The Stakes in Ukraine

The hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who turned out to fight for freedom in the streets of Kiev have prevailed. The corrupt Yanukovych dictatorship has fallen, and imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed. Yet the forces of tyranny have not yet played all their cards, so it is essential that Americans know what the stakes in this battle really are.

We need to wake up. The events unfolding in Ukraine right now are of global historic importance. The issues are not just whether Ukraine will have a free trade agreement with the European Union. That is a substantial matter -- Ukraine would do well to have free trade with Europe (as would Russia!) --  but, as was the case with tea taxes in our own revolution, only a trigger. Nor is it merely a matter of which party gets to rule in Kiev. The real issues are whether Ukraine will be dragged into Kremlin-ruled captivity, what it would do to Russia itself to become once again both the warden and inhabitant of the necessary continental-scale prison, and what it would mean to America and the world at large to have to deal yet again with such an evil empire.

The Yanukovych regime was a mafia, which regularly threatened, imprisoned, murdered, or disappeared political opponents as well as those whose possessions it wanted. That was bad enough. But the final straw was his attempt to drag Ukraine into the “Eurasian Union.” This project is the brainchild of Vladimir Putin's geopolitical guru, Aleksandr Dugin, who has proposed the creation of a Eurasian bloc, including not only the republics of the former Soviet Union, but Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Iran, which would be united under the iron heel of a new totalitarian “fourth political theory” to oppose the West.

According to Dugin, who bases most of his allegedly novel synthesis of communism and fascism on the geopolitical, legal, philosophical, and occult ideas of Nazi theorists Karl Haushofer, Rudolf Hess, Carl Schmitt, and Arthur Moeller van der Bruck, such a “Eurasist” continental block is needed to defeat the nefarious influence of the secret “Atlantic Order,” or “Atlantis” -- the global mercantile maritime-cosmopolitan conspiracy whose liberal ideas have supposedly subverted traditional hierarchy-based landed societies since ancient times.

“Liberalism,” says Dugin, meaning the whole western consensus, “is an absolute evil. … Only a global crusade against the U.S., the West, globalization, and their political-ideological expression, liberalism, is capable of becoming an adequate response. … The American empire should be destroyed.”