’s command, during the ‘harvest times’ of the centuries, and their attack on ‘naughty’ Russia?
Nazism is a manufactured pseudo-ideology which was developed in a few conference rooms in Basel, Zurich, Vienna and Munich, in the late 1800’s, and it was put together by a few nationalist fanatics from Kaisers army, who probably believed in its alleged, anti-capitalist garb. As a political idea the fundamentals of what almost half a century later became Nazism, first emerged in England and USA in the 1870’s. It is based on racial hierarchy and social Darwinism, which means that it seek to apply biological concepts of natural selection and survival of the fittest to sociology and politics.
The fanatics from Kaisers army didn’t realize the fact that a handful of the promoter’s and financier’s, behind Theodore Herzl’s Zionist movement, also had their plans for the anti-capitalistic, national-socialistic currents and sentiments. History have with accuracy proved that Nazism in practice, is anything but anti-capitalistic. Regardless of what Hitler and his mentors knew or didn’t know about the shadowy activities in Basel, Vienna, Zurich and Munich, Nazism was born through capitalists, supported by capitalists and it was and is favored and used by capitalists. These capitalists have used and interlinked nationalistic, pan-German sentiments, with the Rothschild-Zionist aims from the end of the 19th century. These cooperating, informal associations originate from the less known activities of some members of the Burschenschaft, the German nationalist student association, the Mayor of Vienna, Karl Leuger, the founder of the Austrian, Christian Social Party, Colonel Albert Edward Williamson Goldsmid and Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden.
Ιn the absolute philosophic and spiritual core of Nazism was, as mentioned before, of course Hitler’s own twisted interpretations of Nietzsche’s already twisted theories on morality. Nietzsche, the tragic philosopher, attempts in his book “The Origins of Morality”, to turn all values inside out in order to “prove” that what was called good is actually evil and what was called evil is actually good. The adolescent, existentially very confused, Hitler at the age of 15, interpreted*1 the writings of Nietzsche. He was enchanted by the pessimist Schopenhauer who said that “good and evil doesn’t exist” (this provides good moral excuses for barbarism), and he was greatly inspired by Richard Wagner, who adored ‘Lucifer’, cunningly disguised to an Aryan Christ (the real moral image of the Catholic church).
These three historic figures expressed all the philosophical and spiritual grounds upon which a young Hitler based Nazism, with the help of three of Kaisers generals.
*1 From a biological-neurological perspective,philosophical and spiritual texts can’t be adequately understood or interpreted by neurologically and emotionally still developing minds, as for instance a 15-year old. Particularly not by emotionally, severely traumatized, still developing minds. The neurological system of a Human being is not fully developed until the age of 19 – 22.
So this surrogate ideology, which is mentally based on fear, indoctrination, megalomania, superstitions and occultism, was developed with the help of three fanatic generals and occultists from Kaisers army. Karl Haushoffer, Helmuth von Moltke and Konrad von Hotzendorf headhunted and emotionally and spiritually, they ‘prepared and initiated’ Adolf Hitler as the Messianic figure of Nazism, a few years after WWI. They developed Nazisms myths, rites and customs, by using old Germanic legends, the Thule-society’s occult teachings and rituals together with anti-Jewish socio-economic, geopolitical and racial ideas and they molded this into a suitable militarized blood-cult, a hate ideology.
The anti-Jewish sentiments suited the Rothschild-Zionists*2 aims perfect, since this would accelerate their aims, when many of the leaders in Europe were skeptic to the Zionist “project” for a Jewish state. The generals at the time didn’t know that a handful of the conspirators from Basel, Zurich, Vienna and Munich was capitalists and Zionists who wanted an ‘ideological tool’, an anti-Jewish, militant movement that through its actions would bring about the acceptance of a Jewish state. In the 30’s Nazism became a perfect ‘tool’ in order to crush any real democratic, real freedom longing sentiments, with extreme violence, terror and massacres on a mass scale, and that’s what it has become today again. No other -isms are in fact helping the capitalists to centralize power and wealth and defend themselves against democracy or a new Bastille as good, as Nazism and the current Neo-liberalism do.
NATO (our days ‘Wehrmacht’), openly today show that there is truly no place for empathy, humanity and human dignity in the western world anymore. Justice, Righteousness and the Free Word have been sacrificed and replaced with ‘Obedience or Extermination’. This is in accordance with the criminal “Collective Punishment Policy” and the “Covert Military or Paramilitary Operations Policy“, which has become the foundations for their new doctrine – actually not at all essentially different from the logic’s of the Catholic Church’s ‘Holy Inquisition doctrine’ during the dark Middle Ages. The European ‘kingdoms’, ’empires’ and societies, who together used to aspire for the title ‘Western Civilization’ since the Renaissance, can now only be called an ‘Empire of Misanthropy & Death’.
The Renaissance which was the cultural and intellectual expression of the longing and the rebirth of the ancient Greek heritage, was the way out of the dark Middle Ages. The, by NATO, IMF, USA and EU, aggressively pushed for ‘New World Order‘, is the way back into them again – but now in a new high-tech, vulgar-scientific, mind and soul enslaving and human exterminating version. This was and is the aim of Nazism, regardless whether their “devotees” understands it or not. And that’s why it suits the ‘royals’ and ‘the elite’ so well and that is why such a catastrophic, massive, ‘social-psychological disorder’, is still called an ideology, and can continue to infiltrate the western societies and their social character, with its ’empathy eroding’ and ‘dehumanizing’ tactics.
Nazism, we must therefore understand, is NOT just another ‘ideology’ and certainly not an answer against Capitalism. It is a skillfully manufactured ‘excuse’ for the intentional, organized ‘erosion of empathy’ and through that, the mass killings and the extermination of human beings. The labels ‘Nazism’ and ‘National-socialism’ have turned out to be just a political and social-economic camouflage, of sheer sadism, bloodthirst and misanthropy. NATO’s Nazi version of freedom is in fact Organized Evil against humanity. That’s how the entirety of Mankind must see it and its alike, and essentially that’s how Justice and the International Legal Authorities and Courts must treat it and its alike.
