Guiding this decades-long process into hard nationalism while at the same time trying to give it a softer image the OUNb and OUNm were at constant odds with each other. OUNb (USA) wanted direct control, while OUNm (Canada) wanted native Ukrainians to take the reins and just supply guidance. Before Maidan, the OUNb decided to take full control and makes the decisions.
The second stage would be an energetic arrival of nationalism in an organized form. This was what Maidan was all about. This happened.
According to Kuzio, a major difference between nationalists and democrats is the question of "enemies." Liberals are afraid of saying who the enemy of Ukrainian independence is, nationalists name that enemy- Russia.
Hating the enemy is the great unifying element of Ukrainian nationalist society and when a nation loses sight of its enemy it becomes disoriented. Freedom in Ukraine isn't about liberty and responsibility. It's based in the permanent politicization of society. Inequality is a fundamental principle of this structure. Only the strong (nationalists) should receive help from the state. Only the nationalists should be able to participate in the government or gain wealth. In Ukraine, prior to Maidan and now in an exaggerated fashion, no Senator or Minister can be tried for any crimes unless the Rada (senate) strips them of their immunity first.
When everything above is compared to even a fledgling democracy with all its faults, which would you choose? Now it's easy to understand why all Ukrainian nationalists hate Russia and Putin so much.
What Makes Russia the Greatest Threat to Europe and the West?
To grasp this we need to get to a good starting point. If we look at US policy during the period of the Soviet Union's collapse we see two possible policy directions.
The first one is called the Russia-first approach which is known as moderate globalism. The Russia-second approach was viewed as the "Cold War II" or radical globalism.
" The "Russia first" approach stresses that the main threat: is a weak Russia because patriotic feelings
of offended Russians may lead to extreme nationalism; that is why it is dangerous to try to isolate and
weaken Russia. Moscow's central role in the FSU, where Russia has "vital, special interests," is
recognized by a positive attitude towards "some form of a common market and collective security framework.
The "Russia first"approach is also based on the arguments that "Russia was the central force in the destruction of the Soviet totalitarian state" and that without democratic Russia there will
be no other democratic states. The policy of other new states is sometimes viewed as threatening
Russia's interests".-Disintegration of the Soviet Union and the U.S. Position on the Independence of Ukraine. Discussion Paper 9509, Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Author: Olexiy Haran, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 19931994
If Russia devolved into a nationalist state the threat of war became exponential. Every other state that was part of the Soviet Union was sure to follow on hard nationalist lines. Today, imagine having to deal with another 22 hard-line nationalist countries that are non-negotiable. That was the real threat to Europe and the West and what they were afraid of.