I am as
distressed as I’ve ever been having watched a 24 minute video yesterday from
Odessa, Ukraine as fascist Right Sector thugs set fire to a union hall where
unarmed anti-Kiev protesters had taken refuge.
You have to be
patient watching the video because it is obvious that a lot of the time the
photographer was trying to be discreet as he filmed the pro-western nationalists
attacking the people inside the union hall.
At one point the photographer runs around to the backside of the building
and films police authorities standing around talking but taking no action to
stop the carnage that killed more than 40 people.
What struck me
the most was that during the entire 24 minutes of watching this video I never
heard or saw any signs of fire trucks.
Odessa is a big city and surely must have fire departments. Only near the end of the video did we finally
see some police begin to move in but by then the fire was well under way and
people were leaping out of windows. Who
had the power to stop fire trucks from responding?
What we know
is that Right Sector fascist thugs were bussed in from around Kiev and they
marched through the streets of Odessa.
There was a protest camp set up outside of the union hall where anti-Kiev
protests were happening. As the fascists
descended on the union hall many of the anti-Kiev protesters ran inside the
building for safety. The pro-Kiev
nationalists, supported by the US-EU, then began throwing Molotov cocktails into
the 24-minute video did I see any of the nationalists outside the union hall
taking cover. Clearly they were not
being shot at. But you do see at least
one man on the ground firing his gun at those inside the building.
I read one
testimony this morning from someone who tried to help rescue those burned inside
the building. He wrote:
Hello, my name is Igor
R., I am 39, I live in town of Odessa. During 15 years I work as a doctor on the
Yesterday, as you know, a frightful tragedy happened in our
cities, one people put to death other. Put to death cruelly - burned living. Not because they were drunk, not for the
inheritance of grandmother, but because they do not divide the political looks
of nationalists. First they were beating people unmercifully, cruelly, and
burned them alive after.
As a doctor I
rushed to give help to the one who could be rescued, but I was stopped by pro
Ukrainian Nazi radicals, who did not let me walk up to the injured. One of them
pushed away me rudely, promising, that soon me and other Jews of Odessa are
going to meet the same fate.
I saw a
fellow which could be rescued, if I was able to take him away to the hospital,
but all persuasions ended with me getting hit in the face so hard that I lost my
For 15 years I saw a great deal
very much, but yesterday I wanted to cry, not from pain not from humiliation,
but from a weakness. What occurred yesterday didn't even have place during
fascist occupation in my town in WWII. I wonder, why the whole world is keeping
The US backed ‘government’ in Kiev largely came to power
because the Right Sector fascists used these same violent tactics in the coup
d’état a couple of months ago.
The now famous "Fuck the EU" quote from US State
Department operative Victoria Nuland (wife of Bush-Cheney era neocon Robert
Kagan) was direct evidence of the deep involvement and interference of the US in
Ukraine. This whole story just reeks of hypocrisy and arrogance on the part of
Nuland was also caught last December saying "we've invested $5 billion" in the
Ukraine project.... that part picks up at the 7:25 mark in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y0y-JUsPTU
Note the ExxonMobil and Chevron logos on the stage next to
Nuland ... and remember that the oil-i-garchy wants Russian natural gas and oil
supplies. Add it up, mix in the usual modus operandi, stir and what you get is
chaos, instability and regime change.
What is Russia to do? Roll over
and watch themselves get more NATO
‘missile defense’ bases on their borders and fascists appointed to the 'new
government' cabinet in Ukraine? More than 27 million people were killed
during Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union during WW II. The Russians are
hyper-sensitive to fascists coming to power on their immediate borders -
especially when the US-NATO are calling the shots.
In recent days
there have been reports from eastern Ukraine that not only Right Sector fascists
have been attacking unarmed protesters but also that black-clad mercenaries
(Blackwater?) have been filmed chasing down the anti-fascist protesters.
The US knew
that Russia would have to react, that is why we've witnessed massive corporate
media demonization of Putin during the past year or so. It helps make it easier
for the American people to swallow another one of our interventions.
intervention though could lead to nuclear war.
The time is
long past for peace activists to speak out opposing the Obama administration and
NATO baiting the Russian bear.