In this article, when I refer to Zionism I describe Rothschild’s version of Zionism (identical with ancient Phariseeism), which actually is more about the cultural “hijacking” of the true Jewish religion and its traditions, in order to serve an oligarchic banking-family’s aims for global power, with the current state of Israel as its shield and its vehicle towards this goal and with the USA and UK as its guards… There are Christian Zionists and Muslim Zionists no matter how strange that can sound, simply because today’s Rothschild-Zionism has not anything particular to do with the real Jewish religion (Moses people’s law) but only with the aims of those families and their plans with the state of Israel (Mammon’s doctrine). They consider themselves as “kings” and “emperors” of humanity and they are using Israel and the Jews in order to fulfill their quest for global dominance and to establish their positions as self appointed demigods of mankind.
Ukraine prime minister resigns as NATO, Australia prepare intervention in east
The far-right parliamentary coalition in Kiev collapsed yesterday, as the Western-backed regime met with visiting Dutch and Australian officials to prepare a foreign military intervention in war-torn east Ukraine, under cover of investigating the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Fatherland Party) announced his resignation after the withdrawal from the coalition of the fascist Svoboda Party and the UDAR (“Punch”) party of boxer Vitaly Klitshcko. Yatsenyuk will remain as prime minister until either a new coalition is formed or after elections sometime later this year.
Billionaire oligarch and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko supported the dissolution of the government, claiming it would permit a “full-scale reset” of the Ukrainian state that Ukrainian society desires. Porsoshenko, who assumed office last month, is hoping that new elections, which Poroshenko can call if a new coalition is not formed in 30 days, will be an opportunity to strengthen his own grip on power.
The collapse of the parliamentary coalition points to the weakness of the regime that emerged from the February 22 putsch. As it prepares to support a Western military intervention in the civil war it is waging in east Ukraine, posing the risk of an escalation into a clash between NATO and Russia, the Kiev regime is preparing austerity measures demanded by the EU that will have a devastating impact on broad sections of the population throughout the country.
Under these conditions, the government cannot tolerate any political opposition, even from such establishment forces as the Stalinist Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU). Explaining his party’s decision to leave the government, Svoboda Party leader Oleh Tyahnybok denounced the presence of pro-Russian forces (the KPU) in the Ukrainian legislature: “We believe that in the current situation, such a parliament which protects state criminals, Moscow agents, which refuses to strip immunity from those people who are working for the Kremlin, should not exist.”
These comments were apparently designed to increase pressure for a ban on the KPU. A party that supported the restoration of capitalism in the USSR, the KPU became an ally of the Party of the Regions of former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in February’s Western-backed, fascist-led putsch that brought the current regime to power.
For his part, Parliamentary speaker Oleksandr Turchynov pledged to destroy the KPU. “We only have to tolerate this party for another day,” he said.
These statements came a day after KPU leader Peter Symonenko accused Svoboda members fighting in east Ukraine of killing Ukrainians and harvesting their organs for the illegal organ trade. Significantly, Svoboda did not even attempt to answer Symonenko’s charges. Instead, it responded by beating KPU legislators and trying to throw Symonenko out of the parliament.
KPU officials from the Donetsk region reported yesterday that a KPU official in the nearby village of Glinky, Vyacheslav Kovshun, had been tortured to death at a Ukrainian National Guard checkpoint in the night of July 22-23. He was stopped at the checkpoint, beaten, and repeatedly shot to the legs and chest. He was found dead.
These events point to the utterly reactionary character of the regime installed by the February putsch, which was carried out in close collaboration with Washington, Berlin, and their European allies. After the putsch, Svoboda officials filmed themselves beating Ukrainian television executives. Forces like Svoboda and the Right Sector militia—both of which glorify Stepan Bandera, who collaborated with Nazi SS units that carried out the Holocaust in Ukraine during World War II—now lead the Kiev regime’s forces in east Ukraine.
In his resignation speech yesterday, Yatsenyuk warned that the dissolution of his government might slow the pace of Kiev’s unpopular social cuts against the Ukrainian people to fund the civil war. These include billions of dollars in cuts to energy subsidies, social programs, and government workers’ wages, while not touching the hundreds of billions of dollars of ill-gotten wealth held by the oligarchs.
“Who wants to go to elections and simultaneously vote for unpopular laws?” Yatsenyuk asked. “History will not forgive us. Our government now has no answer to the questions: how are we to pay wages, how are we tomorrow morning going to send fuel for armored vehicles, how will we pay those families who have lost soldiers, to look after the army?”
As the crisis of the Kiev regime mounts, the Western powers and their allies continue to push further to the right in their campaign against Moscow. While this campaign is led by the United States and Germany, all of Washington’s imperialist allies are moving aggressively against Russia—now spearheaded by the Australian and Dutch governments, which are cynically exploiting the large numbers of citizens they lost on the MH17 flight.
While Washington has been unable to substantiate any of its charges that Russia is responsible for the crash, and evidence increasingly points to involvement by the Kiev regime itself, Australia and the Netherlands are seizing on the crash to justify a provocative intervention in east Ukraine.
Yesterday, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited Kiev to discuss a military deployment to east Ukraine, ostensibly to secure the MH17 crash site, which is in territory held by anti-Kiev regime forces.
The Netherlands announced they would send 40 unarmed military police to east Ukraine, while Australia is reportedly sending 50 police to London as a first stop on the way to Ukraine.
The Dutch government is reportedly waging an international diplomatic campaign to post hundreds of Dutch soldiers on the crash site—ostensibly to protect investigators from pro-Russian forces—with the support of the Dutch media.
In the Netherlands, Elsevier’s commentator Eric Vrijsen demanded that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte “threaten to send in these troops in order to up the pressure on the rebels and Russian President Vladimir Putin. And if he does this, he will probably have made up his mind to act on his threat …. The Dutch Special Forces (army commandos and the Marine Corps Marsofs) are internationally respected. Rutte doesn’t have these elite troops at his disposal for nothing.”
Such a deployment would be a reckless maneuver risking an escalation into a direct clash between NATO and pro-Russian forces in east Ukraine—that is, a NATO intervention in the Ukrainian civil war and the possible outbreak of war between NATO and Russia itself.
