Today in Ukraine there is supposed to be another demonstration in what is called Euromaiden Square. There will also be a demonstration today at 1:30 p.m. in Boston on the Boston Common in front of the State House by Ukrainian-Americans seeking to call attention to the plight of those in Ukraine who are having their freedoms stolen from them. They are also asking that the US Congress to freeze the bank accounts and take other punitive measures against those like Yanukovich and his son who are stealing the assets of Ukraine.
In an article about Ukraine, Chrystia Freeland, a member of Canadian Parliament and former U.S, managing editor of the Financial Times, reminds us what is at stake in the Ukrainian protest movement.
She talks how the youth of Ukraine have carried on their protest “in miserable winter weather and in the face of police brutality.” She points out how these young people “know the difference between democratic capitalism and state capitalism and they know which one they want.”
In a compelling statement she says: “democratic capitalism is demoralized. . . and the economy isn’t delivering for the middle class in the way it did during the postwar era, when the original version of the struggle between democracy and authoritarianism, the Cold War, was at its peak. Continuing she states: “That conflict has become a cool war, and those of us on the democratic side of the barricades aren’t so sure we have all the answers — or that it is a struggle we are all that interested in engaging. Russia has no such qualms. China, where Ukraine’s president traveled this week, knows which side it is on, too.” (my emphasis)
Charles Krauthammer notes: “The . . . crisis, barely noticed here, is Ukraine’s sudden turn away from Europe and back to the Russian embrace.”
He goes on: “This is no trivial matter. Ukraine is not just the largest country in Europe, it’s the linchpin for Vladimir Putin’s dream of a renewed imperial Russia, hegemonic in its neighborhood and rolling back the quarter-century advancement of the “Europe whole and free” bequeathed by America’s victory in the Cold War. The U.S. response? Almost imperceptible.”
Then he makes his main point: “the hundreds of thousands of protesters who’ve turned out to reverse this betrayal of Ukrainian independence have found no voice in Washington. Can’t this administration even rhetorically support those seeking a democratic future, as we did during Ukraine’s Orange Revolution of 2004? . . . With Russia in mind, U.S. takes cautious approach on Ukraine unrest. “We must not offend Putin.””
Today’s demonstration in Ukraine is by the people who are resisting being sucked back into the
Soviet Russian prison. These demonstrators know that Russia like China, to again quote Chrystia Freeland. “deny their citizens the freedom and the dignity that Western market democracies provide.”
It is reported: “The party of jailed ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko yesterday called on protesters to gather in Kiev at noon on Dec. 8, according to a statement on its website. “In an online statement from a prison hospital, Tymoshenko condemned “arresting innocent, peaceful Ukrainian patriots who were beaten by police at a time when Ukraine and the entire democratic world are waiting for those who’re to blame for the violence to be punished.” Yanukovych will “arrest those who’re in his path to absolute power.”
Heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko who supports the demonstrators met with the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and showed him Euromaiden Square. Guess who complained about it? Not the Ukraine government but the Russians! What business is it of the Russians?
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a television interview. “How, for example, would our German partners feel if Russia’s foreign minister went to some kind of gathering that took place in contravention of German rules, I don’t think they’d consider it a friendly step, a right step. Meet — yes, but to take part in such events, i’m sorry but there’s a very simple name for that — interference in internal affairs.”
It sounds like the Russians are already running Ukraine scolding Germany for interfering in its internal affairs. Russia’s certainly interested in engaging in the struggle to impose state capitalism; the Obama Administration doesn’t seem all that interested in engaging in fighting for democratic capitalism; what about you?