The Ukrainian Revolution/Civil War is Fueled By Corrupt Oligarchs!
Money! not ideology will determine the outcome of the Ukraine.
A wise man [Roger Starr] said the following:
“Money is the most EGALITARIAN FORCE IN SOCIETY [my emphasis]. It confers POWER [my emphasis] on whoever holds it.”
When the Ukraine became independent from Russia, most if not all of its major industries were privatized. This privatization program resulted in the creation of a new class of KLEPTOCRATS called OLIGARCHS in Russia and the Ukraine. Like many societies that proclaim ‘liberty’ or ‘independence’ , including our own 1776 Revolution, the motivating force was and is money. The political elite usually employs lofty words in order to cover a more basic truth when a HEGEMONY is torn apart, like that of the Soviet Union. In the case of the Ukraine, the words ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ were spewing forth like a broken spigot in 2004 during the Orange Revolution [OR].
How many people realized that this OR was fueled by good old American greenbacks????
I won’t identify the sources; but there is some perverse logic in the fact that one of the major backers of the “OR” was an associate and co-conspirator of the discredited Drexel Burnham Lambert Investment Banking house of the 1980’s. Now we have a similar but more interesting situation where politically corrupt oligarchs are backing both sides of the so-called ‘revolution’.
In the west, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, a banking/industrial oligarch has maintained direct lines of communications with the ‘rebels’. On the other side of the financial chessboard called ‘the Ukraine’ is Rinat Akhmetov, ostensibly the country’s richest political crook.
Remember that none of these oligarchs, including the ones in Russia, ever earned, worked or deserved their assets/fortune. The Oligarch’s vast holdings which include steel, coal, gas, and other commodities, were given to these ex-KGB officials as a form of political patronage. No questions were asked. No answers were given. This transfer of state assets to undeserved political sycophants was swift and opaque.
By the time that both Russia and Ukraine became cannibalized fiefdoms of the oligarchs, both national economies went into the proverbial toilet. The Ukraine, with fewer resources, descended into a financial limbo to the tune of 15 Billion Dollars which evaporated into the oligarchs’ Swiss bank accounts; Cayman Island off-shore banks; USA real estate etc.
Does this sound familiar?
Of course, we in the USA are no different.
It’s just that we are far larger in size than the Ukraine and possessed of greater natural resources and the unique existence of a well-armed citizenry--both self-possessed and self-determined. Unfortunately, the Ukraine is very much controlled by the Russians. Old loyalties to whomever was in power quickly shift to those who will determine the next succession of the power elite. Therefore most, if not all of the Ukrainian oligarchs, will quickly align their fate with the wishes and plans of Vladimir Putin.
I may sound somewhat cynical; but I have seen this similar scenario all over the world during my thirty years of experience:
▪ Thailand [military coups]
▪ The Philippines [Marcos to Aquino]
▪ Egypt [Mubarak to Military]
▪ Panama [Noriega to corrupt politicians]
▪ Italy [constant corruption]
▪ South Africa [Mandela to Zuma, ANC]
▪ Cambodia [Khmer Rouge to Hun Sen]
▪ Malaysia [Dr Mahatir to same party]
Clearly the most important considerations for the Ukrainian oligarchs is to be flexible in their political loyalties. After all, they must at any cost, preserve their wealth even if it means the destruction of their own country. For example Ahkmetov and Firtash, two of the most powerful corrupt magnates, will move in whatever direction Putin will dictate. As we have mentioned in the former blogs on the Ukraine, Putin will use whatever force or show of force is required in order to once again establish Russian hegemony over the Ukraine. The pathetic utterances of the Merkel, Cameron, Kerry, or Obama just add to the farce that we in the west have any conceivable leverage in which to threaten or manipulate Putin.
As we have said many times before, Putin was trained by the masters of deception, intimidation and threat—Markus Wolf [East German Stasi] and Andropov [KGB]. In contrast, Obama went to private school in Hawaii. He attended a second tier college—Occidental College, L.A. and of course was recruited by the same CIA which created our own ‘false flag’.
As long as we appoint losers as Presidents, the Putins of the world will keep bullying any country anywhere in the world where our glorious outmoded navy may sail. Thank you Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama for placing the USA in a supplicant position; posturing; and blustering like the Wizard of Oz on a broken track of cacophony.
We are now the very ‘super power’ that England had been around the 1900—bloated, dysfunctional and self-delusional. What we have in the Russian invasion of the Ukraine is not a geopolitical nor a historical imperative but rather a basic PSYCHOLOGICAL WAR…. in which the USA is not winning…. and will not win with our present motley characters of misfits and wannabes.
“When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.”