Reverse Yalta, Free Ukraine

What’s the proximal genesis of the system of thought that made Ukraine a subject of Moscow? Yalta. The present events in Ukraine are echoes of a momentous, and horrendous, event, Washington’s division of the world with Stalin, in 1945.

Ukraine is a vivid demonstration that plutocracy is not just about stealing from the People. It never was. Plutocracy, in full, is a mass murdering frame of mind. Or should I say, greed of mind? In Ukraine the (“democratically” elected) plutocrats in power unleashed special forces to fire war weapons such as sniper rifles and Kalashnikovs into demonstrators. We The People had to submit, or fire back with hunting rifles. Casualties are in the hundreds.

The exploitative mentality starts with lauding greed, it ends up with extermination. It does not just exterminate nations, it can displace them. This is Roosevelt’s work:

Poland & Ukraine: Displaced West By Dying Roosevelt & Mass Murderer Stalin

Poland & Ukraine: Displaced West By Dying Roosevelt & Mass Murderer Stalin

With the help of (satanic?) Anglo-Saxon leaders, Stalin did to Eastern Europe what Jefferson and Jackson did to the Indians. Mass deportation to cause extermination. Or, at least the tearing off roots. No wonder the president of the USA collaborated.

All right. Everybody knows that Stalin started his career as a Christian fanatic, before turning to robbing banks. However, FDR and Churchill are often viewed as saints. Yet, the map above is their work. Large parts of Poland and Austro-Hungary became part of Stalin’s dominion. Lviv, second city of Ukraine, population 2 million, liberated a few days ago, was long part of Poland and, or the (Holly German) Roman empire. It was thrown to Stalin, like a piece of meat to a bear.

The tearing into pieces of Europe was agreed to in what Churchill called the “Naughty Document”. It’s also known by the euphemism of “Percentage Agreement”. Here is the proof of the plot between American, English, and Soviet plutocrats:

Dividing Europe As If It Were A Pie

Dividing Europe As If It Were A Pie

Ukraine is a nation of 46 million. Ukraine is older than Russia. It has its own language, Ukrainian. Ukraine founded Russia, but was abused by its creation. Yalta is a place in Crimea where a conspiracy between a moribund plutocrat, an exhausted statesman, and a mass murdering, ursine gangster sealed the fate of the world for the next 69 years.

The usage of the word “plutocrat” is fully justified in Ukraine. Killing people is the plutocrats’ highest calling. The leaders of Ukraine are not just satanic, although that would justify calling them plutocrats. They are also filthy rich… the  28 nations of the European Union have frozen their assets, blocked their visas (that followed sanctions against Switzerland for discriminating against EU’s Croatia). The EU explicitly accused Ukrainian leaders to be drenched in blood.

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland were sent to Kiev to negotiate with the Ukrainian dictator/president on behalf of the EU. Shots could be heard as the foreign ministers went here and there.

Eastern Ukraine was long part of the Russian empire, where Ukrainian was outlawed, so that only Moscow’s language would rule. Western and Central Ukraine speaks Ukrainian. It was long more or less part of Poland. Ukrainian is closer to Polish (70% in common) than to Russian (62%).

Systems of thoughts and moods are highly persistent, they have a life of their own.

Russia’s childhood was tortured in the fire and monstrosity of the Mongol conquest and tyrannical three centuries long occupation. However, yesterday’s traumas can’t live on in tomorrow’s world.

YALTA’ LONG LASTING PAIN:

Yalta was a conference in Crimea organized by Stalin in February 1945. The “Soviet” dictator had refused to travel outside of the USSR for organizing the post- World War Two world. Three men, none of them a continental Western European, divided Western Europe, as if it were a prey. Which it was.

Unbelievably, the dying Roosevelt travelled all the way to Yalta, so that he could surrender half of Europe to Stalin. Including, of course, Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltic republics. That horrendous betrayal was rendered possible by excluding France’s combative general and president Charles De Gaulle from the conference.

The war against Nazism started in 1939 when Poland, backed up by France, refused to surrender its territory to Hitler. Hitler was backed up by Stalin, American plutocrats (and, to its shame, until excuses are finally proffered, Washington).