The threat of such a conflict erupting was underscored by rising border tensions between Ukraine and Russia. After Ukrainian forces shelled Russian border areas two weeks ago, killing one Russian civilian, Washington alleged yesterday that Russian forces are firing artillery from within Russia at Ukrainian military positions in east Ukraine.
Pressed again at a US State Department press briefing yesterday to provide some evidence for her claims, however, spokeswoman Marie Harf was unable to provide any. “This is just some pieces of info I’ve been able to get from our intelligence friends for you. I can’t tell you what it’s based on,” Harf said.
Introduction: Not since the US and EU took over Eastern Europe, including the Baltic countries, East Germany, Poland and the Balkans and converted them into military outposts of NATO and economic vassals, have the Western powers moved so aggressively to seize a strategic country, such as the Ukraine, posing an existential threat to Russia.
Up until 2013 the Ukraine was a ‘buffer state’, basically a non-aligned country, with economic ties to both the EU and Russia. Ruled by a regime closely tied to local, European, Israeli and Russian based oligarchs, the political elite was a product of a political upheaval in 2004, (the so-called “Orange Revolution”) funded by the US. Subsequently, for the better part of a decade the Ukraine underwent a failed experiment in Western backed ‘neo-liberal’ economic policies. After nearly two decades of political penetration, the US and EU were deeply entrenched in the political system via long-standing funding of so-called non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), political parties and paramilitary groups.
The strategy of the US and EU was to install a pliant regime which would bring Ukraine into the European Common Market and NATO as a subordinate client state. Negotiations between the EU and the Ukraine government proceeded slowly. They eventually faltered because of the onerous conditions demanded by the EU and the more favorable economic concessions and subsidies offered by Russia. Having failed to negotiate the annexation of the Ukraine to the EU, and not willing to await scheduled constitutional elections, the NATO powers activated their well-financed and organized NGOs, client political leaders and armed paramilitary groups to violently overthrow the elected government. The violent putsch succeeded and a US-appointed civilian-military junta took power.
The junta was composed of pliant neo-liberal and chauvinist neo-fascist ‘ministers’. The former were hand-picked by the US, to administer and enforce a new political and economic order, including privatization of public firms and resources, breaking trade and investment ties with Russia, eliminating a treaty allowing the Russian naval base in Crimea and ending military-industrial exports to Russia. The neo-fascists and sectors of the military and police were appointed to ministerial positions in order to violently repress any pro-democracy opposition in the West and East. They oversaw the repression of bilingual speakers (Russian-Ukrainian), institutions and practices – turning the opposition to the US-NATO imposed coup regime into an ethnic opposition. They purged all elected opposition office holders in the West and East and appointed local governors by fiat – essentially creating a martial law regime.
The Strategic Targets of the NATO-Junta
NATOs violent, high-risk seizure of the Ukraine was driven by several strategic military objectives. These included:
1.) The ousting of Russia from its military bases in Crimea – turning them into NATO bases facing Russia.
2.) The conversion of the Ukraine into a springboard for penetrating Southern Russia and the Caucasus; a forward position to politically manage and support liberal pro-NATO parties and NGOs within Russia.
3.) The disruption of key sectors of the Russian military defense industry, linked to the Ukrainian factories, by ending the export of critical engines and parts to Russia.
The Ukraine had long been an important part of the Soviet Union’s military industrial complex. NATO planners behind the putsch were keenly aware that one-third of the Soviet defense industry had remained in the Ukraine after the break-up of the USSR and that forty percent of the Ukraine’s exports to Russia, until recently, consisted of armaments and related machinery. More specifically, the Motor-Sikh plant in Eastern Ukraine manufactured most of the engines for Russian military helicopters including a current contract to supply engines for one thousand attack helicopters. NATO strategists immediately directed their political stooges in Kiev to suspend all military deliveries to Russia, including medium-range air-to air-missiles, inter-continental ballistic missiles, transport planes and space rockets (Financial Times, 4/21/14, p3). US and EU military strategists viewed the Kiev putsch as a way to undermine Russian air, sea and border defenses. President Putin has acknowledged the blow but insists that Russia will be able to substitute domestic production for the critical parts within two years. This means the loss of thousands of skilled factory jobs in Eastern Ukraine.
4.) The military encirclement of Russia with forward NATO bases in the Ukraine matching those from the Baltic to the Balkans, from Turkey to the Caucasus and then onward from Georgia into the autonomous Russian Federation.
The US-EU encirclement of Russia is designed to end Russian access to the North Sea, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. By encircling and confining Russia to an isolated landmass without ‘outlets to the sea’, US-EU empire builders seek to limit Russia’s role as a rival power center and possible counter-weight to its imperial ambitions in the Middle East, North Africa, Southwest Asia and the North Atlantic.
Ukraine Putsch: Integral to Imperial Expansion
The US and EU are intent on destroying independent, nationalist and non-aligned governments throughout the world and converting them into imperial satellites by whatever means are effective. For example, the current NATO-armed mercenary invasion of Syria is directed at overthrowing the nationalist, secular Assad government and establishing a pro-NATO vassal state, regardless of the bloody consequences to the diverse Syrian people. The attack on Syria serves multiple purposes: Eliminating a Russian ally and its Mediterranean naval base; undermining a supporter of Palestine and adversary of Israel; encircling the Islamic Republic of Iran and the powerful militant Hezbollah Party in Lebanon and establishing new military bases on Syrian soil.
The NATO seizure of the Ukraine has a multiplier effect that reaches ‘upward’ toward Russia and ‘downward’ toward the Middle East and consolidates control over its vast oil wealth.
The recent NATO wars against Russian allies or trading partners confirm this prognosis. In Libya, the independent, non-aligned policies of the Gadhafi regime stood out in stark contrast to the servile Western satellites like Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia. Gadhafi was overthrown and Libya destroyed via a massive NATO air assault. Egypt’s mass popular anti-Mubarak rebellion and emerging democracy were subverted by a military coup and eventually returned the country to the US-Israeli-NATO orbit – under a brutal dictator. Armed incursions by NATO proxy, Israel, against Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon as well as the US-EU sanctions against Iran are all directed against potential allies or trading partners of Russia.
