Obama–and Stalin’s legacy in Ukraine

Obama–and Stalin’s legacy in Ukraine

Obama is willing to stand up to Putin over an anti-gay propaganda law in Russia, but not when it concerns the fate of 46 million people in Ukraine wanting to be part of the Western alliance of free nations.

By Cliff Kincaid

The Washington Post has a front page article glorifying communist folk singer Pete Seeger, and quoting him as saying that he regretted his support for the mass-murdering Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. One of Stalin’s greatest crimes was starving millions of people to death in Ukraine.

“Folk singer wanted everyone to be heard” was the headline over the Seeger article. But everyone in Seeger’s world did not include the victims of communism.

Inside the Post, on page four, there’s a photo of a protester playing the guitar and singing in front of riot police in Ukraine, where an anti-communist revolution is underway. Here’s a folk singer standing up for the truly oppressed.

The contrast between the articles not only illustrates the curious news judgment at the paper, but the fact that Seeger wasn’t on the right side in the battle between freedom and communism. But is President Obama?

Seeger has passed away, but his supporters, such as President Obama, still seem to be on the wrong side of history. President Reagan believed in the liberation of the communist world; Obama seems oblivious to how Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to reconstitute the Soviet empire.

Obama’s only mention of the revolt in Ukraine in his State of the Union address was this line: “In Ukraine, we stand for the principle that all people have the right to express themselves freely and peacefully and to have a say in their country’s future.”

On the eve of the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, it was apparent that Obama didn’t want to offend Vladimir Putin, whose puppet, President Viktor Yanukovych, has presided over a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. They had even toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev.

Obama is willing to stand up to Putin over an anti-gay propaganda law in Russia, but not when it concerns the fate of 46 million people in Ukraine wanting to be part of the Western alliance of free nations.

In contrast to Obama’s mere 28 words about Ukraine, an official “Statement by the President on the Passing of Pete Seeger” was 120 words in length: “Once called ‘America’s tuning fork,’ Pete Seeger believed deeply in the power of song. But more importantly, he believed in the power of community – to stand up for what’s right, speak out against what’s wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be. Over the years, Pete used his voice – and his hammer – to strike blows for workers’ rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along. For reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go, we will always be grateful to Pete Seeger. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Pete’s family and all those who loved him.”

The flowery tribute completely ignores Seeger’s service to the communist cause.

 

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