by Rick Rozoff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 20, 2014
Voice of Russia
February 20, 2014
With the release of a recent conversation between the US ambassador to Ukraine and Victoria Nuland plotting the downfall of the current legitimate elected government in Kiev, it is clear who is behind the attempted coup in Ukraine. US backed “activists” with sniper rifles and hand guns are openly firing on police something that would not be tolerated anywhere in the world but which is being portrayed by western leaders as being legitimate opposition protest behavior. However such cold-blooded murder would lead to brains being swept off the street in their cities. According to Voice of Russia regular Rick Rozoff, who spoke on these issues, what we are color revolution techniques in action and the western media is playing along as a propaganda tool for those behind the scenes.
Hello. This is John Robles, I am speaking with Rick Rozoff the owner and manager of the Stop NATO website and international mailing list. This is a regular feature of the Voice of Russia.
Robles: Can you give us an update on what is going on with NATO? A lot of stuff is going on, a lot of attention on Ukraine. And I’d like to ask you about Ukraine. But, first, what is going on with NATO right now?
Rozoff: Well, it is acting true to its new purpose in the post-Cold War period as an international military bloc. For example, just in the last week or so, for the first time ever a delegation from the NATO Military Committee, and the Military Committee in its full form consists of the military chiefs of staff of all the 28 full NATO members, visited Georgia. And this, again, is a first, it is unprecedented, and clearly acknowledging or demonstrating how strategically important Georgia is to NATO’s Eurasian but ultimately European plans. That is number one.
NATO’s also commenced its air patrols over the North Atlantic nation of Iceland, including warplanes from both Finland and Sweden with the express intention of further integrating Finland and Sweden, and of course Finland has a lengthy border with Russia, those two countries into NATO as ultimately four NATO members.
We have to recall that both those nations have troops fighting under NATO command with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, that Sweden supplied Griffin military aircraft for the war against Libya three years ago…In parts of the world
Also, NATO warships have docked in both Puntland, which is a semi-autonomous, really at this point independent part of Somalia, as well as in the Seychelles, an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa in recent days. This is part of the – permanent – NATO military operation, military presence in the Indian Ocean called Ocean Shield, which complements their permanent military naval deployment in the Mediterranean, Active Endeavor, and so forth.
We also noticed the first US guided missile warship arriving at the Rota naval base in Spain, on the Atlantic coast of Spain, as part of what eventually will be four US warships with interceptor missiles, part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, but ultimately part of the international US and allied missile shield program, interceptor missile program. So, this gives you some indication of what is going on throughout the world.
There have been other initiatives shown by NATO in other parts of the world, including in Africa most notably. Something that isn’t directly NATO but for all the difference it makes it may as well be, just a few days ago in Brussels, which is the headquarters of both the European Union and NATO, the European Union announced a joint military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR). This is done through the Military Committee of the European Union, comparable to what was done in Chad, neighboring Chad a few years ago.
But it is noteworthy that NATO has recruited several non-EU member states to provide troops for that mission, including Georgia, Serbia, Canada, Norway, Turkey and the United States. This was at an alleged, quote, force generation conference in Brussels on February the 13th, five days ago. That gives you an idea of what is happening internationally.
To segue into our main topic of discussion, today the Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, again called on, quote, “all parties in Ukraine” to desist from violence.
I could only imagine if a comparable situation, one that’s…what is occurring in Kiev right now were to be occurring in Brussels, if, say, “all parties in Belgium to refrain from violence”, when state security personnel were being shot to death and set on fire with Molotov cocktails, if he would have such a balanced perspective – of course he would not.
Robles: Regarding Ukraine, how many policemen have been injured already there?
Rozoff: The number is rising of course. But the latest report I see is that over 184 police officers have been wounded, 35 of them critically, and at least seven of them have been shot to death.
Robles: What is the reaction from the US right now? Has Nuland come out condemning any of this? Has anybody in the US condemned this or are they all supporting it?
