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Events in E. Ukraine ‘beginning of ethnic cleansing campaign’

Daniel McAdams is Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He served as foreign affairs advisor to US Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) for 12 years.

Published time: July 05, 2014 16:40

Slavyansk, Ukraine (RIA Novosti / Maks Vetrov)

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Any future peace talks between Kiev and the self-proclaimed eastern republics will be about their surrender, Daniel McAdams, the Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute, told RT, adding that Ukrainian authorities are carrying out ethnic cleansing.

RT: Do you agree with President Poroshenko that civilians are not being targeted and the army is liberating the east of the country?

Daniel McAdams: Well unless it is the most elaborate deception campaign in the history of propaganda, everything that I've seen has shown that the jets and the military from Kiev are decimating villages. And I think it should not be a surprise because the new president has already said, “We will attack, and liberate our land,” but the members of his administration have referred to the people in the east as sub-humans, insects and other things. So you first dehumanize the population and then you begin an ethnic campaign. And I think that is what you are seeing in the east now is the beginning of an ethnic cleansing campaign. We have already seen that 100,000-plus have fled to Russia. So this is the administration that has used deception and lies in the past and I think we're seeing it again.

RT: But if you say it’s an ethnic cleansing campaign, then to what end? I mean, even though these people are living in the east of Ukraine and their tendencies and their sympathies may lie with Russia, they are still Ukrainian citizens.

DM: That is correct but they also are disconnected from Kiev. It is very ironic, today in the US we're celebrating the 238th anniversary of our Independence Day where we broke away from an unelected tyrannical government far away. Yet, the same US government is now doing its very best to suppress the people in east Ukraine who want the very same thing – just the ability to secede from a government that they feel is oppressive and does not represent their views. So it is actually a sad irony sitting here in the US celebrating Independence Day.

AFP Photo / Alexander Khudoteply

RT: President Poroshenko is proposing a new time and place for the negotiations with these republics. How committed do you think he is to those talks?

DM: Well, he is committed but his position has already been clear: you have to surrender or be killed. So, I think the talks, unless I'm mistaken and it is very possible, I hope I am mistaken, but the talks will nearly be about the conditions of their surrender. So those are not really talks in the true sense of the word. So it is hard to be optimistic about it.

RT: So what kind of result do you think will come from them?

DM: I do not think much will come from them, again unless I'm terribly mistaken. If you look at this post-coup government in Kiev, this really is an Orange Revolution 2.0. Look down at the persons, to the people who have been appointed – they are all Yushchenko's retreads, they are all cronies of Poroshenko, billionaire oligarchs. So this is nothing new. If this was a revolution to get rid of corruption and to start afresh, it is a remarkable way of doing it. So I think I do not expect anything different at all, except that this is way more violent than the Orange Revolution 1.0.

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Comments (78)

 

Baerlas 09.07.2014 19:32

Daniel McAdams appears to correctly describe what is going on. Kiev said that from the start (e.g. Yatseniuk or the girl with the nazi plats etc.). I do wonder why nobody took them seriously before. Think of this: when Hitler started talking about getting rid of the Jews in the twenties nobody believed him not even the Jews. But he kept word. And here we meet his grandchildren...

 

Randy 09.07.2014 05:30

I just watched a video on youtube regarding the shelling of Eastern Ukraine. The Ukraine Army appears to be conducting indiscriminate bombing & shelling of various cities and villages in the region. Most of the bodies were civilians of all ages, babies to older persons. Do they not even know where the opposition is that they just shell the entire city? These are not precision munitions. The battles appear to be psychological as much as physical destruction, I assume to pacify the populace. The National Guard threw, perhaps a dozen bodies off an APV, all men; hopefully fighters. Very sad.

 

Laura Lee Dykstra 08.07.2014 05:50

As an American Christian, I fully denounce the evil American empire of government... and denounce this US supported and condoned murder of innocent people.

Thi s nation's leadership is NOT Christian. There is nothing Christian about this evil government.

God condemns the Federal Government of the United States of America, and so do I.

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