As if trying to prove the point of the speaker, far right members of Ukraine’s interim parliament attacked a member of parliament who accused them of acting like thugs. Petro Symonenko a Communist member of parliament spoke to far right parties “You are today doing everything to intimidate people. You arrest people, start fighting people who have a different point of view.”
The response from Svoboda, a far right party, was to pull Symonenko down from the podium and give him a beat down.
Though neoconservative operatives have been trying to claim there is no far right in Ukraine in hopes of bolstering the case for US action against Russia, the evidence grows daily that a considerable portion of those now in power in Kiev are neo-fascists.
The group that helped administer the beating of a member of parliament who dared disagree with them, Svoboda, is just such a fair right party. Svoboda was originally named the Social-National Party of Ukraine making it a variant of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party or Nazis. Their name and brown shirt tactics in parliament are not the end of their parallels withe Nazis as they have also expressed antisemitic views.
The Svoboda party also has excellent ties to Europe, but they are different from the ones that Klischko might prefer. It is allied with France’s right-wing Front National and with the Italian neo-fascist group Fiamma Tricolore. But when it comes to the oppression of homosexuality, representative Myroshnychenko is very close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, even if he does all he can to counter Moscow’s influence in his country….
In a 2012 debate over the Ukrainian-born American actress Mila Kunis, he said that she wasn’t Ukrainian, rather she was a “Jewess.” Indeed, anti-Semitism is part of the extremist party’s platform; until 2004, they called themselves the Social-National Party of Ukraine in an intentional reference to Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist party. Just last summer, a prominent leader of party youth was distributing texts from Nazi propaganda head Joseph Goebbels translated into Ukrainian.
This is who the neoconservatives want the US to get in bed with?
The push to supply the hooligans in Kiev with billions of dollars in cash and US weaponry can only exacerbate the situation. If Svoboda is proving anything it’s that the rule of law is under threat from both sides of the conflict. The cure might be worse than the disease for America in Ukraine.