PETER HITCHENS: Why our liberal elite cheered for this violent mob

By Peter Hitchens for The Mail on Sunday

16 Jan 2021, updated 00:07 17 Jan 2021

WARNING: EXTREME RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA

An armed and angry mob surround the seat of government in the capital of a democracy, claiming the most recent election is invalid. 

In ferocious clashes between the crowd and the police, several lie dead and many are wounded. Eventually, armed men force their way into the very debating chamber.

And what happens? The mob wins. The government flees for its life. Nice liberal-minded Western governments, especially the American one, along with nice liberal media, rejoice at the outcome of these events, the overthrow of an elected government by unconstitutional means and mass intimidation.

Some of you may recall these events in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, in February 2014. I certainly do, because I found them repellent and wrong. Almost alone among Western journalists, I argued that this had been a violent putsch. 

Just imagine the outcry if a Russian diplomat or politician had been mingling with the horrible rabble which stormed the US Capitol in Washington (pictured). And quite right too.

The toppled government of President Viktor Yanukovych was ugly and corrupt, beyond doubt. But by the standards of Ukraine’s young democracy, it was still legitimate.

Elections were due within a year, which could have removed those in power lawfully. The mob did not wish to wait, and even shoved aside a deal brokered by several European statesmen to preserve the rules.

Not long before this explosion, many major figures were seen fraternising with the crowds which later became the mob, including the late US Senator John McCain and Victoria Nuland, then Washington’s Assistant Secretary of State, now tipped for a high place in the Biden administration. 

They did not call for the violent overthrow of the Yanukovych government. But they were all quite happy to associate with a partisan crowd in the capital of a sovereign nation, and the demonstrators must surely have taken heart from their presence.

Some of you may recall these events in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, in February 2014. I certainly do, because I found them repellent and wrong. Almost alone among Western journalists, I argued that this had been a violent putsch

Just imagine the outcry if a Russian diplomat or politician had been mingling with the horrible rabble which stormed the US Capitol in Washington. And quite right too. Foreign powers have no business taking sides in the internal matters of independent countries.

So answer me this, all you lofty liberals. I have always despised Donald Trump and the empty-headed movement he created, and I am here quite happy to say that the invasion of the halls of the US Congress by Trump supporters was a grotesque, evil and criminal enterprise, which I utterly condemn without the tiniest reservation.

But will you, even now, say that the violent putsch in Kiev, six years ago, was just as wrong?

No, you won’t. Because – as your failure to defend liberty shows – you have no real principles. You put them on as fancy dress when you need to pose. But in reality you will do what you have to, to get the power you want. Your outrage is phoney and selective, and I do not trust it.

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  • A disgraceful column that would not be out of of place on Sputnik or RT, who would no doubt give him a job if he wanted it. He fails to mention that he has been pumping out cleverly disguised pro-kremlin propaganda for years. He even went to Crimea long before Russia’s invasion to advocate the Russian case for stealing it back. He fails to mention his seething hatred for Ukraine for having the temerity for desiring freedom after 360 years of genocide, misery and horror under Russian occupation. He fails to mention that Yanukovich was a Russian puppet who bled the country dry. He was not ‘legitimate’. He was installed by a Russian funded company run by Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, who deployed US-style political black arts to bamboozle an immature, naive electorate. They transformed a convicted armed robber into a seemingly viable candidate by lies and trickery and of course an unlimited budget.
    He fails to mention that Yanukovich also ‘won’ a sham election in 2004. His opponent was poisoned by putin’s goons and a protest overturned that travesty.
    He fails to mention that he believes that somehow Ukraine is ‘part of’ Russia, whilst history proves the opposite. Being ‘part of’ is not the same as ‘occupied by’.
    Does he think that all former imperial powers have the right to thieve back former dominions whenever they want, or does he reserve that right exclusively for Russia, whose regime has managed to murder more innocent Christians in Europe this century than the combined efforts of AQ/isis?

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  • Here is a link to an extract from a Hitchens’ piece that effectively advocated invasion of Crimea long before it happened :

    https://ukrainetoday.org/2019/08/18/western-opinion-formers-who-may-have-prepared-the-ground-for-the-invasions-of-georgia-and-ukraine/

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  • “Nice liberal-minded Western governments, especially the American one, along with nice liberal media, rejoice at the outcome of these events, the overthrow of an elected government by unconstitutional means and mass intimidation.”

