People were on edge but it was quiet. Ten minutes after we left someone on the bus got a call, Pravy Sektor arrived by carloads. Fifteen minutes later in a bus filled mainly with retirees, an attack helicopter ran parallel to us low to the ground until we turned off the road. As the bus entered our town a call came from the mayor, Pravy Sektor was in town demanding people's passports and tearing them up. It's an easy way to make a Moskal; no identification, no problem.
As I finish this we are waiting for them to show up.
I am mindful of the fact that there is now bounties on the heads of journalists that write about the junta. Phone data is being mined and people are complaining conversations are cut off as soon as politics are mentioned. Two days ago I was scheduled to do an interview by Skype. Five minutes beforehand the internet connection was lost. We hobbled through over the phone. The subject was kept to the day's events. After the interview was complete the internet connection returned. It does make you wonder.
There is still time to stop this. Petitions like this one to the European Court on Human Rights is a way people across the world are trying to accomplish this.
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The pictures and videos are gut-wrenching and one would imagine that they are easily available to those who make the decisions -- that Obama has not denounced the killing spree in East Ukraine is a condemnation of not only him but of the American people who allow such atrocities to be carried out in their names. Being willfully ignorant is not an excuse because the information is out there if one bothers to look for it.
The only official media outlet that accounts for any of this is in The Independent from the UK, which states:
The dead are still being counted from Odessa's terrible fire: it was 31 at first, then went up to 48, while the number of injured has risen to 200. Some were burnt alive, some were asphyxiated, some jumped to their deaths.
The inability of the authorities to say just how many perished, four days on, has prompted dark tales of bodies in the basement spirited away and buried by the authorities. They show, it is claimed, signs of torture; women victims have been raped. There is no evidence to support these claims, but they fester in this atmosphere of malignant hatred and suspicion which is so bitterly dividing Ukraine.
The lack of evidence to support the "claims" are on display in those heinous pictures and videos that are in Eliason's essay.
Obama is committed to this bloodletting and having made no secret of his admiration of Ronald Reagan now seems to have adopted one of Reagan's practices in using death squads to carry out search-and-destroy missions against political dissidents. Mr. Reagan once lovingly compared the right-wing death squads that were sponsored by his administration as "freedom fighters" who were "the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers," despite their proclivity for torture, rape and murder, to make the world safe for 'democracy'. Post World War II history is also replete with other US-backed slaughters such as the infamous Phoenix Program during the Vietnam and the ongoing midnight raids in Afghanistan. That shining city on the hill loses much of its luster when one realizes that the real business of those who run this country is murder in the name of land grabs, resource control, and suppression of real democracy.
The history is long and sordid and the events in Odessa on May 2, 2014, will forever live in infamy when it comes to the criminality of those in high places. US-EU-NATO Axis of Aggression as well because the illegitimate government in Kiev with US backing and CIA and FBI advisory assistance is continuing their murderous activities and there will only be escalations now that Obama has washed his hands to seal their fates. The man's character or more accurately lack of one was apparent when he threw Reverend Wright under the bus for political gain and the poisoned tree that sprouted forth on that day continues to bear the bitter fruit that the US President is force feeding to the world as a whole.
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