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A Close Look at the Sources for the West’s “Intelligence” on Russian Action in Ukraine

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Swoboda leader Oleh Tiahnybok salutes. Top-ranking Ukrainian defense official Andriy Parubiy was a founding member of the party.

COMMENT:We can’t say whether or not Russian armor, self-propelled artillery and other forces have entered Ukraine. We CAN and DO say that the sources for such “intelligence” are worse than unreliable.

Not only do they have a track record of lying–witness the “rebel downing” [6] of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 [7]–but they are inextricably linked with the Underground Reich forces to which the OUN/B elements [8] in charge in Ukraine belong.

The GroupThink line circulating in Washington and Europe is that President Putin and Russia are replaying the Hitler tactic of slowly gobbling up territory intended for conquest.

The truth is the opposite. The agreement whereby Gorbachev agreed to permit the reunification of Germany and the requisite withdrawal of some 24 divisions–totaling around 300,000 troops–mandated that NATO and the EU would not encroach on Eastern Europe and the former U.S.S.R.

They have done just that, with some 12 former Warsaw Pact members having joined NATO.

Note how many [9] of the Eastern European countries manifesting World War II fascist heritage are NATO members. Note, also, where [10] the reports of Russian artillery inside [11] Ukraine firing on Ukrainian forces come from.

The dependence on unreconstructed Nazi sympathizers referencing World War II-era fascist ideological constructs is as dangerous as it is relativistic. Note, again, our reliance for “intelligence” on the very fascist elements [12] we nurtured in the political womb of CIA/State Department/BND/GOP [13] and then recast in Eastern Europe and the former U.S.S.R. after the Cold war.

The satellite imager [14]y purporting to show Russian armor and self-propelled artillery inside of Ukraine comes from a private company–DigitalGlobe [15]. That company was founded by key personnel from Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative.

DigitalGlobe co-founder Doug Gerull [16] had previously worked for the Zeiss firm, discussed in FTR #272 [17] as one of the German/Underground Reich/Bormann firms that were moving into satellite imagery technology in the U.S.

“The Hushed-Up Hitler Fac­tor in Ukraine” by Dovid Katz; Consortium News; 8/16/2014. [9]

Behind the Ukraine cri­sis is a revi­sion of World War II his­tory that seeks to honor east­ern Euro­pean col­lab­o­ra­tors with Hitler and the Holo­caust by repack­ag­ing these right­ists as anti-Soviet heroes, a real­ity shielded from the U.S. pub­lic, as Dovid Katz explains.

Would Amer­ica sup­port any type of Hit­lerism in the course of the State Department’s effort [18] to turn the anti-Russian polit­i­cal classes of East­ern Europe into paragons of PR per­fec­tion that may not be crit­i­cized, how­so­ever mildly?

It was frankly dis­con­cert­ing to see Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, embrac­ing the leader [19]of Ukraine’s far right, anti-Semitic, pro-fascist Svo­boda party last Decem­ber. It was dis­turb­ing to learn of the neo-Nazi ele­ments that pro­vided the “mus­cle” for the actual Maidan takeover last Feb­ru­ary (BBC’s News­night [20] was among the few major West­ern out­lets to dare cover that openly).

Most dis­turb­ing of all has been the main­stream West­ern media’s almost Soviet-grade wall some­how erected against crit­i­cal men­tion of the far-right com­po­nent of Ukraine’s 2014 his­tory, ren­der­ing any such thought as wor­thy of ridicule [21] on New York Times opin­ion pages last spring.

Most hilar­i­ous was the Times’s May 2014 pub­li­ca­tion of an (obvi­ously ghost-written, State Department-scripted) op-ed [22] by Ukrain­ian pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Yulia V. Tymoshenko which quotes Churchill writ­ing to Roo­sevelt, “Give us the tools, as we will fin­ish the job,” rum­bling on about “the just and open democ­racy that is America’s great­est bequest to the world.”

This, from the far right politi­cian who had shortly before that expressed geno­ci­dal mus­ings for the mil­lions of Russian-speaking cit­i­zens of her coun­try, and who was, dur­ing her tenure as prime min­is­ter, a prime devo­tee of the wartime fas­cist leader Stepan Ban­dera, whose orga­ni­za­tion slaugh­tered tens of thou­sands (many his­to­ri­ans put it at hun­dreds of thou­sands) of Pol­ish and Jew­ish civil­ians based on eth­nic­ity, in the Aryanist drive for an eth­ni­cally pure state pre­cisely on the Nazi model.

