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What Should We Do About Crimea?

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By Ron Paul | August 21, 2016

Is Crimea about to explode? The mainstream media reports that Russia has amassed troops on the border with Ukraine and may be spoiling for a fight. The Russians claim to have stopped a Ukrainian sabotage team that snuck into Crimea to attack key infrastructure. The Russian military is holding exercises in Crimea and Russian President Vladimir Putin made a visit to the peninsula at the end of the week.

The Ukrainians have complained to their western supporters that a full-scale Russian invasion is coming, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he may have to rule by martial law due to the Russian threat.

Though the US media pins the blame exclusively on Russia for these tensions, in reality there is plenty of blame to go around. We do know that the US government has been involved with “regime change” in Ukraine repeatedly since the break up of the Soviet Union. The US was deeply involved with the “Orange Revolution” that overthrew elected president Viktor Yanukovych in 2005. And we know that the US government was heavily involved in another coup that overthrew the same elected Yanukovych again in 2014.

How do we know that the US was behind the 2014 coup? For one, we have the intercepted telephone call between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. In the recording, the two US officials are plotting to remove the elected government and discussing which US puppet they will put in place.

You would think such undiplomatic behavior could get diplomats fired, but sadly in today’s State Department it can actually get you promoted! Nuland is widely expected to get a big promotion – perhaps to even Secretary of State – in a Hillary Clinton administration, and Geoffrey Pyatt has just moved up to an Ambassadorship in Athens.

Ambassador Pyatt can’t seem to control himself: Just as tensions were peaking between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea this month, he published a series of Tweets urging Ukraine to take back Crimea. Is this how our diplomats overseas should be acting? Should they be promoting actions they know will lead to war?

When the mainstream media discusses Crimea they are all lock-step: that’s the peninsula Putin annexed. Never do they mention that there was a referendum in which the vast majority of the population (who are mostly ethnic Russians) voted to join Russia. The US media never reports on this referendum because it produced results that Washington doesn’t like. How arrogant it must sound to the rest of the world that Washington reserves the right to approve or disapprove elections thousands of miles away – meanwhile we find out from the DNC hacked files that we don’t have a lot of room to criticize elections overseas.

What should we do about Ukraine and Russia? We should stop egging Ukraine on, we should stop subsidizing the government in Kiev, we should stop NATO exercises on the Russian border, we should end sanctions, we should return to diplomacy, we should send the policy of “regime change” to the dustbin of history. The idea that we would be facing the prospect of World War III over which flag flies above a tiny finger of land that most US politicians couldn’t find on a map is utterly ridiculous. When are we going to come to our senses?

August 21, 2016 - Posted by | Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Militarism | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. “The mainstream media reports that”…….”may be spoiling for a fight”…………”US media pins the blame exclusively on Russia”……. “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he may have to rule by martial law”

    All the usual signs are there, that the American people will be fully “on side” with whatever the US “response” will be. It’s the same thing, over and over again, resulting in an American “Stooge government” being installed in another country as a result of an American Coup D’etat…………..

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 21, 2016 | Reply

  2. Good homelands look quite worth the fight.Lets hope only fools blood gets spilled like in the charge of the Light Brigade. There are plenty of historic photos of armies bivouacked ready for Crimea slaughter. Some more major slaughter on the way there too, think Gallipoli.

    Comment by Russell Olausen | August 21, 2016 | Reply

  3. Well written by Ron Paul. I’ll answer his final question: we’ll come to our senses when the likes of Neocon Nuland, her Jewish Zionist neocon husband and the rest of their ilk — most of whom are Jewish Zionists pursuing any angle that advances the short- or longer-term interests of their first love, the Zioentity so-called Israel and its burgeoning global enterprise of domination and control — are levered from power circles and told to get as far away from the currently ZioOccupied WashDC beltway as they can get before they are forcibly run out on the proverbial rail…or worse.

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 21, 2016 | Reply

    • “…..forcibly run out on a rail…or worse.”
      They look like they are in full control and supremely confident in their position. When the current PM of Israel is given over 25 standing ovations by the American Congress, and previous Israeli PM, Ariel Sharon openly boasted that, “We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it”.I’d say that’s a pretty good indication that America is now Totally subservient to Israel.
      The current President of the USA is about to raise “Aid” to Israel from $3 Billion/year to $4 Billion/year, and it’s only going to get worse if Hillary is elected in November, as she has publicly promised to “Take America’s relationship with Israel to the next level”.
      Bend over America……here it comes.

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 22, 2016 | Reply


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