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EU Expansionism and the Ukrainian Crisis

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COMMENT: A reveal­ing arti­cle from the Tele­graph [UK] informs us of the size of the EU’s fund­ing of Ukrain­ian civ­il soci­ety in its dri­ve to bring that coun­try into the EU’s (read “Ger­many’s”) orbit. Hav­ing com­mit­ted 496 mil­lion Euros to civic orga­ni­za­tions in Ukraine, EU poured rough­ly 11 Euros into the coun­try for every man woman and child in its pop­u­la­tion.

That pales by com­par­i­son with the $5 bil­lion the U.S. has invest­ed in Ukrain­ian civ­il soci­ety (this accord­ing to Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of State Vic­to­ria Nuland.) 

Also inter­est­ing is an account in the sto­ry below that an elec­tri­cian employed in Ukraine received the equiv­a­lent of a mon­th’s pay to join in pro-EU demon­stra­tions. The mon­ey was said to be paid by a Ger­man bank.

The sto­ry cor­rect­ly places the onus of this cri­sis on the West and not on Putin.

(We have cov­ered the ascen­sion of the OUN/B heirs in the Ukraine in a num­ber of pro­grams: FTR #‘s 777778779780781782, 783784794800803804.)

 “Fresh Evi­dence of How the West Lured Ukraine into Its Orbit” by Christo­pher Book­er; The Tele­graph [UK]; 8/9/2014.

How odd it has been to read all those accounts of Europe sleep­walk­ing into war in the sum­mer of 1914, and how such mad­ness must nev­er hap­pen again, against the back­ground of the most mis­rep­re­sent­ed major sto­ry of 2014 – the gath­er­ing cri­sis between Rus­sia and the West over Ukraine, as we watch devel­op­ments in that very nasty civ­il war, with 20,000 Russ­ian troops mass­ing on the bor­der.

For months the West has been demon­is­ing Pres­i­dent Putin, with fig­ures such as the Prince of Wales and Hillary Clin­ton com­par­ing him with Hitler, obliv­i­ous to the fact that what set this cri­sis in motion were those reck­less­ly provoca­tive moves to absorb Ukraine into the EU.

There was nev­er any way that this dri­ve to suck the orig­i­nal cra­dle of Russ­ian iden­ti­ty into the Brus­sels empire was not going to pro­voke Moscow to react – not least due to the prospect that its only warm-water ports, in Crimea, might soon be tak­en over by Nato.

And still scarce­ly report­ed here have been the bil­lions of dol­lars and euros the West has been more or less secre­tive­ly pour­ing into Ukraine to pro­mote the cause: not just to prop up its bank­rupt gov­ern­ment and bank­ing sys­tem, but to fund scores of bogus “pro-Euro­pean” groups mak­ing up what the EU calls “civ­il soci­ety”.

When the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion told a jour­nal­ist that, between 2004 and 2013, these groups had only been giv­en €31 mil­lion, my co-author Richard North was soon report­ing on his EU Ref­er­en­dum blog that the true fig­ure, shown on the commission’s own “Finan­cial Trans­paren­cy” web­site, was €496 mil­lion. The 200 front organ­i­sa­tions receiv­ing this colos­sal sum have such names as “Cen­ter for Euro­pean Co-oper­a­tion” or the “Donet­sk Region­al Pub­lic Organ­i­sa­tion with Hope for the Future” (the very first page shows how many are in east­ern Ukraine or Crimea, with their large­ly Russ­ian pop­u­la­tions).

One of my read­ers heard from a Ukrain­ian woman work­ing in Britain that her hus­band back home earns €200 a month as an elec­tri­cian, but is paid anoth­er €200 a month, from a Ger­man bank, to join demon­stra­tions such as the one last March when hun­dreds of thou­sands – many doubt­less entire­ly sin­cere – turned out in Kiev to chant “Europe, Europe” at Baroness Ash­ton, the EU’s vis­it­ing “for­eign min­is­ter”.

How­ev­er dan­ger­ous this cri­sis becomes, it is the West which has brought it about; and our hys­ter­i­cal vil­i­fy­ing of Rus­sia is more rem­i­nis­cent of that fate­ful mood in the sum­mer of 1914 than we should find it com­fort­able to con­tem­plate.


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