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Ukraine: without rhyme or reason.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- There is hypocrisy shrouding the recent events in Ukraine. While some international actors are claiming that a democratic process is unfolding in Ukraine because pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych has been ousted, the reality on the ground appears to be somewhat different. The new government that took office last week is formed with the partnership of the ultra-rightist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Russian Svoboda party. It has acquired six major Cabinet ministries in the government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Yanukovych, the elected president, was ousted with the help of ultra-rightist, paramilitary and neo-Nazi gangs that seized and burned government offices, killed riot police and committed acts of mass violence throughout the country. In January of this year, thousands of ultra-nationalists organized torchlight marches in honor of World War II Nazi collaborator and mass murderer Stepan Bandera, some wearing uniforms used by a Ukrainian Wehrmacht division. They chanted "Ukraine above all" and "Bandera, come and bring order." Those involved are members of Pravy Sektor (Right Sector), a group which resembles the SA of the former German Nazi Party. It is blatantly fascist, anti-Semitic and anti-Russian. It has been receiving military training for more than two years, producing snipers and bomb throwers seen in street violence that has been taking place in Ukraine over the past months. Right Sector is an independent, shadowy, often masked outfit of ultra-nationalists.

Of the Cabinet posts, the most important is the Secretariat of the Security and National Defense Committee. It supervises the Defense Ministry and the armed forces. The man appointed to this critical post is Andriy Parubiy, a disreputable man who led the Right Sector ruffians. With its leader in the Cabinet, Right Sector can now easily arrange appointments to the provisional government who would be more than willing to discriminate against Russians in Ukraine. The first signs are already visible: The new parliament has ratified a law that deprived Russian speakers of equal rights with Ukrainians.

Fascist anti-Russians now in control of the armed forces cause alarm because of their proclivity to organize provocations against the Russians, especially their naval base in Sevastopol.

Oleksandr Sych, a Svoboda parliamentarian from Ivano-Frankivsk best known for his attempts to ban all abortions in Ukraine, including those resulting from rape, was named deputy prime minister for economic affairs. The Svoboda Party also got the Education Ministry and the Office of the Prosecutor-General of Ukraine, among others.

The question is, while a great number of Ukrainian citizens want their country in the European Union, how can such a Cabinet, part of which is openly opposed to Western values and political agenda, achieve that end?

Despite these extremities, the interim Ukrainian government has not caused alarm for the US government, which sees it as a victory against Russian influence over the country. One can hardly condone Russian domination over Ukraine, but an extreme-right government may give the very reason used by Russia to justify their domination -- national security.

Another dimension of the Ukrainian crisis is the long-repressed anti-Russian sentiments of the Crimean Tartars, whose country has been under Moscow's control for centuries. They seem to have seized on the opportunity to shake off the Russian yoke and began to clash with ethnic Russians.

Russia feels obliged to respond to a provocation that threatens both its security and vital interests. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already mobilized troops and placed fighter planes along Russia's borders on combat alert.

Needless to say, the Obama government is disturbed, objecting to any Russian military action towards Ukraine. But Moscow has already declared that it will defend the rights of its compatriots and react without compromise to any violation of those rights.

The US position is problematic at best. While it does not want a new pro-Russian government in Ukraine, it is in an awkward position after tacitly supporting neo-Nazi forces that are hardly supportive of Western values and institutions.

Could US involvement, provoking a Russian response, end up creating another failed state after Iraq, Libya and Syria, not to mention Afghanistan? That is the vital question.

DOy[currency]U ERGyL (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:Mar 5, 2014
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