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Parry writes: "The U.S. House of Representatives has admitted an ugly truth that the U.S. mainstream media has tried to hide from the American people - that the post-coup regime in Ukraine has relied heavily on Nazi storm troopers to carry out its bloody war against ethnic Russians."

Paramilitary troops in Ukraine holding Neo-Nazi Wolfsangel (Wolf's Hook) symbol banner. (photo: BBC)
Paramilitary troops in Ukraine holding Neo-Nazi Wolfsangel (Wolf's Hook) symbol banner. (photo: BBC)


US House Admits Nazi Role in Ukraine

By Robert Parry, Consortium News

13 June 15

 

The U.S. House of Representatives has admitted an ugly truth that the U.S. mainstream media has tried to hide from the American people – that the post-coup regime in Ukraine has relied heavily on Nazi storm troopers to carry out its bloody war against ethnic Russians, reports Robert Parry.

ast February, when ethnic Russian rebels were closing in on the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, the New York Times rhapsodically described the heroes defending the city and indeed Western civilization – the courageous Azov battalion facing down barbarians at the gate. What the Times didn't tell its readers was that these "heroes" were Nazis, some of them even wearing Swastikas and SS symbols.

The long Times article by Rick Lyman fit with the sorry performance of America's "paper of record" as it has descended into outright propaganda – hiding the dark side of the post-coup regime in Kiev. But what makes Lyman's sadly typical story noteworthy today is that the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has just voted unanimously to bar U.S. assistance going to the Azov battalion because of its Nazi ties.

When even the hawkish House of Representatives can't stomach these Nazi storm troopers who have served as Kiev's tip of the spear against the ethnic Russian population of eastern Ukraine, what does that say about the honesty and integrity of the New York Times when it finds these same Nazis so admirable?

And it wasn't like the Times didn't have space to mention the Nazi taint. The article provided much color and detail – quoting an Azov leader prominently – but just couldn't find room to mention the inconvenient truth about how these Nazis had played a key role in the ongoing civil war on the U.S. side. The Times simply referred to Azov as a "volunteer unit."

Yet, on June 10, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act – from Reps. John Conyers Jr., D-Michigan, and Ted Yoho, R-Florida – that would block U.S. training of the Azov battalion and would prevent transfer of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to fighters in Iraq and Ukraine.

"I am grateful that the House of Representatives unanimously passed my amendments last night to ensure that our military does not train members of the repulsive neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, along with my measures to keep the dangerous and easily trafficked MANPADs out of these unstable regions," said Conyers on Thursday.

He described Ukraine's Azov Battalion as a 1,000-man volunteer militia of the Ukrainian National Guard that Foreign Policy Magazine has characterized as "openly neo-Nazi" and "fascist." And Azov is not some obscure force. Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, who oversees Ukraine's armed militias, announced that Azov troops would be among the first units to be trained by the 300 U.S. military advisers who have been dispatched to Ukraine in a training mission codenamed "Fearless Guardian."

White Supremacy

On Friday, a Bloomberg News article by Leonid Bershidsky noted that "it's easy to see why" Conyers "would have a problem with the military unit commanded by Ukrainian legislator Andriy Biletsky: Conyers is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Biletsky is a white supremacist. …

"Biletsky had run Patriot of Ukraine [the precursor of the Azov battalion] since 2005. In a 2010 interview he described the organization as nationalist 'storm troops' … The group's ideology was 'social nationalism' — a term Biletsky, a historian, knew would deceive no one. …

"In 2007, Biletsky railed against a government decision to introduce fines for racist remarks: 'So why the "Negro-love" on a legislative level? They want to break everyone who has risen to defend themselves, their family, their right to be masters of their own land! They want to destroy the Nation's biological resistance to everything alien and do to us what happened to Old Europe, where the immigrant hordes are a nightmare for the French, Germans and Belgians, where cities are "blackening" fast and crime and the drug trade are invading even the remotest corners.'"

