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Politics / Propaganda Mar 11, 2014 - 10:28 AM GMT

By: Michael_T_Bucci

Politics

Hardly astounding it is that President Obama continues his journey beginning as the "Hope and Change" savior of 2008 to being America's neo-con right-wing obsequious host to Ukraine's new Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of the Fatherland Party at the White House on March 12. 


Yatsenyuk previously served as Ukraine's minister of economy, deputy governor of the central bank, speaker of parliament and foreign minister. He is viewed as a "tough technocrat" by the West, exactly the person to implement harsh austerity measures in Ukraine that will be dictated by lenders, EU and the IMF. Mr. Obama will "highlight the strong support of the United States for the people of Ukraine, who have demonstrated inspiring courage and resilience through recent times of crisis," said the White House handout. No mention by Washington, hence America's media, will be made about the makeup of his post-revolutionary Ukrainian government, and the backgrounds of some within it. To wit (by date):

 

From Daily Kos (US) March 2

 

"Ukraine Ethnic Purity Extremists [Neo Nazis] threaten Russians, Jews, non-whites"

 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/02/1281474/-Ukraine-Ethnic-Purity-Extremists-Neo-Nazis-threaten-Russians-Jews-non-whites

 

 

From Voltairenet.org March 3

 

"Who are the Nazis in the Ukrainian government?"

 

http://www.voltairenet.org/article182428.html

 

 

From 4 News (UK) March 5

 

"How the far-right took top posts in Ukraine's power vacuum"

 

http://www.channel4.com/news/svoboda-ministers-ukraine-new-government-far-right

 

 

From FAIR (US) March 7

 

"Denying the Far-Right Role in the Ukrainian Revolution"

 

http://www.fair.org/blog/2014/03/07/denying-the-far-right-role-in-the-ukrainian-revolution

 

 

From Global Research (Canada) March 8

 

"Who’s Who in Ukraine’s New “Semi-fascist” Government: Meet the People the U.S. and EU are Supporting"

 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/whos-who-in-ukraines-new-semi-fascist-government-meet-the-people-the-u-s-and-eu-are-supporting/5372422

 

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Of course, these articles might be judged biased, wrongheaded, incendiary, bigoted, anti-American or even ghosted by Russian partisans. To give the devil its due, the following articles refute those listed above:

 

From Washington Post, Feb. 28 and March 5 (US):

 

Let's not argue over the word "fascism", wrote Adam Taylor in this pre-coup article in the Washington Post [Feb 28]. After all, even George Orwell ended up deciding that it meant very different things to different people.

 

"Both Ukrainian and Venezuelan protesters have been called fascists. Why?"

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/02/28/both-ukrainian-and-venezuelan-protesters-have-been-called-fascists-why

 

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Just five days later, March 5, the Washington Post gleefully reported Hillary Clinton comparing Vladimir Putin to Hitler. Transparently revealing its far-right bias, the Post concluded: "Fortunately for the country and the GOP, Republicans are zeroing in on the fundamental errors in the foreign policy mindset she gave voice to for four years."

 

"Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin and Hitler"

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2014/03/05/hillary-clinton-vladimir-putin-and-hitler

 

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CNN International - Opinion, March 6

 

While detailing background information of members in Ukraine's interim government, "At very least," writes David Speedie, "the interim government has made bedfellows of some highly suspect and divisive forces. But it is also true to say that many of the specific details of far-right activity and influence are anecdotal and perhaps contradictory."

 

"Rein in Ukraine's neo-fascists"

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/06/opinion/speedie-ukraine-far-right/index.html?iref=allsearch

 

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From The Week, March 10

 

The final word:

 

"No, Ukraine is not being run by fascists"

 

http://theweek.com/article/index/257646/no-ukraine-is-not-being-run-by-fascists

 

 

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W H Y   A M E R I C A N S   H A V E   W A R   F E V E R

 

For readers outside of America's "Iron Curtain" of propaganda fashioned by self-censored editors and news writers, by whom writer Paul Craig Roberts calls its "presstitutes", the week ending March 7 on American TV and newspapers was captured by FAIR TV and viewable on YouTube:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O63AAIUCxnU&list=UUh_HwmAnbMJZ9JbOOJgIA0A&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fair-tv-climate-balance-msnbc-cheers-comcast-apology-free-bill-oreilly

