Nigel Farage: Europe Has “Blood on It’s Hands” Over Ukraine.

 

Nigel Farage, leader of the British semi-libertarian UK Independence Party, unleashed a hellstorm of criticism in a debate last week with British Deputy PM Nick Clegg, charging that the European Union has “blood on it’s hands” and is partly to blame for the violent protests and resultant chaos in Ukraine.

According to Farage, the British Government and Deputy PM Clegg are guilty of encouraging the EU to pursue an “expansionist, imperialist” agenda in Ukraine, which has seemingly led to a break-up of Ukraine and left over 100 protestors dead, alongside thousands more wounded and/or displaced.

As RT reports:

The EU has blood on its hands after meddling in the Ukrainian crisis, once again revealing its imperial ambitions, Nigel Farage, leader of the euroskeptic UK Independence Party, said in a TV debate with Britain’s deputy PM, Nick Clegg.

When the debate touched upon events in Ukraine, Clegg said that he was proud of the EU for reaching out to ex-Communist states in Eastern Europe and former “fascist dictatorships” on the Mediterranean.

Those states only managed to turn into “democracies because they became part of the family of nations within the EU,” Clegg said.

But Farage responded with a completely opposite stance toward the armed coup that ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich in late February.

“We should hang our heads in shame,” Farage said, adding that it was the British government that had encouraged the EU to pursue “imperialist, expansionist” ambitions in Ukraine.

“We’ve given a false series of hopes to a group of people in western Ukraine and so geed up were they that they, actually, toppled their own elected leader,” he said.

With over 100 people killed during the Maidan standoff in Kiev, the European Union “does have blood on its hands” over Ukraine, Farage said.

“I don’t want a European army, navy, air force or a European foreign policy. It has not been a thing for good in the Ukraine,” he said.

Farage’s words apparently resonated with the British viewing public:

A YouGov poll carried out immediately after the debate gave Farage a landslide victory with 57 percent, while just 36 per cent of respondents supported Clegg’s position.

My take on all this? I don’t think the EU has ever really intended to give out unrestricted visas to Ukrainians, which is one of the main reasons so many young folks in Ukraine supported the revolution: to join the EU, snag an unrestricted visa, and get the heck out of poor, miserable, endemically-corrupt Ukraine. But most EU nations, especially Western Europe, do not want Ukrainians. Europe has a negative perception of Ukraine, in general. When I lived in Germany, I often heard Ukraine referred to as one of the eastern “gypsy nations”. Whether it’s true or not is subjective of course, but this seems to be a widely-held perception.

To that end, most Western European nations (which are the major destinations for immigrants) have reflected a sizable opposition to allowing Ukrainian accession to the EU. In Britain, some polls show nearly half of all Britons opposing Ukrainian accession, while only a quarter support it (with another quarter presumably having no opinion or being unsure). Various polls in Germany and France have indicated similar views, with majorities opposing Ukrainian entry. It seems that a disconnect exists between EU politicians and citizens of EU nations. Numerous EU Politicians have openly favored Ukrainian accession to the EU, while large segments of the populace, perhaps a majority, openly oppose such a move.

I think European politicians know this, and have never intended to go all the way with plans to integrate Ukraine into the EU. I agree with Farage that the EU leadership’s involvement in Ukraine has been more about trying to establish European regional dominance in the east, rather than actually incorporating Ukraine and allowing Ukrainians unrestricted association with the rest of Europe.

As for us folks in America, my stance remains the same: we should stay out of it. The debate is unfortunately being manipulated by American politicians into a rigged question of either “being for freedom and democracy or being for Putin and Russian imperialism”, which is a total misrepresentation of non-interventionist views like mine. Of course I support freedom; as for being “for or against” Putin, you could say I oppose Putin. He’s an autocratic albatross around the neck of Russia. I have no love or good feelings for the guy. If Russia disposed of him, I’d probably consider it a good thing. However, that does not mean I automatically support the Ukrainian opposition (which is comprised of corrupt Ukrainian establishment mainstays like Yulia Tymoshenko). When it comes to the dueling political authorities involved in Ukraine, I really don’t support anybody. Both sides are corrupt and untrustworthy. That’s why I’d rather stay out of it. Let peace-loving and prosperity-seeking Ukrainians come the U.S.A. instead.

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