1 June 2014, 12:41

US/NATO/EU 'thugs' continue killing Ukrainians

US/NATO/EU 'thugs' continue killing Ukrainians

There is a school of thought that has it that the elites in the US foreign policy establishment do not understand, and in fact are completely ignorant of the peoples of the world and in particular in the countries where they have launched regime change, color revolution and other operations. The US backed armed coup d’état in Ukraine has taken this egregious inexcusable ignorance to the next level and makes it doubtful that such a contention is true. 

Ukraine has shown the world that not only is the US completely out of touch with the peoples of the world but in fact has proven to anyone who may have had a doubt that the US not only has no interest in the people being affected and killed by its policies but in fact is completely contemptuous of anyone that is not of use to their waning empire.

Ukraine Continues Killing its Own People

This past week saw some of the worst violence to date near Slavyansk as self-defense units of the Donetsk People's Republic continue to defend themselves and the civilian population against a heightened military operation that has been raging against the populations of eastern Ukraine.

It is very difficult to ascertain the exact number of Ukrainian civilians and self-defense forces that have been killed by the nazi junta but the numbers could easily be in the high hundreds if not already in the thousands. Unlike the Maidan last winter which saw exaggerated death counts and constant reporting by the West and the junta as they attempted to demonize President Yanukovych and accuse him of war ordering the murder of civilians (a complete and total fabrication which saw the junta employing snipers to try to place the blame on the president who had been forced to leave the country), the western media and the "authorities" in Kiev are silent when it comes to the Ukrainian citizens they are systematically attempting to eliminate in eastern Ukraine.

The characterization by the junta and its western backers of the punitive operation against the civilians in the east as an "anti-terrorist operation" continues to ring hollow as the Ukrainian military continues to use heavy artillery and launch indiscriminate bombing runs and air strikes against targets such as daycare centers, schools and hospitals. Among the innocent civilian dead are women and children, whose only crime was to be in the way of the junta's bullets.

Screaming Silence, Media Operations, Anti-Russian War Propaganda

As with the atrocities in Odessa and Mariupol the western media has largely been silent blindly supporting the narrative set out by Washington that no matter what the nazi junta does it is good and those opposed to it are evil and anything can be done to them with impunity. As the body count continues to rise and the crimes committed by the junta increase this silence is more and more having the quality of criminal complicity as the so-called Fourth Estate continues to be a part to covering up and white washing war crimes and it has become obvious in a conscience participant in actively promoting War propaganda against Russia.

The Ministry of Truth and the Orwellian way that the media has managed to demonize Russia and transfer the blame for events in Ukraine that are fully and completely the fault of the US and its "machine" is stunning and unprecedented in its scope and is clearly in preparation for something much worse than merely placing NATO missiles 5 minutes from Moscow.

Clearly, the US is attempting to start a war with Russia by provoking Russia to defend itself and its interests. Demonizing Russia and marginalizing anything and anyone with the label "pro-Russian" for the situation in Ukraine serves the interest of the US/NATO war machine as it prepares to carry out what no sane person would do, namely bring the world to the brink of World War III. It also deflects the criminal liability of the West and its agents for destabilizing and destroying yet another country that never threatened the West in the first place.

US Using nazi Strategy - General Leonid Ivashov

Russian General Ivashov put it very clearly in an interview in February for the site KM.RU (English): "Apparently they (officials of the European Union and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry) have dedicated themselves, and continue to do so, to deeply and thoroughly studying the doctrine of Dr. Goebbels. They present everything backwards from reality. It is one of the formulas which Nazi propaganda employed most successfully: They accuse the party that is defending itself, of aggression. What is happening in Ukraine and Syria is a project of the West, a new type of war: in both places you see a clear anti-Russian approach, and as is well known, wars today begin with psychological and information warfare operations."

More Regions Declare Independence, Right to Self-Determination

If the goal of the US is the destruction of Ukraine as a single viable state then it has succeeded well. With Crimea gone, Donetsk and Lugansk holding referendums and proclaiming themselves "People's Republics" with more than eight other regions set to do so, Ukraine will never again be a unified entity. As Russia stated repeatedly Federalization would have saved Ukraine but the junta has obtusely refused to consider this simple fact and blindly continues going down a road to self-destruction while being led by the NATO/EU carrot.

