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February 22, 2014

Ukraine: "From the spirits that I called - Sir, deliver me!"

What a deluge! What a flood!
Lord and master, hear my call!
Ah, here comes the master!
I have need of Thee!
from the spirits that I called
Sir, deliver me!
J.W. Goethe - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The opposition in the Ukraine and its paymasters in the U.S. and EU called up the spirits of the right, the fascist, to wage a coup against the elected president and to push their selfish objectives onto the Ukrainian public.

Now those spirits won't go away:

It was difficult to know how much of the fury voiced on Friday night in Independence Square was fiery bravado, a final cry of anger before the three-month-long protest movement winds down or the harbinger of yet more and possibly worse violence to come.

Vividly clear, however, was the wide gulf that had opened up between the opposition’s political leadership and a street movement that has radicalized and slipped far from the already tenuous control of politicians.
Dmytro Yarosh, the leader of Right Sector, a coalition of hard-line nationalist groups, reacted defiantly to news of the settlement, drawing more cheers from the crowd.

“The agreements that were reached do not correspond to our aspirations,” he said. “Right Sector will not lay down arms. Right Sector will not lift the blockade of a single administrative building until our main demand is met — the resignation of Yanukovych.”

Even if Yanukovych resigns the demands of the fascist rioters will not end. Ukraine's chief rabbi tells Kiev's Jews to flee city and he has very good reasons to do so. Right Sector and the Svoboda party are well known for accute anti-semitism.

Yesterday sixty eight members of the ruling party of the regions changed over to the opposition which now has a majority in parliament. The parliament then changed the constitution to dismantle presidential powers, fired the interior minister who commanded the police force to defend government buildings and freed the corrupt gas-princess Tymoshenko from jail.

Putin will be smiling.

What the propagandists in the "west" always fail to mention is that Tymoshenko was jailed for a gas deal that favored Russia. She was in jail for agreeing to pay, allegedly, too high prices. Yanukovych, the man Putin hates and despises as a loser, is now out. Tymoshenko, the woman Putin loves signing lucrative trade deals with, is in. As the Ukrainian industry is not viable without access to Russian markets and the Ukrainian energy supply depends on Russian gas deliveries Moscow still has, and will continue to have, the upper hand over the Ukraine. At least half of the Ukrainian population is pro-Russian. No color revolution version 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0 and no IMF austerity loan will change those facts.

Parts of the Ukraine will soon show signs of anarchy with those that protested and rioted without having any real aim moving towards criminal activities. The opposition, which is now empowered and will have to deliver results, will soon squabble and will again fall apart. The fascist forces, euphemistically called "nationalists" in "western" media, will win more power.

The sorcerer's apprentices in Washington and Brussels will come to understand that they can not control the spirits they called upon. They will need to call the master to put the spirits they awoke back into their holes. The international number they will need to call starts with 007 495.


Posted by b on February 22, 2014 at 14:19 UTC | Permalink

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Oh yeah, Kyiv militias make clear where the power is, reminds me of Lbya, just the Ukrainian army is intact - for now, it would disintegrate fast in a civil war ....

Posted by: somebody | Feb 23 2014 11:34 utc | 101

Did Ukraine "government" just banned the right to speak russian and other minority languages?!

Western leaders really loves fascism!

Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 23 2014 15:28 utc | 102

I think the economic situation of Ukr. deserves more comment -unfair as that sit. might be.

Before Jan 2014, say, that is before the current events:

The IMF debts and other debts, on the books and ongoing were gigantic, something to the tune of high tens billions dollars (?) to be paid before 2015.

Ukr. had, has, cash for like 2 months to pay its debts - or more according to some - then poof.

The rating agencies had already downgraded steeply. Default was estimated at 50% risk. Ukr was on the verge of financial collapse, within the present scheme of international arrangements, supremely predatory, of course.

All this is very complicated and of course I don’t have a complete picture.

Ilargi has a recent post of these woes as reported now, just an ex. perhaps not the best:

Ukr. GDP has dropped from 5 pc growth py in 2011 to nil or negative in 2013 - a steep fall, high enough for this dodgy number to bite *hard* on the ground. Commercial balance is in the pits. The currency sank despite Central Bank efforts.

