An April poll of Ukrainians, published in June by Gallup’s Broadcasting Board of Governors, found two shockingly opposite countries: one, in the northwest, where the view of the U.S. is favorable among more than 50% of the population; and the other, in the southeast, where the view of the U.S. is unfavorable among more than 70% of the population. Additionally, in the Crimean region — Ukraine’s farthest southeast area, which our President, Barack Obama, says that Russia forcibly seized when the people there voted overwhelmingly on 16 March 2014 to become part of Russia again (as they had been until 1954) — only 2.8% of the public there view the U.S. favorably; more than 97% of Crimeans do not.
And the situation is even more extreme when the issue is the public’s views of Russia — which, overall, are far less favorable than the U.S. is viewed in Ukraine. Less than 2% of residents in Ukraine’s northwest have a favorable view of Russia, but 71.3% of Crimeans do. In Ukraine’s far east, 35.7% do. In Ukraine’s far south except for Crimea, 28.4% do.
Support for joining the European Union is 59.8% in the far north, and 84.2% in the far west. It is 19% in the far east, and 26.8% in the far south. Crimeans were not asked this question, because they had already voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia.
Support for joining NATO is 37.7% in the North, 53.2% in the west, 13.1% in the east, and 10.3% in the south. (Again, Crimea wasn’t polled on this.)
The 500 people that were sampled in Crimea were asked “Please tell me if you agree or disagree: The results of the referendum on Crimea’s status [whether to rejoin Russia] reflect the views of most people here.” 82.8% said “Agree.” 6.7% said “Disagree.”
The Ukrainian government that we installed in the February coup is trying to kill as many residents in the southeast as they can, as fast as they can, in an ethnic cleansing campaign, to get rid of Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population, the people who had voted overwhelmingly for the Ukrainian President whom we removed in our coup in February. (Presumably, after all of those people are gone, a President of Ukraine can be elected nationwide in that country who will support the policies that the leadership that we installed in February support.)
This Gallup poll was taken before that ethnic-cleansing campaign was even commenced, but after our coup. The cleansing had started on May 3rd, when the Ukrainian government organized a massacre in Odessa, in the south, of hundreds of opponents of the coup-imposed government. Promptly, men in Ukraine’s southeast armed themselves to protect their families from the then-certain onslaught to come, which started throughout the southeast on May 9th. Public opinion after the May 3rd massacre necessarily became far more polarized than it had been in April when this poll was taken, but no poll has been taken since.
One would have to be an idiot not to recognize that the Humpty Dumpty of Ukrainian unity — fragile even before our coup and subsequent massacres — has broken irretrievably on account of the May 3rd massacre and the massive ethnic cleansing campaign that followed.
Ukraine cannot be one country (even if it once was). The only real question remaining is how much longer America’s ethnic cleansing campaign there will continue in the alleged effort to force this Humpty Dumpty back together again — an effort that no well-informed person believes in anymore.
America’s news media are lying through their teeth about Ukraine; and perhaps the expectation of the aristocrats who control America’s “news” media is that the American public will be just as forgiving of these lies as they have been of the aristocracy’s lies that fooled the American public into invading Iraq in 2003.
Apparently, America’s aristocrats consider the American public to be astoundingly stupid and forgiving of being repeatedly lied-to by them.
As far as the Ukrainian civil war is concerned, Obama’s effort to force the residents in southeast Ukraine to accept the government that he imposed in Kiev, is bound to produce, at best, an ongoing guerilla war against the invading occupiers, America’s stooges; and, at worst, a nuclear war with Russia.
Any member of the U.S. Congress who does not support impeachment, removal from office, and prosecution for war crimes (and other crimes), of this President, should be voted out in November. I am a lifelong progressive Democrat, and Obama’s ruse of calling himself a “Democrat” is an affront to my Party, an affront that I reject as yet another of his many lies: he is, and secretly always was, a conservative. He knew, when he entered politics, that he couldn’t become elected in Republican Party primaries as that Party’s Presidential nominee, since he’s a black man and that Party has many racist white voters, and so he did the only thing that an intelligent Black with Presidential ambitions would, in the 1990s: he entered politics as a “Democrat.” But more and more Democrats now see through his finally-obvious ruse. Any Democrat in Congress who fails to support impeaching him is likewise exposed to the public as being no true Democrat. Obama is an embarrassment both to the Democratic Party and to the American nation. Now is this country’s, and the Democratic Party’s, last chance to impose accountability, without which no democracy can function, because that’s fascism, not democracy, and it must at last stop.
In fact, if congressional Democrats take the lead in ousting him, then the widespread expectation that Republicans will control both houses of Congress after the November elections will probably not happen after all, because everyone will then see that Democrats, and not Republicans, are the only ones who can reverse America’s frightening slide into fascism, under, first, Bush, and then, Obama.
But if congressional Democrats fail to introduce an impeachment resolution, then the Democratic Party is just as dead as the Whig Party was when the former Whig, Abraham Lincoln, joined the newly formed progressive Republican Party, to replace the Whigs. And, then, progressive Democrats will likewise break away, and form a new Party, to replace the existing Democratic Party.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.