 

 

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P O S T S C R I P T

 

Let's not argue over the word "fascism", as the Washington Post implores. Let's downplay any reports deviating from the official consensus as "anecdotal and perhaps contradictory," as CNN suggests. Let's just put Putin in his place. Besides, if Cold War II coupled with McCarthyism II will trigger WWIII we can solve overpopulation; exterminate whole peoples and nations unfriendly to Western interests; win the "Great Game" by controlling the world's energy supplies and distribution channels; be Lord and Master of all we survey. Besides, it will inspire a hundred scripts for Hollywood screenwriters to provide über-viewing experiences on 70-inch wide-screens to 6-inch iPads. We might even knock off Iran and China in the process. Personally, I'll finally get to write a bestseller, How to Make a Bundle on Armageddon and Live to Spend It!

 

Cynical?

What isn't cynicism is this: Mr. Obama's tenure has gifted this nation with wars; drones; assassination programs; violations of the Constitution and Bill of Rights; totalitarian surveillance; repression; criminalization of dissenters and "whistle-blowers"; widened the income gulf between billionaires and the average citizen; protected criminality by the finance sector; and muzzled America's erstwhile "free press".

 

Having delivered such without restraint from Congress, his constituencies or from a passive public barely awake to their crippled democracy, Mr. Obama of the Homeland Party will now deliver to Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of the Fatherland Party the "strong support of the United States for the people of Ukraine, who have demonstrated inspiring courage and resilience through recent times of crisis."

 

Meanwhile, the IMF will take care of Ukraine and NATO will take care of Putin and finalize victory in the "Great Game". Maybe then, and only then, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the networks and the remainder will stop calling Barack Obama "soft".

 

* * * *

 

E P I L O G U E

 

I saw the vision of armies;

And I saw, as in noiseless dreams, hundreds of battle-flags;

Borne through the smoke of the battles, and pierced with missiles, I saw them,

And carried hither and yon through the smoke, and torn and bloody;

And at last but a few shreds of the flags left on the staffs, (and all in silence,)

And the staffs all splintered and broken.

 

I saw battle-corpses, myriads of them,

And the white skeletons of young men--I saw them;

I saw the debris and debris of all dead soldiers.

But I saw they were not as was thought;

They themselves were fully at rest--they suffered not;

The living remained and suffered--the mother suffered,

And the wife and the child, and the musing comrade suffered,

And the armies that remained suffered.

 

Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman

 

*

"I saw rather an interesting meeting between an Englishman and a German who had killed each other [in the Great War]. They met face to face and looked at each other steadily.

 

"The Englishman held out his hand. His erstwhile enemy, taking it, said, "What damn fools we have been!"

 

"At present the earth is enveloped in what looks like a thick grey mist caused by the thoughts of cruelty, rage, grief, and pain that are continually outpouring."

 

Claude's Book, L. Kelway-Bamber

 

*

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

 

- Albert Einstein

 

*

Let them have their war,

the senile bred grandchildren for death,

sinister rallies reason,

money changers profit and loss.

 

Let them have their war,

that old history replayed,

each new babe to die again

until their causes die with them.

 

This Disneyland war,

this comic-strip war,

this television war,

this video-game war,

this wide-screened, blogged, iPad

Galaxy war.

 

*

 

One can write each day about the discrepancies found between East-West reports, detail the backgrounds of players, their histories, their purported moves and goals, cite theories and prognostications, but none of it will mitigate the fever of nations intent on finding rationales for war, and none of it will change the course of events.

 

Eventually, one lives long enough to concur with great minds that see war as absurd.

 

D T Suzuki said to his Zen students in Imperial Japan in 1941, "You are going to war against the United States? Remain a pacifist, you'll be needed at home to rebuild your devastated nation."

 

While they make wars, be peaceful instead.

Remain to rebuild this world devastated by the absurdity of war.

By Michael T Bucci

Contact: mbucci@michaelbucci.com

(Note: responses to emails might be delayed or not met.)

Michael T Bucci is a retired public relations executive from New Jersey presently residing in New England. His essays have appeared at The Market Oracle (UK). He is the author of nine books on practical spirituality including White Book: Cerithous.

© 2014 Copyright Michael T Bucci - All Rights Reserved Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


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