The US has moved forcefully from encircling Russia via ‘elections and free markets’ in Eastern Europe to relying on military force, death squads, terror and economic sanctions in the Ukraine, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Asia.
Regime Change in Russia: from Global Power to Vassal State
Washington’s strategic objective is to isolate Russia from without, undermine its military capability and erode its economy, in order to strengthen NATO’s political and economic collaborators inside Russia – leading to its further fragmentation and return to the semi-vassal status.
The imperial strategic goal is to place neo-liberal political proxies in power in Moscow, just like the ones who oversaw the pillage and destruction of Russia during the infamous Yeltsin decade. The US-EU power grab in the Ukraine is a big step in that direction.
Evaluating the Encirclement and Conquest Strategy
So far NATO’s seizure of the Ukraine has not moved forward as planned. First of all, the violent seizure of power by overtly pro-NATO elites openly reneging on military treaty agreements with Russia over bases in Crimea, had forced Russia to intervene in support of the local, overwhelmingly ethnic Russian population. Following a free and open referendum, Russia annexed the region and secured its strategic military presence.
While Russia retained its naval presence on the Black Sea … the NATO junta in Kiev unleashed a large-scale military offensive against the pro-democracy, anti-coup Russian-speaking majority in the eastern half of the Ukraine who have been demanding a federal form of government reflecting Ukraine’s cultural diversity. The US-EU promoted a “military response” to mass popular dissent and encouraged the coup-regime to eliminate the civil rights of the Russian speaking majority through neo-Nazi terror and to force the population to accept junta-appointed regional rulers in place of their elected leaders. In response to this repression, popular self-defense committees and local militias quickly sprang up and the Ukrainian army was initially forced back with thousands of soldiers refusing to shoot their own compatriots on behalf of the Western –installed regime in Kiev. For a while, the NATO-backed neo-liberal-neo-fascist coalition junta had to contend with the disintegration of its ‘power base’. At the same time, ‘aid’ from the EU, IMF and the US failed to compensate for the cut-off of Russian trade and energy subsidies. Under the advise of visiting US CIA Director, Brenner, the Kiev Junta then dispatched its elite “special forces” trained by the CIA and FBI to carry out massacres against pro-democracy civilians and popular militias. They bussed in armed thugs to the diverse city of Odessa who staged an ‘exemplary’ massacre: Burning the city’s major trade union headquarters and slaughtering 41, mostly unarmed civilians who were trapped in the building with its exits blocked by neo-Nazis. The dead included many women and teenagers who had sought shelter from the rampaging neo-Nazis. The survivors were brutally beaten and imprisoned by the ‘police’ who had passively watched while the building burned.
The Coming Collapse of the Putsch-Junta
Obama’s Ukraine power grab and his efforts to isolate Russia have provoked some opposition in the EU. Clearly US sanctions prejudice major European multi-nationals with deep ties in Russia. The US military build-up in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Black Sea raises tensions and threatens a large-scale military conflagration, disrupting major economic contracts. US-EU threats on Russia’s border have increased popular support for President Putin and strengthened the Russian leadership. The strategic power grab in the Ukraine has radicalized and deepened the polarization of Ukrainian politics-between neo-fascist and pro-democracy forces.
While the imperial strategists are extending and escalating their military build-up in Estonia and Poland and pouring arms into the Ukraine, the entire power grab rests on very precarious political and economic foundations- which could collapse within the year – amidst a bloody civil war/ inter-ethnic slaughter.
The Ukraine junta has already lost political control of over a third of the country to pro-democracy, anti-coup movements and self-defense militias. By cutting off strategic exports to Russia to serve US military interests, the Ukraine lost one of its most important markets, which cannot be replaced. Under NATO control, Ukraine will have to buy NATO-specified military hardware leading to the closure of its factories geared to the Russian market. The loss of Russian trade is already leading to mass unemployment, especially among skilled industrial workers in the East who may be forced to immigrate to Russia. Ballooning trade deficits and the erosion of state revenues will bring a total economic collapse. Thirdly, as a result of the Kiev junta’s submission to NATO, the Ukraine has lost billions of dollars in subsidized energy from Russia. High energy costs make Ukrainian industries non-competitive in global markets. Fourthly, in order to secure loans from the IMF and the EU, the junta has agreed to eliminate food and energy price subsidies, severely depressing household incomes and plunging pensioners into destitution. Bankruptcies are on the rise, as imports from the EU and elsewhere displace formerly protected local industries.
No new investments are flowing in because of the violence, instability and conflicts between neo-fascists and neo-liberals within he junta. Just to stabilize the day-to-day operations of government, the junta needs a no-interest $30 billion dollar handout – from its NATO patrons, an amount, which is not forthcoming now or in the immediate future.
It is clear that NATO ‘strategists’ who planned the putsch were only thinking about weakening Russia militarily and gave no thought to the political, economic and social costs of sustaining a puppet regime in Kiev when Ukraine had been so dependent on Russian markets, loans and subsidized energy. Moreover, they appear to have overlooked the political, industrial and agricultural dynamics of the predictably hostile Eastern regions of the country. Alternately, Washington strategists may have based their calculations on instigating a Yugoslavia-style break-up accompanied by massive ethnic cleansing amidst population transfers and slaughter. Undeterred by the millions of civilian casualties, Washington considers its policy of dismantling Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya to have been great political-military successes.
Ukraine most certainly will enter a prolonged and deep depression, including a precipitous decline in its exports, employment and output. Possibly, economic collapse will lead to nationwide protests and social unrest: spreading from East to West, from South to North. Social upheavals and mass misery may further undermine the morale of the Ukrainian armed forces. Even now, Kiev can barely afford to feed its soldiers and has to rely on neo-Fascist volunteer militias who may be hard to control. The US-EU are not likely to intervene directly with an Libya-style bombing campaign since they would face a prolonged war on Russia’s border at a time when public opinion in the US is suffering from imperial war exhaustion, and European business interests with links to Russian resource companies are resisting consequential sanctions.