The Bloomberg article continued, "Biletsky landed in prison in 2011, after his organization took part in a series of shootouts and fights. Following Ukraine's so-called revolution of dignity last year, he was freed as a political prisoner; right-wing organizations, with their paramilitary training, played an important part in the violent phase of the uprising against former President Viktor Yanukovych. The new authorities — which included the ultra-nationalist party Svoboda — wanted to show their gratitude.

"The war in the east gave Biletsky's storm troopers a chance at a higher status than they could ever have hoped to achieve. They fought fiercely, and last fall, the 400-strong Azov Battalion became part of the National Guard, receiving permission to expand to 2,000 fighters and gaining access to heavy weaponry. So what if some of its members had Nazi symbols tattooed on their bodies and the unit's banner bore the Wolfsangel, used widely by the Nazis during World War II?

"In an interview with Ukraine's Focus magazine last September, Avakov, responsible for the National Guard, was protective of his heroes. He said of the Wolfsangel: 'In many European cities it is part of the city emblem. Yes, most of the guys who assembled in Azov have a particular worldview. But who told you you could judge them? Don't forget what the Azov Battalion did for the country. Remember the liberation of Mariupol, the fighting at Ilovaysk, the latest attacks near the Sea of Azov. May God allow anyone who criticizes them to do 10 percent of what they've done. And anyone who's  going to tell me that these guys preach Nazi views, wear the swastika and so on, are bare-faced liars and fools.'"

Though the House vote on June 10 may have shined a spotlight into this dark corner of the U.S.-embraced Kiev regime, the reality has been well-known for many months – though played down in most of the Western news media, often dismissed as "Russian propaganda."

Even the Times has included at least one brief reference to this reality, though buried deep inside an article. On Aug. 10, 2014, a Times' article mentioned the Nazi taint of the Azov battalion in the last three paragraphs of a lengthy story on another topic.

"The fighting for Donetsk has taken on a lethal pattern: The regular army bombards separatist positions from afar, followed by chaotic, violent assaults by some of the half-dozen or so paramilitary groups surrounding Donetsk who are willing to plunge into urban combat," the Times reported.

"Officials in Kiev say the militias and the army coordinate their actions, but the militias, which count about 7,000 fighters, are angry and, at times, uncontrollable. One known as Azov, which took over the village of Marinka, flies a neo-Nazi symbol resembling a Swastika as its flag." [See Consortiumnews.com's "NYT Discovers Ukraine's Neo-Nazis at War."]

A Shiver Down the Spine

The conservative London Telegraph offered more details about the Azov battalion in an article by correspondent Tom Parfitt, who wrote: "Kiev's use of volunteer paramilitaries to stamp out the Russian-backed Donetsk and Luhansk 'people's republics'… should send a shiver down Europe's spine.

"Recently formed battalions such as Donbas, Dnipro and Azov, with several thousand men under their command, are officially under the control of the interior ministry but their financing is murky, their training inadequate and their ideology often alarming. The Azov men use the neo-Nazi Wolfsangel (Wolf's Hook) symbol on their banner and members of the battalion are openly white supremacists, or anti-Semites."

Based on interviews with militia members, the Telegraph reported that some of the fighters doubted the reality of the Holocaust, expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler and acknowledged that they are indeed Nazis.

Biletsky, the Azov commander, "is also head of an extremist Ukrainian group called the Social National Assembly," according to the Telegraph article which quoted a commentary by Biletsky as declaring: "The historic mission of our nation in this critical moment is to lead the White Races of the world in a final crusade for their survival. A crusade against the Semite-led Untermenschen."

In other words, for the first time since World War II, a government had dispatched Nazi storm troopers to attack a European population – and officials in Kiev knew what they were doing. The Telegraph questioned Ukrainian authorities in Kiev who acknowledged that they were aware of the extremist ideologies of some militias but insisted that the higher priority was having troops who were strongly motivated to fight. [See Consortiumnews.com's "Ignoring Ukraine's Neo-Nazi Storm Troopers."]