Foreign investment was cut by half between 2012 and 2013 (Bulk is from the EU, but dependency on Russia and trade with it very high..) Savings vaporised.

Ukr. needed cash infusion, outside of the IMF. So, appeals to the EU and Putin.

The EU offer was mingy, focussed on its own advantage (association agreement, it was very difficult to get together btw), with a lot o’ spin; Putin made an offer of a loan that he knew would never be repaid. Yanukovitch seemed to think he could play both sides and somehow ‘win’, gangster fashion. (He is an ass, there is no denying that. So was GW Bush and Hollande now...)

So history is writ.

Neither the Lady of the Braids or the Boxer are capable (imho) of turning this situation around.

It will just go from bad to worse. For Ukrainians, I mean, if anyone still cares about them.

The US-EU / Putin rivalry will not help. So this just Act 1.

The winners will be, if any, selected amongst the powerful in Gvmt., foreign Corps, Finance, and some segments inside the country (e.g. mineral extraction.)

Posted by: Noirette | Feb 23 2014 15:37 utc | 103

To be sure, Russia and Ukraine have had some troubles. In fact, a sizable portion of its population are ethnic Russians, and I am sure they are some of the most ardent supporters of maintaining strong ties with Russia.

But the EU would be no fairytale either. If Ukraine aligns with the EU, and eventually joins the EU, then they will be forced to open their nation to every immigrant and refugee that can get in. If they think ethnic Russians, the most similar people in the world to them, are a problem, just wait until they get a taste of multiculturalism EU-style. If people as close as Ukrainians and Russians cannot make nice, how is it they'd expect non-Europeans to do this as well?

Unfortunately for Ukraine, geopolitics have not been kind. On one side are the Russians who have already watered down your population, and on the other is the EU who stands to totally change your population, religion, culture, etc. You might get more welfare and toys with the EU, but you will not keep your nation.

Ukraine no doubt has the worst economy in Europe and the deepest poverty because of the incredibly ruthless corruption of the political elite - especially Yanukovich's family - and the greed of the tycoons and a hostile policy against small businesses.

Now many Ukrainians might see their salvation in the West and that is very dangerous for this nation, because it would be a real threat to Russia if the economic relations to the West slowly would merge with military games of alliances. In the long run, that could mean war and Ukraine would become a battlefield.

The best strategy therefore would be for Ukraine to emulate Switzerland. Trade with all countries and neutrality from all alliances.

Posted by: Cynthia | Feb 23 2014 15:37 utc | 104

Yes, Cynthia, @ 104, they, the Ukrainians, are caught between a rock and a hard place.

Naively fighting between themselves as to external alliances (Russia vs. EU - US backed), neither of which promises, or affords anything much, is really dismaying to see.

If alliance with the EU it becomes a hinterland with exploitation of cheap labor to extract / cultivate / transform resources (agri, mining, industrial manufacture), see Poland for ex. For a while that works, some salaries rise, subsidies come round, but that doesn’t last and poses many other problems.

Choosing Russia is committing to a far-off central authority with little local say and being in a sort of ‘subservient’ position, regulated by opaque personal power-relations. (And gas etc.)

Plus all the cultural stuff you mention.

Both choices are bad.

Posted by: Noirette | Feb 23 2014 16:04 utc | 105

103) Not necessarily. Let's assume they could get rid of their kleptocracy.
Ukraine is a huge country with agriculture, resources and industry. They could be close to self sufficient except gas from Russia. They got their own currency. All they have to do is to default and all that will happen is they will not get new credit ie foreign currency.

Anybody wishing to export to Ukraine would have to accept Ukrainian currency ie. buy the same amount from Ukraine.

It would solve a lot of unemployment in Ukraine. There is no money in it for any kleptocracies so it won't happen.

Posted by: somebody | Feb 23 2014 16:43 utc | 106

I'm reading quite some ill informed comments and comments.

On is sth. like "First it's zeu and some time later ukraine will be a zato country".

