Funny Business in Ukraine

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Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt in Kiev in December.

I strongly urge people to read the transcript of the telephone conversation between Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland and US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. It is quite revealing of how the leading members of our government view the rest of the world. They casually talk about who should or should not be in the new Ukrainian government, as if they have a right to make such a decision. The question of what the Ukrainian people want is apparently not important to them. And they show a contempt for Europe in general. (“Fuck the EU”. Can you imagine what the reaction here would be if a European diplomat said that about the US?) This is not a minor matter, since Ukraine is now on the verge of civil war, at least partly as a result of the actions of these people.

The US protested about Russia’s tapping of a diplomatic conversation. This is hypocrisy, since the US has tapped the phones of European leaders such as Angela Merkel. However, we should acknowledge that Russia’s behavior in Ukraine has been no better than that of the US. We on the left should not side with imperial powers, but with ordinary people on both sides who are opposed to war and ethnic violence.

I normally don’t dabble in conspiracy theories, but I can’t help but wonder if the recent “Jews must register” hoax in Donetsk was done as a way of getting back at Russia for the embarrassment of the release of the Nuland phone transcript.

Okay, I’ll put away my tinfoil hat now.

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3 Responses to “Funny Business in Ukraine”

  1. ahaanews Says:

    Reblogged this on Ahaa and commented:
    If true: A brief but interesting account of what US diplomats think about the people of the Ukraine ..

  2. digger666 Says:

    Reblogged this on digger666.

  3. Argus Says:

    It’s a given, it’s a universal. And it all boils down to (a) them and us, and (b) might makes right.

    Clever people work the system, unclever simply go along with the system for the sake of peace. Not good. CLUE: if you vote, you are an unclever.

    Did I detect somewhere an element of outrage that Russia (gasp!) actually taps other peoples’ phones? Sin, evil, that such wickedness could be … but no surprise. Where is ol’ Snowden these days?

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