West targets Russia via Ukraine

West targets Russia via Ukraine

Ukrainians protest against rejection of EU trade deal

Ukrainians protest against rejection of EU trade deal
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:58PM GMT
By Finian Cunningham
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Wherever fruitcake US Senator John McCain turns up you can be sure that the agenda is regime change.
At the weekend, the American Vietnam veteran and former Vietcong collaborator, who somehow claims to be a war hero, was airdropped into the Ukraine to rally anti-government protesters in the capital, Kiev.

The unhinged, hawkish senator told the multitude: “The destiny you seek lies in Europe. People of Ukraine, this is your moment. The free world is with you; America is with you; I am with you.”
McCain has turned up in other countries to support anti-government causes. Most notably was his appearance in Syria a few months back where he was photographed greeting al-Qaeda-linked mercenaries, including a known kidnapper and extortionist, who have since gone on to excel in committing the worst kind of atrocities against civilians– most recently the murder of at least 80 people in the town of Adra near Damascus, aimed at framing government forces.
When the al-Qaeda mercenaries began floundering in their campaign of terror in Syria to unseat the Assad government, McCain was one of most strident voices in the US Congress calling for an all-out American bombing war based on what has since been clearly shown to be propaganda lies.
McCain is all about regime change in the service of US imperialism. His latest appearance in the Ukraine along with another American senator, Chris Murphy, underlines the real agenda of Washington, disguised in asinine language about “freedom”.
The fact that Ukrainian authorities allowed nutcase McCain into their country is a sign of impressive tolerance on their part, and it
contradicts all the Western media hype about draconian state conduct.
It also shows how deluded and arrogant McCain is that he feels he has the right to go into a foreign country with a call to sedition.
But he is not alone. McCain is just the latest in a phalanx of Western politicians and officials who have arrogated the right to intervene in the internal affairs of the former Soviet Republic.
US vice president Joe Biden and Washington’s top diplomat John Kerry have also weighed in with support for the anti-government protesters in Ukraine, as have EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, as well as French and German ministers Laurent Fabius and Guido Westerwelle.
That the US nor the EU do not give a fraction of such high-profile support for legitimate anti-regime protesters in Bahrain is proof that in the Ukraine an altogether disingenuous political agenda is unfolding.
The decision by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich last month to postpone a trade agreement with the European Union certainly sparked huge discontent among many Ukrainians, who have staged protests in the capital for the past four weeks.
Nevertheless, the Ukrainian government made a legitimate and sovereign decision. It has sound reasons to spurn a trade pact with the EU given that Brussels is calling for austerity-imposing “reforms” such as hikes in gas prices and public spending cuts.
In other words, in return for dubious association with the EU, the people of the Ukraine are facing even greater poverty and social misery. Is it any wonder that the Kiev government decided to back off?
Furthermore, and this is the crucial telltale point, the Ukraine will be expected to cut historic cultural and economic ties with Russia.
The democratic mandate of the protesters in Kiev is questionable. Numbers could be as high as 300,000, but out of a total population of 46 million that do not represent a government-overturning mandate. Plus, the Ukrainian parliament has rejected a No Confidence Vote on Yanukovich’s administration.

Moreover, there is clear evidence that sections of anti-government demonstrations in Kiev are being externally driven by the American CIA-backed National Endowment for Democracy and other Western so-called think tanks.

The violent occupation of government buildings and property in Kiev is also a criminal challenge to the state’s authority, and yet such criminality is being openly fawned upon, thereby condoned, thereby encouraged, by Western politicians and slanted Western media coverage, which tends to denigrate the Ukrainian authorities as illegitimate and heavy-handed.
One only has to imagine the apoplectic outcry that would ensue from Washington or Brussels if say, for example, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were to turn up to address an anti-austerity protest in New York, London, Berlin or Paris.
What Washington and European politicians are recklessly doing is clearly intended to maximize political tensions within Ukraine to the point where civil strife could erupt between the Western and Eastern parts of the country.
The matter of EU association is beside the point. It is merely a pretext for Western interference in the sovereign affairs of the Ukraine. And the real target is ultimately the West’s destabilization of Russia.
Ever since the break-up of the Soviet Union, the West has been systematically cleaving territories from Moscow’s regional influence, through garnering former Soviet states into the EU and NATO.
The recent NATO war exercises in Poland and the Baltics, along with the planned deployment of missile systems on Russia’s border, are all part of this long-term offensive dynamic by the West towards Moscow.
The intense political pressure being applied to the Ukraine by Washington and Brussels has got nothing to do with a suspended EU trade pact. It is war-like pincer movement to weaken Russia.
It is no coincidence that failed Western regime change in Syria is now being re-directed towards Russia. Verily, Western imperialist rust never sleeps.

Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in journalism. He is also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. Originally from Belfast, Ireland, he is now located in East Africa as a freelance journalist, where he is writing a book on Bahrain and the Arab Spring, based on eyewitness experience working in the Persian Gulf as an editor of a business magazine and subsequently as a freelance news correspondent. The author was deported from Bahrain in June 2011 because of his critical journalism in which he highlighted systematic human rights violations by regime forces. He is now a columnist on international politics for Press TV and the Strategic Culture Foundation. More articles by Finian Cunningham
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