In reply to “A World of Trouble,” by Justin Raimondo, 02/26/14:
“… the outbreak of World War I — the ‘Great War’ … set the United States on a course of empire and perpetual overseas conflict.”
Others may find earlier cases, but I believe it is more likely the Spanish American War is a better example of when the United States set out for empire. It was then we achieved coaling stations throughout the western Pacific, took territories from other empires, and came into conflict with Japan.
John M. Davidson
In reply to “Coup in Kiev,” by Justin Raimondo, 02/24/14:
Regarding the article “Coup in Kiev. Mobs rule the day but a peaceful solution is possible” (23 February) by Mr. Justin Raimondo, I would like to express that Mr. Raimondo is very correct on a number of points, though he did err on others.
I agree that “Ukraine is exploding” and the consequences of this could be problematic for Europe, the U.S., Russia and, even, the world. And Raimondo is very correct in his observation that “no one can deny the Ukrainian people have suffered under competing gangs of outright thieves” because of “the post-Communist elite who loathed “public” industries under the guise of a phony “privatization” and that “Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries on earth. As for Yulia Tymoshenko, she is nothing but a crook and never was a “political prisoner” as she has cited.
Because of these factors, Ukraine’s populace has revolted. Unfortunately, Mr. Raimondo leaves the impression that possibly some kind of anti-Semitic neo-Nazi nation could arise when he cites how “the chief rabbi of Ukraine has declared the country unsafe for Jews and is urging them to emigrate” and “many of these heroes are militant neo-Nazis, with shades of ultra-nationalists well represented. There is Svoboda, known as the ‘Social National’ party, which idolizes World War II Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, who fought on the side of Hitler’s SS against the Red Army.”
For starters, the remarks supposedly made by a rabbi not identified by Raimondo are contrary to the remarks made last week by a Jewish American leader who spoke on national television (unfortunately I do not recall his name) citing that he had just returned from Kiev, Ukraine. While in Kiev, this American had conversed with the nation’s chief rabbi and from him had learned that people of all faiths are involved in the Ukrainian revolt as they seek more freedom and an end to corruption and tyranny. A review of the numerous e-mails going around reveal that a sizable number have also been written by Ukraine’s Jewish inhabitants in support of this revolt.
As for the comment that Stepan Bandera was a “Nazi collaborator,” in actuality Bandera, who espoused a free Ukrainian nation, was arrested by the Nazis in July, 1941, and this Ukrainian patriot was dispatched to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp where he remained almost until the end of the war. His two brothers, Dr. Alexander Bandera and Vasyl Bandera perished in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Other family members such as Stepan Bandera’s uncle, were shot by the Gestapo police in what is now Lviv in the summer of 1941.
Regarding the Svoboda (Freedom) movement, it never has and presently does not espouse any kind of neo-Nazism. True, in times such as these there will be the extremists from the far-left to the far-right, but those only reflect a small number of Ukraine’s populace. And the fact remains that since this revolt commenced in November 2013, not one group of people (such as the Jews) nor any churches, synagogues, mosques or other particular sites have been targeted. Ukraine’s populace overwhelmingly is just undertaking a revolt against the post-Soviet rulers.
As for the comment that “Russian is the language of choice in Ukraine” actually, this is not totally correct. Though most Ukrainians do know Russian, if someone speaks to them in Ukrainian, they will respond in Ukrainian. And many Russians know Ukrainian as well. By the way, many Ukrainians in eastern Ukraine are also supportive of change as evidenced when they revolted in the city of Kharkiv, very near the Russian border.
Accurate reporting is in Ukraine’s favor. The last thing it needs are incorrect reports and accusations citing that if a newly established government comes into power, that nation will be ruled by some type of despotic neo-Nazis.
Michael O. Logusz