By Dave Lindorff
When sovereignty is the US, the US picks sides and sends guns (
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The rot at the core of US international relations, domestic politics and the corporate media is evident in the American approach to the Ukraine crisis.
Just look at the freak-out from all quarters as the people of the eastern part of that country conduct, under conditions of attack by military units sent in by the Kiev putsch government, a peaceful plebiscite asking people to give their view as to whether they want some kind of sovereignty separating them from western Ukraine.
The official US State Department position on the balloting in Dohansk and Luhansk was that the voting was "illegal" and "an attempt to create further division and disorder."
"The United States will not recognize the results of these illegal referenda," declared State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
The White House called the voting "illegitimate" and "illegal."
The US has not once called the violent coup that overthrew Ukraine's elected government illegitimate or illegal.
Indeed any violence during the voting, which appeared to actually be celebratory, came from Ukrainian troops. Even the Associated Press, which has largely been parroting the US line on separatists in eastern Ukraine, wrote: