Saturday, May 17, 2014

Story of US government longstanding alliance with fascists remains unspoken

© Collage: Voice of Russia

The fact that the US government is supporting the Right Sector and Svoboda parties in Ukraine is shocking to many Americans as these Ukrainian radical groups praise Nazism. Americans have always been told that they live in the 'homeland of freedom and democracy' that fights against 'tyrants' and 'fascist'. However, the US government has established a close alliance with Kiev's illegitimate self-appointed authorities backed by the Ukrainian neo-Nazi militant groups.

In fact, this alliance has existed for some time. Svoboda and the Right Sector are the heirs of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and its armed wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) along with Waffen SS Galician Division - Nazi collaborators, which carried out ethnic cleansing and mass murder on a massive scale during WWII. In 1945 the majority of Ukrainian militant fascists surrendered to the US and armies. The Western allies began cooperation with the OUN groups, especially with one of Mykola Lebed, "a well-known sadist and collaborator with the Germans," as the US intelligence service described him. The CIA soon realized the value of his knowledge and contact network and cultivated close relations with his group.

"During the early Cold War, extreme nationalism and fascism were retooled and employed by Western intelligence services in the struggle against the USSR. One CIA analyst argued that "some form of nationalist feeling continues to exist [in Ukraine] and . . . there is an obligation to support it as a cold war weapon," writes Per A. Rudling, a postdoctoral fellow at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Germany, in his book 'The OUN, the UPA and the Holocaust: A Study in the Manufacturing of Historical Myths.'

The CIA and the US State Department sponsored immigration of OUN members to the United States and shielded them from prosecution for war crimes until the 1990s, according to Per A. Rudling. The collaboration was mutually beneficial: receiving valuable information about its Cold War rivals, the CIA in return was helping nationalist veterans "into positions of influence and authority, assisting their creation of semiacademic institutions and/or academic positions at established universities", notes the historian. Using these formal and informal networks OUN-UPA veterans promoted apologetic accounts of their past. They denied OUN crimes and mass murders, whitewashing the wartime activities of Ukrainian nationalists. Per A. Rudling describes how, step by step, the OUN-UPA scholars created a mythical history of Ukraine and its nationalist organizations turning Nazi collaborators into national heroes. Under the presidency of Victor Yushchenko (2005 – 2010), who came to power after an "Orange revolution" backed by the US and the EU, several institutes of memory management and myth making were organized. A key function of these institutions was to deny or downplay OUN-UPA atrocities.

"Unlike many other former Soviet republics, the Ukrainian government did not need to develop new national myths from scratch, but imported ready concepts developed in the Ukrainian diaspora," writes Per A. Rudling.

Although US politicians prefer to call the OUN-UPA and its heirs "nationalists" rather than "fascists", Rudling claims that, from the moment the OUN was founded, fascists played a central role in the organization: "The OUN shared the fascist attributes of antiliberalism, anticonservatism, and anticommunism, an armed party, totalitarianism, anti-Semitism, Führerprinzip, and the adoption of fascist greetings. Its leaders eagerly emphasized to Hitler and Ribbentrop that they shared the Nazi Weltanschauung and a commitment to a fascist New Europe." The idea of racial purity and the preservation of race was one of the fundamental issues of the OUN’s conception.

It should be noted that the slogans and the terrorist acts of the Right Sector against Jewish and pro-Russian Ukrainians in Eastern Ukraine fully comply with OUN ideology and horrific UPA wartime traditions.

Why did the US government turn a blind eye to the fascist heritage of the OUN, establishing an alliance with it immediately after the WWII? Caleb Maupin, a New York City political analyst, points out that the relationship between the US political and financial elite and fascist organizations has deep historical roots. Half a century before the Nazis of Germany or the Fascisti of Italy, the Ku Klux Klan movement had begun in the US, organized as a state-sponsored organization in former slave-holding states.

"The Ku Klux Klan was not the only fascist organization to be embraced by the US government. The American Legion, an organization of US military veterans formed after the First World War, was openly supportive of fascism," writes Caleb Maupin in his RT Op-Ed, citing an 'Unspoken alliance between the US govt & fascists', adding that the prominent US industrial capitalists were supporting Adolf Hitler just before WWII.

Caleb Maupin believes that the US financial and political elite use Ukrainian fascists as its armed troops to accomplish its geostrategic plans in Ukraine. He warns Americans against supporting the fascist and pro-fascist forces saying that what is happening in Ukraine could one day be repeated in the United States.

"When the Spanish Republic was attacked by fascists in 1936, people all over the world came to their aid. When workers in London fought fascist Oswald Mosley at the Battle of Cable Street, and workers in New York City shut down the Madison Square Garden rally of the German-American Bund, their rallying cry was the same: "You Shall Not Pass!" (No Passaran!) The attitude of working people in the United States to horrific scenes like the one seen in Odessa must be the same," claims the political analyst.

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