But a rebel counteroffensive led by ethnic Russians last August reversed many of Kiev's gains and drove the Azov and other government forces back to the port city of Mariupol, where Foreign Policy's reporter Alec Luhn also encountered the Nazis. He wrote:

"Blue and yellow Ukrainian flags fly over Mariupol's burned-out city administration building and at military checkpoints around the city, but at a sport school near a huge metallurgical plant, another symbol is just as prominent: the wolfsangel ('wolf trap') symbol that was widely used in the Third Reich and has been adopted by neo-Nazi groups. …

"Pro-Russian forces have said they are fighting against Ukrainian nationalists and 'fascists' in the conflict, and in the case of Azov and other battalions, these claims are essentially true."

SS Helmets

More evidence continued to emerge about the presence of Nazis in the ranks of Ukrainian government fighters. Germans were shocked to see video of Azov militia soldiers decorating their gear with the Swastika and the "SS rune." NBC News reported: "Germans were confronted with images of their country's dark past … when German public broadcaster ZDF showed video of Ukrainian soldiers with Nazi symbols on their helmets in its evening newscast.

"The video was shot … in Ukraine by a camera team from Norwegian broadcaster TV2. 'We were filming a report about Ukraine's AZOV battalion in the eastern city of Urzuf, when we came across these soldiers,' Oysten Bogen, a correspondent for the private television station, told NBC News. "Minutes before the images were taped, Bogen said he had asked a spokesperson whether the battalion had fascist tendencies. 'The reply was: absolutely not, we are just Ukrainian nationalists,' Bogen said."

Despite the newsworthiness of a U.S.-backed government dispatching Nazi storm troopers to attack Ukrainian cities, the major U.S. news outlets have gone to extraordinary lengths to excuse this behavior, with the Washington Post publishing a rationalization that Azov's use of the Swastika was merely "romantic."

This curious description of the symbol most associated with the depravity of the Holocaust and the devastation of World War II can be found in the last three paragraphs of a Post lead story published in September 2014. Post correspondent Anthony Faiola portrayed the Azov fighters as "battle-scarred patriots" nobly resisting "Russian aggression" and willing to resort to "guerrilla war" if necessary.

The article found nothing objectionable about Azov's plans for "sabotage, targeted assassinations and other insurgent tactics" against Russians, although such actions in other contexts are regarded as terrorism. The extremists even extended their threats to the government of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko if he agrees to a peace deal with the ethnic Russian east that is not to the militia's liking.

"If Kiev reaches a deal with rebels that they don't support, paramilitary fighters say they could potentially strike pro-Russian targets on their own — or even turn on the government itself," the article stated.

The Post article – like almost all of its coverage of Ukraine – was laudatory about the Kiev forces fighting ethnic Russians in the east, but the newspaper did have to do some quick thinking to explain a photograph of a Swastika gracing an Azov brigade barracks. So, in the last three paragraphs of the story, Faiola reported: "One platoon leader, who called himself Kirt, conceded that the group's far right views had attracted about two dozen foreign fighters from around Europe.

"In one room, a recruit had emblazoned a swastika above his bed. But Kirt … dismissed questions of ideology, saying that the volunteers — many of them still teenagers — embrace symbols and espouse extremist notions as part of some kind of 'romantic' idea."

Despite these well-documented facts, the New York Times excised this reality from its article about the Azov battalion's defense of Mariupol last February. But isn't the role of Nazis newsworthy? In other contexts, the Times is quick to note and condemn any sign of a Nazi resurgence in Europe. However, in Ukraine, where neo-Nazis, such as Andriy Parubiy served as the coup regime's first national security chief and Nazi militias are at the center of regime's military operations, the Times goes silent on the subject.

