Clinton Dept. of State Backing the Anti-Semitism Party in Ukraine?

Ahead of this Sunday’s parliamentary election in Ukraine, Hillary Clinton’s U.S. State Department has become more critical of the government’s ruling party, expressing fears that democracy is being ill-served in the former Soviet satellite nation. Unfortunately, by backing a “democratic” coalition and undermining the current government, Clinton is helping to pave the way for a fringe party to agitate anti-Semitic messaging. Our allies in Israel have taken notice, and while this is par for the course in the Obama administration, Mrs. Clinton should reverse course immediately.

In a New York Times editorial last week, Clinton threw her weight behind United Opposition, a coalition of parties in Ukraine that consists of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland Party (or Batkivshchyna) and others. Tymoshenko is the cause célèbre of several pro-democracy European interests. But along with Fatherland, the coalition Hillary is putting her money on also includes Svoboda — a “social-nationalist” party — so this coalition is not the pure western democratic group it claims to be.

Both Clinton and the U.S. Senate may be backing the wrong horse. In September, the U.S. Senate adopted a resolution threatening sanctions against Ukraine for the conviction and imprisonment of former PM Tymoshenko, a leader in Ukraine’s opposition. Clinton also backed the U.S. Senate, calling for Tymoshenko’s release. But it isn’t as cut-and-dried as U.S. authorities think. Even the jailed PM’s closest ally, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko, has thrown her under the bus quicker than Obama threw Clinton under the bus over Benghazi.

Worse, there are fears that some elements of this coalition are edging toward the sort of anti-Semitism of old.

Recently members of the Israeli Knesset issued some dire warnings that anti-Semitism might be creeping into this coalition.

The Israeli side is wary of the fact that radical movements and anti-Semitic organizations come to the surface on the election eve, he said, exemplifying the coalition agreement (of the United Opposition – Ed.) with the party Svoboda, and expressed worry that this kind of parties in the future coalition would promote some national themes of anti-Semitic nature.

The Vice Speaker of the Knesset, the head of the Inter-Parliamentary Association Israel-Ukraine Alex Miller, went to pains to note that Ukraine currently has good relations with Israel and he hoped that this relationship stays strong.

One of the fears that Clinton and the U.S. Senate expressed is that current president Yanukovych is perpetrating a move to go back to a Soviet-like era of authoritarianism. U.S. authorities have also expressed fears that Yanukovych is too close to Putin. That would be a surprise to the Russians who have recently whined that Yanukovych is being too independent and not properly “toeing the Kremlin’s line.” But given Svoboda’s ability to rise, thanks to the U.S.’s misguided, blanket support for the opposition, Clinton and the Democrat Senate should be more worried about the resurgence of a Nazi-like era of hate.

Yanukovych and his Regions Party have been deeply involved in the electoral reforms that are helping bring Ukraine more in line with western democratic ideals. This, too, has vexed the Russians, and new thresholds in the proportional system should help keep Svoboda’s ideas about ethnic purity and other atrocious ideas at bay.

Secretary of State Clinton and the U.S. Senate need to commit to reviewing the true situation in Ukraine before making more pronouncements. Explicit support for Ukraine’s reformed process could signal to Israel that there is nothing to worry about, as well as helping to discourage Election Day shenanigans this weekend.

Unfortunately, this lack of clarity on Ukraine is yet another example of the Obama administration’s fumbled foreign policy scheme.

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  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

    How much is Putin paying you to write this, Warner? This is out of left field.

    Politics in the Ukraine, yeah.

    Of course you know that Israel maintains a close relationship with Russia, right? That’s where Jonathan Pollard’s nuke secrets went, you know.

    Although even if she is kind of hot, Yulia Tymoshenko seems kind of shady.

    Still, Warner, you should stay out of foreign affairs, you are lost in the wilderness. Have you ever been out of the USA?

    OT: Chico is in Malaysia mixing business with pleasure.

    • jim_m

      Of course Chico finds Tymoshenko “shady” she’s a foreigner and Chico doesn’t believe that we should have anything to do with their kind.

    • warnertoddhuston

      Your reply proves you didn’t read the piece. I was NOT supporting Yulia Tymoshenko. But, since you are in Malaysia, try not to catch aides from the little boys you are buying over there. If we are lucky you’ll have your US citizenship revoked before you get back… not that you would care much if that really happened. The US is such an icky place, anyway.

      • jim_m

        That would be AIDS, Warner. Chico is probably there because he admires their imposition of Sharia law and wants to see how he could better advocate for the suppression of women’s and gay rights back here in the US.

        • warnertoddhuston

          Ha, yeah, AIDS. Typing too fast, I guess. Notice that Brucie knew where the good haunts for boy prostitutes was though. I should have figured.

        • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

          If this is sharia law, I’m for it. The nightlife is better than any U.S. city except for Memphis, New Orleans, or Las Vegas.

      • Brucehenry

        1. Chico wasn’t implying you supported Tymoshenko, genius. Just the opposite. Coming from someone who’s always crying about the “reading comprehension problems” of his readers, this is funny.

        2. I thought it was Thailand that had the little-boy sex trade, not Malaysia. Of course, you’d know better than I about such matters. Limbaugh clued you in, amirite? Amirite?

        3. Spellcheck ain’t your friend. AIDS, aides, whatever.

        • warnertoddhuston

          And you didn’t read the piece either, nor do you know anything about Ukraine. It is Tymoshenko that has become the Russian stooge especially after she unilaterally signed a gas deal with Putin that pays Russia way over market costs for the energy. It is Putin who is Tymoshenko loudest advocate in the area, too. Further, the leaders of the Orange Revolution testified AGAINST Tymoshenko when she went to trial. Like Commander Cheapo, you have no idea what you are on about. But I’m glad you schooled me on Thailand and the boy prostitutes. I’ll bow to your clear experience in the matter. I should remember that Democrats like you are 100% for that whole NAMBLA-styled mein so clearly you know better.

          • Brucehenry

            I don’t know much about modern Ukraine, that’s correct. Did I claim to? I’m not “on about” anything. However, I DO know what the word “although” means as Chico used it above.

            It’s that “reading comprehension” talent that I possess and you, apparently, do not.

            I find it revealing that the first mention of little-boy sex came from you, Warner. All anyone had to do was mention a country in Southeast Asia and your mind immediately leapt in that direction. I had forgotten there was an organization called NAMBLA, but you hadn’t. Did you misplace your membership card?

          • warnertoddhuston

            ….and BrooseHenwy goes for the well-worn and highly intellectual “Oh, YEAH?” argument. Kudos for beng so smart, lil Broosie.

        • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

          Yah, I was agreeing with Warner a little bit.

          • warnertoddhuston

            Doubtful.

          • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

            I still think you were shilling for some FARA PR firm on this piece.

      • Carl

        aides – lol. Tea Party much, Warner? lol…

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    Clinton is (was) in the weather underground, plus a commie, just like Obama. Those two birds of a feather, among other people in government, are enemies of the State that should be arrested as Traitors. Who really knows who any of these evil doers are right now and what does it matter?
    ALL Partners in Crime with the same end result. . . destroy America, then go after Israel.

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