The Ukraine’s new deputy national security director urged March 1 that Russia’s most feared terrorist take action against their mutual opponent.
In a shocking statement largely ignored by the Western media, Dmitry Yarosh asked the fugitive Chechen Doku Umarov to take advantage of the “unique chance to win” arising from disturbances in the Ukraine. Yarosh was appointed to the Ukraine’s new government after leading the Right Sector group of ultra-rightists, perhaps the best organized and otherwise most effective of the street fighters who topped the Ukraine’s government last week.
Umarow, described as Russia’s equivalent to Osama bin Laden, has not been reported seen or heard since last summer, when he urged terror attacks to prevent the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He is shown in a file photo courtesy of Creative Commons and Wikipedia.
In an interview on RT March 1, I described Yarosh’s request to the terrorist as dangerous because it is so inflammatory and comes from an official of the new government. But the Yarosh statement serves also as a valuable illustration to Western audiences of the violent tendencies of the street demonstrators who took power after they were encouraged by the West.
Meanwhile, Russian troops deployed through pro-Russian Crimean Peninsula of the Ukraine hosting a vital naval base of the Russians.
Russian troops also massed near the Ukraine border at a reported strength of 150,000. Crimea is the tan section in the Black Sea on the adjoining map courtesy of Wikimedia.
United States and allied Western officials threatened reprisals against Russia but appeared to have few military or other meaningful options without risking world war. A war-weary American public is hardly likely to support a new one that could escalate to a tragedy beyond anyone’s understanding or control. Also, any action by the United Nations Security council would be subject to a Russian veto, and “a coalition of the willing” is unlikely for similar reasons. Even a down-sized Russia is not Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
President Obama and allied powers denounced the Russians Saturday following a mid-day meeting at the White House of such top administration officials as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
However, the actions so far of the Obama team show them as seeming unprepared for what appears to have been the most logical outcome of the West-orchestrated overthrow of the Ukraine’s elected government. Republican leaders had little more to add aside from recriminations against Democrats for not acting more aggressively and spending more money on war-preparations and offers of aid.
More generally, the vast suffering created in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria all began with optimistic rhetoric from Western leaders about the benefits of collective action to support such attractive-sounding goals as national security, peace, democracy, and human rights.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power was among those who followed that pattern March 1 as she warned Russia against interference in the Ukraine.
Curiously lost in most U.S. coverage, however, has been the clear trail of United States and other Western interference in the Ukraine leading to coup last week overthrowing elected President .