Rozoff: The US ambassador to Ukraine, the same Geoffrey Pyatt who was caught on tape with Victoria Nuland in recent weeks plotting the downfall of the current legitimate, elected government in Kiev, threatened sanctions, mentioned the fact that sanctions could be enforced against, again, “all parties.” It is impossible to levy sanctions against fascist guttersnipes and mobsters who are on a rampage, they have no assets that can be seized and no trade that can be halted and so forth. So, this is a unilateral threat to the government of Ukraine, which is under siege, quite literally under siege, with government buildings being stormed, personnel being seized captive, even killed in the case of the central headquarters of the ruling party in the country, the Party of Regions, where a member… presumably a member… a security office by one account, at their central headquarters in Kiev was murdered.
What we are seeing is almost gangland violence trying to pass itself off as political opposition. What is very important to noted is that the president of the country Victor Yanukovich is to meet with three major opposition leaders: Yatsenyuk and Klitschko and Tyagnibok at 11:00, Kiev time. So something is going to be breaking at that point but there is a clear coordination between the opposition figures within the Parliament, within the Verkhovna Rada, and the Molotov-cocktail-hurling, rifle-wielding so-called opposition outside.
Robles: I’m sorry, Rick, are there charges? Haven’t charges been pressed against Klitschko and, what is his name, Yatsenyuk? Aren’t they facing charges already? And if you could, can you tell us about..you told me before we started about videos you saw, that they were actually… someone had a sniper rifle or something, a rifle with a scope and they were actually just shooting policemen.
Rozoff: That’s exactly it, and anyone who e-mails me at email@example.com, I’d be glad to give then a link to that video. It is circulating, somebody in Italy has sent it out and there are several similar videos, but this is one of the more stark I’ve seen.
It shows a young so-called activist, as US would portray him, with, exactly, a sniper rifle with a scope firing presumably at police or other security personnel; somebody else has a handgun he’s firing. So there are weapons on the street. And clearly the fact that seven security personnel have been shot dead confirms the fact that firearms are being used.
Again, I don’t know in which other capital city in the world this sort of behavior would be tolerated, much less portrayed by Western leaders as being legitimate opposition protest behavior when what you are talking about is cold-blooded murder.
Robles: Can you imagine in the US that people have started shooting police just openly on the street?
Rozoff:I hate to put it in such stark and graphic terms, but the only way I could characterize this is: they’d be sweeping their brains off the street for the next day.
Robles: I mean how can they possibly get away with trying to support this? What are the American people, I mean the average people, thinking about this?
Rozoff: Unfortunately, the average person does not go to the Internet and look up videos, which are readily accessible. But I would have to say largely in the Russian media as I don’t know anywhere else in the world where we’re seeing these videos, even there are often times Western news agencies – Reuters, BBC and so forth – but because of the controlled nature of news, particularly in relation to foreign affairs, in the United States and other NATO countries we’re only seeing the doctored and sanitized version.
I’ve often argue this, John, I think perhaps even on your show, it’s the equivalent of somebody walking into a movie theater where the hero has finally taken enough from the villain and starts fighting back. And when you see that, and only that, it’s very difficult to confuse the characters and to believe that the perpetrator is the victim and vice versa. This is one of the methods used by the Western establishment so-called news media, which are really propaganda outlets, to portray the “peaceful protestors being assaulted without provocation by brutal security forces.”
But again, you are correct in stating: were something like this to happen in Washington DC or Paris or London, I can assure you the first police officer who was injured in any manner would be the cause for a crackdown the likes of which wouldn’t be forgotten in a hurry. However, this trick about the “regime change”, so-called color revolution technique, which is to place the targeted government in a situation where if they do not respond harshly they are seen as vulnerable and then the violence is escalated. If they make any effort, no matter how belated, to even defend themselves it is seen as being a gross violation of human rights and portrayed that way by the Western governments and their rather formidable media outlets.
