Editor’s Note: Stephen F. Cohen, a professor of Russian Studies and Politics, has argued that the USA is far too forgiving of Fascistic parties in Ukraine. The following piece by the writer who uses the pen name “Andreas” explores that argument. However, we should note that there are also positive aspects of Ukrainian politics. See, for example, this article by Colette Hartwich-Soreau which recently appeared in this publication.
Who are we backing when we support Ukraine? Stephen F. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies and Politics at NYU and Princeton, writes in America’s Collusion With Neo-Nazis: Neo-fascists play an important official or tolerated role in US-backed Ukraine that the US has not paid nearly enough attention to just exactly who the “freedom fighters” are in Kiev. Many of them, he says, are out and out Neo-Nazis.
The revolution in Ukraine was, he argues, “was neither democratic nor a “revolution,” but a violent coup unfolding in the streets with high-level support.” And too many of the people who fought in it were not freedom-loving citizens but rather people like the “Azov Battalion of some 3,000 well-armed fighters, which has played a major combat role in the Ukrainian civil war and now is an official component of Kiev’s armed forces, is avowedly ‘partially’ pro-Nazi, as evidenced by its regalia, slogans, and programmatic statements, and well-documented as such by several international monitoring organizations.”
Of course, not everyone who fought against the Russians in the rebellion was a Nazi, and at the moment the Ukrainian government isn’t particularly fascist. But, there is a chance that things could go very badly very soon. “Fascist or neo-Nazi revivalism is underway today in many countries, from Europe to the United States, but the Ukrainian version is of special importance and a particular danger. A large, growing, well-armed fascist movement has reappeared in a large European country that is the political epicenter of the new Cold War between the United States and Russia—indeed a movement that not so much denies the Holocaust as glorifies it,” he writes.
Worse, the American and Western media hasn’t exactly gone out of its way to reveal the more troubling aspects of Ukrainian nationalism. In fact, our mainstream news sources have basically kept mum on the subject entirely, “For four years, the U.S. political-media establishment, including many prominent American Jews and their organizations, has at best ignored or tolerated Ukrainian neo-Nazism and at worst abetted it by unqualified support for Kiev. Typically, the New York Times may report at length on corruption in Ukraine, but not on the very frequent manifestations of neo-fascism.”
All of which means that we might, someday, find out that the USA has, once again, built up a Fascist power, and not even noticed it had done so until far too late.