The US-EU putsch has produced a failing regime and a society riven by violent conflicts – spinning into open ethnic violence. What, in fact, has ensued is a system of dual power with contenders cutting across regional boundaries. The Kiev junta lacks the coherence and stability to serve as a reliable NATO military link in the encirclement of Russia. On the contrary, US-EU sanctions, military threats and bellicose rhetoric are forcing Russians to quickly rethink their ‘openness’ to the West. The strategic threats to its national security are leading Russia to review its ties to Western banks and corporations. Russia may have to resort to a policy of expanded industrialization via public investments and import substitution. Russian oligarchs, having lost their overseas holdings, may become less central to Russian economic policy.
What is clear is that the power grab in Kiev will not result in a ‘knife pointed at the heartland of Russia’. The ultimate defeat and overthrow of the Kiev junta can lead to a radicalized self-governing Ukraine, based on the burgeoning democratic movements and rising working class consciousness. This will have to emerge from their struggle against IMF austerity programs and Western asset stripping of Ukraine’s resources and enterprises. The industrial workers of Ukraine who succeed in throwing off the yoke of the western vassals in Kiev have no intention of submitting themselves to the yoke of the Russian oligarchs. Their struggle is for a democratic state, capable of developing an independent economic policy, free of imperial military alliances.
May Day 2014: Dual Popular Power in the East, Fascism Rising in the West
The predictable falling out between the neo-fascists and neo-liberal partners in the Kiev junta was evidenced by large-scale riots, between rival street gangs and police on May Day. The US-EU strategy envisioned using the neo-fascists as ‘shock troops’ and street fighters in overthrowing the elected regime of Yankovich and later discarding them. As exemplified by the notorious taped conversation between Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Kiev, the EU-US strategists promote their own handpicked neoliberal proxies to represent foreign capital, impose austerity policies and sign treaties for foreign military bases. In contrast, the neo-fascist militias and parties would favor nationalist economic policies, retaining state enterprises and are likely to be hostile to oligarchs, especially those with ‘dual Israeli-Ukraine’ citizenship.
The Kiev junta’s inability to develop an economic strategy, its violent seizure of power and repression of pro-democracy dissidents in the East has led to a situation of ‘dual power’. In many cases, troops sent to repress the pro-democracy movements have abandoned their weapons, abandoned the Kiev junta and joined the self-governing movements in the East.
Apart from its outside backers-the White House, Brussels and IMF – the Kiev junta has been abandoned by its rightwing allies in Kiev for being too subservient to NATO and resisted by the pro-democracy movement in the East for being authoritarian and centralist. The Kiev junta has fallen between two chairs: it lacks legitimacy among most Ukrainians and has lost control of all but a small patch of land occupied by government offices in Kiev and even those are under siege by the neo-fascist right and increasingly from its own disenchanted former supporters.
Let us be absolutely clear, the struggle in the Ukraine is not between the US and Russia, it is between a NATO-imposed junta composed of neo-liberal oligarchs and fascists on one side and the industrial workers and their local militias and democratic councils on the other. The former defends and obeys the IMF and Washington; the latter relies on the productive capacity of local industry and rules by responding to the majority.
About James Petras
He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.
His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).
He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
In a crass and ill-timed intervention, the unelected president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy has warned Vladimir Putin that the EU intends ultimately to control every country on the western flank of Russia.
by M.E. Synon 1 May 2014
In an interview with De Standaard newspaper, Van Rompuy speaks about his “dreams” that all the Balkan states will join the EU. He calls it an “inspiring thought” that in the long term “the whole of European territory outside Russia” will be tied in some way to the EU.
He admits he does not know if there is public support for such a move, “But we do it anyway.”
Van Rompuy’s comments, released in the midst of the tensions which have followed moves by Brussels to put Ukraine on the path to EU membership, give credence to Putin’s fears that ultimately the EU intends to put its tanks on Russia’s lawn.
Building a common EU defence is one of the strategic priorities for the Brussels elite who are trying to build “a country called Europe.”
Most people in Britain are unaware of it, but a commitment by Britain and the other member states to common foreign, security and defence policies was written into the Maastricht Treaty of 1992.
In recent years the EU has deepened the integration of the military forces of member states with the framing of the Common Security and Defence Policy.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are the leading voices for a common defence force for the EU.
In 2008, a report by a respected Dutch think tank warned that the EU is pursuing a secretive “military space policy.” It accused the EU of using the cover of the European Space Agency to develop technologies such as the Galileo satellite system for use by military as well as civilian. authorities
Last July, Martin Schulz, the German socialist President of the European Parliament who is now one of the top candidates to be the next president of the European Commission, said: “We need a headquarters for civil and military missions in Brussels and deployable troops.”
At the same time the European Commission proposed that it should “own and operate” its own surveillance drones.
Last December at a European Council meeting, member states agreed to “deepen defence cooperation.” At a press conference afterwards, David Cameron insisted Britain would block EU institutions from owning and operating their own military assets.
However, the fact is there is nothing Britain can do to stop a group of EU member states from creating their own “intergovernmental” defence force and asking the EU to administer it.
Now in this latest interview, Van Rompuy has said Brussels intends in effect to create an EU national border from the Arctic Circle to the Turkish border with Iraq.
This could threaten Russia’s historic, trade and political ties with Eastern Europe, so it is unlikely Russians will believe Van Rompuy when he insists the EU does not intend to create a “geopolitical shift.”
As long ago as 2007, José Manuel Barroso, the Portuguese former Maoist who is the president of the European Commission, said he liked to compare the EU “to the organisation of an empire.” He said “We have the dimension of an empire. I believe it is a great construction.”
Van Rompuy’s interview makes it clear that the EU elite intend for the empire to go right to the edge of the Russian Motherland.
In reply to Van Rompuy’s interview, a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “Europe’s diversity means a one-size-fits-all Europe will not work. You cannot impose a federal, close-knit union on such a varied group of states. There is not the political will to do so.”
“Only 31 per cent of the people across the European Union have a positive view of the EU. Two-thirds believe their voice does not count in the EU. This is not the voice of people who think a ‘United States of Europe’ is the answer to their problems. You have to treat Europe like a network not like a bloc.”
UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall said Van Rompuy’s words “demonstrate the frightening expansionist mentality of federalist fanatics.” He said Van Rompuy “does show a rare glimpse of honesty when he admits that the EU’s desire to expand comes without any public approval.”
