What Can Ukraine Expect from the West Now?

I write to you as a former prisoner of conscience of the Brezhnev era. All other titles are rapidly losing sense in the light of the bleeding Ukrainian Maidan.

All my life I admired Western civilization as the realm of values. Now I am close to rephrasing Byron’s words: “Frailty, thy name is Europe!” The strength of bitterness here is matched by the strength of our love for Europe.

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If it still concerns anybody in decision-making circles, I may answer the question in the title.

First and foremost, stop “expressing deep concern.” All protestors on the Maidan have an allergy to this by now in these circumstances senseless phrase, while all gangsters in the Ukrainian governmental gang enjoy mocking the helplessness of the EU.

Take sanctions. Don’t waste time in searching for their Achilles’ heel: it is the money deposited in your banks. Execute your own laws and stop money laundering. The Europe we want to be part of can never degrade the absolute value of human lives in favor of an absolute importance of money.

Also cancel Western visas for all governmental gangsters and their families. It is a scandal that ordinary Ukrainians living their simple lives have to provide their ancestors’ family trees to obtain a visa while ruling criminals guilty of murder, “disappearances”, and fraud in the eyes of the whole world enjoy virtually free-entry status in Europe.

Do not listen to Yanukovych’s and Putin’s propagandistic sirens. Just put cotton in your ears. Be able to decode their lie; otherwise they will decode your ability to defend yourself.

Instead, listen to Ukrainian media sacrificing their journalists’ lives to get truthful information. Do not rely so much upon the information provided by your special correspondents in other countries who come to Ukraine for a day or two. Hire Ukrainians who live in this country to translate the Ukrainian cry of pain. Secure money for that right now instead of waiting for funds from next year’s budget.

Come to Ukrainian hospitals and talk to so-called “extremists” who want to “subvert the legitimately elected government,” those who have “cruelly beaten” policemen and “deliberately” blasted explosives to wound themselves. Yes, the face of war is cruel. But, arriving at the Maidan, these people repeated almost literally what King George VI said to his people on the 3 September 1939: “We have been forced into a conflict, for we are called… to meet the challenge of a principle which, if it were to prevail, would be fatal to any civilized order in the world.”

Go out of your zone of comfort! Just recall the coddled ancient Romans who refused to do that in time. Cajoling Putin won’t bring you security. Letting him take control over Ukraine could make the world peace even more vulnerable. A Ukraine divided by force won’t bring the world peace, just as a Poland and Germany divided by force didn’t bring peace to the world.

Let us conclude in solidarity with the King and the Ukrainian people: “The task will be hard.  There may be dark days ahead, and war can no longer be confined to the battlefield, but we can only do the right as we see the right, and reverently commit our cause to God.  If one and all we keep resolutely faithful to it, ready for whatever service or sacrifice it may demand, then with God's help, we shall prevail.”
 

Myroslav Marynovych is the vice-rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, founder of Amnesty International Ukraine and a founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group.

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Carlos Orozco
3 years 9 months ago
Unfortunately, Ukraine finds itself in the middle of an intensifying war between NATO and Russia. Having been stopped of taking control of Syria, suicidal neocons now think they can take control of Ukraine while Putin is restrained by the Sochi Olympics. President Obama has again foolishly set "red lines" (does he ever learn?), leaving an opening to new false-flag attacks or a brutal response by Putin. God save Ukraine from foreign intervention. To answer the question of the article we should ask Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland (wife of neocon Robert Kagan). Adding to her intercepted "F-the EU!" remark against Europe's more cautious approach to taking control of Ukraine, is her admission of $5 billion spent on financing subversion in Ukraine. Pretty sure AI Ukraine takes a cut from that amount. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=861DJLR4Cek Nuland's advice to Ukraine: "Join the EU" (lose political liberty), "sign agreements with the IMF" (lose financial and economic liberty). Oh, the Chevron sign is telling, is it not? It's all about natural resources and money.
Stanley Kopacz
3 years 9 months ago
There are other viewpoints on this, but you won't hear them in the corporate press. I hope this isn't a drum beat that'll get us into another cold war. I am not in a hurry to get in a fight with the bear. In the case of Russia, revolutionary change has not worked out well in the past. Perhaps evolutionary change should be tried.
Tim O'Leary
3 years 9 months ago
President Obama has been conducting a global retreat since he came into office. He peaked when the Norwegians gave him the Nobel peace prize in 2009. It has been downhill since. Everywhere, the world seems to be politically worse off - in Egypt, Syria, Lybia, N. Korea, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, Russia and Eastern Europe. I cannot think of one country that we have better relations with since he took office. One of his first actions (in 2009) was to announce he was cancelling the anti-ballistic missile sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, to the consternation of our allies. This was a clear signal he would not oppose Russia's resurgent hegemony. Now, we are reaping the rewards of appeasement. Harvard's Niall Ferguson in today's WSJ says: "Mr. Obama's supporters like nothing better than to portray him as the peacemaker to George W. Bush's warmonger. But it is now almost certain that more people have died violent deaths in the Greater Middle East during this presidency than during the last one." It is not that America should be intervening everywhere. But, it should have kept its promises to its allies and its former commitments, it should have been quick to lead coalitions (not "lead" from behind) and it should have practiced an aggressive diplomacy with teeth.http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303945704579391492993958448?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop Ferguson ends by quoting Kissinger: "Those ages which in retrospect seem most peaceful were least in search of peace. Those whose quest for it seems unending appear least able to achieve tranquility. Whenever peace—conceived as the avoidance of war—has been the primary objective . . . the international system has been at the mercy of [its] most ruthless member." Those are words this president, at a time when there is much ruthlessness abroad in the world, would do well to ponder.
Stanley Kopacz
3 years 9 months ago
Obama has continued the imperial and citizen surveillance policies of Bush and the neoliberal Reagan legacy. He is perhaps only 95% of Bush. If things are "worse", it's because the results of decades of unilateral sole-superpower policies are finally coming home to roost. And we can thank hotshot Kissinger for turning China into a growing rival powerhouse and destroying millions of jobs in America. Thanks, Hank. Wars in other countries in the future will happen more often, not because of the US not controlling the world, but because of diminishing resources and ecological collapse.

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