Eastern Ukraine seems to have sunk again into war. Despicable events are taking place in the Eastern city of Donetsk where civilians have been shelled several times including public transports and children paying football in a school playground. Next is the city of Mariupol where the same script is unfolding with the bombing of residential areas.
This is the crude reality of life in Ukraine today (WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC):
In all instances there is ongoing debate as to who has actually unleashed the deaths. Pro-Russian forces accuse the Ukrainian military, and vice versa. In Donetsk, a stronghold of the anti-Government forces, the Ukrainian military have accused the rebels of carrying out a false flag attack to discredit the Ukrainian army.
Whatever the answer, the real tragedy is the failure of our own western Governments to act as peacekeepers. I cannot vouch for the actions of Russia, but feel responsible for the actions of our own Governments in the face of the crisis. NATO and the US have been particularly relevant to the deterioration of the situation.
The expansion on NATO across Eastern Europe has helped to dramatically increase the tension, and there have been ‘partnerships‘ with the Ukrainian Government for a long while. Is this really surprising given we are talking about an organisation that is known to have organised clandestine operations through its ‘stay-behind’ armies, the best example of which is the infamous ‘Opeartion Gladio‘? Its existence has been confirmed through judiciary and parliamentary investigations. Its existence has also been confirmed by then prime minster of Italy Giulio Andreotti back in 1990. Is it really surprising or is it us that suffer from historical amnesia?
The BBC has produced a complete documentary on NATO’s stay-behind armies:
The USA have been financing Ukraine’s effort to “build democratic institutions” to the tune of $5bn, as confirmed by Victoria Nuland, the US Government Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs:
Svoboda, the far-right social-national party of Ukraine, is an integral part of the Ukrainian Government. That’a a great return on investment on $5bn! Neo Nazis walk the streets of Ukrain in plain daylight without any restraint:
Here is Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of Svoboda, portrayed in a gesture that would be familiar to our grandparents:
Here he is in the company of Senator John McCain:
And why not Victoria Nuland?
That we are “fanning the flames of hostility” with Russia is not outlandish. It is part of the ongoing debate also within the US Congress:
How do these people get elected? How did we turn from fighting the Nazi in WWII, to supporting a Nazi party in 2014? How did it happen? Are we asleep at the wheel?