Over the last week, there were several eye opening statements concerning the civil war in Ukraine. On 4 September, Alexei Mozgovoi spoke out against the ceasefire as a betrayal of Novorossiya and vowed to fight on. He repeated this in his manifesto on 8 September and called on his countrymen “to create an honest, decent, fair society” free of the oligarchs and corruption… a socialist paradise if you will. Then on 11 September, Igor Ivanovich Strelkov gave a press briefing in Moscow. He declared “We will not allow for Russia to be Ripped Asunder and ruined.” He identified the enemies who “are preparing to fight Russia for a long time and in earnest. The West and the Fifth Column make virtually no secret of their plans to overthrow President Putin; and subsequently to completely dismantle Russia.“
Men like Mozgovoi are focused on the establishment of a free and independent Novorossiya extending from Kharkov to Odessa and the destruction of the junta in Kiev. The primary means to achieve these goals is armed struggle. Anything beyond these goals and means is secondary at best. Strelkov was among these men when he was dodging rocket and artillery fire in Slavyansk and Donetsk. He led these men and spoke for them. He still stands with them, but he does not wear blinders. He knows Putin has more things to worry about than just the independence of Novorossiya or even the welfare of Russian expatriates. As Strelkov sees it, the oligarchs and their allies in Russia, Ukraine and the rest of the West are dead set on destroying a Russia in ascendence and securing their own hegemony. Strelkov assessed his primary duty now to be in resisting the fifth column in Russia while still supporting the aspirations of Novorossiya.
Accompanying the statements of Mozgovoi and Strelkov, we have an excellent analysis by the Saker, “Strelkov: from swimming with Piranhas to swimming with Great White sharks,” from which I brazenly borrowed the title for this post. In his essay, he opines that Strelkov is going from fighting the junta in Kiev to taking on the Atlantic Integrationist Fifth Column whose “main political goal is to fully integrate Russia into the AngloZionist international system on a financial, political, economic and cultural levels.” Saker concludes that “the struggle for Russia is really a struggle for the future of the planet.” This is an interesting thesis. Whether we call them the oligarchs, the Atlantic Integrationists or the one percenters, is Putin leading the global fight against the new bourgeoisie? Putin’s success in chipping away at the petrodollar is surely an alarming development to the West. The ever tightening sanctions meant to beat Russia back into submission are being used by Putin in a judo move to hasten the creation of an alternate international economic coalition. And he had the audacity to reclaim Crimea as an integral part of Russia. He is certainly a far more formidable adversary than the entire Occupy Wall Street Movement.
The civil war in Ukraine is a microcosm of this global struggle. Or is it the front line of this struggle? The unchecked oligarchs have hollowed out Ukraine without mercy. Now they are allied with what were once fringe groups of hate filled neo-nazis nurtured by the US and the EU to become the junta in Kiev. This unholy amalgamation is bent on the destruction of people of east Ukraine who dare to defy the oligarchs and create the honest, fair and decent society imagined by Mozgovoi. The chocolate tycoon, Poroshenko, is doing his damnedest to widen this civil war into a world war.
I lack the expertise in economics and politics to fully develop the many nuances and interconnections present in these speeches and the commentaries that followed. And I certainly don't know how the events in the MidEast play into this scenario, if at all, but I’m sure the “workers collective” of SST can do a bang up job. I will leave you all, once again, with these lyrics from “Man of La Mancha” which I find appropriate as Mozgovoi, Strelkov and Putin gird for battle. Let’s hope they can also save us all from nuclear annihilation.
Hear me now Oh thou bleak and unbearable world, Thou art base and debauched as can be; And a knight with his banners all bravely unfurled Now hurls down his gauntlet to thee!