Rather than fully inform its readers about a crisis that has the potential of becoming a nuclear showdown between the United States and Russia, the Times has chosen to simply be a fount of State Department propaganda, often terming any reference to Kiev's Nazi storm troopers to be "Russian propaganda." Now, however, a unanimous U.S. House of Representatives — of all things — has acknowledged the unpleasant truth.

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Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com). You also can order Robert Parry’s trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives for only $34. The trilogy includes America’s Stolen Narrative. For details on this offer, click here.

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+51 # Dongi 2015-06-13 18:14
Kudos to Conyers and Yoho for their amendment and kudos to the entire House of Representatives for passing the amendment unanimously. This sends a clear message to the Ukrainian government; we will not tolerate NAZIs in the army of Ukraine; they will not use those special missiles either.

The Azov battalion may fight very well. But, they are not the kind of unit you want in your army. I hope Ukraine gets the message.
 
 
+33 # maddave 2015-06-14 01:56
" . . . Republican-cont rolled U.S. House of Representatives has just voted unanimously to bar U.S. assistance going to the Azov battalion because of its Nazi ties."

In WWII, the Ukraine--along with Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia--suppli ed Germany with some of the most vicious SS units in the Third Reich. Come the Russian Winter and stunning Nazi defeats at Stalingrad & Kurst, Germany necessarily went into a brutally punishing retreat in which any Eastern European caught by the Red Juggernaut in a Nazi uniform or who was NOT actively attached to a Soviet military unit was immediately shot, along with his family. Naturally, the German supporters who escaped to East Berlin were looking for payback, and their anger was passed on undiluted to their progeny.

Still nurturing their anti-communist culture--and never an organization to pass up an opportunity to stir up shit where no shit is needed--the now-autonomous CIA, et al is missing no opportunity to egg the Ukraine's anti-Russian malcontents on to aggression against a Russia that is in an economic flux. They--the CIA--have command the world's most effective propaganda machine, and the USA's no-longer-free Press has eagerly volunteered itself as an integral part of the machine.

So, Folks, the day has final come when we can say "BRAVO" to the U S House of Representatives for a job well done. Hang in there!
 
 
+6 # dquandle 2015-06-14 18:31
While the revolting, warmongering, and outrageously hypocritical "Democratic" regime of Obama, with the Jewish Nuland at its forefront, has done everything possible to support these Nazis, via arms, $billions, "training" and propaganda....
 
 
+1 # maddave 2015-06-19 17:54
The USA, NATO and the EU want to see Russia "contained", and enlisting the traditionally anti-Russian Ukraine as a westward leaning ally--if not as a NATO member -- is a central part of that strategy. 30% of the EU's natural gas is delivered by a trans-Ukraine pipeline, and the USA energy and military interests are willing to risk a nuclear confrontation in order to see this money spigot shut down. Concurrently, a competing gas pipeline from Qatar & Iran is somewhere in the engineering stage as we speak. We, the USA, have some economic interest in seeing this pipeline completed.

To understand the various nuances and intricacies of this idiocy, one has to be a genius with an array of PhD's. However, the bottom line is, again, economics, hubris and hegemony, and it all has yet to be played out.
 
 
+22 # Walter J Smith 2015-06-13 19:55
How is that nazi role in Ukraine so different from the nazi role in both dominant wings of the US political party?
 
 
+6 # indian weaver 2015-06-14 06:13
No different, the same but horses of different names, that's all.
 
 
+1 # Interested Observer 2015-06-14 22:16
Different positions on Israel for one.
 
 
+17 # danireland46 2015-06-13 22:26
War is hell, and like hell it is full of devils and Nazis. There are soul-less demons who support the work of these denizens of the dark side. It's horrifying to accept that the venerable New York Times employs some of these supporters. Such is the state of our current News Media.
 
