STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Ukraine Heats Up … Will Control Slip?
By Staff News & Analysis - May 05, 2014

In the meantime they had been in deep and friendly conversation with three masked men with Kalashnikovs. "We are just making sure everyone remains calm," explained a sergeant. "These guys are being provoked, they are angry." Who is provoking them? I asked. "The Ukrainian army, of course, the rest of us want none of this bloodshed," the policeman responded. – UK Independent

Dominant Social Theme: Wars are breaking out and Ukraine is a flash point.

Free-Market Analysis: The world is full of directed history and Ukraine is no exception. We've watched the propaganda mount and if the Ukraine promotion is any example of how conflicts get started and then enlarge, we can safely say that war is a racket – and a hoax besides.

That doesn't stop the coverage from getting grimmer and more fraught. But this Independent article is somewhat unique because while it conveys the escalating violence, it also signals to us that things are not what they seem.

Here's more:

In Odessa on Friday four people were killed, at least three shot dead, in running battles between Kiev supporters and pro-Russian activists. The clashes ended with separatists holed up in the trade union building. Regional police chief Petro Lutsiuk said more than 130 people had been detained and could face charges ranging from participating in riots to premeditated murder.

… The forces of the Kiev administration continued their "anti-terrorist operation" yesterday, with mixed successes but deepening enmity among the many residents who believed themselves to be targeted. Vasyl Krutov, head of a Kiev government's "anti-terrorist centre" behind the operation in the east, told a news conference: "What we are facing… is not just some kind of short-lived uprising, it is in fact a war."

… It has become the practice among protesters to blame the spate of recent killings on the Right Sector, an ultra-nationalist group accused of carrying out dirty work on behalf of the Kiev administration. The separatist leadership has been keen to disseminate this narrative.

But, looking at [a] body, Nicolai Alexanderovitch, 30, exclaimed: "Don't talk to me about the Right Sector. The Right Sector didn't kill this man, it was done by the Ukrainian army." The Kiev administration had repeatedly accused the police service in Donbass of failing to counter the separatists and of often actively colluding with them. There were no police to be seen near Slovyansk or Kramatorsk as the Ukrainian forces faced protesters. I eventually ran into some at a side road, where a checkpoint has become notorious for journalists being taken hostage.

This last graf gives the game away. And good for the Independent for publishing it. The key seven words here are, "It was done by the Ukrainian army."

In fact, the paper could have gone a lot farther but for a mainstream newspaper, the reporting is better than expected. Perhaps that's because the rudiments of the war are difficult to conceal at this point. And that may be due at least in part to this "Internet Era."

In the 20th century, we have no doubt that the exposure of the Ukraine promotion would have been a good deal more subdued and not nearly so widespread. When it comes to the current fighting, two points are immediately noteworthy:

  • A tape of US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was released a few months ago that clearly showed Nuland giving US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt orders about how the a new Ukraine government ought to be structured.
  • Last December, Nuland gave a speech in which she admitted that since 1991 the US government has: "[I]nvested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine…in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government."

The first point reveals the second. Top US officials are not interested in "democracy." What the US bought with its five billion was control – and we can see Nuland exercising that control in her conversation with Pyatt. This was the famous tape in which she exclaimed, "F–k the EU."

The upshot of Nuland's intervention was the formation of a new government headed by Nuland's favorite, Arseniy Yatsenyuk – or "Yats," as she calls him. He now presides as prime minister.

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And what kind of government has the US bought? The well-regarded, alternative media think-tank Global Research described recent actions thusly:

A fascist mob led by the neo-Nazi Right Sector [carried] out a massacre of pro-Russian demonstrators in Odessa, killing dozens. In the east of the country, fully armed troops and Right Sector thugs, backed by armor, artillery and helicopter gunships, attacked centers of the anti-Kiev protests in Slovyansk and other cities, setting the stage for a bloodbath.

In a recent article, Global Research describes the installation of the current government this way:

The "duly elected government in Kiev" was overthrown last February in a US-orchestrated, fascist-led coup that installed an unelected ultra-nationalist government in which neo-Nazis from the Right Sector and the Svoboda party hold prominent positions.

So US meddling has brought to the fore the very kind of "nationalist" regime that Anglosphere think tanks love to worry about – often warning that such regimes lead to intolerance, racism and even genocide.

What is actually revealing about this episode is that a US-led coup has been exposed in the midst of its machinations. This has never really happened before in the modern era.

What this manipulation also shows us is the affection that US policy makers have for authoritarian regimes generally. Noting this, we would make the suggestion that the rise of Hitler's National Socialists to power in Germany and the fascists in Italy might be re-investigated keeping in mind the way the US in particular has manipulated the situation in the Ukraine.

Global Research along with other alternative media commentators has presented the idea that Washington (the Anglosphere actually) is trying to force Vladimir Putin to intervene in the Ukraine, leading either to sanctions that will cripple Russia and topple Putin or, far worse, to a potential World War III.

But we continue to believe that the end game here is not a massive new war but controlled chaos, similar to what has been introduced by the West into the Middle East.

From an investment standpoint, too much instability in the Ukraine could begin to weigh heavily on equity markets in the West. At the same time, the dollar might fall hard against precious metals.

After Thoughts

The world was apparently an infinitely controllable place in the 20th century. Perhaps not so much in the 21st …

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