17 thoughts on “No new Crimean war, no World War III!

  1. “Ethnic cleansing”? Some of the affected groups, perhaps most, are natives to Ukraine, so forcing them out or worse makes this churchman sound a bit out of sync with most decent people of the world, not to mention the teachings of Christ.


    • True. I included the video of this priest’s sermon to show the nature of the far right of (West) Ukrainian nationalism, supported by NATO countries. Basically, he condemns himself.


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  4. Boris Kagarlitsky (Russian socialist academic and writer):

    When a certain number of leftists, repeating century-old slogans, speak of “a war unleashed in the interests of large-scale capital”, they once again get things wrong. The truth is that large-scale capital, both private and bureaucratic, has no need at present for a war.

    The Russian economy is highly dependent on the gas pipeline that passes through Ukraine. Of course, the investments made by “our” oligarchs in Ukrainian enterprises need defending, but military action would sooner exacerbate the problems here than solve them.

    The cynicism and avarice of our present-day rulers are the best guarantee that there will not be a major war.

    The authorities in Kiev are also satisfied. They are able to employ the “Russian threat” to consolidate the new regime, to explain away economic difficulties as the result of external pressure, and in retrospect, to justify their own steps that have brought Ukraine to collapse.

    The present situation of “neither peace nor war” thus suits both governments perfectly, at least for the moment.

    In Crimea, Russian forces have restricted themselves to “polite intervention”. Of course, this was a violation of sovereignty, but let’s be honest: in an analogous situation the French, Americans and British would have done the same.

    So far, Russian forces have acted in a far more restrained fashion than the French and Americans in similar situations. Perhaps this is not because of the government but despite it.

    Neither Maidan nor the demonstrations in the east have had the character of a spontaneous popular revolution. In both cases, outside forces have been involved. The only cause for optimism is the fact that from the beginning, the ideological vector of the protests in the east has been different from that in the west.

    Left activists were driven from the Maidan in Kiev and beaten up (that is not to mention what happened to left-wing symbols and monuments).

    In Kharkov and Odessa, by contrast, Soviet monuments were defended, and here and there people even raised red flags. But there should be no illusions here: what is involved for the present is cultural differences rather than class positions.

    Members of the left need to work in the protest movement in the eastern regions, strengthening their influence and helping to shape a positive program. In this case, there is a real chance that the entire movement can be shifted to more progressive positions, and that the left can win hegemony within it.

    This is no more than a potential opening, but with the Maidan movement no such chance existed.


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  12. SLOVAKIA: Prime Minister Robert Fico said today that he opposes any deployment of foreign soldiers in Slovakia.

    Reacting to US President Barack Obama’s proposal to increase the US military presence in Europe, Mr Fico says he “can’t imagine foreign troops deployed on our territory.”

    Mr Obama announced on Tuesday that he would boost US military deployments throughout Europe.

    Poland welcomed the announcement, but Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said his country saw no need for it.



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