It was there­fore refresh­ing to read in last Saturday’s Times a report [23] that had, albeit buried near the end, a sin­gle line inform­ing read­ers that “One [mili­tia active in the Kiev government’s mil­i­tary cam­paign] known as Azov, which took over the vil­lage of Marinka, flies a neo-Nazi sym­bol resem­bling a Swastika as its flag.” By con­trast, London’s right-of-center Daily Tele­graph ran a whole report [24] Mon­day titled “The neo-Nazi brigade fight­ing pro-Russian sep­a­ratists,” rightly includ­ing the obser­va­tion that the neo-Nazi forces being used by the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment to do mil­i­tary heavy lift­ing “should send a shiver down Europe’s spine.”

This goes to the heart of what is being kept from so many West­ern, and espe­cially Amer­i­can read­ers. Putin — for all his author­i­tar­i­an­ism, anti-democratic bent and revan­chism — is not the cause of the Ukrain­ian conun­drum (though he is cer­tainly exploit­ing it). There is a gen­uine divide in Ukraine between a nationalist-dominated west and a Russian-speaking east.

Any­body who has trav­eled the coun­try will tell you that these “Rus­sians” in the east, and wher­ever else they are to be found, would much rather be liv­ing in a Euro­pean Union-type coun­try than in a Russia-type coun­try. What then is the prob­lem? They do not want to live in an ultranationalist-dominated state that is anti-Russian in a 1930s Aryanesque sense of eth­ni­cally and lin­guis­ti­cally pure Ukrain­ism. They much pre­fer the Russia-model state to that.

Now those anti-racist val­ues, includ­ing the rever­ing of the Anglo-American-Soviet alliance that brought down Hitler, and the dis­dain of soci­eties founded on mod­els of racist purity, are in fact also Amer­i­can val­ues. But that affin­ity between West­ern val­ues and the east­ern­ers would never even be guessed at in the avalanche of Cold War II news­feed com­ing our way.

Inci­den­tally, some West­ern reports [25] that car­i­ca­ture the Putin­ist press’s use of the word “fas­cists” for Ukrain­ian nation­al­ists don’t appre­ci­ate the col­lo­quial Russ­ian usage where it refers not nec­es­sar­ily to swastika-wielding thugs but even to high soci­ety that holds in esteem the likes of Ban­dera and other World War II-era Nazist fas­cists as sup­posed myth­i­cal “free­dom fight­ers” to be revered today by the state, in street names, stat­ues, muse­ums, and more.

That is not to say that America’s allies among the west­ern Ukrain­ian nation­al­ists are all pro-fascist. They are not. But there are two salient issues that go beyond Ukraine and cover all of “anti-Russian” East­ern Europe, par­tic­u­larly the new mem­ber states of NATO and the EU.

The first is casual accep­tance of neo-Nazi ele­ments, sym­bol­ism and ide­ol­ogy as part of any kind of sup­pos­edly cen­trist main­stream. In Latvia [NATO member–D.E.] and Esto­nia [NATO member–D.E.], this is exem­pli­fied by tacit (or not so tacit) state sup­port for hon­ors for those coun­tries’ Waf­fen SS divi­sions. In Lithua­nia [NATO member–D.E.], it can be man­i­fest in state-sponsored shrines to the Lithuan­ian Activist Front (LAF) killers who unleashed the Holo­caust on Jew­ish neigh­bors before the first Ger­man sol­diers had quite arrived.

But there is a sec­ond issue that is much deeper, and has noth­ing to do with these more osten­ta­tious kinds of Nazi wor­ship. That issue is history.

‘His­tory’ Alive

While World War II is indeed “his­tory” for the West, it is very much part of Now in East­ern Europe. State-sponsored insti­tu­tions in the three Baltic coun­tries, Lithua­nia, Latvia and Esto­nia, espe­cially, and also at times in Croa­tia [NATO member–D.E.], Roma­nia [NATO member–D.E.] and else­where have invested a for­tune in a kind of Holo­caust revi­sion­ism that would white­wash their own nation­al­ists’ col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hitler and turn the Soviet Union into the real Hitler.