 
+13 # indian weaver 2015-06-14 06:15
The NY Times does employ all liars because the NYT is itself all lies anymore, not just a few "employees"! The editorial staff and editors are all part of the propaganda that enables, supports and advocates endless wars everywhere for no reason at all, other than Imperial design to rule the planet.
 
 
+40 # Citizen Mike 2015-06-13 22:50
It's OK, because we are Nazis, too. We torture prisoners, spy on our own people and start wars of aggression. The 911 event was our Reichstag Fire.

If you see something, say something! his is what I see.
 
 
+7 # babaregi 2015-06-14 00:45
Quoting Citizen Mike:
It's OK, because we are Nazis, too. We torture prisoners, spy on our own people and start wars of aggression. The 911 event was our Reichstag Fire.

If you see something, say something! his is what I see.


Sergeant Shultz got a job writing for the Times:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeyGhMwbb2Y
 
 
+5 # dquandle 2015-06-14 18:33
Yes indeed. Plain as the aircraft carrier group and drone in Obama/Nuland/Cl inton's hands.
 
 
+10 # dipierro4 2015-06-13 22:52
Interesting that those guys aren't sophisticated enough to tone down the anti-Semite rhetoric and symbols. Given that Israel supports everything right-wing in that part of the world, they might have had Israel as an active ally.
 
 
+5 # dquandle 2015-06-14 18:41
Israel is an active ally.

Israel backs far-right coup in Ukraine - World Socialist Web Site
 
 
+5 # ishmael 2015-06-14 01:06
Above this maelstrom of neo-nazi thugs and Vlad's retro USSR wannabe's, the good regular Ukrainian people have some important choices to make.
 
 
+23 # lewagner 2015-06-14 01:20
Nice, the way you make it a false choice between "neo-nazi thugs and Vlad's retro USSR wannabes".
Actually the "good regular Ukrainian people" HAVE conducted several referendums, especially in the Eastern part of the country, and have voted to SEPARATE from the neo-nazis, and set up their own republics.
The Ukrainian government will not accept the voting results, and have had their neo-nazi military attack the people just for the act of voting. They've bombed the hell out of civilian neighborhoods.
The United States is calling this "democracy", and is arming and training the Ukrainian military to "stop Russian aggression", though Russia has NOT sent troops into the Ukraine, and the United States HAS.
 
 
+22 # Jadhu 2015-06-14 01:29
I think I am becoming jaded. This doesn't surprise me. If we are "categorically not" involved in this (or any conflict for that matter), why do we find our drones downed in the area? If we think it was wrong for Nazis to hurt/torture people, why do we do it? Why do our police shoot on our own people? Because, now, there is no difference between "us" and "them."

O.K. There is a slight difference. As far as I can tell, I am not going to get picked up in the middle of the night because I am saying things like this. On the other hand...
 
 
+9 # Radscal 2015-06-14 13:56
The Nazis may have lost WW II, but clearly the fascists won.
 
 
+22 # old codger 2015-06-14 03:24
Another prime example of the malfunctioning idiocy of the idiots who run USA foreign policy !
There's no plausible benefit in confronting Putin and alienating him especially when the USA needs him as an ally against the rising threat of Islamic fundamentalism !
Ever since Vietnam, America has been the architect of a series of disasters that have benefiting no one but the arms dealers !
 
 
+9 # indian weaver 2015-06-14 06:18
It's called "fascism", the rule of the Wehrmacht instead of We The People. Same as it was in Nazi Germany, but now in Amerika. The population will avoid dealing with the increasingly evil terrorists and torturers ruling We the People. We all will hide even if Obama invades Russia for absolutely no reason at all, other than his fear of assassination by the CIA.
 
 
+4 # dquandle 2015-06-14 19:09
Without US created and maintained Wahhbist fundamentalists , Bush/Cheney/Oba ma/Clinton would cease to exist, like the wicked witch of the west in a bucket of water.
 