    Wrong! Even conservatives were glad that this happened. This pro-corrupt scum author fails to see the need of a people to free itself from an oligarchy, corruption of the vilest sort and from someone who got into position with quite dubious means. It is the right of the people to do so and even its duty. I would be on the streets too if we had anything like the piece of shit Yanukobitch as president. This shit nugget author is free to move to mafia land if he feels cozy with crime-ridden rodents ruling over him.

    “Some of you may recall these events in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, in February 2014. I certainly do, because I found them repellent and wrong. Almost alone among Western journalists, I argued that this had been a violent putsch”
    “But will you, even now, say that the violent putsch in Kiev, six years ago, was just as wrong?”

    This imbecile should learn the meaning of “putsch”. It is of German origin and means: overthrow [attempt] by a small group [of the military] to take over state power. He used this false term twice because once didn’t underline his stupidity enough. He also fails to have learned what was behind the Euromaidan and what a Yanukobitch government meant to the people, otherwise, he would never write such garbage. I bet he wasn’t even there, being scared shitless. Thus, these statements, like the rest of this article are far removed from the truth and suitable for the waste bin and not for a newspaper.
    How can a spiteful slimy pro-Ruskie and ill-educated shit nugget like Peter Hitchens write for a known British paper? Don’t they require a minimum of education and neutrality? Or, does this paper have the same opinion?

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    • He is an ex-Trot, highly educated, his father was an Admiral in the Royal Navy and he works for the biggest online English language site in the world, which is why he’s so dangerous. For more info on him see my link. The Mail and its sister the MOS are not pro-putler; Edward Lucas is allowed to write in there but not as often as Hitchens unfortunately. Hitchens fans are like alt-right Trumpoids; utterly fanatical and of course putler jackboot lickers.

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      • He might have attended schools of higher learning, however, when someone cannot use words correctly and chooses a political agenda over even basic facts, and supports someone so utterly corrupt as Yanukobitch over a suffering people, and supports a crime syndicate’s theft of territory from a sovereign nation, then I cannot and will not see him or her as being highly educated. He is a dimwit in the truest sense of the word and a blatant, poison-spitting propagandist.

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        • He is by far the smartest of the western putler propagandists and he has a huge readership. Worse: he has been doing it for at least 15 years, probably more. He does a lot of TV and radio but cleverly avoids RT. The number of putlerite articles he has written run into the hundreds. Furthermore, he is considered important, so the Mail maintains a huge archive on the prick. You can search under the heading of Ukraine and get a shit load of hate stories. Similarly, you search under Russia and you get groveling. Again, he is smart enough to avoid openly praising the tiny poisoner himself. A very cunning operator.

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          • I guess he can easily fool the average imbecile on the streets then but we see right through him.

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          • There is something quite sickening listening to a British chap side with the Kremlin fascists and support Vladolf instead of the VAST will of the Ukrainian people.

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            • He’s been at it a long time and has a huge following. He’s even more dangerous than Jones and Icke because he writes for a mainstream paper. Which is why friends of Ukraine need to know about him. I have written a rebuttal to his bullshit. So far his mods have not published it. Occasionally they allow it and he responds to me with a cleverly-worded response. I have saved these exchanges to my files.
              If my reply is published and he responds, I will keep you informed.

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              • Good. The right of freedom of speech and the right to free assembly are always enemies of fascism.

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                • Unfortunately, this time he has not permitted my rebuttal. Instead there are comments that all agree with him; rubbishing Ukraine and promoting flat out lies about Maidan etc. It’s pretty foul stuff; no different from RaT, but in a mainstream paper. Absolutely sickening. I can copy and paste them here if you want, but it’s pretty depressing.
                  Tomorrow I have a more positive article; about the Englishman who founded Bellingcat; another kremkrapper target.

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                  • You should point out to him who his like-minded friends are that agree with him about Maidan and the Crimean theft; Zimbabwe, Cuba, Venezuela, Belarus, Armenia, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Sudan, North Korea and Syria. He must think like they do. Imagine 2 basketball teams standing in front of each other. Those 11 against the 110 civilized countries. There’s perspective.

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