Ukraine’s Fascist Roots
by Stephen Lendman
US-installed putschists are fascist extremists. Elevating them to power should scare everyone.
Ukraine is the epicenter of European fascist reemergence. It’s a freedom-destroying cancer.
It threatens world peace. It risks global conflict. It doesn’t surprise. Its roots are deep.
Washington offers full support. It’s longstanding. It dates from 1945. Svoboda and Right Sector parties are modern-day Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) heirs.
Its Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) leaders were Nazi collaborators. They fought with Hitler’s Waffen SS Galician Division.
Their forces massacred hundreds of thousands. Their hero was Stepan Bandera. He headed OUN-B. It terrorized Ukrainian and Polish Jews.
His legacy thrives in Ukraine today. His heirs openly display his OUN-B red and black flag. They enjoy full US support.
Svoboda’s slogan is “Ukraine for Ukrainians.” Bandera said the same thing. He wanted Ukraine made ethnically pure. Mass extermination followed.
Svoboda earlier called itself Socialist-Nationalists. It bears erie resemblance to Hitler’s National Socialism. It reflects fascism writ large.
Svoboda openly calls for “creat(ing) a truly Ukrainian Ukraine in the cities of the East and South.”
“We will need to cancel parliamentarism, ban all political parties, nationalise the entire industry, all media, prohibit the importation of any literature to Ukraine from Russia.”
“Completely replace the leaders of the civil service, education management, military (especially in the East).”
“Physically liquidate all Russian-speaking intellectuals and all Ukrainophobes (fast, without a trial shot. Registering Ukrainophobes can be done here by any member of Svoboda).”
“Execute all members of the anti-Ukrainian political parties.”
Svoboda straightaway abolished Russian-speaker minority rights. It targets Jews, ethnic Russians and opposition elements.
Its manifesto calls for “carry(ing) out a broad public discussion about the meaning of Ukrainian pluralism for the future of Europe, Russia and the world.”
Its aim is undermining Russian Eurasian influence. It wants fundamental freedoms destroyed. It wants hardline rule replacing it.
Democracy is strictly verboten. Hooliganism is longstanding strategy. Unrestrained violence reflects it. Opposition elements are targeted for elimination.
Post-WW II, Washington began cooperating with Ukrainian fascists. OUN-B leader Mykola Lebed (1909 – 1998) openly collaborated with Nazis.
He was responsible for massive Volhynia and Eastern Galicia Polish ethnic cleansing.
In 1949, he emigrated to America. He did so with CIA/State Department help.
He lived in New York. His CIA-funded Prolog Research Corporation spied on Soviet Russia.
In his book titled “The OUN, the UPA and the Holocaust: A Study in the Manufacturing of Historical Myths,” Per Rudling said:
“During the early Cold War, extreme nationalism and fascism were retooled and employed by Western intelligence services in the struggle against the USSR.”
“One CIA analyst argued that ‘some form of nationalist feeling continues to exist (in Ukraine)…”
“There is an obligation to support it as a cold war weapon.”
According to Rudling, CIA and State Department officials collaborated with OUN members.
They sponsored them. They brought them to America. They shielded them from war crimes prosecutions.
They helped them gain “positions of of influence and authority, assisting their creation of semi-academic institutions and/or academic positions at established universities,” said Rudling.
They whitewashed their WW II crimes. They transformed them into Ukrainian heroes.
During Viktor Yushchenko’s illegitimate Orange Revolution presidency, institutes of memory management and myth-making were established.
They buried information about OUN/UPA atrocities.
According to Rudling, “(u)nlike many other former Soviet republics, the Ukrainian government did not need to develop new national myths from scratch, but imported ready concepts developed in the Ukrainian diaspora.”
Washington calls OUN/UPA and its modern-day heirs “nationalists.” It buries their fascist roots. It ignores their criminal past.
Rudling was clear and unequivocal saying:
“The OUN shared the fascist attributes of antiliberalism, anticonservatism, and anticommunism, an armed party, totalitarianism, anti-Semitism, FÃ¼hrerprinzip, and the adoption of fascist greetings.”
“Its leaders eagerly emphasized to Hitler and Ribbentrop that they shared the Nazi Weltanschauung and a commitment to a fascist New Europe.”