 
+19 # chillnot 2015-06-14 04:34
The US in bed with Nazis? What else is new? Numerous American business leaders supported fascism in the thirties as a buffer against communism, including George and H.W.’s father, Prescott Bush. Our government put over 1,000 Nazis on the intelligence payroll after World War II for their expertise in propaganda and intelligence activities. A recent AP story noted we even paid many of them Social Security for decades. Were Nazi political views more adaptive to the “no rules” anything-goes mentality of post-war propagandists and intelligence operatives, most of whom were staunchly conservative OSS graduates? Just before the 1988 presidential election, a small newspaper disclosed that Nazis were in top level positions in the H.W. Bush campaign. The article prompted six leaders of Bush's coalition to resign.
 
 
+2 # dquandle 2015-06-14 18:52
The real joy is that a Black "Liberal" "Democrat" has been blatantly in bed with the Nazis since his vile regime came to power, his bloodthirstines s following directly in the bloody footsteps of the previous heinous regime, along with all of his "Democratic" congressional buddies, and the next "Democratic" contender for the presidency. The "Democrats" as a party, have become ecumenical enough to blatantly include Nazis and Nazi sympathizers, just as expected.
 
 
+18 # aljoschu 2015-06-14 04:35
In the 70ies and 80ies, the US Government has closely worked together with Latin-American fascist dictators like Pinochet and many others to achieve their imperialist goals and fight against what they called "communism". In the 20ieth century they kindled and supported djihadist terror groups like the Taliban, Alkaida, Al Nusra and IS to fight against Russian influence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. They also support Allah-States like Saudi Arabia and Jahweh-States like Israel to terrorize and bomb their neighbors. In recent years they have started to support Ukrainian Nazis to fight against ethnic Russians living in the Ukraine, again to fight back century-old Russian influence in the region.
What really are all these consecutive US-governments: Fascist? Djihadist? Theocrat? Nazi? - They really are all of these and nothing. I would call your contemporary American politics as Nihilist-Imperi alist: In order to gain a short-sighted imperialistic advantage, you accept the long-term nihilization of civilizations, cultures and people. The belli-capitalis t profit of a few US-oligarchs - against the mass-destructio n of whole regions and the ensuing dystopia for millions of people.
Take your US soldateska out of Europe! Distroy NATO!
 
 
+9 # Dongi 2015-06-14 05:42
This comment is profound; I salute you and your incisive analysis of a "Nihilist-Imper ialist" regime. I agree: the US should destroy NATO and get the hell out of Europe.
 
 
+12 # indian weaver 2015-06-14 06:21
Amerikka cannot destroy NATO. Amerikkka is NATO!
 
 
+11 # wrknight 2015-06-14 08:05
Quoting aljoschu:
...What really are all these consecutive US-governments: Fascist? Djihadist? Theocrat? Nazi? - They really are all of these and nothing. I would call your contemporary American politics as Nihilist-Imperialist:

Actually, the following definition of "fascism" fits perfectly.

fascism, n. 1. A philosophy or system of government that advocates or exercises a
dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business
leadership, together with an ideology of belligerent nationalism.
(Heritage Dictionary, Haughton-Miffli n, 1976)
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2015-06-14 14:05
You might find the book "Democracy Incorporated" interesting and confirming. Sheldon Woldon describes the US ("SuperPower") as rooted in fascist, capitalist historical precedents, but as a new and unique totalitarianism.

It's available online:
http://cryptome.org/2013/01/aaron-swartz/Democracy-Inc.pdf
 
 
+15 # think4once 2015-06-14 05:09
Those aren't Nazis in Ukraine,,, just look at the uniforms they wear with their black ski-masks.... Those are clearly ISIS fighters,,,,, or is it American Swat/police/CIA /Blackwater, I can't tell anymore...(sarc asm added)
 
 
+6 # Dongi 2015-06-14 07:37
"think4once" you are really too much. Good job.
 
