This is one of the worst articles I have ever seen The Nation run. I am not a Russophobe or a neocon. But these apologetics for Russian imperialism are as disgusting and repellent as apologetics for US imperialism, or indeed for any other imperialism on this planet.
Ukraine had a peaceful and democratic uprising in February to throw out a corrupt and mass-murdering kleptocrat, Yanukovych, who stole billions from the people of Ukraine and ordered his thugs to shoot hundreds of unarmed protesters. In response, Putin’s regime—a cabal of siloviki thugs and energy-rent plutocrats, who steal tens of billions from the people of Russia every year—responded with a military invasion of the Crimean district of Ukraine with 20,000 troops, despite there being no threat to ethnic Russians or to Russia itself. Putinism’s undemocratic, state-controlled media continues to broadcast the most despicable and atrocious lies and threats against the people of Ukraine. Putin’s regime is also inciting armed, violent thugs who are killing and murdering Ukrainian citizens. Putin’s regime has also criminalized Russia’s Internet, making domestic dissent impossible.
Russia has 70,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders and has openly threatened military intervention. This is a colossally dangerous situation, because one small spark could start a horrendous regional war that would kill millions of people and benefit absolutely nobody.
I am sorry, but Cohen’s whitewashing of Russian imperialism is unacceptable for any publication that claims to be critical of Wall Street neoliberalism, of US empire and of all the other, lesser (but no less thuggish) empires on our very small and endangered planet.
May 1 2014 - 9:29am