Monday, July 7, 2014
Once Ukrainians Learn to Kill Each Other... the Sky is the Limit!
Excerpt from a New York Times article titled, "Ukraine Military Finds Its Footing Against Pro-Russian Rebels."
“The military themselves learned to fight,” said Mykola Sungurovskyi, the director of military programs at the Razumkov Center, a policy research organization here in the capital of Ukraine.
By most standards, the Ukrainian armed forces remain in a pitiful state. But they have benefited from the enlistment of thousands of volunteers into new militias, financial donations by ordinary citizens — including a Kiev Internet-technology entrepreneur who raised $35,000 and built a surveillance drone — and an aggressive push to repair and upgrade armored personnel carriers and other equipment.
There has also been aid from abroad. The United States has sent $23 million in security assistance since March, including $5 million for night-vision goggles, body armor, communications equipment and food.
But even more important, experts said, was a reorganization of the chain of command and a crucial psychological shift: Soldiers surmounted a reluctance to open fire on their own countrymen, a serious issue after riot police officers killed about 100 protesters last winter during civil unrest centered on Maidan, the main square in Kiev.
“They have overcome that psychological barrier in which the military were afraid to shoot living people,” Mr. Sungurovskyi said. “They had this barrier after Maidan, after the death of that hundred — not simply to shoot living people, but their own people. After the forces were restructured a bit, and it became clear who were our people, who were foes, the operations became more effective.”
Forgive me for quoting an article at this length, but I must admit that this is the most darkly and unintentionally hilarious thing I ever read in the Times.
Here's a liberal American newspaper that propagates humanism and moderate progressivism in its editorials and regular journalism, now celebrating the Ukrainian military "finding its footing."
The Times' reader is forewarned, "the Ukrainian armed forces remain in a pitiful state."
"Uh-oh," the reader thinks to himself, "will this distant land ever taste the sweet nectar of freedom?"
"Don't despair!" answers the grey lady. For the freedom fighters in Ukraine are making progress against the Russian hordes.
Sure, the thousands of Ukrainians signing up to become parts of undisciplined, right-wing militias with poor legal oversight is neat. And the millions of military aid from America is also handy. But there's even better news!
"Even more important, experts said, was... a crucial psychological shift: Soldiers surmounted a reluctance to open fire on their own countrymen."
I must ask... what countrymen? Weren't we told all along that all rebels are Russians pretending to be Ukrainians?
But anyway, you see, for these week-kneed Ukrainian soldiers "killing their own countrymen" was a bit of a cultural taboo at first.
What big pussies, I know.
This "killing your countrymen" business was especially touchy in light of the fact that, "riot police officers killed about 100 protesters last winter during civil unrest centered on Maidan, the main square in Kiev."
What a bummer for the new Ukrainian democracy that her soldiers have to wrestle with a hefty moral dilemma, "killing countrymen: sometimes - bad... other times- very good."
With all this Hamlet bullshit... who's gonna be shooting other Ukrainians to pave the way for freedom?
Well, at least they have America's most prestigious liberal newspaper to cheer them on to make the right choice.
Would the New York Times ever present American soldiers learning to kill other Americans or Frenchmen killing other Frenchmen as... desirable progress?
Ukrainians are different somehow.
Seen here as lemmings stuck between two civilizational poles. One good, one bad.
Who's to say that a little killing won't herd them toward Europe? Hell, in half a century, they might even earn their own special little star on the blue flag in Brussels.