Racial/ethnic purity was a core ideological element. It remains so today. Washington’s alliance with hard right extremist groups is longstanding.
Political analyst Caleb Maupin said decades before European fascism, Ku Klux Klan elements were state-sponsored in former slave-holding states.
It wasn’t the only fascist organization Washington embraced, said Maupin. Post-WW I, American Legion leaders were openly fascist.
So were prominent US industrialists like Henry Ford. Fascism thrives in today’s America. It reflects its dark side.
It emerged post-WW I. At the time, Western civilization was called decadent and destructive. It was in decline, critics said.
In his book titled, “The Decline of the West,” Oswald Spengler said “liberalism, democracy, socialism (and) free-masonry” weakened it. Fascism alone could save it, he claimed.
In his essay titled, “Fascism: Doctrine and Institutions,” Mussolini said, “Fascism denies, in democracy, the absurd conventional untruth of political equality dressed out in the garb of collective responsibility.”
He called it Marxism’s “complete opposite.” In class struggle for social progress and justice, he added.
“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power,” he stressed.
His definition applies now. Corporatism’s alliance with political Washington reflects his ideology. It built for decades.
It’s deeply entrenched. It reflects Washington’s bipartisan agenda. Its criminal class runs things.
Huey Long once said fascism will arrive “wrapped in an American flag.” In his book titled, “Friendly Fascism,” Bertram Gross called Ronald Reagan its prototype ruler.
He described a slow, powerful “drift toward greater concentration of power and wealth in a repressive Big Business-Big Government.”
It reflects a Big Brother alliance. It leads “toward a new and subtly manipulative form of corporatist serfdom.” Its friendly face conceals its dark side.
In the 1930s, George Seldes saw it coming. He worried about New Deal policies eroding.
In his 1934 book titled, “Iron, Blood and Profits,” he discussed a “world-wide munitions racket.”
He cited WW I militarists. He named weapons makers in Europe and America.
He called them “merchants of death.” They promote “imperialism (and) colonization – by means of war.”
“(T)he healthfulness of the business depends on slaughter. The more wars,” the more profits.
His 1943 book titled “Facts and Fascism” explained “Fascism on the Home Front” in Part One. It’s called “The Big Money and the Big Profits in Fascism.”
In Parts Two and Three, he discussed “Native Fascist Forces” in industry and his day’s media. It was a shadow of today’s propaganda machine.
Print and radio’s early days alone existed. Television was years away.
In his 1935 novel titled, “It Can’t Happen Here,” Sinclair Lewis saw fascism coming in hard times.
It’ll be led by a charismatic leader, he said. A self-styled reformer/populist champion. A con man exploiting human misery.
He recounted Merzelium “Buzz” Windrip’s rise to power. His promise to restore prosperity equitably was duplicitous. His alliance with corporatist interests and religious ideologues remained hidden.
He capitalized on hard times. He instituted militarism. He established unconstitutional governance.
He convened military tribunals. He did so for civilians and nonbelievers. He called them traitors.
He solidified hardline rule. He institutionalized tyranny. He put political enemies in concentration camps.
He created Minute Men paramilitaries. They terrorized opposition elements.
He destroyed democracy. He abolished constitutional freedoms. He declared martial law.
He usurped dictatorial powers. He circumvented Congress. He made himself supreme ruler.
Lewis said it can happen here. Today it’s institutionalized. It rules America.
It runs Ukraine. Svoboda and Right Sector parties have enormous power.
Their members hold key ministerial positions. Previous articles discussed Obama’s new friends. They include a rogue’s gallery of societal misfits.
They’re militant fascists. They’re thugs. They’re criminals.
They’re illegitimate putschists. They’re xenophobic, hate-mongering, ultranationalist anti-Semites.
Combined they represent mob rule. They make mafia bosses look saintly by comparison.
For the first time since WW II, overt fascists have real power in Europe. They hold major government posts.
In December 2012, European parliamentarians expressed concern about “rising nationalistic sentiment in Ukraine.”
They called Svoboda members “racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic.” They’re polar opposite “EU’s fundamental values,” the added.
They “appeal(ed) to pro-democratic parties in (Ukraine’s legislature) not to associate with, endorse, or form coalitions with” these elements.
That was then. This is now. EU officials openly support what they condemned. They do so unapologetically.
