[Marxism] Stephen F. Cohen is not the man he used to be
lnp3 at panix.com
Sun May 4 01:33:43 MDT 2014
On 5/3/14 10:10 PM, Marv Gandall wrote:
> 1. The Euromaidan politicians have always been gung-ho to join NATO
Except when it got in the way of horse-trading after the fashion of
Clinton cutting deals with Republicans.
"Mr. Yushchenko, a strong supporter of NATO, has been embroiled in a
bitter political standoff with Prime Minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko, who
in recent weeks has been cultivating closer ties with Russia and
signaling her own presidential ambitions. They have clashed more since
coming together in the Orange Revolution that brought Mr. Yushchenko to
power in 2004."
--NY Times, October 10 2008
"Mr. Yanukovich and Ms. Tymoshenko have both indicated that they will
try to smooth relations with Russia while continuing to court Europe.
Neither has called for Ukraine to join NATO."
--NY Times, January 17 2010
Plus, both Yushchenko and Tymoshenko did not find Yanukovych's
opposition to NATO a stumbling block to forming a coalition government
in 2008. Nor did Yanukovych's orientation to Russia prevent him from
coming close to a deal with EU for that matter. Positions taken by
bourgeois politicians in Ukraine would embarrass Machiavelli.
In any case, even if Tymoshenko had not demonstrated such pliability
when it came to NATO, she certainly would have remained Putin's
favorite. While much of the left was going bat-shit over her phone
conversation about the need to go to war with Russia, Putin had her
figured out better than they did:
Putin's Shrewd Endorsement of Tymoshenko:
--Moscow Times, March 11 2014
Speaking of positions, despite the fact that someone like Tymoshenko has
the reputation of being the neoliberal as opposed to the old-school
Party of Regions that organizes rallies at Lenin statues, her economic
proposals were considered leftist when she was riding high:
--Thanks to efforts by Yulia Tymoshenko and her team, the Black Sea
shelf was returned to state ownership. This shelf contains strategic oil
and gas reserves for Ukraine that Yanukovych’s and Yushchenko’s circles
had their eye on.
--At the same time, during the global financial crisis, a program was
carried out to nationalize banks to ensure that deposits were returned
to individual depositors. Yanukovych’s circle was involved in the
bankruptcy of several commercial banks (Nadra Bank, Rodovid Bank,
Ukrprombank, Ukrhazbank, and others). As a result of the government’s
actions, 2 million depositors obtained state guarantees for the return
of their savings.
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