For the perverse, it made sense that neither Poland nor France were invited at Yalta. After all, it was French and Polish resistance to Nazism had caused World War Two. At least, so the subconscious of Stalin, part of British higher society, American racists, and Washington had it. The French and the Poles had spoiled a good thing.

De Gaulle was both a politician, a minister of war and a combat general during desperate 1940. His niece, who resisted Nazism, was sent to the Ravensbrück extermination camp. De Gaulle would not have surrendered to Stalin; at the time France had an expert one million man army that had played a crucial “Spitze”, point, role on the Western front in 1944. One of the main ideas of De Gaulle as president of France in 1958-1969 was that “Yalta” was one of the main trauma of the world. (Although I have solid personal reasons to hate De Gaulle,  I recognize that he was very right on some points, including that one.)

Yalta displaced entire countries to the west, to make more room for the Kremlin’s subjects. Poland was displaced to extinguish German provinces such as Pomerania and Silesia. But then, so that Poland could not become a problem, it was amputated of much of its territory. The eastern half of Poland was made “Ukrainian”. (Right now the largest city there, in ex-Poland, has been “freed”, after arresting the government police.)

What is the meaning of all this?

Simple. Yalta, by cutting the world in two, established the American Century and the, even shorter, Soviet Century. Now the USA and the USSR Russia are back to their old trick, fossil combustibles. The USSR (aka Russia) blackmails Europe with its energy supply. Yet Czar Vladimir I is terrified by other people’s minds, and thus cracks down on the highest added value, brain work. Hence Vladimir’s petrostate becomes ever more so every year.

Meanwhile the USA is busy making a fortune from the building greenhouse (by methane leaking fracking, and selling the coal to German anti-nuclear fanatics). The USA has a much more diversified economy, and more than twice the population. The USA also enjoy a much more sophisticated oligarchic propaganda. The USA does not crack down on computer usage, which is central to the 21C economy. Instead it has made it an integral part of the surveillance state.

What’s the progressive thing to do? Obviously support the anti-plutocratic revolution in Ukraine. The same day that more than 60 people were killed by gunfire in Ukraine, Libyans were voting for a Constituent Assembly (the USA took 13 years between Independence in 1776 and a Constitutional Assembly in 1789).

The story of Ukraine is about correcting some wrongs that developed in the last millennium. In Libya it’s more like correcting wrongs that developed in the last two millennia (thanks to horrors visited mostly by rabid Christianity and its Islamist poodle; earlier Libya had given the Severian dynasty to Rome, so non Christianized Romans were not too nasty to Libya ).

I have my eye on Venezuela too, where a famous beauty queen taking part in an anti-government demonstration was shot to death this week. Venezuela is another petrostate (with colossal reserves).

The anti-plutocratic revolution has to spread around the planet until we change from a short-termist, murderously exploitative model to a gentler, more sustainable, more democratic, and that means more intelligent, model.

If Ukraine becomes as good as, say, the present France or the USA, the latter two will be encouraged to morph into the more advanced forms we need. This is what happened in Switzerland, where direct democracy has blossomed out only in the last two decades, and brought enormous riches (spiritual and economic).

Patrice Aymé

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40 Responses to “Reverse Yalta, Free Ukraine”

  1. Chris Snuggs Says:

    All the democratically-elected President did was to refuse to sign a deal with the EU, whose interference is appalling and will make things worse, maybe even giving Putin an excuse to intervene. The EU should sort out its own fascist and imperialistic tendencies before sticking its self-righteous nose anywhere else.

  2. Alexi Helligar Says:

    It’s NOT funny how this history repeats itself over and over. It is the monotone of evil.

  3. Alexi Helligar Says:

    Alexi Helligar Shostakovich Symphony No. 11: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9lo9ZDYuDU

    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11, ‘The Year 1905’ (Proms 2013)

    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11, ‘The Year 1905’ Thomas Søndergård BBC National Orchestra of Wales PROMS, LONDON 2013… Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, ‘The Y….

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Very high culture, Alexi! The symphony has four movements played without break. It’s about the people, who have stopped believing because the cup of evil has run over.

      The solution is to believe in evil, as the Cathars did.
      PA

  4. Nathan Daniel Curry Says:

    http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/02/20/the-game-changed/

    The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch
    caracaschronicles.com

    Dear International Editor: Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudd…

  5. Alexi Helligar Says:

    I don’t think belief is by itself a solution to anything, Cathars notwithstanding.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      It depends what you call “belief”. Of course we all believe that 1 + 1= 2. Except, of course, when it’s zero… in a slightly different context. Beliefs is what the mind is made of.

