Comments about the Ukraine now being in a “civil war” miss the point. The Ukraine has gone from civil unrest, to civil disorder, to civil war, and finally, into ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and potential genocide in less than one week.
The kidnapped Maripol Police Chief was found hanging from an Aspen tree. This was after being sentenced to death by a “people’s tribunal.” Active Duty Ukrainian military troops casually shot at unarmed civilians standing peaceably in line to vote. People are routinely being kidnapped, tortured and murdered by various political and ethnic groups. The combination of summary execution, people’s tribunals, and what was a lynching, mean the ethnic cleansing phase has begun. If the history of Europe shows us anything it is this: once you start to murder other people, solely based on whatever criteria you want to use, well, the blood flows.
Doomer Doug will flatly state that the eventual result of all this will be the creation of Putin’s “New Russia.” If you go to zerohedge.com, you can find a map that shows this. The day is coming when there will no ethnic Ukrainians east of the Dneipper River. They will either have run for their lives to Kiev, or they will be dead. We have seen this in Yugoslavia. We have seen in in Rwanda.
Ethnic cleansing does not have to be racially based. It can be based on tribal status. Rwanda was where black people, of two tribes, gleefully hacked each other to death with machetes. They did so for ethnic, and not racial reasons. The Ukraine is now in the same place as Rwanda was. They are going to kill each other based on language, culture, and politics. In Rwanda it was black people killing other black people of another tribe. In Ukraine it is, and will continue to increase, white people killing other white people solely based on their ethnic status.
One thing Americans don’t quite get is how tribal and ethnic attitudes can easily lead to genocide in other places on Planet Earth.
Putin’s plan has always been to enter the Ukraine as a liberator, savior, and national patriot at the request of the newly installed pro Russian governments. He has now set the stage for that. Assuming Kiev unleashes all the firepower it has now deployed into the Eastern Ukraine in order to reclaim it, the stage will be set for a triumphant Putin to restore order and save his people.
NATO, the West and the Three Stooges have been outplayed from the first hour of this situation. Putin is now in the final stages of his long planned creation of “New Russia.” It will be carved out of the carcass of a rotting Kiev government.