And this is a situation that I believe is occurring right now in Kiev. But we have to..anyone who has seen this, who has gone to my website or Russian websites and has seen the actual fires in downtown Kiev, this is again the capital city of a European country going up in flames, for the second time in 15 years, we saw Belgrade similarly set of fire by NATO bombers what will be 15 years from next month, if this is a new world order what you are seeing is a resumption of fascistic, brutal violent uprisings which ultimately are backed by the US and its cohort of NATO military powers. And what I fear right now, if the violence is not halted very quickly in Ukraine, you are going to see full-fledged, if not civil war, you are going to see foreign-backed armed insurgency, if not comparable in every particular to what’s happening in Syria at least similar in terms of its basic dynamic.
Robles: I’d like to make a comment here for… and this might be a little unusual… for American law enforcement officers, police officers in the US. I’d like to make a plea for them, look at what’s happening to their colleagues in Ukraine and call their senators or whoever and ask them: “How can they possibly support this?” What do you think?
Rozoff: That is a very good point. A lot of Chicago police officers incidentally are of Ukrainian ethnic background, there is a neighborhood not terribly far from where I am called Ukrainian Village, as a matter of fact. And to see their colleagues and there is, let’s be honest, there is a special sense of fraternity or comradery between people of the same professions around the world particularly those that entail some degree of personal danger, and for police officers around the world to be watching this: you know, I would suggest that there is an understanding they themselves could be next if some Western-supported insurgent uprising of the sort that is occurring on the streets of Kiev…Incidentally, there is a report by Interfax-Ukraine that armed groups in Western Ukraine, in Lviv, have been intercepted by security personnel en route to Kiev. So what you’re talking about is something almost comparable to, say, Generalissimo Franco’s march on Madrid, Spain in the late ’30s counting on the fifth column, the infamous fifth column, supporters within the city to assist them and so forth. But this is nothing less than an effort to topple a legitimate government in Europe in the 21st century through vicious street violence, the sort one may have associated with Adolf Hitler’s attempted Beer Hall Putsch in 1923 or Mussolini’s March on Rome. This is the kind of sick fascist filth we are seeing in Ukraine.
Robles: I see.
This is John Robles. You were listening to an interview with Mr Rick Rozoff, the Owner and Manager of the Stop NATO website and international mailing list. This is a weekly feature of the Voice of Russia. You can find other work by me and by Mr Rick Rozoff on our website at voiceofrussia.com. Thank you very much for listening and we wish you the best wherever in the world you may be.
Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 20, 2014
We are outraged by the images of Ukrainian security forces firing automatic weapons on their own people. We urge President Yanukovych to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kyiv and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge protesters to express themselves peacefully. We urge the Ukrainian military not to get involved in a conflict that can and should be resolved by political means. The use of force will not resolve the crisis — clear steps must be taken to stop the violence and initiate meaningful dialogue that reduces tension and addresses the grievances of the Ukrainian people. The United States will work with our European allies to hold those responsible for violence accountable and to help the Ukrainian people get a unified and independent Ukraine back on the path to a better future.
Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 20, 2014
The Vice President and President Yanukovych spoke by telephone this afternoon. The Vice President strongly condemned the violence against civilians in Kyiv. He called upon President Yanukovych to immediately pull back all security forces – police, snipers, military and paramilitary units, and irregular forces. The Vice President made clear that the United States is prepared to sanction those officials responsible for the violence. The Vice President urged President Yanukovych to take immediate and tangible steps to work with the opposition on a path forward that addresses the legitimate aspirations of the Ukrainian people. The Vice President underscored that the United States supports an independent, democratic Ukraine that pursues the future its people choose.
US and Europe impose sanctions against Ukraine
RT America on Feb 20, 2014
The United States, European Union and NATO are criticizing the Ukrainian government for its role in the increasing bloodshed in Kiev. EU leaders have agreed to impose sanctions on the country, joining the US in threatening consequences. Individual sanctions for 20 Ukrainian politicians have already been imposed by Washington. Critics, including The Nation’s contributing editor, Stephen Cohen, say that threats of sanctions and misunderstanding of the situation on the ground are misguided. RT’s Gayane Chichakyan looks at how the US and EU are reacting to the increasing violence in Ukraine.