Nope. There *are* already ca. 30 pages concerning military issues in the not-signed association agreement. Zato would/will be in (whatever rests of) ukraine from day 1 after signing any zeu agreement.
Why did you think zusa is so heavily (and dirtily, of course) involved? hat makes you think zusa would be content to "quite probably get in there in some years"? Nope. It's about right now.
zeu doesn't have a military (only the members do), so if there is mil. issues in a zeu agreement it's about zatos interests in all but name.

And then, of course, once more the usual oh, how bad and dangerous it will be for Russia.


There are already major eastern regions openly demanding separation from ukraine. Not that Russia was looking for it, even less instigating criminal riots, but as things stand Russia will profit one way or another and quite probably in many different ways.

An then there is one point that really makes me laugh my ass off and that is the frighteningly deeply seated zusa superpower fairy-tale.

Could we, just for a moment, put the delusional fairy tales aside and look at FACTS? Because, you know, in reality and particularly in war it's facts that counts not PR bla.
Leaving aside countries that even Denmark could have conquered (Panama, Grenada) the super mighty invincible zusa has LOST every war in decades. Digest that. zusa hasn't won a single war. They had to leave or even flee in shame everywhere.
Now, what do you think? A series of bad luck? Or maybe there is a reason?

I tell you one (of multiple) reasons. The human factor. zusa bets pretty much everything on technology and weapons system, the bigger the better. Preferably high tech; they sink hundreds of billions into high tech.
And their "soldiers" need starbucks, mac donalds, and climate control system installed before they can be sent to fight. When they they finally fight they have only 1 tactics: Massively overwhelming the opponent in large numbers - which is the mark of a bad army since millenia. And brutality. zusa soldiers aren't humans, they are like pit bull dogs on drugs. Their only concept and ability is utter brutality, bestiality and a complete lack of human values. A baby? Kill it. A pregnant young woman? kill her. And then piss on their dead bodies.
Which btw. is one, probably *the* reason why zusa loves remote war toys. Using remote weapons war can finally be handled as what their "soldiers" see and handle it anyway: a brutal video game with high-tech.
Of course that fires back, even against themselves. After - without telling them - putting their "soldiers" inmidst of nuclear waste (DU ammo), they don't care about the cripples returning home and they let them wait endlessly for medical care or any other support. It's seems only reasonable to assume that this has an extremely bad influence on their "human" resources ...

Furthermore, as I have already explained here, zusa's high tech weapons don't deliver, they don't work properly although they are excessively expensive.

Looking at the reality behind zusas relentless superpower propaganda and PR, one must be really stubborn and or delusional to think Russia should be afraid.

Ceterum censeo israel americanamque vehementer delenda esse.

Posted by: Mr. Pragma | Feb 23 2014 18:43 utc | 107

My comment under the LOL obscene Guardian propaganda piece subheaded "Demonstrators in Kiev are fighting for the things European Union countries take for granted – freedom, democracy and peace":

European values? Okay, yeah, I hear you:

The leader of Svoboda, Oleh Tyahnybok, who has appeared at the Kiev protests, has a long history of making inflammatory anti-Semitic statements, including the accusation during a 2004 speech before parliament that Ukraine is controlled by a “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.” Miroshnychenko also called the Ukrainian-born American film actress Mila Kunis a “dirty Jewess.”

Tyahnybok has also claimed that “organized Jewry” dominate Ukrainian media and government, have enriched themselves through criminal activities and plan to engineer a “genocide” upon the Christian Ukrainian population. Another top Svoboda member, Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn, a deputy in parliament, often quotes Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, as well as other Third Reich luminaries like Ernst Rohm and Gregor Strasser.

Posted by: fairleft | Feb 23 2014 19:16 utc | 108

@Mr P. "Could we, just for a moment, put the delusional fairy tales aside and look at FACTS? Because, you know, in reality and particularly in war it's facts that counts not PR bla.
Leaving aside countries that even Denmark could have conquered (Panama, Grenada) the super mighty invincible zusa has LOST every war in decades. Digest that. zusa hasn't won a single war. They had to leave or even flee in shame everywhere.
Now, what do you think? A series of bad luck? Or maybe there is a reason?"

