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