[Marxism] Fwd: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 66) | VICE News

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 7 07:43:26 MDT 2014

Interview with middle-aged American of Ukrainian descent who is part of 
a volunteer brigade in Donbas fighting the separatists. His final words 
to Ostrovsky vis-a-vis the current government: "The political elites 
have to be destroyed". Apparently this is the view of many of his 
comrades as well. The tragedy of this separatist rebellion is that it 
forestalled if not entirely destroyed the possibility of a struggle 
against the elites by polarizing Ukraine along ethnic lines. Russian 
intervention--and that is what it was all about--followed Bashar 
al-Assad's strategy in many ways. Divide and conquer through exploiting 
sectarian divides and rapidly militarizing the conflict. Too bad that 
some of our comrades can't understand that.


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