Is it good for the Jews?

Charges of anti-Semitism raises their head in every conflict. The accusation is being thrown around rather liberally in the Russia-Ukraine affair.

Ukraine’s president Poroshenko is part Jewish. The oligarch he appointed for Dnipropetrov’sk, Igor Kolomoisky, is the head of the European Jewish union. Several other appointees such as Groisman have names that suggest they are Jewish.

The Russians are gloriously inconsistent in smearing the leadership of Ukraine. In one breath they call them Fascists, and the next they tar them as Jewish oligarchs. The fact is, Jews in Ukraine are active in government and supportive of their president.

People accuse Putin of anti-Semitism. He looks more like a ruthless political pragmatist, willing to do whatever it takes to reestablish the Russian Empire. In doing so he associates with very unsavory sorts.

Modeling himself after the czars, he has augmented his army with Cossacks, Chechens and other quasi-mercenary irregular forces. They are at arm’s length. Putin attempts to maintain deniability. They fight without uniforms. Putin claims he has no power to stop their looting, shooting down civilian aircraft, or robbing the corpses.

Cossacks, however, have been installed over the past decade to serve as his palace guard. These people from the fringes of Russia have a history of brutality and opportunism. The Tsars used Cossacks against the Jews – older Jews even in the United States shudder at the word. Ukraine, where the Cossacks emerged five centuries ago as escaped serfs, no longer has identifiable Cossack populations. Most fled to Krasnodar Krai in Russia and became “registered Cossacks” in the service of the Tsars. They were useful, willing to commit acts that an ordinary conscript could not force his conscience to accept.

Putin’s Chechen forces, headed by Kadyrov, chose money over blood as they savagely suppressed their fellow Muslim countrymen, indiscriminately killing civilians in a process that shrunk the population by almost 20%.

Six of the seven billionaires to emerge after the fall of the USSR were Jewish. Though a few remain, cowed and quiet, Putin has squeezed most of them out one way or another. Jailed them or forced them into exile.

Putin supports the European nationalist parties, all of which have all been accused, with varying degrees of justification, of anti-Semitism. Despite her strong anti-immigrant rhetoric, Marine le Pen recently supported Arabs as they riot against Israel’s invasion of Gaza. The enemy of my enemy is my friend? The sole exception to this support is Ukraine’s Svoboda (freedom) party. Although its positions are similar in almost every way to the western parties, Putin rails against them as Fascists and Banderistas. The evidence is that Putin is no friend of the Jews, though he will use them when he can.

The intellectual foundation, such as it is, of Putin’s empire-building is a concept called Eurasia. It’s primary advocate, Putin’s house philosopher, is Alexander Dugin. Dugin lives in such a different world that it is hard to choose the right adjectives, though anti-Semite is certainly among them. He chose a well-known French anti-Semite, Alain Soral (see Wikipedia for anti-Semetic quotes), to write the forward to his masterwork, “The Fourth Political Philosophy.”

Why are American Libertarians coming out strong in support of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine? Why are people like Paul Craig Roberts, Ron Paul, Mish Shedlock and Pat Buchanan spouting Russian propaganda chapter and verse? There are several reasons.
• Money comes first. The Russians are generous with their friends.
• Greed comes second. The gold bugs’ theory (which I happen to believe)is that evil rulers and central bankers of the US and Europe have artificially depressed the price of gold for three years now. Gold will soar when an ascendent Russia and China dump their US bonds. All the named players have a strong interest in gold.  They are talking their book.
• Indolence comes third. If the Russians will write your articles for you, saying things that appeal to your readership, why work?

The final question is, why should Jews support Putin? To make a short-term killing in the gold market? If that entails standing silently by as the Russians massacre Ukrainians, including their fellow Jews, and take over their country it is definitely blood money.

Jews have never fared well attempting to choose winners among despots. B’nai Brith’s slogan is “Never Again!” So why are you doing it again?


Try Occam’s razor to sort through the claims and counterclaims in propaganda

Occam’s razor says that the simplest explanation which is consistent with the facts is probably the best one. Galileo’s sun-centered model of the universe was better than the earth-centered model because it was easier. Elliptical orbits instead of figure-8s, etc.

Here is another set of explanations of the same kinds of things Ron Paul was attempting to explain. Much simpler, and to me, much more credible.

This fits a pattern. The Russians lied consistently about Maidan, then Crimea. They can certainly be expected to lie now.

Here is an article by a Silicon Valley Russian emigre explaining why the Russians have to lie. I have seen nothing (other than my own) explaining why the American right is so willing to believe the lies.