And let us remember :
25.Apr.2014 | SCGSCG
These days the New York Times has all the journalistic integrity of a supermarket tabloid.
I remember back in the good old days when the corporate media relied primarily on the careful omission of key information and a generous dose of spin to twist the facts beyond recognition. Apparently those days are over. The American propaganda machine seems to have interpreted the Ukraine crisis as an opportunity to throw off the shackles of reality and journalistic integrity once and for all. Anything goes now (facts are optional).
Only one problem: there are some not-so-grainy versions of the same photos still floating around on the web, and these higher quality images make it very clear that the now famous bearded special forces soldier shown in the picture taken in Georgia in 2008, is not at all the same person that was photographed in Eastern Ukraine. Oops.
The beard of the soldier from Georgia was red at the roots, the beard of the man in the picture from Eastern Ukraine is black at the roots. Furthermore at the higher resolution we can see that their faces aren’t even all that similar. But according to the Obama administration and the New York times they both have beards, so that’s proof.
Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, acknowledged that the assertion that the photograph in the American briefing materials had been taken in Russia was incorrect. But she said that the photograph was included in a “draft version” of a briefing packet and that the information has since been corrected. This photograph, she said, was not among those presented by Mr. Kerry in Geneva. Still, Ms. Psaki asserted that there was considerable classified and unclassified information that had led the United States and its Western allies to “make a connection between the Russians and the armed militants” in eastern Ukraine. “We don’t have a shadow of a doubt about the connection,” she said.
Right, because we all know that if the U.S. State Department says something, then it must be true (cough, cough, weapons of mass destruction). That certainly makes up for the fact that the men in the photos aren’t the same person.
Remember this comes just a week after they ran with the bogus story about how Jews were being required to register in Eastern Ukraine (they still haven’t corrected themselves on that one either).
It seems that the New York Times has been studying at the beforeitsnews.com school of journalism. No, I take that back. I shouldn’t insult the integrity of random people posting unverified nonsense in a forum.
26.Mar.2014 | SCG
You might have noticed that immediately following a speech Obama made at the G7 meeting yesterday, virtually every single mainstream news outlet faithfully parroted out the same handpicked one liner: “Obama says Russia ‘acting out of weakness'” and Russia is a “regional power”. This is revealing on a number of levels.
Controlling the narrative is key. In the world of media, politics and public relations, the facts are not nearly as important as the way those facts are interpreted.
The first thing we can gather from Obama’s statement, and the way it was promoted by the corporate media, is that they are not at all happy with the fact that Washington’s so called “sanctions” on a handful of Russian politicians are being widely interpreted as toothless, or that Putin is being depicted as having outmaneuvered the Obama administration yet again (the first time of course being in the Syrian crisis of 2013). They are attempting to distract the public from their own weakness by projecting it onto Putin.
The second thing we can gather here, is that the corporate media is losing its ability to control the narrative. The media campaign to demonize Putin and to imbue Obama’s new threats with gravity over the past week has been frenetic, and yet it utterly failed. Putin’s approval rating skyrocketed to its all time high, while Obama’s approval rating hit a new all time low. More importantly, they utterly failed to alter the perception that Putin is fundamentally stronger and better at diplomacy than anyone in the Obama administration.
That perception of weakness is dangerous. Especially for an empire that is less and less capable of projecting physical power. Though the United States has used its military and covert operations to bring down non-cooperative governments many times since World War II, most of the time this hasn’t been necessary. The U.S. government and its NATO satellites have been running the world like a mafia runs a neighborhood: with a little bit of force and a lot of intimidation. Most of the time just a threat is enough to bend a nation to their will, but that’s changing.
What Putin did in the Syrian crisis and again in the Ukrainian crisis was historic; not because of the specifics of either situation, but because for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union a nation has stood up to the U.S. and won. Not once, but twice. Russia set an example that others might copy.
Since their attempts at bringing Russia to heal with threats and petty punishments has failed, they are now in damage control mode. They are attempting to downplay the importance of this showdown in a desperate attempt to save face.
The jab about Russia being a “regional power” is significant as well. This is the precise wording used by Obama’s mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski in his analysis of Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. However Zbigniew himself was the first to say that this “regional power” status hinges directly on Russia’s relationship with Ukraine:
“Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire. Russia without Ukraine can still strive for imperial status, but it would then become a predominantly Asian imperial state, more likely to be drawn into debilitating conflicts with aroused Central Asians, who would then be resentful of the loss of their recent independence and would be supported by their fellow Islamic states to the south. China would also be likely to oppose any restoration of Russian domination over Central Asia, given its increasing interest in the newly independent states there. However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as its access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia.” From “The Grand Chess Board” by Zbigniew Brzezinski
So again, Obama’s statement is trying to convince to persuade the rest of the world (or at least the political figureheads) that the game hasn’t changed at all, and that the balance of power is still the same as it was back in 1991.
Ukraine under dissolution on the order of US-EU and instrument is the rise of the fascist extreme right
by Dimitris Kazakis
If you want to know who in all ways are strengthening the rise of fascism and nazi extremism in Europe, you do not need do anything else but to look at what is happening right now in Ukraine. Both the U.S. and Germany has under Europe’s cover story beautifully financed the resurrection of the 14.e Waffen SS division in Ukraine, which had been formed by Nazi Ukrainian nationalists during the Nazi German invasion of the Soviet Union.
This horde of barbarians who stayed in the historical chronicles of the 2nd world war with the name Ukrainian SS, participated in mass cleansing of civilians, hundreds of villages was burnt as Distomo in Greece but first and foremost in Ukraine itself, but also in Belarus. The ferocity with which acted in many cases surpassed their comrades from Germany.
This is why their actions was rightly condemned not only by the Red Army and the partisans who were operating behind the lines of Hitler, but also by the western allies. Anyone arrested with insignias of this unit was sent directly to court martial and faced the firing squad for heinous crimes against civilians. *Many of their insignia have clear Swedish roots and Swedish ultra-right and neo-Nazis openly demonstrate their support for the Ukrainian Nazis (This article highlights the truth about who financially, organisationally and logistically also supports the Swedish and the European new-Nazis and right-wing extremism).
