[Marxism] German TV. 10.4.14. Who were the Maidan snipers? Ukraine.

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 23 08:08:28 MDT 2014

On 4/23/14 9:47 AM, Greg McDonald wrote:
> This report from the German ARD network is comparable to 60 minutes here in the USA,

That's the point, really. Has anybody ever learned anything about the 
class struggle from shows like "60 Minutes"? The overarching ideological 
framework for the sort of "investigative reporting" on such shows is 
that history moves forward on account of the decisions made by elites or 
by secret cabals. In Ukraine, the narrative put forward by the pro-Putin 
left and the Kremlin is that a combination of exactly these two players 
(the pro-EU western Ukraine pols like Yatsenyuk and the Right Sector) 
plotted to create a "false flag" operation that would turn the tide 
against Yanukovych. There is a collapsing of the chronology to February 
20th when the snipers--paid for by the Euromaidan elites--opened fire on 
protesters. There is no interest in the mass demonstrations that had 
been occurring since Yanukovych decided to go with the Kremlin, nor in 
the beatings and proposed police state legislation up to that point. It 
is all reduced to the elites and fascists working behind the scenes with 
NATO and the EU to turn Ukraine into something approximating Hitler's 
advance on the USSR in 1940, as if Russia wasn't already the third 
largest recipient of FDI in the world and that Putin had not worked 
closely with the USA against "jihadists". It is a version of history 
suited to the foreign policy initiatives of the Kremlin, just as what we 
have been hearing about Syria for 3 years now.


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