Known as “Dou­ble Geno­cide,” it posits the absolute the­o­ret­i­cal equal­ity of Nazi and Soviet crimes. Its con­sti­tu­tion is the 2008 “Prague Dec­la­ra­tion [the Czech Republic is a NATO member–D.E.],” which most Amer­i­cans have never heard of, that sports the word “same” five times in ref­er­ence to Nazi and Soviet crimes. Even fewer Amer­i­cans know that one of its demands, that the world accept a uni­tary mix-and-match day of remem­brance for Nazi and Soviet vic­tims, was snuck under the radar [26] into last June’s con­gres­sional mil­i­tary appro­pri­a­tions bill.

The issue across the board is the choice made by nation­al­ist elites in East­ern Europe to con­struct national myths not on the mer­its of a country’s great artists, poets, thinkers and gen­uine free­dom fight­ers, but all too often, on the basis of Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors whose claim to fame is that they were also “anti-Soviet patriots.”

The fact of the mat­ter is that vir­tu­ally all of Hitler’s col­lab­o­ra­tors in East­ern Europe were “anti-Soviet.” In fact, the Soviet Union was the only power putting up resis­tance to Hitler in East­ern Europe. If the Sovi­ets had not pushed the Nazi armies back by the spring of 1944, at huge sac­ri­fice to all the Soviet peo­ples, there would have been no D-Day or open­ing of a West­ern front.

Whether it is hero-worship of Hungary’s Mik­lós Hor­thy [Hungary is a NATO member–D.E.], lead­ers of Croatia’s Hit­lerist Ustasha [Croatia is a NATO member–D.E.], the Nazis’ Waf­fen SS divi­sions in Latvia and Esto­nia, or the likes of Ukraine’s Ban­dera and his OUN and UPA, and the Waf­fen SS, it is an offense to West­ern val­ues that a NATO or EU state, or NATO/EU-aspiring state, would dis­burse state funds on the dis­tor­tion of his­tory, obfus­ca­tion of the Holo­caust and con­struc­tion of soci­eties that admire the worst of history’s racists.

To do so quite sim­ply implies that all the minor­ity cit­i­zens they butchered, or whose butcher­ing they sup­ported, were quite unwor­thy of con­tin­ued exis­tence. Inci­den­tally, all these coun­tries have real heroes from that dark­est moment in their his­tory: those (often the sim­plest of peo­ple) who just did the right thing and risked all to res­cue a neigh­bor from the Nazist estab­lish­ment col­lab­o­ra­tionist lead­er­ship of their own nationalists.

Any viable solu­tion needs to take into account that it is a deeply divided coun­try even in the absence of (ever-present) Putin­ist mis­chief. It there­fore needs to also take into account the many mil­lions of Russ­ian speak­ers who oppose the racial chau­vin­ism of some of the nation­al­ist elite now in or close to the gov­ern­ment, and who have very dif­fer­ent ideas about Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury history.

That is the way for­ward, not the Cold War II non­sense of spread­ing the word that the west­ern­ers are pure angels and the east­ern­ers pure demons, not the neo­con non­sense that America’s great­ness depends on end­less for­eign mil­i­tary mis­ad­ven­tures in regime change that lead to long , unpre­dictable, and uncon­trol­lable cycles of violence.

That Amer­ica shares with Rus­sia the mag­nif­i­cent legacy of hav­ing in tan­dem brought down Hitler’s empire is a her­itage worth invok­ing for build­ing bet­ter under­stand­ing, not a fact to be buried in def­er­ence to the far-right revi­sion of Holo­caust his­tory with which much of nation­al­ist East­ern Europe is so obsessed.

“Russians Open Fire in Ukraine, NATO Reports” by Michael Higgins and Andrew R. Gordon; The New York Times; 8/22/2014. [27]

NATO officials said that the Russian military had moved artillery units inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and was using them to fire at Ukrainian forces. . . .

. . . . The NATO allegations are based on intelligence reports from several alliance members, Western officials said, and the allegation generally echoed Ukrainian claims in recent days of an expanding Russian military involvement in support of pro-Russian rebels who are battling to hold off a Ukrainian offensive.

