To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards of men. The human race has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised against injustice, ignorance, and lust, the inquisition yet would serve the law, and guillotines decide our least disputes.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “Protest”
“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
Even Human Right Watch, despite its selective concern for human rights based on its political underpinnings, is beginning to get uncomfortable with the ongoing butchery in eastern Ukraine at the hands of “Poroshenko the Pragmatist”. I’ll say he’s pragmatic; he’s an exterminator. Ukraine under his rule is spiraling down, down to a hellish inferno where the basest appetites for cruelty are rewarded and no opposition is tolerated.
“A live interview with an HRW representative on Ukraine’s Hromadske TV came to an unexpected close when the host terminated the conversation after the guest refused to validate claims of Russia’s alleged “indisputable war crimes.” Hromadske TV journalist Danilo Janevsky abruptly cut off a live interview with Tatiana Lokshina, a representative of HRW after she refused to provide what she called a “political assessment” on the situation in eastern Ukraine. HRW is tasked with the objective reporting of human rights violations as set out by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These impartial reports do not produce a political verdict; rather, they are used as the basis for drawing international attention to abuses. The interview, which began on a predetermined note to blame Moscow for the internal armed struggle in Ukraine, ended with the sudden, uncommon practice of cutting the guest off live on-air. It happened just as Lokshina was about to provide an impartial assessment of the abuses in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict. Janevsky asked his program’s guest:
How do you estimate rocket, heavy artillery and air attacks on the territory of the bordering sovereign state? Does it constitute a war crime, from your point of view? Yes or no?
Lokshina tried to explain that HRW does not comment on matters of political responsibility. Just as she began to say “If you want to hear what we have found,” the conversation was abruptly cut off by Janevsky. He said:
Thank you very much, our conversation is over.”
Many of the west Ukrainians, who fancy themselves descended from a nobler strain than their grunting, subhuman Russian-speaking eastern cousins, support Kiev’s brutal ethnic cleansing operations, and only became piqued when it appeared western Ukraine’s sons and brothers and fathers would be thrown into the meat-grinder at the front as the desperate battle for Donetsk enters its final chapters and the dictatorship throws everything it has into crushing this last bastion of its fellow citizens.
While North America and the European Union continue to smile paternally and ward off feeble attempts at criticism with the off-key Greek chorus, “President Poroshenko has a right to protect his country”, the state brings up short-range ballistic missiles. Useless against moving targets such as troops in the field, these are used against cities and towns to frighten defenders into capitulation with the sheer scale of indiscriminate carnage (thanks for the tip, Paul).
Most who have been watching the conflict in Ukraine slowly go pear-shaped and explode out of control were of the opinion that the “government” would never dare to use tanks against civilians. That opinion looks delightfully antiquated now and sort of comical – how little we all knew of the true depravity of this cancerous ruling body! Tanks are now as routine for the civilian populace in the east to deal with as shooing cows out of the cornfield, and not even particularly frightening compared with ground-attack aircraft indiscriminately shooting up towns and bombing residential areas, leaving innocent noncombatants lying legless and writhing in the street, some of them dead alongside their infants. And now, ballistic missiles. Could any one of us, in his or her wildest dreams, ever have imagined a situation in which a nation supported to the hilt by the Anglosphere could fire ballistic missiles at its own cities, without a murmur of complaint from its watching patrons? Jesus Christ; I remember the United States of America throwing a complete wobbler when Assad’s troops were supposedly shooting into crowds of protesters with heavy machine guns, and that didn’t even happen. There’s no doubt this is happening, and…crickets.
What is it going to take for Kiev’s western supporters to finally become sickened and withdraw their endorsement? In the name of God, what has happened to the western democracies?
What would the Founding Fathers – whom Sarah Palin can’t name but who have been the go-to symbolic arbitrators of justice for Americans since 1894 – have to say about the crushing of free will by the military power of the state? What do you say, Thomas Jefferson?
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
Well said, Sir – how about you, Alexander Hamilton?
“The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.”
I can’t argue with that, and I believe there is an emerging consensus on who is Ukraine’s master. What’s your opinion on the subject, James Madison?
“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
I’m glad you brought that up, Sir, because that is exactly the canard which is being aired, not only as justification for pounding the people of eastern Ukraine into acceptance of the yoke of imposed rule, but as substantiation for launching an economic war on the neighbouring country, which has long been in the west’s gunsights – Russia. The legitimately-elected government of Ukraine, the story goes, is engaged in an existential battle for self-determination of all Ukrainians against the terrorist forces of Russia, whose special forces and sophisticated weaponry seek to draw the country back into the embrace of the Soviet Union.
Let’s take a closer look at that. Is this an elected government? How? Its head of state, Poroshenko, won a landslide in an election in which nearly a third of the country did not vote, and not one individual in government has been elected since, although there have been plenty of appointments. The Rada remains essentially as it was after the coup government appointed itself, and still contains ministers who received their appointments as a reward for their activism at Maidan.
And don’t be misled by the hamfisted clumsiness of U.S. diplomatic efforts such as Ukrainian Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt’s ridiculous proffering of satellite maps alleging to prove Russian shelling of Ukrainian positions from inside the Russian border – there’s even a date on the map, and it’s 2010. That notwithstanding, the USA is watching the border like a hawk, and you couldn’t smuggle across a clip of bullets in a lunchbox without them noticing and shouting about it. All right, that’s an exaggeration, and I imagine a few light weapons are getting across, but certainly nothing so big as a vehicle, like a tank or APC, because they’re watching for just that and so far have had to rely on social media like Twitter and some loony SBU fabrications that purport to feature a rebel in east Ukraine conveniently reporting to his Russian controller that they have accidentally shot down an airliner. Yes, I really mean that; I’m not kidding. The nation that invented the internet, the personal computer and the spy satellite, the nation that spies on everyone else – even its allies – insists that video clips obtained from Twitter and unverified “phone intercepts” that are just fragments of conversations stitched together and which feature an unidentified “terrorist” are hard evidence of Russian culpability in the destruction of MH-17. Exactly as predicted, they are already starting to drift toward “we may never know”, which is as good as an admission that their useful tools in Kiev are the actual guilty parties, while Kiev’s seizing of the ATC records and refusal to release them is as good as an admission of guilt on their part – one hell of a lot better than something off of Twitter. Even Malaysia now says Kiev must accept responsibility; if not for having actually shot down the aircraft themselves, perhaps even deliberately in one of the most cold-blooded and grotesque false-flag operations in history, then at least for driving the aircraft out of the safety of the airlanes and directly over a war zone, as well as reducing its altitude.
What a disgrace. And on the political front, the Prime Minister – Arseniy Yatsenyuk, forever immortalized as “Yats” by that great nation-builder, Victoria Nuland – is getting out while the getting is good, probably knowing the country is doomed, while the political opposition is disbanded and coalition partners resign. If they could build a scaffold big enough to hold the entire Rada, they should all be pissing when they couldn’t whistle, and swinging by their necks. Ukraine has disgraced itself for a generation at least, and several notches below disgraceful has been the sickening hypocrisy and inhumanity of its backers. Take a bow, boys, because you’re on the hook for it every bit as much as your button-men are.
Your sins of silence now will rise up to confront you a thousandfold.