  6. Alexi Helligar Says:

    Alexi wrote: “What someone believes is irrelevant if their actions are not right. Behaviour is the force carrier of mind.”

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Still we believe that if we put that foot in front just so, we will not fall on our face. We also believe that drinking will quench our thirst, and breathing is a belief we can’t stop of our own volition. One of the interest of apnea is to doubt that belief. Descartes’ dubito pushed to extremes…

  7. Patrice Ayme Says:

    Chris: Only 15% of Ukrainian do NOT want to become part of the European Union. Ukraine ought to be integrated in the EU, ASAP, while Vladimir I is forced to democratize. What say you?

    BTW, Switzerland is desperate on its knees to get integrated in the European Union ELECTRICITY market.

    Meanwhile Erasmus is frozen in Suisse, consecutive to their unfortunate votation. My nephew went to Scotland last year thanks to Erasmus. Aside from a scholarship, Erasmus paid his enormous tuition.

    • Dominique Deux Says:

      It’s very un-PC to speak of people wanting to join the EU, warts and all. It’s only fashionable these days to plan to wreck it first, then leave it. Well, guess who dictates (and funds) the fashion. The alliance between the Kremlin and Wall Street, forged in Yalta, never died.

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        Exactly, and our friend Chris Snuggs is strangely blind to this. Once I suggested “naivety” in this context, and then he boycotted this site for 6 months.
        I was just called a “cretin” on the “Readers Supported News”, for calling attention to the fact two million a year die of coal burning, plus another tow from indoor pollution from carbon burning indoors (the numbers are from the WHO and UN).

        The “cretin” label is found in: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/22181-obamas-nuke-powered-drone-strike-on-americas-fiscal-sanity

        The guy who wrote the initial article on RSN is a shill for fossil fuels, just like Krugman and his New York Times make one for banks. (The NYT uses 100% censorship against me, so it’s sort of no holds barred at this point, ;-)!)
        PA

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        People do not understand that the number one mission of the European Union is to insure peace. And that has to imply force

        The EU has insured peace. That way, it works well. I was proud of the performance of the leaders, including France, Germany and Poland, without forgetting Catherine Ashton… The foreign minsters actually stayed overnight, with ferocious gunfire, 100 meters away.
        PA

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        PC, the “Politically Correct” is both laziness and fascism. Always has been, always will be.

  8. m.ax Says:

    Am I the only one bothered by the sight of a portrait of Adolph Hitler adorning the Kiev City Hall, or of SS banners among the “peaceful demonstrators”? Nothing to see here? Oh but they want the EU, they want what Germany has, “warts and all”, right?

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      These are new to me. Adolf Hitler in Kiev City Hall? Germany has little to do with it: the French and Polish ministers were side by side with the foreign minister of Germany in Kiev. The EU is not all about Germany. Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign minister is British.

      I can see why Ukrainians would detest Stalin so much, they would equal him to Hitler. This is exactly what happened in 1941.

      Oh, by the way, I am a bit confused by which side you are on. The demonstrators until yesterday, protested AGAINST Kiev City Hall, held by the party of the ruling president. So is it said ruling president who had put there the Adolf Hitler portrait adorning City Hall? Or is just that the story makes no sense?
      PA

      • m.ax Says:

        Nothing to do with it? Very unlikely. For a bit of background, and perspective:

        http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/en/fulltext/58723

        http://spitfirelist.com/news/more-on-ounb-influence-on-the-ukrainian-political-opposition/

        Kiev city hall w/ Fuerher portrait in the following:

        http://leblogalupus.com/2014/02/21/les-commentaires-sur-les-commentaires-des-evenements-a-kiev-ou-la-terrible-propagande-du-systeme-par-philippe-schneider/

        As things stand, I find it difficult to pick a side. I do have questions though. What do Ukrainians stand to gain from a bankrupt Europe? Time will tell whether they will gain a genuine improvement in their situation, or a 50% youth unemployment rate like in Greece. Europe will foot the bill? Germany perhaps? In exchange for cheap resources, both natural and human? How about the risk of war? Does the West want war with Russia? Can it afford it? Is it wise? At a minimum, Russia will want to keep Crimea.