A NATO spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu, also said that the alliance had receive multiple reports of the direct involvement of Russian airborne, air defense and special operations forces in Eastern Ukraine. . . .

“Is It War? Ukraine Con­flict Def­i­n­i­tion Soft­ens in West” by Gre­gory Vis­cusi; Bloomberg Busi­ness­week; 8/28/2014. [11]

For gov­ern­ments in the Baltic states of Latvia and Lithua­nia, Rus­sia has invaded Ukraine and the two coun­tries are now at war. Head fur­ther west, and they’re less sure what to call it.

While all agree that a line has been crossed, U.S and NATO offi­cials pre­fer to speak of an “incur­sion.” French and Ger­man lead­ers have warned Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin of fur­ther sanc­tions with­out defin­ing what Russ­ian forces have done.

“In the past 48 hours, we have tipped into a for­mal inva­sion,” Ian Brem­mer, pres­i­dent of the Eura­sia Group, said in a Bloomberg tele­vi­sion inter­view. “Rus­sia and Ukraine as sov­er­eign coun­tries are now at war and it’s going to be very dif­fi­cult for the United States and Europe to deny that reality.”

Call­ing it war or an inva­sion would force the U.S. and Euro­pean Union to con­sider steps they’d never be will­ing to take, such as com­mit­ting mil­i­tary forces, Brem­mer said. While sanc­tions have been imposed on some sec­tors of the Russ­ian econ­omy, Europe con­tin­ues to rely on Rus­sia for natural-gas imports and Russ­ian trade with the EU was worth about $390 bil­lion last year.

“The EU appears to have exhausted its polit­i­cally fea­si­ble options in the pre­vi­ous round” of sanc­tions, Iev­gen Voro­biov, an ana­lyst at the Pol­ish Insti­tute of Inter­na­tional Affairs in War­saw, said in a tele­phone interview.

Troop Buildup

Pro-Russian insur­gents widened their attacks yes­ter­day on Ukraine gov­ern­ment forces, tak­ing sev­eral towns out­side their strong­holds of Donetsk and Luhansk, includ­ing near the Sea of Azov. There are cur­rently 20,000 Russ­ian troops in the bor­der region, with 1,000 oper­at­ing inside Ukraine, a North Atlantic Treaty Orga­ni­za­tion mil­i­tary offi­cer esti­mated today.

Latvia’s For­eign Min­is­ter Edgars Rinke­vics said on Twit­ter that Russia’s actions amount to a “war” that should be taken up by the United Nations Secu­rity Coun­cil. The For­eign Min­istry in Lithua­nia, another for­mer Soviet satel­lite state that’s now one of the EU’s 28 mem­bers, said it “strongly con­demns the inva­sion of Ukrain­ian ter­ri­tory by Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion mil­i­tary forces, which has obvi­ously begun.” . . . .

The satellite imagery purporting to show Russian armor and self-propelled artillery inside of Ukraine comes from a private company–DigitalGlobe. That company was founded by key personnel from Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative.

“DigitalGlobe”; Wikipedia.com. [15]

. . . . . Origins[edit]

WorldView Imaging Corporation was founded in January 1992 in Oakland, California in anticipation of the 1992 Land Remote Sensing Policy Act (enacted in October 1992) which permitted private companies to enter the satellite imaging business.[3] Its founder was Dr Walter Scott, who was joined by co-founder and CEO Doug Gerull in late 1992. In 1993, the company received the first high resolution commercial remote sensing satellite license issued under the 1992 Act.[4] The company was initially funded with private financing from Silicon Valley sources and interested corporations in N. America, Europe, and Japan. Dr. Scott was head of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories “Brilliant Pebbles” and “Brilliant Eyes” projects which were part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Doug Gerull was the executive in charge of the Mapping Sciences division at the Intergraph Corporation.[5] The company’s first remote sensing license from the United States Department of Commerce allowed it to build a commercial remote sensing satellite capable of collecting images with 3 m (9.8 ft) resolution.[3]

In 1995, the company became EarthWatch Incorporated, merging WorldView with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.’s commercial remote sensing operations.[6] In September 2001, EarthWatch became DigitalGlobe.[7] . . . . .

 “Doug Gerull”; linkedin. [28]

. . . . . Carl Zeiss
Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing industry
January 1980 – 1985 (5 years) Toronto / White Plains, NY