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Sunday, March 9, 2014

US, Russia & Democracy or 'Which Ever Way the Wind Blows'

We in the US like to say we believe in democracy which is to say basically the people speak as to who their leaders are and/or what direction they wish their nation to turn..

Of course truth is our government doesn't respect democracy when it comes to other nations..  How can it when it barely respects it domestically..

The politicians and media love to portray Putin as a monster; just another leader acting like a former Soviet Premier or a Czar..

Of course they ignore the fact he is democratically elected just like his decision to protect Russian citizens in Ukraine wasn't a decision he made in isolation.  Russia's 616 member Parliament called the Federal Assembly gave Putin the legal right to respond as he deemed prudent..

Really no different than our US Congress giving a President the power to wage war as deemed appropriate..

Perhaps we have forgotten that since the last time Congress officially gave a US President war power was 1941 and that was specific to Japan.  FDR chose wage war with Germany and Italy as well

Correct choice yes, but still not Constitutional for those who care about such things..

Just like we treat Lincoln like a deity even though he suspended Habeus Corpus and acted like a dictator because ends justify the means and none of us were alive then to have our 1st Amendnent freedoms directly taken..
Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iraq again, Libya.. etc etc.. We just let our elected leader do as he wishes and then rally support or scold based on whether he and we share the same 'R' or 'D' designation..

We also like to ignore that enemy nations like Venezuela and Iran have democratic elections too..  Its just anything less that a free market pro-corporation economy and we don't respect that nation or its election results too much..

The US is also very selective and inconsistent when it comes to respecting the right of a nation or a portion of one to secede and be part of another entity or independent..

For instance, 600k people had to needlessly die in the War Between the States because one part of the country refused to allow another to leave peaceably..  And yet no one seemed to mind when a portion of Virginia seceded from the rest of the state in 1863 to become West Virginia..
And no one minded one nation after another seceding from the rest of the Soviet Union back in the very late '80s, nor did we mind or care that Czechoslovakia seceded into two nations.. Czech Rep and Slovakia..

And we in the US certainly don't give a flying fig if Quebec ever follows through on their threat to secede from Canada..

Nope.. we only care that the Crimean Peninsula which is heavily Russian demographically wants to rejoin its nation by seceding from the corrupt Ukraine.

And speaking of Ukraine, we the US want to protect and defend Ukraine's right to elections so much, that we're even willing to watch it be run by Neo Nazi fascists..
~ Dmytro Yarosh probably giving a speech about flowers or bunnies..

From International Business Times:

"Ukraine's leader of the far-right Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) paramilitary movement Dmytro Yarosh has announced his presidential bid in elections planned for 25 May.

The ultra-nationalist movement's chairman Andriy Tarasenko said that Right Sector will also become a political party.

"Dmytro Yarosh will run for president," he said. "We are preparing for a congress, at which the party will be renamed, and we will participate in the elections in Kyiv, the elections in all local councils, towns and villages."
~ Members of the Ukrainian Parliament in 2012 probably arguing over who hate Jewish people more

"We remain the leaders of this revolution. We are mobilising, we are preparing to react to foreign aggression," Tarasenko added, claiming that the movement was ready for a full-scale war with Russia.

Russia opened a criminal investigation against Yarosh for incitement to extremism and terrorism...

In an interview with Time magazine, Yarosh revealed that the ultra-nationalist movement had amassed a lethal arsenal of weapons."
How lovely..  cough.. cough..

Interesting how many people of Slavic descent want to desperately emulate an ideology and dogma where once they themselves were looked upon as nothing but mongrel dogs by the original Teutonic Nazis.

See.. you don't have to be very bright or know any history to embrace Fascism.

So at the very minimum we're talking about Neo-Nazis having representation in a new Ukrainian Parliament and growing in influence and power over time..
Much like the real Nazis did it..

Hillary Clinton called Putin 'Hitler-like'..  ~rolls eyes..  Perhaps she should take a razor to her own little moustache then spend a little more time studying history and a little less running for November 2016 Presidential elections..

People want to compare what Putin is doing to Hitler, Czechoslovakia and the famous appeasement of then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain

A more fair and accurate comparison might be the US response to the so-called 'Republic' of Texas begging us for protection from the Mexicans after the Alamo slaughter..  Thus the US responding to their countrymen's pleas for assistance, declared war then engaged in a 2 year war with Mexico and won.
The US couldn't and wouldn't stand idly by then though somehow Putin is expected to currently ignore the pleas of his people with all the rioting and daily violence in the streets of Kiev and other Ukrainian cities..

By the way, Hitler didn't come to power by force..  His Nazi party first won local elections, grew in numbers in their Reichstag (Germany's Legislature) and ultimately Hitler won victory as Chancellor.

Once in power, Hitler set fire to the Reichstag, claimed outside forces did it and ultimately instilled a Marshall Law-like grip over Germany which was never relinquished until his death and their defeat in 1945...

But what do we in the US care about that?
We just want those Ukrainian pipelines, the EU just wants the nation as a member to financially bleed dry and the Obama Administration needs a foreign policy victory worse than a 50 yr old virgin needs a prostitute...

And the American people.. the Very Very few who even bother to watch and read the news,,,  Just being fed an endless slop-plate full of easily digestible lies as to who the goodies and baddies are in all this..

So who knows how this all will end.. or if it will any time soon..

But Putin is no wussy like the type of leaders the US is used to bullying around and arm-twisting..
And if the US sincerely pushes sanctions forward, the consequences will be disastrous for the entire western world, including America

When Russia stops selling gas to western Europe and defaults on US bank loans and ultimately establishes a new currency to replace the US petrol dollar, who will ultimately suffer more.. they or we?

And what do we do then... lob a couple missiles?
There's absolutely no reason the US should be involved in this matter except for ego and pure hubris..

Not unlike most of our post Cold War military excursions

And pardon our French but the worthless God-Damn US media refuses to address this hate-filled reality..

Either they are getting their propaganda marching orders from Washington, don't have time between the commercials to present more than one point of view or Neo-Nazi talk just upsets the sponsors too much..