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The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun
« on: March 08, 2014, 07:28:25 PM »

The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun

By Paul Craig Roberts

 

March 07, 2014 "Information Clearing House - According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.

Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.

The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.

Remember now, gullible Ukrainians participated in the protests that were used to overthrow their elected government, because they believed the lies told to them by Washington-financed NGOs that once they joined the EU they would have streets paved with gold. Instead they are getting cuts in their pensions and an IMF austerity plan.

The austerity plan will cut social services, funds for education, layoff government workers, devalue the currency, thus raising the prices of imports which include Russian gas, thus electricity, and open Ukrainian assets to takeover by Western corporations.

Ukraine’s agriculture lands will pass into the hands of American agribusiness.

One part of the Washington/EU plan for Ukraine, or that part of Ukraine that doesn’t defect to Russia, has succeeded. What remains of the country will be thoroughly looted by the West.

The other part hasn’t worked as well. Washington’s Ukrainian stooges lost control of the protests to organized and armed ultra-nationalists. These groups, whose roots go back to those who fought for Hitler during World War 2, engaged in words and deeds that sent southern and eastern Ukraine clamoring to be returned to Russia where they resided prior to the 1950s when the Soviet communist party stuck them into Ukraine.

At this time of writing it looks like Crimea has seceded from Ukraine. Washington and its NATO puppets can do nothing but bluster and threaten sanctions. The White House Fool has demonstrated the impotence of the “US sole superpower” by issuing sanctions against unknown persons, whoever they are, responsible for returning Crimea to Russia, where it existed for about 200 years before, according to Solzhenitsyn, a drunk Khrushchev of Ukrainian ethnicity moved southern and eastern Russian provinces into Ukraine. Having observed the events in western Ukraine, those Russian provinces want to go back home where they belong, just as South Ossetia wanted nothing to do with Georgia.

Washington’s stooges in Kiev can do nothing about Crimea except bluster. Under the Russian-Ukraine agreement, Russia is permitted 25,000 troops in Crimea. The US/EU media’s deploring of a “Russian invasion of 16,000 troops” is either total ignorance or complicity in Washington’s lies. Obviously, the US/EU media is corrupt. Only a fool would rely on their reports. Any media that would believe anything Washington says after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney sent Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN to peddle the regime’s lies about “Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,” which the weapons inspectors had told the White House did not exist, is clearly a collection of bought-and-paid for whores.

In the former Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, Putin’s low-key approach to the strategic threat that Washington has brought to Russia has given Washington a chance to hold on to a major industrial complex that serves the Russian economy and military. The people themselves in eastern Ukraine are in the streets demanding separation from the unelected government that Washington’s coup has imposed in Kiev. Washington, realizing that its incompetence has lost Crimea, had its Kiev stooges appoint Ukrainian oligarchs, against whom the Maiden protests were partly directed, to governing positions in eastern Ukraine cities. These oligarchs have their own private militias in addition to the police and any Ukrainian military units that are still functioning. The leaders of the protesting Russians are being arrested and disappeared. Washington and its EU puppets, who proclaim their support for self-determination, are only for self-determination when it can be orchestrated in their favor. Therefore, Washington is busy at work suppressing self-determination in eastern Ukraine.

This is a dilemma for Putin. His low-key approach has allowed Washington to seize the initiative in eastern Ukraine. The oligarchs Taruta and Kolomoyskiy have been put in power in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk, and are carrying out arrests of Russians and committing unspeakable crimes, but you will never hear of it from the US presstitutes. Washington’s strategy is to arrest and deep-six the leaders of the secessionists so that there no authorities to request Putin’s intervention.

If Putin has drones, he has the option of taking out Taruta and Kolomoyskiy. If Putin lets Washington retain the Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, he will have demonstrated a weakness that Washington will exploit. Washington will exploit the weakness to the point that Washington forces Putin to war.

