EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): In the last few days several articles appeared regarding the planned action by the CIA in Ukraine, specifically on training programs of Ukrainian paramilitaries in the US. We have been repeatedly referring to these anti-Russian forces – esp. in western Ukraine – as Nazis or Nazi-sympathizers and we have reprimanded the Constantinople Patriarchate’s support for them, most notably by granting “Autocephaly/Cacocephaly” to a small part of Ukrainian Orthodox under Met. Epiphany, who have no problem “blessing” those Nazi elements…
But we have a bigger problem with the American foreign policy establishment in DC (we have regularly been calling them lunatics) who are distinguished globally for one distinct trait: their complete disregard for any sense of “history” and “tradition” and their stupid belief that they can run over these basic elements anywhere in the world. Reality slaps them in the face in regular intervals the last 20 years, yet they keep going in the same failed direction.
In the case of Ukraine, they mistakenly believe that the Russians, who lost about 25 million people fighting the Nazis in WWII, will allow them any chance to succeed in their backyard – sorry Ukraine is rather the front yard for Russia. Especially when they are motivated by the active role Nazis and Nazi sympathizers play. This in no way means that Putin will decide to invade Ukraine; Putin is a world-class chess player, he is already 3-4 moves ahead (as he clearly proved in Kazakstan where he had about 70-80 military cargo planes filled with special forces ready to intervene in a matter of hours) and he will surprise everyone once again… And please do not anyone tell me that Putin is “undemocratic” or “autocratic” because what we live currently in America – thanks to the same deep state actors – is not democracy at all…
But CIA’s support of the Ukrainian Nazis (and the Patriarchate’s involvement also) will offer Putin a first-class narrative to justify (to the Russian people first and to the whole world) any action he takes. The “deep staters” are stuck in 2014 when Jeffry Pyatt along with Victoria Nuland led the “color revolution” in Kiyv, which in essence was a covert CIA operation including snipers from the top of buildings and all else… As Belarus and Kazakstan proved recently, these days are gone. This is not 2014, but 2022…
Below enjoy Amb. Jeffrey Pyatt (on the right) in 2014 (then US Amb. in Kyiv now in Athens) accompany the foul-mouthed Victoria Nuland in distributing sandwiches to the “rebels / paramilitaries / Nazis / CIA operators”… The sandwiches were hiding the fact that they (Nuland and Pyatt) were the leaders… Are we supposed to take seriously as “diplomats” such actors? Are we supposed to think that Pyatt’s role in Greece is anything but suspicious? He certainly promotes neither well-meaning American nor Greek (as a US strategic ally) interests and he is dangerous to Greece. Why? If a US-Russia war happens, Alexandroupolis will be a prime target for a pre-emptive hit by the Russian missiles – which will have no problem annihilating the US military base there… If you do not believe me, please listen to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement on Alexqndroupolis two days ago, last Friday (link).
Why would any Greek die supporting the bottomlessly greedy and unprincipled – and also undemocratic – DC establishment?
CIA’S ROLE IN THE TWO ARTICLES THAT FOLLOW
CIA-trained Ukrainian paramilitaries may take central role if Russia invades
Published at news.yahoo.com
Given the facts, there’s a good chance that the CIA is training actual, literal Nazis as part of this effort. The year the program started, 2015, also happened to be the same year that Congress passed a spending bill that featured hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of economic and military support for Ukraine, one that was expressly modified to allow that support to flow to the country’s resident neo-Nazi militia, the Azov Regiment. According to the Nation at the time, the text of the bill passed in the middle of that year featured an amendment explicitly barring “arms, training, and other assistance” to Azov, but the House committee in charge of the bill was pressured by the Pentagon months later to remove the language, falsely telling them it was redundant.
Despite sometimes open acknowledgement of its Nazism — its former commander once said the “historic mission” of Ukraine is to “lead the White Races of the world in a final crusade for their survival” in “a crusade against the Semite-led Untermenschen” — Azov was incorporated into the country’s National Guard in 2014, owing to its effectiveness in fighting Russian separatists. US arms have flowed to the militia, NATO and US military officials have been pictured meeting with them, and members of the militia have talked about their work with US trainers and the lack of background screening to weed out white supremacists.
