The Washington foreign policy establishment is furious. Protesters in eastern Ukraine, who feel threatened by the US-backed government in Kiev that has cancelled Russian-language television programming and installed oligarchs to rule over them, have poured out into main squares in many major eastern Ukrainian cities. Some have stormed government buildings and taken control of them. They favor a more federalized Ukraine, where more political decisions are made locally rather than dictated from the unelected rulers in Kiev.
The hypocrisy and double-standards of the US government's reaction to the protests are breath-taking.
After orchestrating and synchronizing protests and attacks by armed militants in Kiev to overthrow the elected government, US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday..."expressed strong concerns that attacks today by armed militants in eastern Ukraine were orchestrated and synchronized..."
When protesters in Kiev, with the support of US government regime changers like Victoria "Fu*k the EU" Nuland, overthrow a democratically-elected government, they are praised by John Kerry for "fighting for the right to associate with partners who will help them realize their aspirations."
But when protesters in eastern Ukraine, reacting to oppression from an unelected government in Kiev, seek "the right to associate with partners who will help them realize their aspirations," they are attacked by the US government and John Kerry, who condemned what he called a "concerted campaign we see underway in eastern Ukraine today by pro-Russian separatists."
It is apparently only the will of the people when Ukrainians express their desire to associate with the US and EU. Anyone who comes into the streets to protest in favor of federalism or association with Russia is anti-democratic and illegitimate, with sinister Russian power behind them.
All said with a straight face...