In 2012 the United Nations once again underlined the importance of Articles 1 and 2 of the UN Charter which relates to the right of self-determination: "Article 1 (2) establishes that one of the main purposes of the United Nations, and thus the Security Council, is to develop friendly international relations based on respect for the "principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples". The case studies in this section cover instances where the Security Council has discussed situations with a bearing on the principle of self-determination and the right of peoples to decide their own government, which may relate to the questions of independence, autonomy, referenda, elections, and the legitimacy of governments."

Under the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations the Third Committee determined the following: "Universal recognition of the inalienable right to self-determination was the most effective way the global community could guarantee protection of fundamental freedoms…"

"Whether this right is taken away by military intervention, aggression, occupation, or even exploitation, the world cannot condone its deprivation from any peoples in any region."

"All States facing questions of self-determination must include broader ethnic and linguistic groups in decision-making processes…"

NATO Head Rasmussen Ignores Self-Determination

This respect for the fundamental right to self-determination is in striking contrast to the world's number one proponent of war and death and the US' number one tool for the projection of US hegemony by force, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen who told none other than CNN's Christiane Amanpour on May 12 the following: "Referendums by separatists in Ukraine, such as May 11 in Donetsk, don't count. These referendums are illegal; they are organized in a chaotic manner with dubious and ambiguous questions."However to the West the presidential "election" does count. Unbelievable.

Geneva Conventions

Protocol I and Protocol II of the Geneva Conventions most directly apply to the situation in Ukraine. While Protocol II applies to internal armed conflicts Protocol I which deals with international conflicts would also apply if only due to the introduction of CIA/Greystone forces into the conflict.

Protocol I has 102 articles which should be studied in detail but overall it states: "Articles 51 and 54 outlaw indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations, and destruction of food, water, and other materials needed for survival. Indiscriminate attacks include directly attacking civilian (non-military) targets, but also using technology such as biological weapons, nuclear weapons and land mines, whose scope of destruction cannot be limited. A total war that does not distinguish between civilian and military targets is considered a war crime."

These articles apply to Ukraine as the junta's forces continue to bomb schools, hospitals and to date strictly civilian targets. The scope of the junta's war against the populations of eastern Ukraine can also be classified as a "total war".

"Articles 76 and 77, 15 and 79 provide special protections for women, children, and civilian medical personnel, and provide measures of protection for journalists."

Women and children are being killed indiscriminately in eastern Ukraine, medical personnel are not being allowed proper access to victims as was clearest in Odessa and journalists are being kidnapped, tortured and assassinated all over the country. It is important to note that conscripts into the Ukrainian post junta military must be ready to shoot unarmed women. A questionnaire used by the Ukrainian military asks: "Are you ready to shoot women?"

"Articles 43 and 44 clarify the military status of members of guerrilla forces. Combatant and prisoner of war status is granted to members of dissident forces when under the command of a central authority. Such combatants cannot conceal their allegiance; they must be recognizable as combatants while preparing for or during an attack."

While these articles apply to the Donetsk Self-Defense Forces who are clearly visible and readily identifiable, it takes the right to "prisoner of war" status away from the Right Sector and the nazi militias who purposefully obfuscate their identities and are not organized and directly led by a single centralized authority, although they do coordinate.

"Article 85 states that it is a war crime to use one of the protective emblems recognized by the Geneva Conventions to deceive the opposing forces (perfidy)."

The recent use by the junta of an attack helicopter with United Nations markings is clearly a very obvious and irrefutable act of perfidy.

"Articles 17 and 81 authorize the ICRC, national societies, or other impartial humanitarian organizations to provide assistance to the victims of war."

The junta's forces have continuously blocked humanitarian workers access to hostages and victims of the violence. This has occurred everywhere in the country. Currently busloads of children are not being allowed to flee Donetsk by the Ukrainian forces. Although they stopped setting busloads of civilians on fire, as they did before the Crimean referendum, the junta's forces nonetheless are making it difficult for non-combatants, especially women and children, to flee the war zone.

"Article 90 states that "The High Contracting Parties may at the time of signing, ratifying or acceding to the Protocol, or at any other subsequent time, declare that they recognize ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other High Contracting Party accepting the same obligation, the competence of the [International Fact-Finding] Commission to enquire into allegations by such other Party, as authorized by this Article."

74 states have made such a declaration the US has not.