Given all this, it would be more of a surprise that the neo-Nazis of Azov haven’t been trained in the CIA’s clandestine make-an-insurgency program. And we’re already seeing the early signs of blowback.
“A number of prominent individuals among far-right extremist groups in the United States and Europe have actively sought out relationships with representatives of the far-right in Ukraine, specifically the National Corps and its associated militia, the Azov Regiment,” states a 2020 report from the West Point US Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center. “US-based individuals have spoken or written about how the training available in Ukraine might assist them and others in their paramilitary-style activities at home.”
A 2018 FBI affidavit asserted that Azov “is believed to have participated in training and radicalizing United States–based white supremacy organizations,” including members of the white supremacist Rise Above Movement, prosecuted for planned assaults on counterprotesters at far-right events, including the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally that Joe Biden later co-opted as a rationale for his presidential campaign. While it seems the perpetrator of the Christchurch mosque massacre didn’t travel to Ukraine as he claimed, he clearly took inspiration from the far-right movement there, and wore a symbol used by Azov members while carrying out the attack.
Since taking office, Biden has launched an incipient domestic “war on terror” on the basis of combating far-right extremism, even though the strategy is quietly aiming to target left-wing protesters and activists, something it has already done. Yet at the same time, three separate administrations, Biden’s included, have been providing training, weapons, and equipment to the very far-right movement that’s inspiring and even training those same white supremacists.
Destroying the Village to Save It
Adding to the absurdity here is that the reason Washington has been giving Ukrainian Nazis its assistance is so they can serve as a bulwark against Russia, which war hawks liken, as they always do, to Adolph Hitler’s regime and its expansion through Europe in the 1930s. While Vladimir Putin’s Russia may be a malevolent actor on a number of fronts, Putin’s recent incursions into neighboring states like Ukraine are driven largely by the expansion of the NATO military alliance up to his borders and the security implications that come with it.
In other words, to stop what US hawks classify as the next Hitler and Nazi Germany, Washington has been backing literal neo-Nazi militias in Ukraine, who are in turn communicating with and training homegrown white supremacists, which Washington in turn is ramping up a menacing repressive bureaucracy at home to counter. It’s what some have called the “self-licking ice cream cone” in action — the US national security establishment creating the very threats that justify itself. Instead of defusing the tensions by simply agreeing to long-standing Russian demands to set a hard limit on NATO’s eastward expansion, Washington has apparently decided that unlimited planetary military dominion is so important that it would rather just get into bed with actual fascists.
The US alliance with Nazi-infected Ukraine has already proven awkward for a president who is both trying to strike a contrast with his far-right predecessor and establish the United States as the leader of a global effort to strengthen democracy. Late last year, in a vote that went completely unreported in the press, the United States was one of just two countries (the other being Ukraine) to vote against a UN draft resolution “combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism.” Both countries have consistently voted against this resolution every single year since 2014.
The Biden administration deployed a nearly identical, boilerplate explanation for its no vote that Donald Trump had used, citing the constitutional right to free speech even for those with repugnant views. But this concern is hard to square with the text, which simply expresses concern about public memorials, demonstrations, and rehabilitation of the Nazis, condemns Holocaust denial and hate violence, and calls on governments to eliminate racism through education and addressing far-right terrorist threats — all roughly the same as Biden’s own rhetoric and policies.
Washington’s real concern here lies in its description of the resolution as “thinly veiled attempts to legitimize Russian disinformation campaigns denigrating neighboring nations” — meaning Ukraine. But Ukraine’s connections to modern Nazism are far from Russian fake news, and are in fact extensive and well documented: from Azov’s official incorporation into the ranks of Ukrainian law enforcement and government officials with far-right ties to state-sponsored tributes to Nazi collaborators and promotion of Holocaust denial.
It’s no small irony that the US president, elected in large part to halt the perceived march of fascism at home, is continuing long-standing US support for literal Nazis in what might well be the nexus of international fascism. And if these Ukrainian Nazis really are among the insurgents being trained by the CIA, it will be no small tragedy if they one day take the same career trajectory as Osama bin Laden.