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George Clooney Backs Ukrainian Democracy Where Administration Fears to Tread

State Department reveals why Obama seems wary of the second coming of the Orange Revolution: "This is not about the United States versus Russia."

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Bridget Johnson

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December 9, 2013 - 4:50 pm
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WASHINGTON — As hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have taken to the streets to protest a government content to  get cozy with authoritarian Russia, the loudest American voices to rally on the demonstrators came not in the form of any message from President Obama but from actors George Clooney and Hayden Panettiere.

Panettiere is engaged to WBA heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko, who, with his boxer brother Vitali, has been urging the Ukrainian people to move past an era of post-Soviet corruption and embrace the democratic principles of the true Orange Revolution.

On Friday night, Panettiere wished anti-government demonstrators a good evening in Ukrainian before offering words of encouragement in English.

“There’s a movement happening here, and you have a chance to make things right, to make things just. You have a right to a democracy,” Panettiere said.

“And as an American I want you to know that I stand by you, I support your fight, and I will support it until the country of Ukraine in its entirety reflects the beauty, the true beauty of Ukrainian people. Keep fighting. I love you all,” she added.

Actor George Clooney sent a simple video encouraging the protesters.

“I wanted to send a message to all of you brave citizens of Ukraine, who are struggling to look forward and not back,” Clooney said. “We here in the United States have great affinity for those seeking democracy. We have learned through trial and error that true democracy cannot exist without a free and fair and honest election. You cannot have a democracy when you arrest and harm its peaceful protesters.”

Clooney gave a nod to imprisoned opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, saying there can be no democracy “if you take political prisoners like Tymoshenko simply because you disagree with the way they want to govern.”

“When you look to the West, know that we are looking back at you with great admiration. We wish you a peaceful and safe mission. We wish you the government that you want,” he continued. “And we wish you the strength to carry on. Good luck.”

The Berlin Wall moment of the protests came when demonstrators, many yelling “hang the commie,” yanked down the 11-foot-high state of Lenin in Kiev. It crashed to the ground after 10 minutes of pulling against the communist icon’s neck with cables, the head breaking off on impact and Ukrainians finishing off the rest with sledgehammers. A priest even showed up to bless a sledgehammer with holy water before it took another swing at Lenin, according to a reporter on the scene from London’s Telegraph.

Jubilant Ukrainians took pieces of the statue as souvenirs, as a sign that communists’ continued grip on the former Soviet republic would be no longer. Vitali Klitschko, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion and parliament member who is running for president in 2015, has been putting himself between riot police and protesters and urging the cops not to follow orders if directed to use violence against the demonstrators.

In Washington, the reaction was decidedly more subdued as the administration made clear it’s not in a mood to aggravate Russia.

The White House said Vice President Joe Biden spoke with President Viktor Yanukovych on the phone today to express his “deep concern about the situation in Ukraine and the growing potential for violence.”

“The Vice President underscored the need to immediately de-escalate the situation and begin a dialogue with opposition leaders on developing a consensus way forward for Ukraine,” the VP’s office said. “He noted that violence has no place in a democratic society and is incompatible with our strategic relationship.”

“The Vice President reaffirmed the strong support of the United States for Ukraine’s European aspirations and welcomed President Yanukovych’s commitment to maintaining this path. He underscored the close alignment of the United States and the European Union, and welcomed the upcoming visits of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and State Department Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland to Kyiv.”

Nuland, who was the State Department’s press secretary before recently becoming Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, met today with Russian officials in Moscow.

“In productive bilateral meetings with Russian Government officials, the sides discussed economic relations, issues on the bilateral arms control and security agenda and people-to-people contacts,” the State Department said.

“Assistant Secretary Nuland expressed U.S. deep concern about the situation in Ukraine, and urged Russia to use its influence to press for peace, human dignity and a political solution. Assistant Secretary Nuland made clear to Russian counterparts that the U.S supports Ukraine’s European choice, a non-violent and just political resolution to the current standoff, and a return to economic health with the support of the International Monetary Fund.”

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What a laugh! Can you just imagine Reagan not wanting to say anything about the freedom movement in the Ukraine because of fearing to upset Russia? LOL! These state dept. people are as useless as teats on a boar.
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How come Clooney is for Ukrainian freedom but not for American freedom?
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Obama

Support
-Arab Spring (Muslim Brotherhood)

Ignore
-Persian Spring
-Orange Revolution

There is no question that Obama is making all the wrong moves. No one could be that stupid. He is doing it on purpose.
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The Ukrainians are barely even a real nation. (The Ukrainian is basically a Russian who dislikes Russia and prefers Germany.) Ukraine will never really be "free," if that means being wholly independent from Russia or some other major power.
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Pres.Obama through Asst.Secr. of State Victoria Nuland asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to interfere in internal affairs of Ukraine (use its influence with Ukraine's Pres.)- not a word of 'We stand for Freedom- we are against undue (Soviet style)influence in former SSRs. Not a peep. Please Vladimir- help US/Obama not to get tangled in Affaires Ukraine. Read -http://www.en.itar-tass.com/world//710913 US Asking Russia to Use Influence for Peaceful Resolution of Ukrainian Crisis. Reminder- it was REussia/Putin that interfered from stopping Ukraine's EU membership by SSR Customs Union- cheap natural gas. While Ukraine is being reverted to old-style Soviet intimidation- specialty forces =Berkut - updated news at http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n320671. Aside- Putin liquidating Ria Novosti and Voice of Russia- will be part of rt.com Rossija Secodnja and Putin citing national security i.e. is ppreparing Arctic Armed Forces- they are already in the North Pole- they are also building first alert radars pertaining to North Pole while US/Obama is Putin's da-da man
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I gust can't understand why these celebrities get so involved in other peoples business., I understand the need for them to be in the spot light on a continuous basis.. But to enter the political arena of another country with out being familiar with its in and outs is just plain stupid.. It makes him look like a fool.. Just idiotic..
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"And I want to be somebody important... like an actor.”

Thanks for doing the right thing, Clooney, et. al.
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Ukraine is a big country, in European terms. Russia, obviously, is in a league of its own. Bear in mind that most of the world's countries, the USA, Canada and Australia included, are European inventions. Even China is; China stopped where the Tsarist empire and the British and French empires also ended.

In that context, Ukraine is big: nearly a quarter of a million square miles (bigger than France, or Turkey), and forty-five million citizens - a lot more than you'll find in Spain, Sweden, Algeria, Colombia, or Peru.

Despite its name, Ukraine is not an appendage.
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What a laugh! Can you just imagine Reagan not wanting to say anything about the freedom movement in the Ukraine because of fearing to upset Russia? LOL! These state dept. people are as useless as teats on a boar.
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While it's a little puzzling why the State Dept. would or should care what George Clooney said about anything, what is not puzzling is what the Obama will do to support the Ukrainian people. He will do nothing, certainly nothing that will help them. Putin took Obama's measure long since, and decided that now is the time to expand his empire. Obama will do nothing because he understands nothing about world politics and diplomacy, and because he is a coward.
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“I wanted to send a message to all of you brave citizens of Ukraine, who are struggling to look forward and not back,” Clooney said. “We here in the United States have great affinity for those seeking democracy. We have learned through trial and error that true democracy cannot exist without a free and fair and honest election. You cannot have a democracy when you arrest and harm its peaceful protesters.

What about where one political party pretty much has the media in it's crotch and a head of state has the IRS, and other government agencies and departments, harass, delay, and deny political opponents equal treatment? What about that, George, you hypocritical ass?
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Couldn't agree more! George truly is a hypocrite.
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How come Clooney is for Ukrainian freedom but not for American freedom?
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