Comments on an article by Ron Paul, who has been thoroughly brainwashed by the Russians

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute,
Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim – even before an investigation – that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council – just one day after the crash!

While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report.
They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when EU and US-supported protesters plotted the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without US-sponsored “regime change,” it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened.

This is an often repeated, well-crafted piece of propaganda in its own right.  Yanukovych left of his own accord.  The evidence is that the US and the West in general were overtaken by events.  This was a spontaneous uprising, the kind of thing that puts fear into the US, EU and Russia equally.

Without Yanukovych’ departure, of course, Ukraine would have remained under Russia’s thumb, and Putin would have felt no need to cause trouble.


The media has reported that the plane must have been shot down by Russian forces or Russian-backed separatists, because the missile that reportedly brought down the plane was Russian made. But they will not report that the Ukrainian government also uses the exact same Russian-made weapons.

This is flat wrong.  It is well known and widely reported that Ukraine has about 60 Buk systems.

They have not used them in this conflict because the rebels have no air power.  They are allegedly being supported by Russian MIGs, but Ukraine is too cautious to shoot at them.

They will not report that the post-coup government in Kiev has, according to OSCE monitors, killed 250 people in the breakaway Lugansk region since June, including 20 killed as government forces bombed the city center the day after the plane crash! Most of these are civilians and together they roughly equal the number killed in the plane crash. By contrast, Russia has killed no one in Ukraine, and the separatists have struck largely military, not civilian, targets.

Note the constant use of colored words, a hallmark of propaganda whoever writes it.  “Coup” is a colored, propaganda word.  It is not a coup when almost the whole country is united in the desire to rid itself of a corrupt leader.

In a guerilla war it is impossible to tell who the civilians are.  This is by design.  The separatists (I’ll call them by Ukraine’s propaganda word – terrorists) have taken over the civilian infrastructure.  The Ukrainians are in uniform.  They are military.

They will not report that the US has strongly backed the Ukrainian government in these attacks on civilians, which a State Department spokeswoman called “measured and moderate.”

The United States has given diplomatic support but no logistical support.  Ukraine is fighting pretty much with its own resources.  The “terrorists” are using Russian-supplied arms.

They will not report that neither Russia nor the separatists in eastern Ukraine have anything to gain but everything to lose by shooting down a passenger liner full of civilians.

Shooting the plane down could not have been intentional.  Even suggesting as much is a red herring.

They will not report that the Ukrainian government has much to gain by pinning the attack on Russia, and that the Ukrainian prime minister has already expressed his pleasure that Russia is being blamed for the attack.

Ukraine has gained immense world sympathy from this incident.  Also the shameful aftermath – no access to the site, hidden black boxes, looting by armed and drunken men at the site.

They will not report that the missile that apparently shot down the plane was from a sophisticated surface-to-air missile system that requires a good deal of training that the separatists do not have.

The “terrorists” had shot down several Ukrainian airplanes in the previous week.  When the battle turned against them, they suddenly had air defense missiles.

Who pulled the trigger is an interesting question.  Shooting an innocent civilian aircraft would seem like an indication of a lack of training.  In any case, all sides of this question have been widely covered in the press.  Claiming that “they will not report” is just plain wrong.  A lie.

They will not report that the separatists in eastern Ukraine have inflicted considerable losses on the Ukrainian government in the week before the plane was downed.

Of course it is reported!  Read the Kyiv Post for a daily count of Ukraine’s battle losses.  I am sure that Ukraine imposes some censorship, as does any country at war, but this war is so ill-defined that it cannot be very effective.

They will not report how similar this is to last summer’s US claim that the Assad government in Syria had used poison gas against civilians in Ghouta. Assad was also gaining the upper hand in his struggle with US-backed rebels and the US claimed that the attack came from Syrian government positions. Then, US claims led us to the brink of another war in the Middle East. At the last minute public opposition forced Obama to back down – and we have learned since then that US claims about the gas attack were false.

I have to admit that I was convinced by the claims that Obama was rushing to war in Syria.  I believed Putin.  Events in Ukraine make me wonder if I was a victim of Russian propagande then as well. Anyhow, it worked.

Of course it is entirely possible that the Obama administration and the US media has it right this time, and Russia or the separatists in eastern Ukraine either purposely or inadvertently shot down this aircraft. The real point is, it’s very difficult to get accurate information so everybody engages in propaganda. At this point it would be unwise to say the Russians did it, the Ukrainian government did it, or the rebels did it. Is it so hard to simply demand a real investigation?

