We're hearing more and more about the idea of "EU Peacekeepers" which is certainly interesting, conceptually, as we ponder Daniel 9:27 and how, specifically the ultimate "peace deal" in Israel.
Moscow criticized Kiev's plan to invite an EU police force under the EU’s aegis for a peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukraine, saying the move would undermine the Minsk ceasefire agreement.
Ukraine’s Security and Defense Council said it will call on the UN and EU to deploy a peacekeeping mission as requested by President Petro Poroshenko. Moscow believes Kiev is trying to sideline the OSCE mission, which was tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Minsk ceasefire agreement.
“I think it’s a little bit disturbing, because they just signed the Minsk agreements on February 12. And the Minsk agreements provide for the role of the OSCE, There is nothing about the UN or European Union,” Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, told RT
“So for them to start talking immediately about something else… I think instead of coming up with new ideas they should really work harder on implementing what they agreed on,” Churkin told RT.
On Thursday, the EU said it was waiting for Kiev to provide concrete terms of the proposed peacekeeping mandate before making further comments.
Poroshenko’s announcement of an EU policing mission comes as a surprise, after a major stumbling block that stood in the way of the implementation of Minsk peace agreements – the encirclement of Ukrainian forces in Debaltsevo, which Kiev denied – was partially resolved. Earlier on Wednesday Poroshenko confirmed in a video statement that troops have been withdrawing from Debaltsevo.
Poroshenko asked his security body to call in European peacekeepers on Wednesday, saying that an “EU police mission” would be the best format for an international presence in Ukraine.
“The best format for us is a policing mission from the European Union. We are convinced that this will be the most effective and optimal solution in a situation when promises of peace have not been kept,”said Poroshenko.
The council's head Aleksandr Turchinov said the peacekeepers should be stationed not only along the disengagement line separating Kiev's troops and the anti-government forces, but also along the part of the Russian-Ukrainian border, which is now controlled by the self-proclaimed republics. Such deployment will help “observe, and most importantly, to localize the violations, and provide real steps for the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine,” he said.
After months of denying having a hand in the Ukrainian coupe, US President Barack Obama admitted playing power broker for the “transition.” This probably falls short of America’s actual involvement.
Washington was investing heavily in Ukraine long before the Maidan protests started in Kiev in 2013. According to Victoria Nuland, the State Department’s top diplomat for Europe, since 1991 America has poured $5 billion of taxpayers’ money into what she called assisting Ukrainians in building “democratic skills and institutions.”
Some of the money went into sponsoring various NGOs, political parties and media outlets. For instance, Hromadske.tv, an internet-based television channel created in summer 2013, received a grant of some $50,000 from the US embassy. The channel provided full-time coverage of the Maidan protests and gave a platform to various opposition figures.
Such funding is a well-known tool of the American government. Washington describes it as promoting a positive change and denies accusations that it gives money to get leverage to pursue its own goals in targeted countries. But in Ukraine US officials played a far more prominent role than simply funding local players.
Some like film director Oliver Stone even call it a US-staged coup, while former US Congressman Ron Paul called for the US to stop meddling in Ukraine.
The US government’s support for the post-coup government in Kiev never dwindled even as it went on to encroach on media freedom and the free speech and launched a military crackdown on its dissenting eastern regions. At times, critics say, it was difficult to distinguish the new Ukraine from an entity directly ruled from Washington.
Ukraine didn’t hesitate to appoint several foreigners as ministers, hastily giving them Ukrainian citizenship necessary for the jobs. Among them is Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, a former section chief at the US embassy and chair of an investment fund, which distributed US Congress moneyprovided thorough the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
For Biden, Ukraine’s economic future is a matter of concern not only due to his office but also due to his family’s ties with the Ukrainian energy sector. In May, Ukraine’s largest private gas company, Burisma Holdings, announced the appointment of VP Biden’s son, Hunter, to its board of directors. The White House insisted the appointment posed no conflict of interest for America’s second-ranking public official.
Sometimes I come across a comment from someone in the public eye that is so ridiculous it must not be let slip from view. Such was the case with remarks made by a man whose legal shenanigans I once personally faced in a Hamburg court (and survived quite well, thank you). I refer to a Hungarian-born American billionaire speculator and financier of tax-exempt foundations around the world, whose agenda remarkably parallels that of the US State Department for regime change.
