Fascists/neo-nazis Will Never Allow Real Elections
light my (Crimean) fire
By Pepe Escobar
08, 2014 "Information
Clearing House - "Asia
16 is C Day. The Crimean parliament - by 78 votes
with 8 abstentions - decided this is the day when
Crimean voters will choose between joining the
Russian Federation or to remain part of Ukraine as
an autonomous region with very strong powers,
according to the 1992 constitution.
Whatever "diplomatic" tantrums Washington and
Brussels will keep pulling, and they will be
incandescent, facts on the ground speak for
themselves. The city council of Sevastopol - the
headquarters of Russia's Black Sea fleet - has
already voted to join Russia. And next week the Duma
in Moscow will study a bill to simplify the
mechanism of adhesion.
Quick recap: this is a direct result of Washington
spending US$5 billion - a Victoria "F**k the EU"
Nuland official figure - to promote regime change in
Ukraine. On the horizon, Crimea may be incorporated
into Russia for free, while the "West" absorbs that
bankrupt back-of-beyond (Western Ukraine) that an
Asia Times Online reader indelibly described as the
"Khaganate of Nulands" (an amalgam of khanate,
Victoria's notorious neo-con husband Robert Kagan,
and no man's land).
What Moscow regards as an illegal, neo-nazi
infiltrated government in Kiev, led by Prime
Minister Arseniy "Yats" Yatsenyuk - an Ukrainian
Jewish banker playing the role of Western puppet -
insists Crimea must remain part of Ukraine. And it's
not only Moscow; half of Ukraine itself does not
recognize the Yats gang as a legitimate government,
now boasting a number of oligarchs imposed as
Yet this "government" - supported by the US and the
European Union - has already declared the referendum
illegal. Proving its impeccable "democratic"
credentials, it has already moved to ban the
official use of the Russian language in Ukraine; get
rid of the communist party, which amassed 13% of the
votes in the last election, more, incidentally, than
the neo-nazi-infested Svoboda ("Freedom") party, now
ensconced in key government security posts; and ban
a Russian TV station, which happens to be the most
popular on Ukrainian cable.
Amid all the hysteria from Washington and certain
European capitals, what's not explained to puzzled
public opinion is that these fascists/neo-nazis who
got to power through a coup will never allow real
elections to take place in Ukraine; after all they
would most certainly be sent packing.
This implies that "Yats" and his gang - on top of it
reveling at their red carpet welcome at a pompous
yet innocuous EU summit in Brussels - won't budge.
For instance, they used heavy muscle to send
pro-Russian protesters in front of the Donetsk
government building running. Heavily industrialized
Donetsk is very much linked commercially to Russia.
Then there's an even more sinister possible scenario
looming in the horizon; an instrumentalization of
the lunatic jihadi fringe of the 10% of Tatars in
Crimea, from false flags to suicide bombings. The
House of Saud, according to a solid Saudi source, is
immensely interested in Ukraine, and may be tempted
to do a few favors for Western intelligence.
Will our love become a funeral pyre?
Arguably, for Moscow, keeping Crimea inside the
Ukraine, with large autonomous powers plus the
current signed agreement to keep the base in
Sevastopol, is a much better deal than annexing it.
It's as if Russia was annexing what for all
practical purposes was already a Russian province.
Yet the Kremlin may always decide not to annex, and
use the all but certain result of the referendum as
a key pawn in a complex negotiation with, not the
EU, but fundamentally Germany. The EU is a mess. The
"government" in Kiev is a mess. What matters is what
Vladimir Putin is discussing over the phone with
Much has to do with Pipelineistan - as in the 9
billion euro (US$12.4 billion) Nord Stream, the
steel umbilical cord between Russia and Germany via
the Baltic Sea. Merkel, the then Russian president
Dmitri Medvedev, and former German chancellor and
now Nord Stream chairman Gerhard Schroeder were very
close when the pipeline project carrying Russian gas
to Germany went online in 2011. The project was
initially proposed in 2005 when Schroeder was
chancellor and Putin was Russia's president, first
time round. Schroeder, earlier this week, said that
NATO should shut up.
Moreover, two-way trade between Russia and the EU
was around a whopping US$370 billion in 2012 (no
2013 data yet), with Russia exporting mostly oil,
gas and cereals, and the EU exporting mostly cars,
medicine, machine parts. Forget about sanctions,
that sacrosanct Washington mantra; they are really
bad for business.
Moscow, though, has a real, tangible and very
serious red line. It does not even have to bother
about Ukraine in the EU because the overwhelming
majority of Europeans don't want it as part of their
club. The red line is North Atlantic Treaty
Organization bases in Ukraine. Moscow might even
compromise on Ukraine remaining a sort of Finland
between Russia and Europe. With Crimea still inside
the Ukraine, a NATO base side by side with the
Russian base in Sevastopol would be nothing short of
So a resolution in Crimea - whichever way it goes -
does send a very clear message from Moscow to the
"West". Watch our red line. And unlike others, we
mean it, and we back it up with all we got.
No time to wallow in the mire
First US President Barack Obama solemnly declared
that the referendum in Crimea would "violate
international law" (Kosovo, though, could merrily
secede from Serbia in 2008, to wild Washington
And this after he declared Crimea to be an
"extraordinary threat to the national security and
foreign policy of the US". What next - Crimean
nationalists invading Iowa? No, just a ploy for the
White House to deploy the usual financial war.
All that when the brilliant "strategy" of Team Obama
- keep demonizing Putin to Kingdom Come - was
But then Obama - noticing Angela Merkel was stealing
the spotlight - called Putin and stayed on the phone
for nearly a full hour trying to "engage" him. Why
the change of heart?
A possible response may be supplied by the
inescapable Dr Zbigniew "The Grand Chessboard"
Brzezinski, former national security advisor to that
Hamlet hick Jimmy Carter; the man who gave the
Soviets "their Vietnam"; the man who always dreamed
that the US should rule over Eurasia; and Obama's
"invisible" top foreign policy mentor.
As Dr Zbig told WorldPost's Nathan Gardels, "The
strategy of the West at this moment should be to
complicate Vladimir Putin's planning." Well, that
didn't work so well, did it? Then Dr Zbig advances
that "NATO should invite the Russians to participate
in its ongoing discussions". It's not happening.
Dr Zbig is adamant "we have to formally recognize
the new government in Ukraine, which I believe
expresses the will of the people there". In fact,
the will of perhaps half of the nation, at best.
"Interference in Ukrainian affairs should be
considered a hostile act by a foreign power." That
was Obama's rationale until his phone call to Putin.
Dr Zbig got even more apocalyptic, stressing, "We
should put NATO contingency plans into operation,
deploying forces in Central Europe so we are in a
position to respond if war should break out and
spread." No wonder US corporate media went bananas.
But then Dr Zbig falls back into sanity; "The best
solution for Ukraine would be to become as Finland
has been to Russia." So in the end he may have
suggested to Obama "a compromise solution that is
acceptable for Russia as well as the West". And that
will involve "serious economic aid and investment".
And guess who should take the lead, as in footing
the bill? "Germany, the most prosperous and
strongest economy in the EU."
So in the end we fall back, once again, on what
Angela and Vlad have been discussing. Is it
Finlandization? Or is it about who's trying to set
the night on fire?
Pepe Escobar is the author of
Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving
into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007),
Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the
surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and
Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).
- He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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