He says this with his fingers crossed all the way up to his elbows.  As committed as Ron Paul is to the Russian side of the story, there is no way he will ever recant.
Many are demanding an investigation.  The Russians have and will continue to slow-roll and stonewall any investigation that might help.  If they had any intention of being helpful, they would have allowed access to the crash site.

It is not good vs. evil, truth vs. falsehood. It is who is lying about what.

Both Russia and the West lie profusely. They lie, however, about different things.

The West has been lying about the state of their economies; they lie about their ability to meet entitlement expense obligations; they lie about levels of immigration, legal and illegal; they lie about the levels of crime and social expenditures associated with that immigration. Lastly, politicians lie more and more brazenly about their personal conduct, corruption and sexual peccadillos.

The West shouts down anybody bold enough to utter yesterday’s common sense. Our ancestors were mostly honorable and well-intentioned, at least no worse than the rest of humanity. Homosexuality and feminism are antithetical to sustaining a population. People, and races, differ in temperament and average ability. The Christian religion is only one belief system among others. It must be taken on faith, and those who take things on faith sometimes go overboard. Just like Greenpeace activists or Scientologists. Christians are not unique in this way, and certainly not uniquely evil. There is a stripe of irrationality in just about everybody’s belief system.

Lying has a long and illustrious history in Russia as well. I recently read the Marquis de Custine’s “Letters from Russia,” published in 1839 and Pat Buchanan’s recollections of Nixon’s dealing with Khrushchev and Brezhnev. The Russians are the world’s master propagandists, from Potemkin showing entire fake villages to visitors in the times of Catherine the Great to Stalin totally snowing the Western press, most infamously Walter Duranty, on just about everything, especially the forced starvation in Ukraine.

Russia is attempting to annex part of Ukraine. They have taken Crimea and they are working on Novorossia, “New Russia,” the oblasts of Lugansk and Donbas. Russian propagandists would not admit to this claim. They would rather state that “Freedom fighters” or “separatists” are attempting to “liberate” predominantly Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine where the natives are supposedly oppressed by “Fascists” and “Banderistas.” Or something like that. The story is constantly shifting.

Russian speakers make up a majority of the Ukrainian population. I chose to study Russian when I came here seven years ago. People told me, and nobody has argued otherwise, that Russian is the dominant language in every large city except L’viv. Russian is the language of everyday business here in Kiev, although almost everybody speaks both. I, the foreigner, find myself able to read Ukrainian on the strength of my imperfect Russian. All of my acquaintances, every one, loathe Putin. They have no desire to be part of Russia. They have long and bitter memories. The Communists starved millions of Ukrainians to death, used them in preference to real Russians as cannon fodder in WWII, constantly derided the Ukrainian language as “not a real language” Ukraine as “not a real country,” and Ukrainians as bumpkins. These threads are very evident in Russian propaganda as they attempt to slice off part of Ukraine today.

Russian propaganda is massive and unrelenting. It is also transparently false. Yet, many conservatives in the West are willing to believe it and even to publish it. Why?

Ukraine has no friends. It has essentially nothing to offer the West. No energy and no unique natural resources. Ukraine has been difficult to deal with for all of its two decades of independence. The politicians have been deeply corrupt, and at loggerheads with one another. The West has long suffered “Ukraine fatigue.” They are reluctant to accept that Maidan was a genuine revolution and there is now a government they can trust. Also, dealing with their own impending bankruptcies, they do not find it convenient to discover a country worthy of financial and political support.

The Western democracies are so bankrupt, financially, morally, socially, and Western conservatives – Europe’s nationalist parties and America’s libertarians – so anxious for the charade to end that they welcome Putin as a savior, no questions asked. Putin claims to support traditional values. He is encouraging Christianity, discouraging feminism, and banning gay propaganda. His rhetoric supports white people (though curiously, on his watch, Moscow has become about 25% Muslim). He appears willing to take down the hollowed-out, over-valued, overborrowed dollar and Euro. These are all on the conservative agenda.

All Putin has to do to satisfy Western conservatives is to create enough of a fog of lies and disinformation that people like Paul Craig Roberts, Ron Paul, the bloggers at zerohedge and elsewhere have some cover when Russia’s stories become impossible to defend. Russia is doing an adequate job of that. The ironic, the tragic outcome is that the groups in the West that are most concerned about their own loss of freedom are the very ones who are willing to write off Ukraine’s freedom.