All the same, one should not despise one's enemies. Godzilla took many with him before going down. Good doesn't always triumph in the proverbial end. Who else could still be on top after having lost so many battles? They print the money the world must use. They are assured first place at any table. Not to be sneezed at.

Posted by: ruralito | Feb 23 2014 19:53 utc | 109

I support Putin's/Dugin's Eurasian project and I certainly would hope for the American Nation's sake,
the Empire (which the Founders would have abhored) can be dismantled.

" Germany’s only way of diminishing this threat to its own prosperity and power is an alliance with Russia."

So my natural sympathies are with Mr. Pragma's general outlook, though he was also wrong to call Stalin Jewish.

Posted by: truthbetold | Feb 23 2014 21:19 utc | 110

Yes, Prof. Dugin is worth more than all those (zio-sponsored) "think tanks" in washington.

Posted by: Mr. Pragma | Feb 23 2014 21:51 utc | 111

"though he was also wrong to call Stalin Jewish."

Yeah, what's up with that? Stalin was the very model of the patriotic strong man that Putin appears to be. Jew or no.

Posted by: ruralito | Feb 23 2014 22:22 utc | 112

"As an Eurasianist Dugin is fully aware that parts of Russia, in the plains north of the Black Sea, were the ancient cradle of the Indo-European language-speaking peoples of Europe and the Near East, the so-called Aryans. Jews arrived in Russia much later, but by the early 20th Century managed to usurp power over all-the-Russias through the Communist Revolution"

Malarkey! Marx said "Workers of the _WORLD_ unite". He did not add "except for the Jews, they get a special pass." Soviet-style communism is not all Communism. The soviet model, petered out like the Edsel. Meanwhile faraway in the steaming jungle, Naxalites shout it to the heavens: "We are communists!" Not a Jew to be found. Why don't they have Jewish advisors telling them how to wage guerilla war?

Posted by: ruralito | Feb 23 2014 23:21 utc | 113

Communism and socialism are ideas that just won't go away, which is precisely why this latest round of counter-revolution is being led by the West: to wipe out what remains so that the people of Europe and the USA, who will soon be needed something resembling socialism if they are to get their lives back. The idea here is clearly to wipe away all remaining models for people - leaving only, if they get their way, backwards monarchies like Saudi Arabia and the UK, neoliberal hellholes such as Bangladesh and Nigeria, and pure fascist states like what Ukraine is becoming and Israel has been for years.

It is no accident that these fascist clowns in the Ukraine, most of whom were probably breast-feeding when Communism was snuffed out, are busy attacking statues their grandparents helped erect. And it is no accident that every troll who comes through has his worn out "30 millions" number which can be shown with a rudimentary Google search to be completely bogus. Just as it is no mistake that men like Thomas Drake and Chris Hedges, these great progressives, completely miss the irony of regaling us with their tales of the malfeasance of the Stasi and the KGB while we see - in those institutions absence as a counterbalance - the far more dangerous forces of the Empire run amok across the globe.

The greatest propaganda feat of the 20th century was this:

First, to foster and steer Naziism into becoming a movement so wildly suicidal and nihilistic that it ended up destroying its own country. All in an effort to bring down a Communist system that posed absolutely no threat to the German people (though certainly quite a bit to the German industrialists), a system which probably 30% of the German people at one time supported.

The second feat was, having committed the most outrageous crimes in all of human history in an effort to destroy Communism, to then turn around and indict Communism with variants of those very crimes which the west itself used in an attempt to destroy it. To make a total about face from - when they needed them - "great ally" to "evil empire", despite the fact that Communism was a large movement with supporters all over the west itself.

This required massive propaganda, like elevating selected "intellectuals" such as Eric Hoffer and Hannah Arendt, to try and square the circle. Hoffer argues - with no evidence I can see - that "Communists and Nazis often recruited each others members" seemingly ignoring how many German communists ended up dying in concentration camps. As we see now with the destruction of the history of the Red Army liberation of Eastern Europe, so US intellectuals were busy reducing their great sacrifices of German communists to less than nothing. All because their real sacrifices doesn't fit the "Communism = Naziism" narrative that the US empire absolutely relies upon to stake its claim to moral supremacy - all as it tortures and bombs its way to total world dominance.

