President Obama said it was outrageous to think that America would support Ultra Nationalists in Ukraine. Did he lie? You decide.
"For the same day your court in Donetsk ruled to strip [Ukrainian Ultra Nationalist hero Stepan] Bandera of his Hero title, God bestowed the best gift possible to our family: the birth of Stepan Bandera's fifth great-grandchild. The KGB succeeded in killing his great-grandfather. But try as you might, you will never stop the Banderas Coming soon to a gene pool near you! Signed, Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Her Children! In prostration, S.A. Bandera, Grandson of Hero of Ukraine." This was the third-generation Stepan Bandera's open letter to Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych in 2010.
Yes! Stepan Bandera is alive and well. He may well be invited to a mid-summer barbeque at the White House and down a few beers with President Barak Obama and Senator John McCain. The takeover of Ukraine by those who march to his ulra-nationalist drumming has allowed seventy years' worth of US foreign policy to pay off with bigger dividends than anyone could have imagined.
The first Bandera's grandson is a former editor and reporter for the Kiev Post, and you can read his own take on Ultra Nationalists like Oleh Tyanhybok here.
a Kiev Post interview lunch with the grandson
of national hero Stepan Bandera, by Paul Miazga, Kyiv Post Staff Writer, April 20, 2005:
"Bandera, who currently writes for New York City's [Ukrainian] Diaspora newspaper The National Tribune , never knew his grandfather, who was killed by a KGB agent in 1959. But he has an affinity with him.... "Our family has always been very tight, very Ukrainian.' Bandera's father--also a nationalist activist--died under mysterious circumstances back in 1984, just like his grandfather. "I came to Ukraine looking for a fight,' he says."
Aside from being
a journalist supporting his family's claim to an Ultra Nationalist Ukraine, Mr.
Bandera plays a much larger role behind the scenes. This second-generation
homegrown Canadian Ukrainian Ultra Nationalist helped Americanize the
ultra-nationalist movement in Ukraine through his influence in America's civil,
political, and business circles.
The CUSUR (Center for US-Ukrainian Relations) was started as a result of the continuing support for a free Ukraine in three US presidential administrations. The "free" in "free Ukraine" refers to an ultra-nationalist Ukraine that Mr. Bandera's grandfather would be proud of.
First under President Bill Clinton, and then through two terms of GW Bush, both the US and Ukrainian governments, and businesses in the two countries, built extensive networks that culminated in the event-driving Maidan movement for Ukrainian integration with the West.
The CUSUR and the UCCA (Ukrainian Congressional Committee of America) are intertwined and so powerful in American politics that even a casual glance at their meeting notes or plans will give you the chills. Both groups are in fact OUN (b) (Ukrainian Ultra Nationalist) organizations that operate freely in the US, influencing National Security issues , Foreign Policy , and American National Politics.
Both Congressional Durbin brothers and Secretary of State John Kerry are enthusiastic supporters. Senator Durbin, a Lithuanian-American, has in fact stated during John Kerry's bid for the Presidency, "If John Kerry is elected, Kerry will work vigorously for Ukraine's continued independence and prosperity." That position, of course, supports the UCCA view .
Where does Mr. Bandera fit into all of this? For the last seventy years, the US has only recognized one Ukrainian government. According to CIA-released documents to which I provided links in previous articles, that one government is the Ukrainian government in Exile , led by the Stetskos. That government has now been brought back to Ukraine and cemented with the Maidan.
The Depth of the Bandera Influence
Here's a quick look at one name that appears on all of the steering committees of the CUSUR. As you'll see in UA Quest Roundtable Steering Committees , that name is Stepan Bandera.
RTI: Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Steering Committee--Stepan Bandera.
RTII: US/Ukraine Strategic Partnership Steering Committee-- Stepan Bandera.