        Other than that, I find it suprising to see nazi emblems and references in a purportedly “moderate” and “democratic” movement, or portraits of Stepan Bandera and Adolf Hitler, rather than, say, a John F. Kennedy, or for a more martial flavour, a Charles de Gaulle. And are Merkel, or McCain bothered by any of that? Apparently not.

        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          All I know is that the ex dictator of Ukraine was arrested by border guards while fleeing to his master in Moscow. All I know is that his regime was a maximal plutocracy. I have been watching with interest the videos live of the palatial grounds.

          Plutocracy is a global problem. When a plutocracy goes, are we going to be upset because some of the fighters are excessive? When the American army pointed out to De Lattre that some French soldiers of the First French Army had committed rapes in Stuttgart in April 1945, De Lattre lined up a few perpetrators and shot them, and the problem was solved overnight. (The US Army itself had way worse problems as far as committing war crimes, but was not as deadly efficient in solving them as De Lattre, so, in the end committed thousands of well deserved war crimes against the Nazis).

          War is not nice. As the French Army bore through Bavaria in April 1945, reaching Austria first, it suffered 5,000 dead.

          Europe is not bankrupt. It’s actually the world’s richest Union, ahead of the USA. There is a problem with plutocracy. War should be made to Putin, he is a scum. Now that Ukraine is getting freed, Russia ought to be next.

          Don’t worry for Putin, I know where his giant property next to Ramatuelle is. His retirement is insured, except, of course, if he gets arrested by the border guards.
          PA

          • m.ax Says:

            Let us not insult the past. My own grandfather was a high-ranking Resistance agent before he was enrolled by Leclerc in the 2nd Armoured Division, and ended up paying the ultimate price to the cause of freedom – that included getting the world rid of fascism, before the good guys were betrayed by people like Allen Dulles and “the plutocrats” as you say. I don’t need a lecture on the value of sacrifice. For him the war lasted four years, not 12 months like vichyst “father of Europe” Mitterrand. I cannot take war lightly in abstractions. An incontrovertible fact is that some of the Ukrainian “freedom fighters” claim heritage from the Nazis and this cannot be honestly ignored. And whether we in the West like to admit it or not, 20 million Russians gave their lives to stop Germany. i know many Russians who are excellent people. I also know Crimea (where there are only Russians). They know the score perfectly when it comes to their leaders and can take care of themselves. They do not need Merkel to civilize them.

        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          You entangle massively unrelated facts. I will answer some points in another comment, an independent thread, because nestled comments are unreadable. “Europe” did not cause 50% youth employment in Greece.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      m.ax: I checked. You are confusing scathing critiques and adhesion. Nazi symbols on some of the authority buildings were enraged insults, not marks of loving allegiance to the Nazi party.
      PA

  9. Patrice Ayme Says:

    [Sent to RSN]
    The revolution in Ukraine is anti-imperialist, anti-Yalta, and anti-plutocratic.

    The present leaders of Ukraine are filthy wealthy (the EU just froze their billions in Luxembourg and the like).

    Putin arrested a dozen more people for “dissent” inside Russia today alone.

    I proudly did not watch a minute of the Sochi games, although I love the Caucasus… Or is it precisely because I love the Caucasus?
    Russia is already by far the largest country on Earth. Is not that big enough, already?

    https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/reverse-yalta-free-ukraine/

    • Dominique Deux Says:

      There nevertheless is an unsavoury far right component in the demonstration, which is anti-Russian nationalist as well as pro-European democratic. Let’s not extend to these creeps the same blindness we extended to the jihadists who soured the Arab Spring. Not every country in Europe has vaccinated itself with anti-nazism the way France and Germany did through political will.

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        Agreed. More later. For those who worry about excess in Ukraine: firemen with hoses spewing high pressure water, destroy more than the fire.

      • m.ax Says:

        Germany vaccinated itself against nazism? What a *joke*. Not just because you change form an uniform to a business suit means you’re not longer a nazi.