 
+16 # MJnevetS 2015-06-14 07:50
Mr. Parry has missed the big picture! While an nod and a wink from Congress might be good enough for him, THEY ARE STILL FUNDING FASCISTS! It is not only the one battalion. It is the present GOVERNMENT in the Ukraine which supports fascist ideology (somewhat similar to what our government has warped into). Conyers position is send the money and weapons to train the monster, but don't train the monster's pinkie. Once it is acknowledged that the Ukrainian coup was a fascist plot organized by US neoconservative s, then isolating 1 small vocal segment of, what is a unified body, is merely covering your ass for when the full truth is exposed. The proper, ethical thing to do would be to NOT FUND THE FASCIST Ukranian government. Not 1 dime. Not at all.
 
 
+8 # David Starr 2015-06-14 11:32
That's what has to be done. I agree.
 
 
+5 # Radscal 2015-06-14 14:21
Thank you MJ,

The US/IMF has been happy to use these neo-nazis, just as they used actual WW II Nazi terrorists in various "Operation Gladio" programs throughout Western Europe and "Jihadist" terrorists in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Libya and Syria.

The inevitable chaos these types engender might be a bug in some people's eyes, but I suspect it's a planned-for feature to render these lands as failed and impotent states, ripe for plunder.
 
 
+4 # John Escher 2015-06-14 08:29
So what do Hillary Clinton and Victoria Nuland have to say about this?
 
 
+4 # Radscal 2015-06-14 14:23
"We came, we saw, [they] died."

"Fuck the EU."

And altogether, these NeoCons cheer "Hurrah!"
 
 
+3 # Dongi 2015-06-14 18:08
My guess is that they have nothing to say. Not till their masters
unleash them.
 
 
+4 # dquandle 2015-06-14 18:54
They love it and want more. But Hillary wants bombs and a ground invasion.
 
 
+6 # David Starr 2015-06-14 11:35
Quoting: "...the major U.S. news outlets have gone to extraordinary lengths to excuse this behavior, with the Washington Post publishing a rationalization that Azov's use of the Swastika was merely 'romantic.'"

Romantic??!!
 
 
+5 # dquandle 2015-06-14 19:02
What could possibly be more romantic? When I think Valentine's day I always think hearts, a dozen roses, and a dozen hakenkreuzes, all tied together in a nice fasces.
 
 
+6 # Activista 2015-06-14 12:14
rt.com/news/267034-rt-deutsch-salve-tv/
“The vicious anti-Russian propaganda, which was carried out all this time, cannot be called diversity in the media. In general they all write about the same things. And I am very glad that one of the channels boldly and openly declared its readiness to share a different perspective.”
Europe (Germany) is not brainwashed by anti-Russian (NATO) propaganda when it receives other side (Russian) news.
 
 
+7 # aljoschu 2015-06-15 02:55
Quoting Activista:
rt.com/news/267034-rt-deutsch-salve-tv/
...
Europe (Germany) is not brainwashed by anti-Russian (NATO) propaganda when it receives other side (Russian) news.


Unfortunately, dear Activista, Europe actually appears largely brainwashed by Washington and Pentagon propaganda, judging from what I read in major European and German media. Here in Germany ALL major news channels incl. Der Spiegel, FAZ and Die Zeit unisono tout the NATO credo. Sadly, European policy is currently largely influenced by revanchist bellicism originating from ex-Soviet Union satellite states like Poland and the Baltic States - which is in a sense understandable from their perspective, however it openly negates the very positive experience gained during the former German "Ostpolitik" (East Politics) towards the ex-GDR and Russia, characterized by "change via trading" which ultimately lead to perestroika and glasnost. And based on the good relationship between Germany, the EU and Russia during the times before Merkel, it was president Putin who actually held a very friendly speach in German in front of the German parliament inviting Europe and Germany to support Russia in its efforts to further build up the country. Unfortunately, all those efforts to intensify trade and cultural exchange with Russia have been destroyed by the US intervention and Putsch in Kiev which lead the country into civil war.
 
