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True North Perspective
Vol. 10, No. 5 (356)
May 2015

Editor's Notes

Five billion $ is nothing short of an act of aggression

That's how much Washington spent to subvert Ukraine

A ruthless practice that leaves behind broken countries and millions dead

Ukraine  •  Crimea  •  NATO  •  Missile Defense (against North Korea!?)

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By its own admission Washington spent five billion (and counting) dollars to subvert the troubled country, Ukraine. They used (and use) phony NGOs (Non Government Organizations) to spread divide-and-conquer propaganda. The U.S. does this all over the world where hot wars don't serve their interests. What they do may be constituted as crimes against humanity because it results in millions who die or who are physically and mentally maimed.

Since the end of World War Two, the United States has proven itself one of the most hostile, aggressive countries in history. In the name of democracy it pursues its adolescent ambition to rule the world. Fortunately it is losing ground.

Latin America in its majority has thrown off the burden of obedience to Washington dictates. For decades Washington's policy there included economic, political, and military support for what can only be called fascist regimes that brutally exploited their people, including the use of death squads trained in the U.S.. Its economic power over Europe has forced countries there to toe the sanctions line. But objections are rising. It's Europe that suffers from trade sanctions, not the Americans who have relatively little trade with Russia.

Washington hypocrisy was exposed in a leaked recording of a phone call between Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. Washington had made public declaration that it was having nothing to do with developments in the Ukraine but a telephone recording published on YouTube revealed the lie.

In a 28 January 2014 phone call (published on YouTube 4 February 2014) between Nuland and Pyatt there was talk on who should be running the Ukraine after the ouster of democratically elected President Victor Yanukovych. The name of Arsenly Yatseniuk (whom Nuland referred to as 'Yats') coming up several times. 'Yats' became prime minister of Ukraine 27 February 2014.

The outrageous direct manipulation in Ukraine affairs was almost lost to the general public when it was learned that in that conversation Nuland said, 'Fuck the EU' and Pyatt responds. 'Oh, exactly. . . ."

The Ukraine is a divided country. In the west you have a deep rooted hatred of Poles. Ukrainians slaughtered 100,000 Poles during Nazi occupation in World War Two. Their descendants fueled the neo-Nazis who led the recent coup against the democratically elected Ukrainian government. They have at least as much animosity toward the Russians and have the support of the Tatar population that also went over to Hitler by the tens of thousands.

In the centre you have Ukrainians who just want to be Ukrainians. These are fed up with the corrupt oligarchs who with their politicians have brought the country to the verge of bankruptcy. They were there in the demonstrations calling for honesty in government and the end of the economic blood-letting by the greedy oligarchs. Unfortunately for them, their conscience-driven motives were overwhelmed by the fascist tactics of the neo-Nazis who practiced violence as the demonstrations developed.

In the eastern, heavily industrial, section of the country you have Ukrainians with strong cultural and blood ties to Russia. They did not join in the Kiev coup led by those with the Nazi symbols. They opposed the coup, and rejected the election results that did not include them. Instead they established two separate states. They said they wanted to remain in the Ukraine with greater autonomy. This was not acceptable to the coup-installed President Petro Poroshenko so he sent in Kiev troops who killed about six thousand civilians and wounded many thousands more (mostly women and children) before being defeated on the ground.

Now there is a troubled peace under the Minsk Protocol. Kiev troops break the agreement almost every day with artillery fire. Poroshenko has vowed that there will no peace until the eastern Ukrainians surrender. American and Canadian troops are in the Ukraine training Kiev troops.


Meanwhile Russia, alarmed by NATO's aggressive moves in Eastern Europe right up to Russia's border, decided not to allow Crimea to fall to U.S. control. Crimea had been a part of Russia for as long as the United States has been a country, with the exception of about 50 years after Soviet Premier (and Ukrainian) gave it to the Ukraine as a gesture of good will. After the Kiev coup the Russians sponsored a vote and something like 98% of appalled Crimeans voted to return to Russia. All of this in strict adherence to United Nations protocol.

Washington, which respects only those votes that go its way, falsely accused the Russian repossession of Crimea as an act of aggression. Based on this lie, the whole sanctions war began.

NATO and missile defense

The first post-Cold War expansion of NATO came with German reunification on 3 October 1990, when the former East Germany became part of the Federal Republic of Germany and the NATO alliance. This had been agreed in the Two Plus Four Treaty earlier in the year. To secure Soviet approval of a united Germany remaining in NATO, it was agreed that foreign troops and nuclear weapons would not be stationed in the former East Germany, and the topic of further NATO expansion east was raised.

Jack Matlock, U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union during its final years, said that the West gave a "clear commitment" not to expand, and declassified documents indicate that Soviet negotiators were given the oral impression by diplomats like Hans-Dietrich Genscher and James Baker that NATO membership was off the table for countries such as Czechoslovakia, Hungary, or Poland. In 1996, Gorbachev wrote in his Memoirs, that "during the negotiations on the unification of Germany they gave assurances that NATO would not extend its zone of operation to the east," and repeated this view in an interview in 2008. Other authors, such as Mark Kramer, have also highlighted that in 1990 neither side imagined that countries still technically in the Warsaw Pact or the Soviet Union could one day join NATO.

Since then NATO countries and bases have moved right up to the Russian border. This aggression has been even more enhanced by U.S. talk of installing a so-called missile defense system in countries on Russia's border.

The Americans, laughing up their sleeves, say the system is meant to protect Europe from missile attack from Iran and North Korea. North Korea!?! North Korea can hardly send a missile as far as its southern neighbor Japan, never mind half way around the world. The Russians are convinced, with good reason, the American missile system is designed to neutralize Russian defenses while having the capability of launching a lethal missile attack on Russia.

It's clear that the Americans have allowed themselves to become pathologically dependent on feeding their insatiable war machine. Let's hope that the common sense of self-preservation will finally prompt them to pull the plug.

Meanwhile, take it easy, but take it.

Looking forward

Carl Dow

Publisher and Editor
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