        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          m.ax: Not a joke. Germany has completely changed. Obviously. It’s a republic now, and sister to France that way. German racism is either inexistent, or a ghost of its former self (that nationality code of Germany has become similar to the French or American one, in the last ten years).
          PA

          • m.ax Says:

            We know that, it’s the sanitized, EU-sanctioned version of history, that’s been crammed into our heads for the past decades. The truth is much more sinister. Germany is not my “sister” country, not just because Mr. Mitterrand said so, I’m sorry.

  10. Patrice Ayme Says:

    The blindness about jihadists is part of a more general blindness to Islam, that, by “Orientalism” has been extended privileges denied to Christianity by Clovis himself.

    That’s why I approve of the military take-over in Egypt.

    This subject is worth an essay, per se.

  11. Patrice Ayme Says:

    Patrice Ayme ‏@Tyranosopher
    To save the planet we need no less than the greatest revolution that ever was. That’s why anti-plutocratic revolution in Ukraine is so excellent on a planetary scale.

    The anti-plutocratic revolution in Ukraine is an excellent thing. Even Cameron’s government supports the rest of the European Union in this!

  12. Patrice Ayme Says:

    Parliament Ousts Ukraine President

    Action Comes After Yanukovych Leaves Capital and Decries What He Calls a Coup by ‘Bandits’

    Marson, Alan Cullison and Alexander Kolyandr
    Updated Feb. 22, 2014 3:28 p.m. ET

    Large crowds entered ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych’s residential compound outside Kiev on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

    KIEV, Ukraine—Ukraine’s parliament voted Saturday to remove President Viktor Yanukovych and set new presidential elections for May 25. The action came hours after he left the capital and protesters took control of the city center.

    Mr. Yanukovych vowed to remain in power, even as his political allies abandoned him in droves. In an interview with a TV station in Kharkiv in the eastern portion of the country, he denounced the events in Kiev as a “coup d’état” that he blamed on “bandits.”

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    “I have no plans to leave the country and I have no plans to resign. I am the legally elected president and all the international intermediaries I’ve talked to (over the last few days) have given me guarantees of security. We’ll see how those are fulfilled,” Mr. Yanukovych said in the TV interview.

    Oleksandr Turchynov, a leading opposition lawmaker, was elected speaker of parliament, which under the constitution makes him acting head of state.

    Mr. Turchynov told lawmakers that Mr. Yanukovych had tried to board a plane to Russia but was turned back by border officials and had returned to the area near his hometown of Donetsk in Ukraine’s east, according to the Interfax news agency. An official from the border guards later told Interfax that a plane carrying Mr. Yanukovych had sought clearance to leave Donetsk late Saturday but was denied it because of lack of necessary permits.

    In a day of fast-moving developments, Ukraine opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko also was released from prison and made her way to Independence Square in Kiev where she addressed a large nighttime crowd.

    Speaking from a wheelchair after suffering back problems during her 2½ years in prison, Ms. Tymoshenko called for bringing Mr. Yanukovych to the square to face the people. Though widely seen as a potential presidential candidate, she gave no hints of her plans, saying only, “I came back to work.”

    While the atmosphere in Kiev remained tense, protesters in cities throughout Ukraine pulled down statues of Vladimir Lenin, which are seen as symbols of Moscow’s rule over the former USSR. Photo: AP/CH5

    Opposition leaders had signed a peace deal with Mr. Yanukovych Friday after dozens were killed in clashes between protesters and police. The deal proposed power sharing and presidential elections by the end of the year. But protesters weren’t satisfied and as they called for his immediate ouster, police withdrew from the center of the capital Saturday.

    The dramatic collapse of the Ukraine government threatened to deepen tensions between the West and Russia, potentially drawing its neighbor closer to Europe just weeks after it appeared Moscow had succeeded in drawing Kiev back into its embrace.

    European officials immediately backed the decisions of the parliament and rejected Mr. Yanukovych’s allegations of a coup. Moscow has strongly backed Mr. Yanukovych, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced the events in Kiev as “a direct threat to the sovereignty and constitutional order in Ukraine.”

    Mr. Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Kiev had been taken over by “illegal extremists groups,” and the situation in Ukraine had sharply degraded, according to a statement from the Russian foreign ministry.

    Still, just what Russia’s reaction would be wasn’t immediately clear. Western officials seemed to be going out of their way not to provoke Moscow. Some Kremlin aides in recent weeks had suggested Moscow could intervene to protect pro-Russian regions if Ukraine were to slide into civil war, but there is been no indication of high-level Kremlin support for such a move.

