22. April 2015

Political Murders in Kiev, US Troops to Ukraine - Ron Paul

»To find out who rules over you, simply find out who
you are not allowed to criticize.« Voltaire (1694-1778)


Written by Ron Paul

Last week two prominent Ukrainian opposition figures 
were gunned down in broad daylight. They join as 
many as ten others who have been killed or committed 
suicide under suspicious circumstances just this year. 
These individuals have one important thing in common:
they were either part of or friendly with the Yanukovych 
government, which a US-backed coup overthrew last year. 
They include members of the Ukrainian parliament and 
former chief editors of major opposition newspapers.

While some journalists here in the US have started to 
notice the strange series of opposition killings in Ukraine, 
the US government has yet to say a word. Compare this 
to the US reaction when a single opposition figure was 
killed in Russia earlier this year.

Boris Nemtsov was a member of a minor political party
that was not even represented in the Russian parliament. 
Nevertheless the US government immediately demanded 
that Russia conduct a thorough investigation of his murder, 
suggesting the killers had a political motive.

As news of the Russian killing broke, Chairman of the House 
Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce (R-CA) did not wait for 
evidence to blame the killing on Russian president Vladimir 
Putin. On the very day of Nemtsov’s murder, Royce told the 
US media that, “this shocking murder is the latest assault 
on those who dare to oppose the Putin regime.”

Neither Royce, nor Secretary of State John Kerry, 
nor President Obama, nor any US government figure 
has said a word about the series of apparently political 
murders in Ukraine. On the contrary, instead of questioning 
the state of democracy in what looks like a lawless Ukraine, 
the Administration is sending in the US military to help train 
Ukrainian troops!

Last week, just as the two political murders were taking place, 
the US 173rd Airborne Brigade landed in Ukraine to begin training 
Ukrainian national guard forces – and to leave behind some useful 
military equipment. Though the civil unrest continues in Ukraine, 
the US military is assisting one side in the conflict – even as the 
US slaps sanctions on Russia over accusations it is helping out 
the other side!

As the ceasefire continues to hold, though shakily, what kind 
of message does it send to the US-backed government in Kiev 
to have US troops arrive with training and equipment and an 
authorization to gift Kiev with some $350 million in weapons? 
Might they not take this as a green light to begin new hostilities 
against the breakaway regions in the east?

The Obama administration is so inconsistent in its foreign policy. 
In some places, particularly Cuba and Iran, the administration is 
pursuing a policy that looks to diplomacy and compromise to help 
improve decades of bad relations. In these two cases the 
administration realizes that the path of confrontation has 
led nowhere.
When the president announced his desire to see the end of 
Cuba sanctions, he stated very correctly that, "…we are 
ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. 
When what you’re doing doesn’t work for fifty years,
it’s time to try something new.” 

So while Obama is correctly talking about sanctions relief 
for Iran and Cuba, he is adding more sanctions on Russia, 
backing Saudi Arabia’s brutal attack on Yemen, and pushing 
ever harder for regime change in Syria. Does he really believe 
the rest of the world does not see these double standards?

A wise consistency of non-interventionism in all foreign affairs 
would be the correct course for this and future US administrations.
Let us hope they will eventually follow Obama’s observation that, 
“it’s time to try something new.”

Copyright © 2015 by Ron Paul Institute.
Source: http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles
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