 
+8 # aljoschu 2015-06-15 02:56
...
The last effort to activate negotiation and avoid open war was the Minsk treaty initiated by Merkel and Hollande, however this effort is currently being annihilated by US deployment of heavy military equipment immediately in front of Russian fences.
 
 
+2 # Activista 2015-06-15 14:38
not brainwashed by anti-Russian (NATO) propaganda WHEN it receives other side (Russian) news...
WHEN is a key word - the anti-Russian propaganda needs to be balanced by objective facts - the link shows that without censorship the German public is not so stupid.
 
 
+1 # maddave 2015-06-22 01:12
Bravo aljoschu!

It has long been my contention that peace cannot but grow from fair and open trade between nations. Sadly, the converse is also true. As career military officer and minor-league historian, I have yet to find a single example of two mutually beneficial trading partners going to war. One postulates that this is because more than just gold and goods traverse the trails. Yes, those are the basic and intended commodities, but inescapably & over time, language, customs, religion, traditions, taboos, intermarriage and above all, understanding all become by-products.

Recent (over simplified ) examples in history: had the USA allowed open trade with the USSR when Lenin proposed an agreement in 1919, WWII could conceivably have been avoided. And most certainly, the Cold War would have been. Ditto for Ho Chi Minh's Vietnam in the late 1940's and for Castro's Cuba in 1961. A similar case could be made for Mossadegh's Iran in 1953.

All wars are economic, so it follows that-- given solid international economic basics -- though never banished d forever, the instances of wars could be remarkably diminished.
 
 
+11 # curmudgeon 2015-06-14 16:04
Everyone forgets the strongest political group in pre-WWII U.S. was the German-American Bund.

Most heads of corporations such as Ford, and public idols like Lindbergh advocated joining the Axis. The Walker branch of the Bush family represented German companies until 1943 and only stopped with threats of prosecution for treason.

The Corrporate Socialsim (Nazism) of the 3rd Reich has carried over....a country run by, of, and for corporations and the rich elite.

Some may even call the present day U.S. the 4th Reich because of its push for world-wide economic and political liebensraum using the same horrific practices of the 3rd Reich to accomplish its hegemonic goal.
 
 
+6 # dquandle 2015-06-14 19:04
Now its the Israeli-America n Bund, and the difference is nonexistent.
 
 
+7 # maddave 2015-06-14 23:48
You got that right, Ol' Buddy!
The influence exerted upon the United States Government; our foreign policy; military-indust rial complex; and our financial sectors by the pressure group comprised of AIPac; ADL; fundamental christians (sic); Zionists (here and abroad); and Israel's "conservative Lakud political party is one of the most dangerous threats faced by the USA, over the past century, the danger ranking right up there with the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. This syndicate (no better noun exists) was instrumental in deceiving the USA-- Israel's only reliable friend in the entire World--into a protracted, un-winnable war in Iraq and is now prodding us into more disastrous-and- similarly-unwin nable-and-equal ly-expensive warS across the entire expanse of (what used to be) Iraq, Syria and Iran.

The insanity of it all is that they have gained traction in their commitment to drive us--the USA--into intractable wars in which the only possible winners will be Israel & the Zionists.

As an afterthought, we neither want nor need ANY foreign country over here spying, lying and trying to meddle in our political process. . . not even at the House Speaker's rude and dishonorable--i f not illegal--invita tion!.
 
 
+8 # Archie1954 2015-06-14 21:13
Don't you find it interesting that only three nations voted at the UN to oppose a resolution to prohibit the use of Nazi symbols and the proselytisation of Nazi ideology. Those three nations included the US and Ukraine!
 
 
+1 # hwmcadoo 2015-06-16 23:08
If you support Nazis you are a Nazi.
 

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