    In Washington, the White House issued a cautiously worded statement. “We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal,” it said.

    The statement also said the U.S. “will work with our allies, with Russia, and with appropriate European and international organizations to support a strong, prosperous, unified, and democratic Ukraine. Going forward, the Ukrainian people should know that the United States deeply values our long-standing ties with Ukraine and will support them as they pursue a path of democracy and economic development.”

    White House officials didn’t specifically endorse the ouster of Mr. Yanukovych. A senior administration official said the U.S. wants to see a “broad, technocratic government of national unity,” but the Ukrainian people must decide who makes up the government.

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called Saturday on the Ukraine government and opposition to preserve national unity and take up talks to overcome the crisis. “In this critical situation, all acting parties must be aware of their responsibility for the future and the national unity of the Ukraine. Both sides must be careful not to create facts that might have fatal consequences,” Mr. Steinmeier said in a statement. “The existing constitutional order is the legal framework for all political decisions.”

    U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague said he agreed with Mr. Steinmeier to support the new Ukraine government and would push for an International Monetary Fund financial-assistance package for Ukraine.

    The European Union also is prepared to offer Ukraine financial support, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said Saturday. “If there is a reform-minded government in Ukraine, we will work with the international community and international financial institutions to support Ukraine,” Mr. Barroso told the German newspaper “Welt am Sonntag.”

    But underscoring the concern in the West about the possibility of acts of vengeance, the EU enlargement commissioner, Stefan Füle, said that “it is essential to balance the need for justice with the spirit of compromise and unity.”

    Despite Mr. Yanukovych’s defiance, it wasn’t clear how much support he had within the country’s government. The parliament also voted Saturday to replace a string of key cabinet officials, including the defense and interior ministers, with opposition members.

    The Interior Ministry said in a statement that “it serves only the Ukrainian people and fully shares the desire of citizens for immediate change.” It called for cooperation from all sides to ensure public order. And the Defense Ministry said in a statement that it would “in no way be drawn into the political conflict.”

    Parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Rybak, a close ally of Mr. Yanukovych, handed in his resignation Saturday ahead of the vote by lawmakers to replace him with Mr. Turchynov.

    Dozens of legislators defected Saturday from Mr. Yanukovych’s Party of Regions, while a majority of those who remained voted for his ouster in the parliament vote, said Serhei Tihipko, a senior party member. “We tried for a long time to reach him today but not a single phone worked, none of his aides, not anyone could be reached,” Mr. Tihipko told reporters in the parliament. “Members of the party who were in parliament today felt abandoned.”

    “He should have the courage to resign,” Mr. Tihipko said, noting that the party would find another candidate to run in the May elections if Mr. Yanukovych lacks support.

    Meanwhile, Vitali Klichko, the former boxing champion who is one of the most prominent leaders of the opposition, said Saturday’s developments amounted to “a political knockout” for Mr. Yanukovych.

    Protests against Mr. Yanukovych’s government started in November when he shelved a partnership accord with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia, which promised financial assistance to the county. The protests quickly turned into broader antigovernment demonstrations after a crackdown on protesters.

    In Kiev on Saturday, volunteer security brigades from among the protesters took over security at government buildings, and journalists reported around 300 people had entered Mr. Yanukovych’s opulent suburban residence without resistance.

    Oleh Tyahnybok, an opposition leader, called on parliament to adopt a resolution calling on police and protesters’ “self-defense” forces to work to prevent looting in Kiev and other cities.

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    Dozens of protesters carrying sticks and shields stood protecting government buildings, including parliament and the security service’s offices. Outside the cabinet of ministers building, four policemen stood on guard beside the protesters.

    Away from the government district and the main square that has been the hub of protests, the city was functioning largely as normal, with buses running and cafes open, including one near the front lines of clashes that had been closed for weeks.

    Thousands poured into the square to watch proceedings in parliament on a large screen and bring flowers and candles to memorials to dead protesters.

    —Gregory L. White, Andrea Thomas, Nick Winning and Carol E. Lee contributed to this article.

