Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ukraine, Crises or Opportunity For Who?

Uh-Oh Putin, Now What?
I wrote about Ukraine, last December, The Polygon: Ukraine Winter, and their efforts to oust their corrupt dictator. Now the opposition leader in a stunning turn of events, Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister, has been released from prison.What has happened in Ukraine, is nothing short of amazing. 
As former President  Viktor Yanukovych, ran way left office he trotted out the "repeat of the 1930s when Nazis came to power in Germany and Austria", to explain the rebellion in his country, while probably on his way to Russia.
  The BBC explains "The protests broke out after President Yanukovych's government rejected a far-reaching accord with the European Union in November 2013 in favour of stronger ties with Russia. Thousands of people, outraged that a long-standing aspiration for integration with Europe had been ditched overnight, poured into central Kiev for peaceful protests. They have occupied Independence Square, known as Maidan, ever since."
What's going to be interesting is to see if  "Shock Doctrine" will "exploit crises by pushing through controversial, exploitative policies while citizens were too busy emotionally and physically reeling from disasters or upheavals to create an effective resistance." In other words, there was an effective resistance, however now, Yulia Tymoshenko, also an oligarch, Ukrainian oligarchs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (lets not kid ourselves) is looking like a front runner to lead Ukraine. She made her money in Russia. There may be an element of seeming to go along with the political agenda of this revolution, but the corporate "Gas Princess" may be allied with Putin. Tymoshenko: Ukraine’s polarizing ‘Gas Princess’ - The Washington Post
Let's take a look at Crimea, the home of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, also Russia likes to cut off the gas flow to Ukraine when they start drifting away from Russian influence. The EU agreement with Ukraine is going to be a very big deal regarding Russia and Putin doesn't want it. Putin's position is "The government is only for the people who agree with it. Those that disagree are radicals. The security structures—the police, the courts, the army—are, like Medvedev so artlessly said, there "to protect the interests of the government." 
I am not sure if the people in the Ukraine know what they will be getting into regarding the EU agreement. (ask Greece) After their hard won victory, will they have a new President that will also be as corrupt as Yanukovych, just with prettier packaging? Will they be making the choice to go to the EU agreement, a more "free market" system, that as far as I can see, this system in the U.S. isn't so "free."  
The common people of Ukraine don't need the U.S., Russia or the EU. The Orange Revolution was supposed to make Ukraine a better place and it didn't. If things degenerate into a civil war, there could be a lot of trouble for Europe. This could be another opportunity for American war mongering. I hope the Ukrainian people will be successful, but I fear that all it will be is another system or situation to be exploited for global conglomerates and corporations. Look out Ukraine, don't allow corporations to be people. Elections are no guarantee of Democracy. 


  1. I think certain members of Congress are trying to push the Shock Doctrine through in this country.

  2. We really blew it when the Cold War ended, by not implementing something akin to the Marshall Plan. Of course, the Chicago School boys were in the ascendency, so of course they didn't want an economically developed Eastern Europe.

    It's all about the looting these days... it's all about the looting.