Streetwise Professor

February 2, 2014

Pay No Attention to Kerry, Euromaidan: You’re On Your Own

Filed under: History,Military,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 11:00 pm

John Kerry has delivered a stirring speech on behalf of those struggling against the corrupt regime in Ukraine:

The United States and the European Union “stand with the people of Ukraine” in their fight for the right to choose alliances with countries other than Russia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

His comments come after a week of political tumult in which Ukraine’s Prime Minister and Cabinet have resigned, a controversial anti-protest law has been repealed and the President has signed off on a contested amnesty bill for anti-government protesters.

“Nowhere is the fight for a democratic, European future more important today than in Ukraine,” said Kerry, speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

“While there are unsavory elements in any chaotic situation, the vast majority of Ukrainians want to live freely in a safe, prosperous country. They are fighting for the right to associate with partners who will help them realize their aspirations — and they have decided that means their futures do not have to lie with one country alone.

“The United States and EU stand with the people of Ukraine in that fight.”

Can elmer or Gordon please translate this into Ukrainian?: “Be afraid.  Be very afraid.”

For we’ve seen Kerry (and Obama) speak strong words criticizing dictators and pledging to help those struggling for freedom.  Most notably, in Syria. Kerry compared Assad and his clique to the Nazis, and was making the case for military intervention, until the US backtracked completely, conceding to Assad and his Russian supporters the ability to slaughter indiscriminately by conventional means, as long as he gives up his chemical weapons.  He pledged to do so, but predictably, is slow walking his compliance.  Only an estimated 5 percent of his disclosed stocks have been removed, and there is widespread belief that there are substantial stocks that he has not disclosed.   The June deadline for destruction looks impossible.

So now Kerry is reduced to begging the Russians to press the Syrians to pick up the pace:

“Secretary Kerry pressed Foreign Minister Lavrov to push the regime for more progress on moving the remaining chemical weapons within Syria to the port in Latakia,” the US State Department official said.

Yeah.  I’m sure Lavrov is going to get right on that.  Right after he stops laughing uncontrollably.

Moral of the story: Kerry’s talk, and Obama’s talk, is very cheap.  They are not looking for confrontation, and will look for any way out of having to back up their words with deeds.

Ukrainians should take heed of something else.  Because of Syria, and the insane effort to negotiate with Iran, the US is highly dependent on Russia.  The administration has staked a great deal on these efforts, and Russia can make mischief in both.  Meaning that Obama will be loath to get into a confrontation with Putin over Ukraine.

So about all Ukraine can really expect is some lofty words from Kerry and Obama.

Which calls for some more translation help: “You’re on your own.”

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  1. The Rasha is blocking trucks from Ukraine at the customs border – of course. More trade wars from the Rasha, which has conducted trade wars with everyone repeatedly over the years.

    Goods from China sail through.

    The Rasha is conducting a massive disinformation war against Ukraine – typical sovok tactic. Look at the comments under CNN articles about Ukraine, for example. You will see allegations of “nazis” trying to take over Ukraine – WWII sovok rhetoric.

    Timothy Snyder knows it well.

    Comment by elmer — February 3, 2014 @ 9:52 am

  2. Oleh (Alex) Medunytsia, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, spoke in Whippany NJ yesterday and said all people of the Maidan are being told that if they go outside of Maidan they should go with a group of a minimum of 5 people-this for their safety because individuals are being attacked when they are alone.

    People of Maidan are being followed if they are alone, and then they are being “disappeared.” The numbers are significant.

    When people go home one by one they have been followed, hunted, attacked, and killed one by one. Their bodies would be found in forest few days later. This is directly from Kyiv.

    Comment by elmer — February 3, 2014 @ 8:22 pm

  3. Statues of Lenin have been knocked down all over Ukraine, including in Kyiv.

    The “president”, Yanukonvikt, has a lavish mansion with a golden toilet.

    So what has appeared on the top of the pedestal where the “green corpse,” Lenin, once stood?

    You guessed it – a golden toilet

    Comment by elmer — February 3, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

  4. @elmer. I saw that. That’s great.

    But even now Sovoks are putting up monuments to Stalin-the author of Holmodor-in western Ukraine.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — February 3, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

  5. And a slight off-topic, but not really: Sochi Olympics infrastructure

    Gotta be worth something to prevent this from happening to your country.

    Comment by Ivan — February 4, 2014 @ 5:50 am

  6. Well, if we’re going to take a slight detour to Sochi,

    here are the toilets at the Olympics – note the captions

    and, in typical Rashan fashion, they are going to slaughter dogs wholesale so there is no “inconvenience” from stray dogs during the Olympics. It’s not the first time and it is absolutely barbaric

    but then again, what the hell else would you expect from the Rasha hellhole?

    Comment by elmer — February 4, 2014 @ 9:09 am

  7. Here is more on that:

    Comment by MJ — February 5, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

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