As an investigative financial, political journalist for over three decades, I naturally traced the rise of the good Mr Soros since his incredible success in knocking Britain out of the Euro in the early 1990’s. I watched the mainstream media build a legend around “the man who broke the Bank of England.” Of course it was rubbish, because no single hedge fund speculator would afford to risk the billions that he did without insider help. In fact, some years later the same Soros was convicted for insider trading in French courts, something even his billions were not able to reverse
Now the clearly ageing 84-year-old hedge fund speculator seems to have taken Ukraine to his heart. He is no stranger to the country, having co-financed along with the NED and other US State Department NGOs, the Orange Revolution in Kiev in 2004. He is plenty active in today’s Ukraine events as well, as he noted in a recent CNN interview: “I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now.” That interview was made after the US State Department February 21, 2014 coup d’Etat.
The good Mr Soros, valiant crusader for his dream of an open society, has been leading a one-man campaign in recent months, castigating the EU leaders for not opening their checkbooks to the poor oppressed regime of neo-nazi Pravy Sektor anti-semites, of members of the openly anti-semitic pro-nazi Svoboda Party and other assorted US-backed criminals. Soros recently flew to Kiev to meet fellow billionaire, the ‘Chocolate King’ President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko to discuss their economic plight.
Speculation in financial markets was that Soros was desperate to find a way to get the West to cough up the billions Ukraine’s incompetent and quite illegal coup government needs to avoid declaration of debt default. Desperate, because Soros the speculator had reportedly bet a lot of his funds on a western bailout, buying Kiev state bonds on the ultra-cheap, hoping to literally make a killing when the bailout came. But, as EU Commission head Juncker made clear at the end of last year, there is no money for Ukraine in the EU budget. The IMF is holding back and Washington, while cheering on the war, and showering the Kiev coup regime with lavish words of praise, laughs and spends hardly anything.
Now the good Mr Soros has seen fit to grace the annual Munich Security Conference to offer his seemingly boundless wisdom on Ukraine. This time it is so hilarious I must share his remarks with you. He told the Munich audience, which included German Chancellor Merkel and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, Senator John McCain, John Kerry and assorted others of the world political stage: “Ukraine is what the European Union ought to be — a participatory democracy. Unfortunately it is a well-kept secret. It is a secret because it has not yet produced any positive results."
Whoa! Wow, let’s reread that carefully.
Ukraine is “model of an ideal European participatory democracy”? Is that because of the rag-tag collection that the US Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland imposed in February 2014 on the unfortunate Ukrainian people in the US-orchestrated coup. That coup was called by George Friedman, the head of the US Pentagon-linked consulting group, Stratfor recently, “the most blatant coup in history."
Perhaps Mr Soros, who loves to philosophize about Karl Popper’s Open Society so much he named his foundations after it, referred to today’s Ukraine government. That government includes alleged Scientologist, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, as well as members of the neo-nazi Pravy Sektor in key defense and interior ministry posts. It is “soooo inclusive” for those Ukrainians to mingle Jewish governors like billionaire Igor Kolomoisky with the anti-semitic Pravy Sektor members of the Azov Battalion he finances in east Ukraine, to wage terror acts against innocent civilians, according to Israel’s Ma’ariv daily. Such open-mindedness must be praised, or?
On 23 September 2014, the rascals in the present Kiev Rada or parliament passed a new law which Lyudmila Denisova, the Ukrainian Minister of Social Policy announced as official civilian slavery. With more than faint echoes of nazi slave labor camps, the new government law stated, “people will be involved without mandatory consent (sic), subject to enforcement operations, in work that is of a defensive nature, as well as man-made [i.e., war-related] disaster management, natural and military nature, during mobilization and wartime."
Of course, as financier of the Human Rights Watch NGO, Mr Soros is aware that forced labor (“without mandatory consent”) laws are in violation of the UN Charter and international law. Andrej Hunko, German Member of the Bundestag and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe noted, just in case Mr Soros had a spell of moral confusion with his busy diplomatic schedule,
“The new rules announced by the Minister for social policy of labor service would mean the introduction of forced labor, which violates the European Convention on human rights…Yatsenyuk’s attempt to set forced labor now legally, is a further step towards an authoritarian society and must be stopped. This is the exact opposite of the supposed democratic development of Ukraine, as it is written by the Maidan movement."
It is more and more clear that the recent pace of world events must be taking a toll on Mr Soros’ mental clarity. I must grant him one truth in his remarks in Munich, however, and that is that Kiev’s model participatory democracy is a “secret because it has not yet produced any positive results."