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democracynow on Feb 20, 2014
democracynow.org – A short-lived truce has broken down in Ukraine as street battles have erupted between anti-government protesters and police. Last night the country’s embattled president and the opposition leaders demanding his resignation called for a truce and negotiations to try to resolve Ukraine’s political crisis. But hours later, armed protesters attempted to retake Independence Square sparking another day of deadly violence. At least 50 people have died since Tuesday in the bloodiest period of Ukraine’s 22-year post-Soviet history. While President Obama has vowed to “continue to engage all sides” a recently leaked audio recording between two top U.S. officials reveal the Obama administration has been secretly plotting with the opposition. We speak to Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University. His most recent book, “Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War,” is out in paperback. His latest Nation article is “Distorting Russia: How the American Media Misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine.”
Deadliest day in Ukraine protests yet, despite truce
RT America on Feb 20, 2014
At least 75 people have been killed in violent riots in Kiev, the Ukrainian Health Department has stated. Doctors working on Kiev’s Independence Square, however, claimed that as many as 70 people were killed on the rioters’ side alone on Thursday. The death toll in the most violent wave of clashes between the rioters and the police in Kiev is likely to increase, as there are conflicting figures coming from the Health Department, city officials and the opposition. As many as 550 people have been injured, according to official estimates. Until this week, snipers shooting people in central Kiev have been little more than unsupported hearsay. But on Thursday, both security forces and rioters were filmed stalking the streets with rifles. RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports to Meghan Lopez that unidentified snipers were firing from buildings all around Independence Square.
World powers deeply involved in the Ukrainian crisis
RT America on Feb 20, 2014
The center of Kiev has been transformed into a battleground as rioters clash with police on Independence Square. Ukraine has seen some of its worst scenes of violence over the last few days, with over 60 dead and over 500 injured in the escalating conflict. Violence escalated on Tuesday after a group of radicals attempted to storm the building of the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada). On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych agreed to a truce with opposition leaders, and that he would begin negotiations with protesters. Now, the US has imposed individual sanctions for 20 Ukrainian politicians for the use of violence on protesters. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said those actions “resemble blackmail.” RT’s Meghan Lopez discusses the bigger picture of relations between the US, EU, Russia and Ukraine with Brian Becker, the national coordinator for the anti-war ANSWER Coalition.
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This all tracks back to the Great Schism of 1054ce.
I’m going to suggest the unthinkable ~ is it in the least plausible that NATO can be mutated into an ACCOUNTABLE, RESPONSIBLE and LAW-ABIDING global police force?
I’ll answer my own question: right now, NO it’s totally impossible.
Because NATO in its present incarnation in no wise represents the moral and ethical interests of a “free world” ~ it is empirically protecting the fascistic corporate elites, & is actually the hard-core of that capitalist club; as Bruce Gagnon and Rick Rozoff have gone to such great pains to make abundantly clear.
However, NATO certainly MIGHT be a theoretical candidate for international policing, were we to take its WW2 legacy seriously. If such a deployment were feasible, and it were realistic to envisage purging it of its incestuous allegiances, it could be intimately in the service of the ICC not the “147” club.
We are surely living out the direst consequences of the despicably gratuitous and demented “Gipper” ’80s. In my opinion, the whole world would be in far better shape right now, had Mikhail Gorbachev not been betrayed by Reagan’s cynical and self-serving US-Vatican alliance.
PS Stephen Cohen ~ lucid!
Mr. Becker’s analysis is most cogent. Watching the Olympics tonight and NBC’s Bob Costas delivered a political statement that had no place in an Olympics broadcast. The connection between NBC and defense contractor GE along with the inflammatory statement by Costas should be taken as a warning of escalation of violence. Putin’s suggestion of Ukraine, EU and Russian cooperation makes sense, but the Western stance looks to be “all or nothing”.
From various comments it is quite clear what the ultimate US goal is: to gain a military foothold in the Ukraine in order to encircle Russia even more. No matter where the US goes, shit is sure to follow. It hasn’t failed yet.