[Marxism] Timothy Snyder’s Lies | Jacobin

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 15 21:00:55 MDT 2015

On 4/15/15 9:56 PM, James Creegan via Marxism wrote:
> An excellent review of timothy Snyder's /Bloodlands:
> /https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/09/timothy-snyders-lies/

I am sure that Dan Lazare is not a plagiarist but his article repeats 
points I made in "An American 'revisionist' historian" back in November 
2010 that ties him to historians like Joachim Fest. 

However, he makes the same mistake that so many on the left make, namely 
to let Putin off the hook because of supposed Russian fears of NATO. 
Hasn't anybody noticed, btw, that Putin has cozied up with Hungary, a 
NATO member?

Also, there's this:

	He attacked the Kremlin in the New Republic for “surreal warmongering” 
and then, in the New York Review of Books, announced that the individual 
most responsible for the rise of Svoboda was none other than Viktor 
Yanukovych, the man Svoboda had helped overthrow: “One of the moral 
atrocities of the Yanukovych regime was to crush opposition from the 
center-right, and support opposition from the far right.” Once 
Yanukovych was gone, evidently, a defanged Svoboda would gravitate 
toward the center.

In fact, Yanukovych did help Svoboda get a toehold. If this seems 
counter-intuitive, remember that Assad let the men out of prison who 
would be key to forming ISIS. Here's what Anton Shekhovtsov wrote about 

Svoboda’s victory over the National-Democrats in the Ternopil region did 
not go unnoticed to Yanukovych and his Party of Regions (PoR) who 
decided to exploit Svoboda in the fight against their main contenders, 
especially Tymoshenko. When, in 2010, Yanukovych was elected president 
of Ukraine and Mykola Azarov of the PoR was appointed Prime Minister, 
the media visibility of Svoboda dramatically increased, especially on 
TV-channels either directly or indirectly controlled by the new 
government. Not being represented, at that time, in the Ukrainian 
parliament, Svoboda’s top officials enjoyed media spotlight which other 
extra-parliamentary parties only dreamed of. Just like French Socialist 
president François Mitterrand who attempted, in the early 1980s, to 
weaken his mainstream right-wing rivals by instructing the state 
television to grant more media visibility to fringe parties such as the 
far right National Front, Yanukovych and his associates wanted to damage 
the mainstream opposition by elevating the significance of Svoboda.


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