In Ukrainian political news, there is a lot going on. With Yatsenuk’s departure as Prime Minister, there are re-shufflings and political maneuverings. There are winners and losers. One of the winners: Just a couple of days ago the Supreme Rada promoted Andriy Parubiy from Deputy Chairman to Chairman of the Rada. This is the equivalent of Speaker of the House.
Parubiy has long been a favorite of the Americans: In the past he has met cordially with such American foreign-policy heavyweights as Victoria Nuland, Senator John McCain, and many others.
Parubiy’s American friends were clearly not aware of various anti-American statements that Parubiy has made in the past. If they had known about this, they might have felt hurt and upset. But heedless of the feelings of others, always trying to drive a wedge between America and its bosom buddies, Russian bloggers have hastened to make public past embarrassing manifestos and anti-American statements made by Mr. Parubiy, in his capacity as leader of the Social-National Party of Ukraine.
In particular, Mr. Parubiy had published his manifesto called “A View from the Right”. In which the politician expresses his concerns about the state of American society, with the following quotes:
“Young men with unkempt and dirty hair, in torn jeans, which propagandize degeneracy and pacifism — this is the result of the expansion into Ukraine of the American way of life, the liberal ideology.”
In his manifesto, Parubiy counters this awful liberal degeneracy with morally uplifting examples from the past, namely the glories of Kievan Rus:
“Let us remember the times of the Kievan state. At that time, Ukraine was one of the leading centers of the cultural life of Europe, it was the most powerful military force in Europe. It was precisely at that time, when Ukraine defended the white race from the totalitarian onslaught of Asiatic hordes. Ukraine stopped (these hordes) with her own chest. This was a titanic conflict between two races, in which Ukraine brilliantly fulfilled her preordined destiny. (This conflict) undermined our mighty state, yet at the same time secured the free development for other peoples of Europe.”
Further in his musings, Parubiy has the gall to compare outcast Russians (=spawn of the Mongol horde) with that exceptional people, the Americans. To Parubiy, these two giants are just two sides of the same coin:
“Russia and the U.S. are the two centers of globalism (mondalism) which, each in their own way, seeks to destroy the European spirit, which they feel as antagonistic to their own being. They seek to destroy the identity of the European nations. But they don’t understand: Barbarians can be victorious in the short term, but the European spirit, the spirit of the white race itself, they cannot destroy. Barbarians come and go, but Europe remains Europe, as the center of world spirituality and civilization, the Europe of free nations.”
Is Parubiy just a crank?
No. In fact, he is not. One only has to remind oneself, not just that Parubiy is the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, but that virtually the entire Ukrainian government in power today, derives its spiritual authority and historical pedigree from the “Independent Ukraine” of Stepan Bandera and the OUN.
It was the OUN leaders Bandera and Yaroslav Stetsko who formulated the official ideology of the “modern Ukraine” – as a member of the European community.
Now, I hasten to add, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with being a part of Europe. Europe is wunderbar. Russia herself is a component of European civilization, broadly speaking.
It really all depends on the question of “which Europe”? The sublime Europe of Beethoven, Verdi, Rembrandt and Victor Hugo? Or the vicious guttersnipe Europe of Adolph Hitler?
Bandera and his progeny, including Parubiy, clearly see Ukraine as a part of the Hitler-model Europe. A “whites only, hordes need not apply” type Europe. Seeking common ground based on their white skin color as the primary marker of their superiority. To quote historian Kost Bondarenko, from the piece I just linked:
“When, on June 30, 1941, was announced in Lvov the creation of an independent Ukraine and a Ukrainian state (announced by Yaroslav Stetsko), the dominant idea at that time, was that the Ukraine must become a part of the New Europe. As was said at the time, Hitler created the New Europe. The Ukraine was slated to be a component of this new totalitarian Europe. The leaders of the OUN propagandized, in every way possible, that they will become a part of the New Europe. And on July 1, 1941, one of the German officials invited Stepan Bandera to meet with him in Kharkov, and said to him: ‘It is very pleasing to us, that you recognize yourselves to be a part of Europe, to be our partners. However, in military terminology, we are not exactly your partners. We are conquerors of Soviet territory, which includes the Ukraine.‘”
And thus was recorded the first official bitch-slap from Old Europe to the face of Ukrainian nationalist wannabe-Europeans. The first of many to come….