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The Washington Post Publishes a Commentary Full of LIes Against Putin.

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Eric Zuesse

On January 29th, the Washington Post published an op-ed by the well-known Yale neoconservative Timothy Snyder, titled “Putin’s case for invading Ukraine rests on phony grievances and ancient myths”. Key passages in Snyder’s article are:

Last July, Vladimir Putin supplied the mythical basis [BAD LINK FROM SNYDER: here is a functional link to see Putin’s article] for Russian war propaganda in an essay titled “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians.” The essential idea is that Russia has the right to Ukraine because of things that happened a thousand years ago in Kyiv. … It takes some fanciful thinking to see here a reason for Russia to invade Ukraine in the 21st century, as it seems prepared to do. … Putin’s idea is that Ukraine is a fraternal nation because of how he personally feels about the past. This is known as imperialism. It flies in the face of the basic legal principle of state sovereignty and the basic moral principle of democracy.

Putin’s article did NOT assert that “Russia has the right to Ukraine because of things that happened a thousand years ago in Kyiv.” It didn’t even assert that “Russia has the right to invade Ukraine.” Furthermore, the allegation that Putin’s view that’s expressed there advocates “imperialism. It flies in the face of the basic legal principle of state sovereignty and the basic moral principle of democracy” is likewise a boldfaced lie. Moreover, Russia’s Government has consistently denied that it has any intention to invade Ukraine, but instead asserts that if Ukraine invades Donbass, then Russia will not allow that invasion to conquer the residents there. Russia’s position has consistently been that only the people who live in Donbass have the right to determine whether or not — and the terms under which — they will be ruled by the government in Kiev that was installed (against the will of over 90% of them) in February 2014 when the democratically elected President of Ukraine was forcibly overthrown by what America’s Government calls a “democratic revolution,” and by what Russia’s Government and the head of the “private-CIA” U.S. firm Stratfor, and many historians, call a coup, which was imposed by the Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning U.S. President Barack Obama’s Administration, in order to replace Russia’s naval base on Crimea by a new U.S. naval base there (which Obama wasn’t able to do, though his coup conquering Ukraine otherwise succeeded). Several of the mercenaries that the U.S. hired (some from Georgia, for example, as shown in these videos) subsequently confessed to having participated in it. (And, subsequently, the U.S. regime charged Putin with ‘aggression against Ukraine’, and with ‘seizing Crimea’, and issued sanctions against Russia for that.)

Here are some key passages from Putin’s article (the article that Snyder lies against):

The determination of nationality, particularly in mixed families, is the right of every individual, free to make his or her own choice. But the fact is that the situation in Ukraine today is completely different because it involves a forced change of identity. And the most despicable thing is that the Russians in Ukraine are being forced not only to deny their roots, generations of their ancestors but also to believe that Russia is their enemy. … And I will say one thing – Russia has never been and will never be ‘anti-Ukraine’. And what Ukraine will be – it is up to its citizens to decide.

Putin, as well as Francois Hollande of France, and Angela Merkel of Germany, brought the Donbass government and the Ukraine government together in 2015 and got the Donbass and Ukraine to sign onto an agreement in Minsk, promising that those two then-warring parties would call a truce until both of them would agree to negotiate together and arrange some degree of autonomy for Donbass within the Ukrainian federation, but after it was all signed, Ukraine (with backing from the U.S.) steadily refused to negotiate at all with Donbass. Merkel, Hollande, and Putin, had worked together to get the Minsk accords agreed-to and signed by the two sides, but the Ukrainian side then stonewalled, refusing to comply with the agreement. Putin’s consistent position has been the same as Hollande’s and Merkel’s, on this, and remains so to this day: BOTH sides must comply. (Donbass has always been willing, but Ukraine never.)

The rest of Putin’s article is a history of the relationship that has existed between Russia and Ukraine. Snyder’s article that alleges to be about Putin’s article ignores that history, just as he lies about the rest of the article. And that’s from a Professor at Yale.

(The present article is being submitted to over 200 U.S.-and-allied ‘news’-media including the Washington Post, for possible publication.)

 

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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geoff bell
geoff bell
January 30, 2022

It takes some fanciful thinking to see here a reason for Russia to invade Ukraine because of things that happened a thousand years ago in  Kyiv !!

That fanciful thinking worked OK for the Jews when they took Palestine from the Palestinians two thousand years later !!

Last edited 5 months ago by geoff bell
remo
remo
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
January 30, 2022

Snyder is a hypocrite I think is the point.

Magnar Husby
Magnar Husby
Reply to  remo
January 30, 2022

Yes, Timothy Snyder is nothing else. He is the propaganda spearhead of seminazis and semireactionaries leftovers in Eastern Europe for revenge upon the Soviet Union and Russia.

Michael Murry
Reply to  remo
January 30, 2022

Yes. And thank you for the concise paraphrase of the point at issue: namely, “Western” hypocrisy. As I read his remarks, Geoff Bell specifically rejected “the essential idea” (falsely attributed to President Putin by Mr Snyder) that “A” may do whatever it pleases to “B” because of some millennia-old mythology claimed by “A” to authorize its actions. Furthermore, if one substitutes for “A,” the United States, the United Kingdom, and/or the Zionist Occupation of Palestine (otherwise known as the Apartheid Zionist Entity) — to cite only three predatory examples — one can then substitute any other nation or peoples as… Read more »

Sam
Sam
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
January 30, 2022

A pertinent and timely comment

Val
Val
January 30, 2022

“Russia, Ukraine Agree to Uphold Donbas Ceasefire in “Tough” Negotiation That Excluded Biden and the US” Julian Conradson [01/29/22]  https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/01/just-russia-ukraine-agree-uphold-donbas-ceasefire-tough-negotiation-excluded-biden-us/  “On Wednesday, several high-ranking officials from Russia and Ukraine met in Paris, France to discuss the tense situation that has developed over the former Russian territory, holding what Moscow described as a “tough” negotiation. After a nerve-wracking eight-hour back and forth, the two sides agreed to put aside their differences and uphold a previously agreed upon ceasefire in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. German and French officials were also present as arbiters for the seemingly highly-productive meeting. The quartet of countries had come together… Read more »

Cranky Old Lady
January 30, 2022

A friend from a Balkan country gave me a link to a news feed going to his country – What I heard was quite a few of the ‘revolutionaries spoke to each other using not Ukraine or Russian but Esperanto. Having helped a friend with her guest house in Atlantic City I got to know a whole new history of the former Warsaw Pact and the interactions. Most of the Summer workers came from there and she had two guest houses. I helped for two Summers and got a PhD in post USSR warsaw pact interactions.

threepennies
threepennies
January 31, 2022

They completely invent their tales. What a disgrace.

JohnSmith
JohnSmith
January 31, 2022

Timothy Snyder is a long-time member of the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and the WashPost has been a CFR mouthpiece since the 1930s.

Most of the key players on the “Biden team” are also CFR members, including the secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, Commerce and Homeland Security. Also the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force. Also the CIA director, Fed chairman, UN ambassador, and dozens more.  

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