Ukraine Updates

I’m going to skip the usual security stuff for a day, because this is for the moment more interesting. (Yes, Snowden got elected rector of Glasgow university, etc etc)

Besides, too much computerese has been known to induce Asperger’s in lab rats, and you’ll never be able to understand and reverse-engineer “high level security” in the face of insufficient information with that mindset.

So let’s think a little liberal arts for a day. There’s a reason that, back in the day, children of aristocracy (those meant to take power) were taught the liberal arts, and everyone else was/is taught the liberal arts are useless.

Here’s where the fight was before the Ukrainian special police forces deployed everything they could bring up in a day trying to storm Maidan square’s occupied areas last night —

Here’s how far the police got in a full night of fighting —

It’s worth noting, from a tactical point of view, that the large barricades did not prove all that useful. The police largely rolled right over them. What did work was sheer numbers of people, molotov cocktails, rocks, and LOTS AND LOTS of burning tires. Particularly the burning tires.

I also found the following today. Watching the video is worthwhile. I did not know that the US had invested $5 billion into Ukrainian political maneuvering since 1991.

Nuland seems to believe that accepting the IMF dog collar is in Ukraine’s interest, and seems doubly eager to “assume” Ukraine’s European future. I’ve spoken to people who were involved in IMF / World Bank type stuff before, they too believed wholeheartedly their work was for the best… yet somehow when you look at the results of IMF funding and “foreign investment,” it always seems to end up being international indentured servitude.

Nevertheless the Ukrainians may have figured this out, as the distinct lack of real international sanctions suggests the US (and/or EU?) have coppered on to the idea that a Ukrainian revolution doesn’t win them a new ‘client state.’ See the post below.

To understand why this is, it’s worth looking a bit at past history of Ukrainian independence movements. The big daddy of ’em all, and most controversial, is Stepan Bandera’s, and at least one of the current groups in the ‘anarchists-and-right-wing-nationalists-together-against-dictatorship unholy alliance’ that is Maidan uses the imagery of Bandera’s movement.

The primary point of controversy with Bandera was his eagerness to ally with the Nazis and kill rather a lot of people (including Jews) at their bidding. He himself was prone to more than a bit of racism too, notably against the Poles.

(As a result, most Ukrainians aren’t too interested in celebrating the guy — particularly after the Soviets ran screeching propaganda campaigns to indoctrinate the entire country against anything that could remotely resemble a movement towards Ukrainian independence.)

But the point worth taking is that Bandera was something of a single-minded guy, willing to ally himself with anyone and everyone and massacre people by the tens of thousands if it would move Ukraine towards independence.

Particularly after Stalin starved 7 million Ukrainians to death in the Holodomor, when the Nazis displaced the Soviets the Ukrainians were more than happy to try and cut a deal — pledging the new independent state of Ukraine would cooperate in all matters with their new best buddies of the Third Reich. What’s helping kill 6 million Jews and homosexuals between friends?

Always eager to save a little effort, the Nazis were most happy about this and put the ex-insurgents to work. Only when Bandera’s movement realized that the Nazi master plan included exterminating or displacing the rest of Ukraine’s population did they understand the error of this particular deal with the devil.

(At this point Bandera’s army became an insurgent movement again, which Hitler ordered arrested and liquidated — including women and children.)

All this mess just because Ukraine has some of the best soil in the world?

Anyway, looking at some of the commentary on the current Ukrainian protest movement, you can draw a few parallels. No, not going too far — there’s no reason to pull a Godwin here.

Rather, I mean in the sense that the Maidan movement is/was all too happy to ally itself with the US, EU, IMF, whatever, whomever, as long as it serves the goal of independence.

But we know from looking at other 2nd and 3rd world countries that IMF involvement often doesn’t exactly mean independence, and it’s quite possible the protesters have realized this, the US has realized the protesters realized this, and now everyone’s kind of moving slowly… because at the end of the day, for a company like the US, it’s not so much about human rights as it is about M-O-N-E-Y and ‘soft empire.’

After all, in the Nuland video, she’s standing in front of a panel with Chevron and Exxon Mobile…

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