Stephen Cohen: On Ukraine, It’s Time For Leaders To Step Up.

Posted March 18, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Thom Hartmann interviews Professor Emeritus Stephen Cohen from March 10.

Since this interview, the United States introduced a United Nations Resolution in the Security Council that would have declared Crimea’s referendum to join Russia invalid. That resolution received 13 votes for and one against – Russia effectively vetoed by voting against. On Sunday March 17 the referendum in Crimea passed with 97% voting to join Russia. The ruble was declared Crimea’s currency and the peninsula is now on Russia time.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared there will be no attacks on Ukraine’s mainland. He also said he does not have any intent to further divide Ukraine. Russia has suggested resuming the Ukrainian government at the point where ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, members of the Ukraine political opposition, and European Union representatives signed an agreement for an early December 2014 national election, amnesty for jailed protesters, and power sharing in the government – February 21.

In this interview Stephen Cohen points out that, if the mass murders of Ukrainian citizens and police officers by unidentified snipers had not taken place on February 22, the crisis in Ukraine would not have come into existence – Russia would not have taken the actions it has in Crimea. Mr. Cohen’s interaction with Thom Hartmann delves into the important need of investigating to determine who the shooters were, and who was behind them.

Stephen Cohen notes that he isn’t one to subscribe to conspiracies, but, after publication of a now-viral phone call between the EU’s Catherine Ashton and Estonia’s Urmas Paet, he shares an opinion of many (including nations) that it is urgent an investigation into the mass murders in Kiev begin as soon as possible. A multi-nation law enforcement effort, combining the expertise of law veterans from around the world, would offer the best chance of identifying the murderers, wherever those murderers reside on the political spectrum.  The uncertainty surrounding who is responsible and accountable for killing in Kiev has to get resolved – honestly, it is extremely puzzling that there are people and nations in the world asking for an investigation, the effort should have begun on the same day as the shooting, because it simply is the right thing to do.

Thom Hartmann mentions the Kiev sniper killings could be looked upon in the future as 2014’s version of the Archduke Ferdinand event that led to World War I – suggesting the possibility that Viktor Yanukovych was framed for the killings in a “false flag” type scenario. History records that “false flag” operations have occurred and led to escalation of violence and war, as well as coups/overthrows of governments. Mr. Hartmann gives the example of Chile, where democratically elected President Allende, overthrown in a coup leading to Dictator Pinochet, was the victim of such a “false flag”. A plot to murder Chileans resulting in deceptively created public perceptions of Allende’s guilt was financed by a corporation having interest in Chile’s copper and other natural resources.

The possibility that Kiev sniper mass murders were a “false flag” operation makes an already powerful case for a highly professional investigation even more urgent.

Professor Cohen describes the relations between leaders of Ukraine, Russia, The European Union, and the Untied States as “the deaf talking to the deaf”. Each stakeholder in the region, as well as every concerned citizen on Earth, should come up with their series of steps/actions – and specific, in-depth reasons for any and all of those steps/actions –  which represent in their strong belief the most peaceful, justice-meeting path forward for Ukraine. These various concepts can then be seriously considered, discussed, modified, then agreed upon by all parties.

The unfortunate situation in Ukraine, including events in Crimea and the entire region, will get resolved when leadership from around the world “steps up”, as Professor Stephen Cohen says here. Leaders are those who come forward with the best solutions in times like these – solutions which are then implemented because they are moral, ethical, and offer the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

The solution in Ukraine is doing the right thing.


(Thank you thomhartmann at YouTube)


2 thoughts on “Stephen Cohen: On Ukraine, It’s Time For Leaders To Step Up.

  1. the US also often exercises its veto power to block actions in the UNSC even when the rest of the members are unanimous about something. Uneducated people would be forced to conclude the same thing as what Bush II said prior to the Iraq war: The UN doesn’t matter.


    1. Hello,
      Nice to meet you. It seems the UN could use some reforms. If one of the five permanent members of the council elect a president/leader who is corrupt, their UN representative can literally do a world of damage. Perhaps eliminating the security council and veto power, and replacing with votes proportionate to the member states percentage of world population. Every member state would vote on every resolution and the most populous nations would hold the most power mathematically on totals.
      Thanks for your comment.


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