Protocol II most importantly states:

"Persons taking no active part in hostilities should be treated humanely (including military persons who have ceased to be active as a result of sickness, injury, or detention)."

"The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for."

Currently junta forces are not allowing bodies to be removed from the areas around the airport in Donetsk and those who are attempting to reach their fallen comrades are coming under sniper fire and being killed.

The International Committee of the Red Cross

Although largely silent regarding the killing going on in Ukraine the Red Cross has in the past attempted to save the lives of, and protect the rights of, civilians in war zones: "Under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, collective punishment is a war crime. By collective punishment, the drafters of the Geneva Conventions had in mind the reprisal killings of World War I and World War II. In the First World War, during the Rape of Belgium, the Germans executed Belgian villagers in mass retribution for resistance activity. In World War II, the Germans carried out a form of collective punishment to suppress resistance. Entire villages or towns or districts were held responsible for any resistance activity that occurred in them.[3] The conventions, to counter this, reiterated the principle of individual responsibility. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Commentary to the conventions states that parties to a conflict often would resort to "intimidatory measures to terrorize the population" in hopes of preventing hostile acts, but such practices "strike at guilty and innocent alike. They are opposed to all principles based on humanity and justice."

"In some conflicts civilians have been specifically targeted and subjected to terrible atrocities, ignoring the very basis of the Geneva Conventions, respect for the human person. It is for this reason that the ICRC continues to press States to respect and ensure respect for the principles of IHL, especially the protection of civilians."

What the Right Sector and the nazi junta have done can no doubt be classified as a campaign of terror against the entire Ukrainian population.

"President" Poroshenko Continues the Killing, Moments of Silence

Even before being officially inaugurated the new "president" of Ukraine, Petr Poroshenko, has said he will continue the "operations' in the east of the country, underlining the complete and total disregard for the civilian lives that the junta is destroying. Poroshenko will continue the assault on the Ukrainian people started by Turchynov, Yatsenyuk, Tyagnybok and the Right Sector and is therefore guilty of war crimes as well.

This past week beady eyed fascist "acting-president" Turchynov called for a moment of silence for the crew of a helicopter that was downed as it was engaged in operations against civilians and self-defense forces in Donetsk. Turchynov and other junta officials have never called for a moment of silence for the civilians that are being killed further underlining their complicity in events such as Donetsk and Mariupol. And as with the sniper attacks on the Maidan no investigation has been carried out nor can one be expected to be carried out.

US Criminal Disregard for Human Lives

This complete and total lack of any kind of compassion or human understanding by the US Government, its top officials and the organizations and bodies that are responsible for advancing the interests of the US and the "West", is not only in complete and total contradiction to the unilaterally and self-arrogated role of "world's policeman" and "defender of democracy" (under the banner of which the US has destroyed and destabilized country after country) but is also unacceptable and reprehensible from a moral standpoint and contrary to all accepted international norms and standards set out in respected international instruments such as the Geneva Conventions and the UN Charter.

The armed coup d'état in Ukraine has further shown that the US is guilty of having and operating with egregious and reckless disregard for human lives and the wellbeing of civilians and those least able to defend themselves. As lives are being lost among the civilian population in Ukraine this issue must be brought to the forefront although the complete and total disregard for international laws and norms regarding sovereignty and the territorial integrity of countries are also being violated by the US Government on a monumental scale.

While many US based pundits, journalists and specialists are accusing the US Government and its officials of ignorance and callous disregard as to the consequences of their "operations" I would argue that it is much worse than even criminal negligence on a global scale. I would argue that the CIA/Nuland/Kerry/Obama and all of those responsible for everything that the US Government has done in its campaign to establish global hegemony during the last 20 years (and even going back further) know exactly what they are doing, are aware they are in violation of international law and quite simply just do not care.

Obama's New Endless War

This crass and callous exceptionalist attitude and complete disregard for the millions of people that the US has been directly responsible for killing was once again underlined during the past week by US President Obama in a speech to West Point graduates. Obama ridiculously told the latest generation of US storm troopers that the US was an exceptional nation and would continue to intervene around the world because, as he put it, if the US doesn't then no one would. He forgot to mention that such US style "interventions" are illegal and that the reason no one else does is because they respect the rule of international law, which of course is a distraction to be ignored by the US and Obama.

