As is the case with much of the central western steppe, from the Carpathian Mountains to the Siberian-Mongolian Altai Mountains, the prehistory of Ukraine was home to proto-Slavic, Scythian tribes, probably as early as one millennium B.C. Before being replaced by Slavic tribes who came to occupy the territory throughout the early millennium of the modern (A.D.) period. These common roots run deep within Ukrainian history and pre-history, as they do in Russia. Some even say that Ukraine is the traditional birthplace of Russian culture and Russian life. Their languages as well share much of a common alphabet as well as grammar and terminology.
Then why would Ukraine want to join the European Union and abandon its pre-historic and early historical roots? What would be the motivation? There may be two reasons, at least. One is perhaps due to the bad taste in their mouths from the Soviet period of persecution; especially the genocide of 1932-33. But second, and perhaps more important, ‘a taste of the apple’ – the growing mythology of ‘promise,’ of the economic prosperity and highly touted individual freedom magically gifted by adherence to the curriculum of the West. Propaganda, plain and simple! Economic slavery, straight up! We even see the dissimulating words of Victoria Nuland, the American neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State, whose quiet agenda is US world hegemony. On December 13, 2013, she told the Ukrainians “what was in store for them but the protesters were too delusional to hear.”
In an eight minute, 46 second speech at the National Press Club sponsored by the US-Ukraine Foundation, Chevron, and Ukraine-in-Washington Lobby Group, Nuland boasted that Washington has spent $5 billion to foment agitation to bring Ukraine into the EU. Once captured by the EU, Ukraine will be “helped” by the West acting through the IMF. Nuland, of course, presented the IMF as Ukraine’s rescuer, not as the iron hand of the West that will squeeze all life out of Ukraine’s struggling economy.
What could be the outcome of a Ukrainian entry into the EU/EC? For starters we could look to the Rumanians or Bulgarians for an example of how the EU treats its “Eastern” partners. Or look at the results in Greece or Spain. The only reason individual Ukrainians would want this deal is for potential easy entry into the mocked-up land of milk and honey; the delusional promises of a world hegemon. Again, I am not writing to support any nation, Russia, America or Ukraine. I am only posing the question – why? Why would Russia want to help? Why would Ukraine want to joint the EU? And why will the US government not put its cards clearly on the table, and be honest about its intentions?
We know that the USA has been involved in much global destabilization over the recent years; we know that the US is operating covertly and duplicitously with global snooping, arms sales, regime change, cyber-espionage, assassination, military and cyberwarfare, torture, exported terrorism, global economic hanky-panky, etc. We know that the US government is afraid of everyone, especially the Russian Bear. We know they want defense mechanisms, if not first strike capabilities, close to Russia. We know that the government would like to destabilize Russia with the intent of taking more of the global goodies. We know that the USA has hegemonic plans globally for the Grand Chessboard, and Russia as well as China stand in its way. The US has stood for ongoing destabilization for many decades now, if not since its founding. I mean, what was the American revolution anyway – an exercise in destabilization. We have more interest in the outcome there than any other player. Just ask Zbigniew Brzezinski.
So, what about Russia? What does Putin want? Well, I assume he wants to maintain the integrity of his country’s boundaries against the West (read: America is threatening to make Ukraine an outpost). I assume he also wants to see Ukraine become part of his economic trading bloc. Perhaps he also sees the continuity and contiguity between the cultures of the two territories and wants to see their ancient historical roots remain relatively unmolested. As reports have noted,
Putin claimed the bailout came without any “increase, decrease, or freezing of any social standards, pensions, subsidies, or salaries” – a deliberate contrast with the International Monetary Fund, which had offered to help Ukraine only if it introduced austerity measures and macroeconomic reforms.
Of course, I am not naïve enough to think Putin is altruistic. Obviously, I don’t think that. But, if anyone has a right to consider the future of Ukraine it is Russia and not America. Indeed, we could say that Russia has a historical obligation in that regard.
What do Ukrainians want? Well, many of them want to leave Ukraine for the gold rush to the West; the false promises of a land flowing with milk and honey. But I will now quote the former Ukrainian economy minister, albeit, turning his words around onto the other suitor: “I know of only one place where you can find free cheese – and that’s in a mouse-trap.” There is no free lunch from Russia or from the EU/American hegemony. So I say if individual Ukrainians want to go West, then let those who want to go… go! Let your benefactor, Uncle Sam, pay for your plane tickets back to the Homeland!
But, I believe the government of Ukraine is stuck now between a rock and a hard place; just trying to stay afloat until they can grab hold of any meaningful life support. And, I do not want to hear about rigged elections in Ukraine anymore; there are no elections more perversely rigged than those in the USA! Just ask Citizens United. So, folks, sit back and watch the unfolding spectacle of Ukraine… to see who will make off with the goodies, and at what cost to the Ukrainian people. Только Бог знает!