NYT Supports Kiev Fascists
by Stephen Lendman
Times management and editors support US-installed fascists running Ukraine, hugely corrupt and lawless gangsters, still waging war on their own people, against fundamental human and civil rights - a classic rogue state with no legitimacy whatever.
Not an obstacle for the self-styled “newspaper of record,” supporting what demands unequivocal condemnation.
It routinely gives op-ed space to anti-Russian elements - now featuring three US neocons, urging investment in Ukraine’s future, ignoring its rogue state status, contempt for fundamental freedoms, lawlessness and overwhelming internal public opposition, perhaps heading toward open rebellion.
John Herbst is a hawkish, right-wing Atlantic Council director, a former Bush administration US ambassador to Ukraine, heavily involved in Washington’s orchestrated 2004 Orange Revolution, replacing Viktor Yanukovych the first time with US-installed favorite Viktor Yushchenko.
Brookings is a notorious corporate financed pro-war think tank. Steven Pifer is a senior foreign policy director, a Victoria Nuland clone during the Bush administration, in charge of State Department European and Eurasian Affairs, a former Clinton administration ambassador to Ukraine.
William Taylor is executive vice president for the misnamed, pro-war US Institute for Peace, a former Bush ambassador to Ukraine.
Times editors gave them feature op-ed space
. Legitimate ones wouldn’t touch their rubbish. Invest in Ukraine’s future, they blustered - at the same time, repeating the tired old Big Lie about Russia invading Ukraine and illegally annexing Crimea.
They “commended (Obama) for sustaining a successful sanctions regime” - illegally imposed without required Security Council authorization, they failed to explain.
“Washington must do more to punish Russia,” they thundered. “It must bolster Ukrainians as they struggle to build a new, reform-minded government while continuing to fight to maintain their country’s territorial integrity.”
Fact: Illegitimacy demands rejection, not support, isolation, not incorporation into the world community of nations.
Fact: US-installed Kiev fascists have no legitimate claim to any Ukrainian territory, stolen from the public, exploited for private gain.
The contributors are right saying “Ukraine is teetering on the brink” - without explaining it’s from out-of-control corruption, lawless aggression against its own people and gross mismanagement for the exclusive benefit of wealthy elites at the expense of the vast majority of Ukrainians, suffering hugely under the yoke of tyranny and force-fed neoliberal harshness.
The IMF changed its rules for Ukraine, a deadbeat debtor. Nations in financial arrears to others don’t qualify for agency loans - Kiev getting aid anyway even though it’s unwilling to honor its debt obligations.
The op-ed contributors lied, claiming “(a)ppropriately funding efforts to improve Ukraine’s stability is a down payment on Europe’s collective security.”
Just the opposite is true, refusing to recognized its illegitimacy and supporting the democratically elected government it replaced.
Ukraine represents fascist tyranny in Europe’s heartland, threatening the entire continent and beyond - fundamentally undemocratic.
The contributors’ claims otherwise mock credibility, urging America and European nations pour billions of dollars into a black hole, instead of entirely boycotting Kiev, along with supporting the rights and aspirations of its people.
“As former American ambassadors to Kiev, we recognize…the current Ukrainian leadership is far from perfect,” they said - yet absurdly claim “the seeds of accountability have been planted, and Ukraine’s robust civil society ensures a steady supply of nurturing sunlight.”
Truth is polar opposite this rubbish, willful lies and deception, Times editors culpable for publishing them, instead of explaining a rotten-to-the-core corrupt regime, a viciously anti-democratic one.
Claiming “(a) new Ukraine was born in the Maidan” mocks the plight of millions of its citizens, suffering hugely under the yoke of tyranny and state-sponsored deprivation.
The op-ed contributors urge more of the same - absurdly saying “(a) global order based on the rule of law is at stake.” It bears repeating. Lawlessness and ruthlessness define regime fascists running Ukraine.
Regional peace and security depend heavily on replacing them with real democrats - like Donbass freedom fighters, rejecting fascism, wanting rights everyone deserves, warranting universal support.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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