They march in lockstep with Washington hardliners. They mock democratic values they claim to support.
Olexander Turchynov serves as illegitimate president/parliament speaker. He’s a political opportunist.
He’s Ukrainian armed forces commander-in-chief. He’s Batkivshchyna/All-Ukrainian Union/Fatherland party deputy chairman.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk serves as Ukraine’s illegitimate prime minister. He’s super-rich.
He’s a former central banker/economy/foreign minister/ parliament (Verkhovna Rada) speaker.
He’s a Batkivshchya/All-Ukrainian Union (Fatherland) leader. He sold out for greater wealth and power.
He serves Washington, EU interests and Western bankers. Paying them comes first. Ukrainians bear the burden.
Exploiting them irresponsibly is official policy. So is plundering Ukraine for profit. Selling its state enterprises at fire sale prices.
Strip-mining its state resources. Hollowing out its economy. Wrecking it entirely.
Creating a protracted Greek-style Depression. Making ordinary people suffer most. Cracking down hard on nonbelievers.
Andriy Parubiy co-founded the ultranationalist neo-Nazi Social National party. It’s now called Svoboda. He did so with Oleh Tyahnybok.
Right Sector hard right neo-Nazi hate-mongering anti-Semite Dmytro Yarosh is his deputy. He openly boasts about “…fighting Jews and Russians till I die.”
He calls Russia Ukraine’s “eternal enemy.” He said war between both countries is inevitable.
Right Sector neo-Nazis are the worst of Ukrainian extremists. On May 2, they massacred 300 Odessan civilians in cold blood.
They did so inside Odessa’s Trade Union House building. They hunted down survivors and murdered them.
They’re gun-toting, radicalized terrorists. Imagine them and likeminded scoundrels in charge of Ukraine’s government.
Imagine Obama embracing them. They’re cold-blooded killers. State terrorism defines their agenda. Elements opposing them are targeted for elimination.
Oleh Tyahnybok heads Svoboda. He’s a force to be reckoned with. He reflects fascism writ large. He openly claims determination to crush “Russkie-Yid mafia” elements Ukraine.
Parubiy serves as Kiev’s Secretary of National Security and Defense Council. He oversees Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and armed forces.
He directed months earlier Right Sector Maidan violence. Other Svoboda/Right Sector officials hold influential ministerial posts.
Obama’s new friends are fascist extremists. Their agenda makes peace activists cringe. They threaten civil war. Regional conflict could follow. They risk spreading it globally.
Yatsenyuk vowed never to give up “a centimeter” of Ukraine to Russia. “This is our land,” he said. “Our fathers and grandfathers have spilled their blood for this land.”
“And we won’t budge a single centimeter from (it). Let Russia and its president know this.”
Washington pledged full support. Obama pledged financial aid. Doing so violates US law. It doesn’t matter.
Parubiy wants all he can get. He wants “immediate US military aid,” he said. On May 15, he got feature Wall Street Journal op-ed space requesting it.
He lied claiming “Putin’s goal is to destroy the independent Ukrainian state…”
“(B)ecause it had the courage to choose a better future with Europe,” he said.
He called UN Charter recognized self-determination “illegal.” He said so regarding Crimea’s legitimate reunification with Russia.
He turned truth on its head claiming Putin “stirr(ed) up separatist movements in multiple regions of Ukraine in the hope of annexing even more Ukrainian territory.”
Ukraine “can’t do everything on its own,” he said. It’s “a peaceful nation,” he claimed.
It’s waging war without mercy on its own people. Burying truth is longstanding fascist policy.
Parubiy want US military aid. He wants weapons, “modern equipment,” and training. He wants all he can get. He enjoys Journal editorial support.
He and likeminded ideologues turned Ukraine into a fascist police state. It’s an eastern cauldron of violence.
Paribiy deplores peace. He wants conflict escalated. He ludicrously claims Western military aid can “regain stability.”
Enhancing Ukrainian might can “withstand Russia(‘s) (nonexistent) aggression.” He wants powerful weapons supplied.
He wants “tools to defend our nation.” He wants them despite no existing threat. He wants them for lawless aggression.
He wants eastern opposition elements crushed. He wants them slaughtered in cold blood.
He wants Washington partnering with his crimes. He risks global conflict.
He and likeminded ideologues may start WW III. Stopping them matters most.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
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