Tuesday, March 4, 2014
NYU Professor Stephen F. Cohen approves: Ukrainian Pro-Democracy Demonstrators are "Fascists and Anti-Semites" Bieganski at NYU
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Surprise. The very same standard left-wing lingo that is used to cast aspersions on Polish patriots is also being used to cast aspersions on Ukrainian patriots.ReplyDelete
I just posted a comment which disappeared. So apologies if I repeat myself.ReplyDelete
Please check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_Sector
These guys are very vocal on the Maidan scene, they have well-trained, armed fighters, and many of them are quite eager to seize a part of Poland once the Revolution settles in (their ancestral lands, as they see them). So it's not all black and white.
Magdalena thanks for commenting. Please understand what I'm saying here. I'm NOT saying and have never said that there are no anti-Semites, no fascists, no right wing extremists in Eastern Europe. Rather my concern is the deployment of a stereotype. Let's understand the right wing extremists. Let's not stereotype all EEs as right wing extremists and anti-Semites. I think we agree on that.Delete
Yeah, I agree on that. The problem is that most people in the West have a knee-jerk reaction either one way or the other - it's either all angelic fighters for democracy or all bad Nazi guys, and both reactions are foolish as they distort the picture. I think it is important to remember that the extremist presence is out there, and I don't think they are anti-Semitic as much as they are very, very nationalistic - they would turn against any minority that stood in their way.Delete
Yes, it's worrying that too many people here assume that the protesters must be in the right. The overthrown Ukraine government was clearly corrupt, but that doesn't prove that the people who overthrew it are necessarily supporters of clean government and democracy (or, as you say, Danusha, that they are all Nazis and fascists). It's an incredibly complex situation and knee-jerk responses in either direction are not helpful.ReplyDelete
Cohen has been a shill for whatever government was in Moscow at the time for a very long time, back to Brezhnev's reign. I wouldn't take anything he says seriously.ReplyDelete
He is married to Katrina know-it-all Vandenheuvel. If you had any doubts about who finances the Nation, it should have been dispelled by nowReplyDelete