Pro-Russian separatists hoisted the Russian flag on Ukrainian army armored vehicles in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, mocking the pro-Western Kiev government’s attempt to reassert control on the eve of crucial talks in Geneva on the country’s future. … A soldier guarding one of six troop carriers now under the control of the rebels told Reuters he was a member of Ukraine’s 25th paratrooper division from Dnipropetrovsk. “All the soldiers and the officers are here. We are all boys who won’t shoot our own people,” he said, adding that his men had had no food for four days until local residents fed them.
The US government has been funding and backing unsavory “color revolutionists” — including a rogue’s gallery of neo-Nazis and other thugs — in Ukraine for years, hoping to peel the region away from its close relationship with Russia. After the last elections failed to go its way, the Obama administration went with “the Pinochet option,” giving its operatives the green light for violent overthrow of the government and installation of a pro-US, pro-EU, anti-Russia junta.
But for a coup to work, certain prerequisites must be met. One of those prerequisites is the support of the military.
When the head of Chile’s armed forces, General Rene Schneider, declined to overthrow Allende, the CIA just had him murdered and the rest of the army’s command structure and troops fell into line.
The attitude of Ukraine’s armed forces toward pro-Russian separatists in Crimea and Ukraine’s eastern areas, though, has ranged from unwillingness to act at one end of the range to open support on the other. And it’s probably a safe bet that support for the junta is as superficial and artificial among the general population as it is in the military’s ranks, even in non-separatist areas.
Naturally, American War Party enthusiasts caricature those of us who oppose continued US meddling in this regional dust-up as “pro-Putin,” or at least as Neville Chamberlain circa 1938. But that dog just doesn’t bark. This is another case of silly plans blowing up in politicians’ faces. Hopefully it won’t also become a case of those plans blowing back on ordinary Americans.