The war will be nuclear.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest books are, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and How America Was Lost. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/

 
 

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Ash · 20 hours ago

The world needs to put a stop to the march of the predatory US and Israel in destroying sovereign nations on a regular basis under false pretexts. If it takes a nuclear war to do that then so be it. The world will only thank Russia for finally bringing peace to the entire world. World wars are not a precedent. And great sacrifices of human lives are also not a precedent.



Richard · 20 hours ago

A good article.

I must say I actually admire Putin's restraint. It doesn't really fit with the image the West try to paint of him.

I hadn't heard of the actions of Ukrainian governors in Eastern Ukraine anywhere except in this article. What are the sources for that information.

And finally, I hope the last two or three paragraphs turn out to be too pessimistic.


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imti2010 85p · 20 hours ago

When will people wake up and say enough is enough , thanks to presstitude media we still feel EU, US are there to protect us from commies and Muslims , not knowing who the true enemy is

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Fitzhenrymac 113p · 19 hours ago

The Ukrainians who are supporting the US coup have the example of Greece, Yugoslavia, Libya and Syria. They saw the the same tactics used in each. For instance:snipers firing at both sides during protests by both sides, IMF bailout loans; free trade (pseudonym for exploitation) and militarisation.

Are they crazy? Didn't they learn anything from the millions of people that died. How can they want that for their country?

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Ash · 19 hours ago

In any election in a country you have the defeated opposition who would be a significant percentage of the population. When the leaders of the opposition crave for power and also is aware that they can never come to power in the near future in regular elections they will resort to undemocratic means to attain power. The crowds you saw on the streets clamouring for brutal toppling of the elected (by the majority of the population) government are certainly the defeated opposition in the last election. These protests are conveniently financed and falsely marketed by the West as protests of the large majority of Ukraine when in fact it is the protests organized and comprised of the DEFEATED Opposition to come to power and free money from the West for enabling it to rape their country of its wealth. The protesters are traitors to their country.

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Robert · 15 hours ago

Stalin did everything to have peace with Hitler Germany and Gorbachev believed Reagan and dismantled the Soviet union for world peace.
Gorby believed Reagan that there will be no more terrorisme and peace on earth, he even changed the country to capitalisme to please the USA
The american people voted for their government and are willing to go to war to war for democracy and liberty the american way.
The by polar world was good for the third world and even for the USA the low productivity of the Soviet union gave the USA a big commercial advantage.

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den · 15 hours ago

100% ash i really hope the U.S. Has finally. Overreached in its incessant campaign of interference and regime change.even if it does mean major conflict.



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Ipse Dixit · 14 hours ago

From what I understand Ukraine will be holding elections soon. Assuming they are not cancelled or rigged, there may still be time for saner voices to prevail and for the Ukrainian electorate to rid themselves of the extremist and fascist elements that would have their country become just another IMF failure for the rentier class to exploit. It is, of course, a faint hope but it may be the last chance the Ukrainian people get before their 'second world' country joins that of the third.

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Klaus · 12 hours ago

It's wrong to try to make out that the Ukrainians who demonstrated on 'Euro' Maidan are simply a flock of sheep, now awaiting shearing. Some will do well from an EU association, (full membership seems unlikely). Ukrainians glancing over the Polish border can see what EU membership has done for that country - business is on the up, new millionaires are minted regularly, Polish cities are sprouting new steel and glass towers, and expensive German cars are everywhere. The already wealthy, along with businesspeople, bureaucrats and technocrats are set to dip their bread in the EU gravy. Only the poor and the non-prosperous will suffer. For the aspirational, (New Labour's favorite word), this will be seen as an acceptable proposition.

It's hard to see how the fascist nut-the-bricks can realise their crazed nightmares better within the EU. The less moronic among them will probably have to rebrand themselves as 'centrists' in order to get themselves lucrative administrative positions. The hard core would be better off sticking with their brothers in Russia, where Nazism, berserk nationalism and 'National Bolshevism' are thriving.

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Buddhanature · 12 hours ago

Thank you PCR for a being voice of sanity.
Awhile back I read something that made a lot of sense to me, that the people who have gone insane in this world today, have gone insane from trying to deal with the insanity of those that claim sanity but in fact are the insane..

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