This also required the most brutal political repression at home (far greater in effect, no doubt, than anything the Soviets carried off) and also unleashing - just as it had in Nazi Germany - the most violent, barbaric forces at work around the globe: forces like the Contras, whose main successes were mutilating peasant families and attacking hospitals, to the death squads of Indonesia who killed no less than a million people in the most shocking manner. All of this came back to the US people, of course, in 9/11. The question still open there is wether the United States deep state was still in control of its erstwhile allies during the attacks.

And though this insane effort very nearly destroyed the United States itself - in such absolute revolt over the appalling crimes of Vietnam that for the first time since the 1920s, there was developing armed resistance at home - by the end of the 1980s COINTELPRO, the CIA drug running program, and the assault on labor had their effect, and resistance inside the US was smashed as effectively at home as it was abroad.

Posted by: guest77 | Feb 24 2014 2:18 utc | 114

"It is no accident that these fascist clowns in the Ukraine, most of whom were probably breast-feeding when Communism was snuffed out, are busy attacking statues their grandparents helped erect. "

The funny thing is, they are probably confusing the true horror of the 1990's Wall Street assault on their countries with "the horrors of Communism."

Posted by: guest77 | Feb 24 2014 3:49 utc | 115

@114 and 115

Your thought process is truly frightening. I wish you had lived in the Soviet Union at some stage, preferably in the 1920s or 30s (hey pick any decade). You wouldn't have lasted very long. Absolutely no idea at all. Scary.

Posted by: Another Jeff | Feb 24 2014 14:09 utc | 116

Another Jeff

I wished for people like you to use your own brain. And why are you calling yourself "another jeff", you are Jeff!

Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 24 2014 14:50 utc | 117


Yeah, frightening. I don't figure you lived in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, Jeff, so I imagine that you probably can't know any more about it that what you've read.

You might take some interest in learning about life in the Soviet Union. Their art, their films, the literature. You might discover that it wasn't all the nightmarish dystopia that your lifetime of indoctrination has led you to believe.

Sorry "Another Jeff" - I've heard about too many Kuwaiti babies, Jessica Lynch's, and "peaceful protestors" in the Ukraine to simply distend my jaws and suck down the propaganda in giant, thick slabs as you apparently have. I know too much about what the Contras did to peasant families while our media and our President called them "George Washingtons". I've even been to "dictatorships" and found them to be - hold on to your tri-corner hat, Another Jeff - people living their lives just like you and me.

Learn a little. Make some friends. Go to the library and read some book written by the people who lived through it - not some Ivy league American ideologues sitting in New York re-imagineering the past to make a buck pandering to your personal sense of exceptionalism. And remember that, all over the world there are people like you and me doing their best to do the right thing, just like the people all over the Soviet Union were.

Posted by: guest77 | Feb 25 2014 1:33 utc | 118

no, I'm not Jeff

lol guest77, whatever, the north koreans make beautiful films too, move there, see how you like living in the last Stalinist utopia

I don't care for the americans that much, don't live there, don't really want to go there either. It's your media and you president. Not mine. But, unlike you, I did live in a nice "socialist" paradise before the fall of the iron curtain, and I can assure you that I know much more about russian/soviet history than you ever will.

Posted by: Another Jeff | Feb 25 2014 12:15 utc | 119

Another jeff

Oh the bitter ex-soviet guy cry-cry.
I dont know what socialism had to do with Soviet though, for living in soviet you dont seems to know much about it.
So what state did you live in?

Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 25 2014 12:44 utc | 120

from the spirits that I called
Sir, deliver me!
J.W. Goethe - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Thanks b.
I didn't know that the brilliant orchestral piece by P Dukas was inspired by Goethe (I actually followed your link to find out how Goethe managed to muscle his way into an association with Dukas' invention!!!).

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 25 2014 12:59 utc | 121

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