According to the World Socialist Website Obama has now phased the endless "War on Terror" into an endless "War to Promote US Interests". Something the Dick Cheney Project for a New American Century called the establishment of global US hegemony through the use of force.

The World Socialist Website wrote: Obama: "… asserts a policy of permanent and global war in pursuit of the interests of the US financial elite. The media distortion is driven, on the one hand, by the partisan motives of Obama's Republican rivals, who seek to portray him as weak-kneed, and, on the other, by the support from a wealthy and privileged ‘liberal' elite for wars of aggression waged under the banners of ‘human rights' and ‘democracy'."

Ignorance is No Excuse

As anyone who has ever been to the US or had dealing with the US Government or its authorities knows, lack of knowledge of its Draconian Laws and Regulations is no excuse to prevent one being arrested or persecuted if one is targeted. Hence even if the US at some time in the future (perhaps at Nuremberg type trials against the Washington planners?) claims that they did not know the Right Sector was a nazi group and that by supporting them they would cause the deaths of thousands, ignorance is no excuse. The US is directly responsible for what we are seeing in Ukraine.

Operation Ukraine

After the so called "presidential elections" in Ukraine, elections which even the junta was forced to declare did not include the participation of more than 20 regions, a congratulatory note should be made to former NATO Ambassador and advisor to Dick (torture memos) Cheney, Victoria Nuland and the architects of Banderstan. They are many but bear with me as we recall who they are: The latest manifestation of OTPOR, the center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) and its head Srdja Popovic who has ties with Stratford and the CIA; CIA front USAID and all of its NGOs in Ukraine; Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski as well as EU foreign policy head Catherine Ashton (who thought is was a bad idea to investigate the Maidan snipers); billionaire George Soros and his International Renaissance Foundation; eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his Omidyar Network; the National Endowment for Democracy, which is funded by the US Congress; key NGOs–Chesno, Center UA and Stop Censorship, and National Endow­ment for Democ­racy, funded largely by the US Congress; Exxon Oil and Chevron to whom Victoria Nuland gave an accounting in December of 2013 and finally Nuland's husband leading neo-conservative hawk Robert Kagan and all of the neocons behind the scenes.

Strange Snowden Connection

In researching for this article I came across a very curious connection to Edward Snowden and Pierre Omidyar. According to Pando Daily Pierre Omidyar now has control over the complete Snowden files after spending a mind-boggling quarter of a billion dollars to buy out reporters Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras.

The fact that a key player in Operation Ukraine now has complete control of Snowden's NSA leaks is in fact stunning, although I am sure the argument will be made that it is not related. This fact should have come to light from Edward Snowden himself, who continues to speak to western corporate controlled media outlets while shunning the media in the country that is protecting him, but alas Snowden has said nothing.

Conclusion

Operation Ukraine has had one benefit which cannot be understated both for the international community and for all citizens of the world brave enough to look outside of the confines of the western media box. Namely it has shown the institutionalized disregard for sovereignty and the lengths the West will go to meet their geopolitical objectives, including the killing of millions of people. It has also shown that the very ideas of democracy, rule of law and self-determination are merely abstract concepts for the west and lastly it has shown that the US will ally with anyone, including murderous nazi thugs if such a union can help it advance its goals.

Logical Consequence of Operation Ukraine

There is enough here to finally cause a true international outcry to end the global imperialist ambitions of the US and its allies. The logical solution can only be the formation of an international body that will finally reign in the United States and all of its illegality. This was have to be a body outside of the structure of the United Nations since as we saw by the Nuland dialogue with Ukrainian Ambassador Pyatt, even the UN head Ban Ki-Moon can be called on to participate in "gluing together" the overthrow of governments.

Countries Destroyed by the United States

The following is a list of countries where the US has organized coup d'états, supported revolutions, overthrown governments, invaded, annexed, supported groups or forces who overthrew or attempted to overthrow governments or outright executed the leaders.

Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Colorado, Congo, Cuba, Detroit, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Dakota, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, USSR, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Yemen, Yugoslavia and Zaire (Congo).

What they have done and are doing to Native Americans might also be added to the list as the continuing genocide of the indigenous peoples is the foundation of endemic "American" racism and exceptionalism.

Final Solution

Disband NATO, prohibit the US from having military bases around the world and force the US to disarm.

 

The views and opinions expressed here are my own. I can be reached at robles@ruvr.ru.

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