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Ukraine Confusion

Taking language politics to heart
Taking language politics to heart
A member of voboda, a Ukrainian nationalist political party strong in Western Ukraine, sprays riot police with tear gas in Kiev, Ukraine. Nationalists fought with police over a bill that would allow the use of Russian and other minority languages in official settings. | Photo: Efrem Lukatsky | Link | Ukraine, Russia, Svoboda, Kiev,

Proxy War Again?

I have to admit it, I may have been lured into supporting one-side of a proxy war unintentionally once more. What seemed like a struggle for the people to take back control of their lives from a corrupted oligarch, the Kiev riots provided what appeared to be a moment of democracy and organized anarchy at work ' but I should have learned from the past, specifically the Orange Revolution in the same area only 10 years prior.

Unfortunately, in Kiev what seems to have taken place was a very well-structured proxy war, with the CIA and Western allies on one-side, and the Russians on the other side.

Perhaps the riots were initiated by well-intended folks who were searching for a better form of governance, but once the violence started, and the realization that the CIA was involved in precipitating an environment for riots, along with Russia's paramilitary goons causing chaos and intimidating news outlets, the reality now is that the Ukraine is a potential theater of war.

It may only be a semi-proxy war at the moment (as Russia has partially engaged itself militarily), but war nonetheless, and none of it has to do with giving the Kiev people, or the people of the Ukraine a better life, or a move towards democracy and eventual self-governance.

Instead the area is creating chaos, opaque power structures of authority, and the possibility of a multinational war.

While it is true that Russia provides a lot of energy to Europe, energy that flows through the Ukraine, it is not the only way for Europe to get energy, and with the emergence of North American as a viable energy provider, the risk of war may not cause the economic impact it normally would.

But it would create an enormous opportunity to grab once consistent and reliant European customers away from Russia and towards the North American energy producers from Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Perhaps this is the end goal of engaging in proxy wars, I know enough to know I have no idea, but from the outside looking in, it appears a plausible reason.

Otherwise, I'm not sure what the strategic point of all of this is? America isn't a democracy, we practice representative democracy, which is to say we aren't actually practicing democracy at all.

So are we trying to implement an American-style democratic Republic in the Ukraine, and is that what the Ukraine people want? Or are we just going to implement it for them without democratic authority, and that is only if the Russians don't implement their wishes upon them first.

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