Warning On Ukrainian Situation: Beware of Russian Collaborators

Ukraine with the bearWhenever you read anything about what is going on in Ukraine understand that there are many in the media who have Russophilia. These people usually have spent time in Moscow and have come under the spell of its leader, Vladimir Putin, and willingly give his view to the Americans who they hope are naive about Russian doings. They have access to the N.Y. Times, like Walter Duranty, another one with Russophilia, or to PBS, the Nation magazine, and other cable channels. Their view of the situation will be highly skewed in Russia’s favor.

Recall Walter Duranty wrote in the N.Y. Times in the 1930s with great fervor about the advances the Soviet Union was making under Stalin. In the face of the Holodomor, the forced starvation of between 8 to 12 million Ukrainians by Stalin and his henchman Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria, he denied there was a famine and painted a rosy picture of Soviet industrial might. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his lies.

When you hear of the Russians considering Ukrainians as part of their family, think of the Holodomor. Do you starve your family and send those who don’t die off to Siberia? Suggesting Russians and the Ukrainians are the same people is like saying the Irish and British are the same. That Britain ruled the Irish for centuries, including using the tactic of starvation, did not result in people suggesting that Britain must thereafter have a say in Ireland’s future although to get some of its freedom from Britain the Irish had to give up part of its land.

Yet we hear the people in the media intent on justifying Russia’s ongoing attempt to rule the Ukrainians suggesting that their long relationship gives Russia such a right. These were arguments we heard in the 1850s about the slave owners. When one people dominates another for lengthy periods it does not give them the right to continues to dominate them.

The Nation, known as a progressive magazine, (why are the progressives and others on the far left so enamored of the Soviets and now the Russians?) had an pro-Russian article by Nicolai Petro who suggested the opposition forces were “openly neo-Nazi” and the “average Ukrainians, . . . are fed up with the current violence.” He went on to talk about the Maidan demonstrators suggesting that this was like the time “fascism rose to power in the heart of Western Europe, . . .”

He also noted falsely, “the Russian cultural component of Ukrainian national identity, to which more than half the population give some allegiance, can only lead to more political conflict.”  The population breakdown in Ukraine according to the CIA is: “Ukrainian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belarusian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimean Tatar 0.5%, Bulgarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8%.  The great majority are Ukrainians with allegiance to Ukraine but the Russians want you to believe otherwise. That many speak Russian, like many in the U.S. speak Spanish or Ireland speak English, does not mean their allegiance lies outside their homeland.

Petro never met a Russian action he did not immediately defend and last September wrote and adulatory article starting off with “Vladimir Putin is on top of his game.”  An apt comment to his article in the Nation was: “When is the Lenin going to topple at the Nation?”:

Stephen Cohen who is married to Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, also gave us the full Russian point of view even to the point of saying: “we also don’t like the people who are writing on buildings ‘Jews live here,'” because these forces, these quasi-fascist forces—let’s address this issue, . . .”  The Russian line is the Ukrainian freedom fighters are fascists. However this suggestion that there is an anti-Semitic aspect to the acts of the demonstrators seems to fall apart when we see that former Israeli Defense Force troops are fighting alongside them.

PBS had on Dimitri Simes who said: “Ukraine, of course, was a part of Russia for more than 300 years.” Simes was born in Moscow and graduated from Moscow State University. He perpetuates the myth that a country that has been invaded by others. like Ireland, becomes part of the invader. A look at Ukraine’s history shows the Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, Germans, Turks and others have ruled the Ukrainians who have always strived to have their own nation.  Right after WWI the Ukrainians tried to set up their own nation and for three or so years succeeded until crushed by the Soviets. Hardly does that make Ukraine part of Russia anymore than Korea was part of Japan.

I ask you just to be alert to what you read. Russia has its allies in America willing to promote its line. It has had them from the time of the rise of the Soviet Union. The Ukrainians have suffered and died to hang on to the freedoms they have gained since the fall of the Soviet Union. They no more want to be part of Russia than a slave wants to stay in bondage. It will be shameful if we let others fool us into thinking otherwise.



7 thoughts on “Warning On Ukrainian Situation: Beware of Russian Collaborators

  1. Putin’s words remind me of a quote from Marx – Groucho and Chico Marx, that is:
    “Who are you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?”

    Negotiating with the delusional or a pathological liar is pointless. The real question becomes “What are you willing to pay to take care of this problem?” Obama has said “There will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine”, but does not indicate who will be paying that bill. The UN? Doubtful. NATO? Even more doubtful. Just as we saw in the 1930’s, few will do anything. Italy invaded Ethiopia, Japan invaded Korea and China, and Germany annexed Austria, seized Czechoslovakia, and militarized the Sudetenland before invading Poland.

    1. Ed:

      You are right, no one is taking any steps to make Putin think he has made a mistake in taking over Crimea. The Europeans are more worried about trade than Ukraine. The problem that I think arises is that it was so easy to take over Crimea he’ll think why not take more parts of Ukraine. Putin uses Hitler’s rationales and tactics; he will go as far as he can if no one does anything to convince him he’ll actually pay real costs but the West is doing nothing more than wringing its hands. I’m not happy that Obama has made three calls to him to get him to stand down a little but after each call Putin becomes bolder. Things aren’t going too well to this point.

  2. Using elmer’s link to Pravada, I visited the website and clicked on the translate to English option. It is unintentionally ironic that the first article on the translated page was a justification of the Russian Federation Duma vote of annexation of Ukraine using Germany’s annexation of Austria in March, 1938 as historical precedent – a poor choice of role model.

    Many remember that in September 1939 Germany invaded Poland from the west under false justification, followed shortly by the Soviet Union invading Poland from the east. The Soviet Union imprisoned and executed many who represented a threat to Soviet authority. I would not expect much better performance from the Russian Federation in the Ukraine today.


    A good background read for the Russification of conquered peoples under the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and now the Russian Federation would be economist Thomas Sowell’s book “Conquest and Cultures: An International History”.

    With the end of the Sochi Olympics, there now appears to be little need for Putin and the Russian Federation to be anything other than the unopposed international bully that they know works crudely but effectively.

    1. Ed:

      Putin is so blatantly lying about some of the things that I’m not sure there is any historical precedent for such a happening. His justifications for going into Crimea which he says he hasn’t done are all fictitious. If he can do this, what is there that he cannot do? The big question is whether he knows he is lying and doesn’t care that everyone knows; or he believes he is tell in the truth. Either way the man has major problems and the question comes down to how do you deal with such a person.

  3. Thanks for keeping on top of this – no question that the Kremlinoids rely on disinformation, deception, distortion and intimidation and threats, and they try to find collaborators wherever they can.

    After all, to extend what Costas said on NBC during the Putler Olympics – Putler is just trying to re-build a “pivotal experiment.”

    At the same time as Putler is telling Merkel that he agrees to an OSCE fact-finding mission in Crimea, the Kremlinoid Dummy has “registered” a law – annexing Crimea:


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