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  13. Roger Brown Says:

    Disagree on Roosevelt.
    The West was in no mood or position to oppose the Soviets with military action.
    Roosevelt was in ill health and Churchill would have been the better Western leader to inform Stalin that his claim to eastern Europe was not acceptable.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Thank you for your reply. However, with all due respect, maybe you want to look at my essays before re-iterating well known common wisdom (or is it propaganda?). Patton’s Third Army could have been in Warsaw in 3 weeks, all the more as Marshall Joukov wanted to get rid of Stalin.

      The Soviets were finished militarily. They had just 200 tanks working around Berlin.

      But this is all besides the point. The fact is Roosevelt the plutocrat and Churchill acted like dictators and thieves by offering half of Europe to Stalin. At the very least, they could just have said no. What was plutocrat Stalin going to do?

      Get drunk?

  14. Patrice Ayme Says:

    m.max: I have stayed in Germany. I speak German. I know Nazi Germany very well, and today’s Germany pretty well. I also had quite a bit of my family either victim, and, or fighting against Nazism.

    I also do not like Mitterrand at all, Never did. He was a collaborator decorated with the Francisque, who disguised himself as a resistant at the last minute. OK, better than the despicable Simone de Beauvoir. (I used to like her before I discovered she was a Nazi propagandizing for Radio Vichy.)

    Only good think he did was the Euro. But that was really excellent.

    Really all things considered Germany is now France’s sister republic. It’s not a question of opinion, but fact.
    PA

    • m.ax Says:

      I disagree on the euro, but that’s another subject. As I understand, whatever economic or human disaster happens next in our countries, it will never be the euro’s or the EU’s fault. Those are infallible, never to be questioned. About Germany, I frankly doubt that it gives a damn about France, except to the extent it helps its ambitions. Sister republic? The affinity between both countries is just ridiculously low, compared to, say, the UK and the US. Yet I don’t have a problem necessarily with the Germans as people, but with the post-war history of official and corporate Germany, a story of “the continuation of war by other means”, about which you seem to be missing quite a few facts, but most people do.

      I didn’t know that story about Beauvoir, that icon of “intellectuals”, hero of post-modern France. This should tell you something about the moral state of our country. Why wasn’t that story all over the front pages of our free press? How about the life-long friendship of MItterrand with Bousquet? Why was it never pubilcized in time to derail Mitterrand’s election, and pursued so timidly afterward? And we don’t know half the truth about Mitterrand and it can’t be known, France being one the most restrictive Western nations on access to archives. And many embarrassing documents about the period were destroyed well into the seventies, as was admitted by Pompidou’s intelligence chief Alexandre de Marenches.

      You may be aware also that when Mitterrand came to De Gaulle in London in order to save his skin – and his ambitions – De Gaulle had had him investigated by his services which suspected Mitterrand of being a Gestapo agent? If that is true, did that allegiance end with the war? Did it last a bit longer, a kind of lingering nostalgia with the old crook, until the early eighties when Mitterrand finally was forced to distance himself from his war criminal friend? To me, Mitterrand’s election marked the revenge and return of Vichy France. That the same man helped father a monetary straitjacket modelled after the deutschmark, and which, some argue, has served Germany most well so far, can legitimately give one pause, I’ll wait another decade – if it lasts that long – before passing judgement on the excellence of the euro.

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        Dear m.ax: I have no time to answer in deserved details now. I was shocked when I learned about Beauvoir too. Still shocked. Will write about it someday. Sartre is basically the same story (although not as bad, and I think his role was overall quite positive, making high Nazi officers doubt their certitudes).

        I always detested Mitterrand, because of his weasel, lying past. Although I spited VGE a bit, he would have done a better prez, except for the Euro project. That, presently, the Euro project is not finished is not as simple as Paul Krugman has it.

        Basically the problems with the Euro are not where people think they are.
        PA

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        M.ax: The idea that Germany did not change is not correct. Today’s Germany would be one with France in fighting Hitler.
        As I said before, there is a real problem with Japan, which is doing its best, with the present government, to lie about WWII. I have talked extensively about the Euro in the past. Krugman used to believe that European countries should fight each other with competitive devaluations. In other words, war, but not all the way. It makes sense for a servant of Wall Street. Such as Krugman.

        There are other ways to organize the economy, aside from war.
        German advantage is recent, and consecutive to Schroeder’s reforms. Plus Merkel’s crafty maneuvering in the 2008 crisis (she went full command economy, as the good communist she can be).
        PA

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