The history of today’s confrontation
This horde was not the only one. The Ukrainian Galicia’s main city Lvov was historically the eastern region of the kingdom of Galicia, which until the first world war was attached to the Austro-Hungarian empire. The Austro-Hungarian Empire had annexed Galicia during the division of the kingdom of Poland in the 18th century. But because the region of Galicia status of exploitation and oppression was relatively mild compared with the Tsarist regime, many Poles along with other ethnic and religious minorities relocated in order to escape from the Tsarist pogroms that took place on a regular basis.
The House of Habsburg of Austria allowed this relocation to the attached Galicia so the area became a great mix of different populations in terms of religion, ethnicity, language, and so on. Polish nationalists claimed Galicia for their account. And because the Austrians wanted to counterbalance their activity they strengthened in every way the Ukrainian nationalism as a rival. A Ukrainian nationalism with a strong German reference. Very quickly Galicia became the field of confrontation of the Polish and the Ukrainian nationalism with populations experiencing ethnic cleansing for the rival camps to achieve “purity” in their own ethnic standards.
On June 23, 1917 Ukraine is established as a part of the original Russian Republic, where a few months ago, in February, the Russian people had overthrown the Tsar. After the overthrow of the Provisional Government in Petrograd by the Bolsheviks on November 7 (October 25 on the Julian calendar), 1917 and the passage of all power to the soviets, a Bill of Rights of the Peoples of Russia is published the 15 (2) November of the same year, which recognized “the right of the peoples of Russia to free self-determination, to the point of secession and the creation of an independent state.” Few days later, ie on 20 (7) November, the Ukrainian Central Rada based in Kiev proclaimed the Ukrainian Democratic Republic.
Ukraine is established as an independent state
22 (9) January 1918 the Ukrainian Central Rada published the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine on the basis of which the People’s Republic of Ukraine was formed with socialist references and imperatives, but is directly hostile to the Bolsheviks. With the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, signed between mainly Germany and Soviet-Russia on March 3, 1918, Ukraine came under the control of the German Empire. For the first time in order to help the most extreme nationalist elements in Ukraine, Germany presses Austria to leave eastern Galiciain the control of Ukrainian nationalists.
With the direct help of the Germans and Austrians on 24-26 April 1918, the Cossack ataman Paul Skoropantski overturns the Central Rada and impose a brutal dictatorship. The gallows and executions are put on the daily agenda. All the old privileges of the aristocracy are restored. Paramilitary groups are threatening to burn the villages who are resisting and they spread terror on the population. With the capitulation of Germany and Austria, the Skoropantski regime is overturned in December 1918.
The People’s Republic of Ukraine is re-established a new Central Rada where Simon Petliura prevailed, who found the opportunity to demand with the support of the French who disembarked in Odessa in November 1918 to occupy the vacuum left by the capitulation of the Germans.
The Ukrainian Rada participate in the 19 countries invasive war against Soviet Russia, run by the Entente. But repeated defeats and the growing popular discontent, are leading the Rada – at the suggestion of France and England – to form an alliance with Poland’s dictator Pildouski in April 1920 to continue the war against Soviet Russia.
On March 18, 1921 the peace treaty of Riga was signed between Poland and Soviet Russia under which Galicia, which was passed by the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk to the ownership of Ukraine, is attached to the first. From then until the second world war the Poles implemented savage ethnic cleansing operations against the local population who refused to consider themselves Polish, as well as against anyone who opposed the partition of the region into latifundia in favor of Polish aristocrats.
The emergence of Ukrainian Nazis nationalists
In 1929 reportedly in Ukrainian Galicia the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), weas founded and was composed mainly of followers of individual terrorism and paramilitary action. Their ideology ranged from an extreme nationalist racial perception of Ukrainian blood purity, to openly Fascist and Nazi beliefs. Until the beginning of the Nazis invasion against the USSR on June 22, 1941, this organization has focused in pogroms against the Poles, Russians, Jews and generally against anyone without “pure” Ukrainian blood on one hand and, on individual acts of terrorism against the Polish establishment on the other hand.
In the preparations of the Nazi aggression against Poland, but also during the OUN helped especially by acts of sabotage and assassination attempts. This has built excellent relations between Ukrainian nationalists and German Nazis. Indeed, the latter to ensure their cooperation, had promised to handover the rule throughout Galicia which was under Polish occupation. Something that didn’t happen since the treaty Riebentrof-Molotov came between in September 1939 on the basis that Nazi Germany recognized the domination of the USSR in Galician that was annexed by Poland from Ukraine in 1921.
However, the OUN’s cooperation with the Nazis didn’t stop. Instead it was intensified and used by the Nazis as a fifth collon against the Soviets in the territory of western Ukraine. And therefore unsurprisingly with the Nazi invasion of the USSR, the OUN found the opportunity to announce on 30 June 1941 the Ukrainian state established in Lviv, the capital of the Ukrainian Galicia and led by Stjepan Banderas.
This Act of Declaration mentions among other things the following: “The newly established Ukrainian state will work closely with the great National Socialist Germany, led by the leader Adolf Hitler who is forming a new order in Europe and the world and help the Ukrainian people to be relieved from Moscows occupation. The Ukrainian People’s Revolutionary Army, who has established themselves on Ukrainian land, will continue to fight alongside the allied German Army against the Moscow occupation for a sovereign and united state, as for a new world order.”
Although the new Ukrainian state was pure Nazistic, Nazi Germans had other plans for Ukraine. They saw it as the breadbasket of the German 3rd Reich flooded by German settlers. And therefore they did not recognize the fledgling state only when it was too late for them in 1944 when they where under wild retreat from the Red Army. Nevertheless the OUN functioned as the political cradle of the Ukrainian SS and helped greatly with recruitment by the Nazi Germans regular and irregular portions of volunteers who fought alongside them and distinguished themselves as few SS-units of atrocities against the people of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Austria.
The remains of these units after they were renamed to 1:st division of the Ukrainian National Army they surrendered to Anglo-Americans on May 10, 1945. Americans smuggled both Ukrainian Nazis, but also German Nazi officers of the division and made sure to dispense the countless war crimes mainly committed against civilians in the areas they acted. In this way, they resurrected the old OUN and used it as a means of recruiting and training agent provocateurs often sent for sabotage and subversive activity in Soviet Ukraine.
Ukraine after the dissolution of the USSR
When the USSR was dissolved and Ukraine passed into the hands of the former party oligarchy that over a night turned into “democrats” they turned the country into their own private plot. And as happened everywhere in the former existing socialism, the former party members cooperated with the old dissidents agents of the West in order to plunder as much as possible from the countries that inherited the mercy of party autocracy. This happened in Ukraine, which in 1993 entered the orbit of the IMF to completely collapse the social cohesion of the country and the crash the economy.
Architect of Destruction Viktor Yushchenko, the first governor of the independent by Western standards newly created central bank of Ukraine. Yushchenko as head of the Central Bank was responsible for the deregulation of the national currency in the context of the “shock therapy” imposed by the IMF in October 1994.
In November 1994, the World Bank sent negotiators to consider the reform of the agriculture of Ukraine. With the liberalization of trade (which was a part of the financial package from the IMF), the surplus grain from the U.S. and the “food aid” functioned as dumping of the domestic market, contributing to the destabilization of one of the largest and most productive economies in the world in wheat (eg comparable with Midwestern U.S. states).
Until 1998, the liberalization of the grain market resulted in a reduction of production of grain by 45% compared to the level of 1986-1990. The collapse of livestock production of poultry and dairy products were even more dramatic.
The cumulative decline in GDP as a result of the financial package and the “structural reforms,” by the IMF was over 60% in the period 1992-1995. This temporary sacrifices was necessary for Ukraine to acquire a bright future, the IMF staff said over and over again. While the failure of the “economic package” the blamed, where else, on the corrupt political leaders of Ukraine.
In 1999, after heavy pressure from Washington, the central bank governor Yushchenko was appointed Prime Minister of Ukraine. Following his appointment, Yushchenko immediately put in motion a comprehensive range of bankruptcy on most industrial companies in the country, under the aegis of the IMF. He also tried to undermine the bilateral trade in oil and natural gas between Russia and Ukraine on behalf of the IMF, which had demanded that the trade be made in U.S. dollars and not in exchange of goods.
The destruction of the industrial infrastructure of the country and the loads of exchanges with the main trading partner, Russia, led to the climax of the mass migration of the Ukrainian population, but also to the “advertisement” of Ukraine to the West through the most famous export goods, Ukranian girls that in ‘myriads’ became victims of human trafficking with white flesh.
This fact together with the fact that the selling off of the country was generalized did cost the orange government the elections. Viktor Yanukovych won the presidential elections of 2010, a typical politician from a corrupt establishment, who in order to manage the massive popular anger and the collapse of the country away from the appetites of the West, was forced to turn east towards Russia.
The Nazis in U.S. and EU’s service
On 21 November 2013, the government resign from the signing of the association agreement that was proposed by the European Union. The opposition reacts with protests in Kiev and in the western part of the country, which are rapidly turning into a rebellious look. It prompts a call for early presidential and parliamentary elections and refuses to form a government when approached by President Yanukovych after the Prime Minister resigns. These events were baptized Euromaidan, before Eurorevolution, from Radio Free Europe, which is operated by the State Department.
At first glance, the motion appears to be an attempt to organize a second “Orange Revolution.” But on January 1, 2014, the power changes hands on the streets. The Nazi party “Freedom” organized a torchlight procession in Kiev in memory of Stepan Bandera, the Nazi nationalist leader who allied himself with the Nazis against the Soviets. And that is why the by the west adored Yushchenko wanted in the eve of his fall to anoint a national hero of Ukraine, collecting the responses from the greater portion of his countrymen, and many Jewish, Polish and Russian organizations. The rally was attended by over 15,000 Nazi with swastikas and symbols of the old Ukrainian SS. Since then, the capital has been covered with anti-Semitic slogans and terrorism prevails against anyone who is considered an “outsider” or “pro-Russian” by the Nazis.
This Nazi organization became possible the with money from the embassies of the U.S. and German primary, whilst organized the first occupation of Lviv ensured free passage to the West for supplies of money, arms and all sorts of supplies. Today on the streets of Kiev the faltering government is confronting the revived Ukrainian SS with training, weapons and money from Germany, USA and the European Union. The intentions of the staffs of the ‘democratic’ West is no longer a simple coup d’etat. They seek the complete dissolution of Ukraine, its shredding so that its people no longer will be able to escape the Wests control.
Already in Kiev and elsewhere armed Nazi groups act and with specially trained commandos in the West, veterans of the “civil wars” in Syria and Libya in order to not allow the repressive forces of the Ukrainian government to gain the upper hand. And so the streets are stained with the blood of innocent. On the other hand, the Ukrainian government seems unable to deal with such a situation quickly escalates towards open military intervention with support from outside.
The armed forces of the country have since long been dismantled by the previous “orange revolution” and the “financial packages” of the IMF, so they are now not in a position to resist the armed dismantling of the country. Add to that, that many current and former military personnel have discovered that it is highly profitable to fight from the lines of the modern Ukrainian SS.
The threat to the “soft underbelly” of Russia
With all that Ukraine tends to evolve into a key attack corridor against Russia. The prevalence of the Nazis in Ukraine will mark not only the end of Ukraine itself, but also the beginning of armed infiltration operations in the border of Russia. Just like the U.S. are used to do to Syria, Iran, and generally to any country they intend to wrap in the flames of an artificial civil war. With this notion today in Ukraine both the Nazis and the big bosses in Washington, Berlin and Brussels are struggling to get revenge for the defeat of the army of von Paulus, which ultimately failed to cut off Russia from the energy sources in Caucasus.
Apart from the fact that these developments from far smell widespread war, the question is: how far is Greece from tasting the recipe of Ukraine on its own territory? In a situation of social and economic collapse comparable with that of Ukraine? How far?
Posted in Greek by Dimitris Kazakis February 24 at 9:26 at EPAM’s website
Translated to English by Kosmas Loumakis in accordance with the original text
When the article was written the government of Ukraine was still in power as some of the comments at the end of the article comes from that horizon.
*Footnote by the translator, in relevance to Sweden.