Oliver Stone’s Gonna Oliver Stone

In a Facebook post today, renowned film director Oliver Stone apologizes for his long public absence — he’s been sick, working on a movie about Edward Snowden, and spending time in Russia. The combination of influences has had predictable results, a long and ludicrous rant about how the crisis in the Ukraine over the past couple years isn’t really about Russia’s dominating and then invading that country. No, it’s all just the work of CIA-affiliated snipers.

In short, he puts it, “the West has maintained the dominant narrative of ‘Russia in Crimea’ whereas the true narrative is ‘USA in Ukraine.’” That’s despite the fact that Russia is, you know, in Crimea, and a good chunk of the rest of Ukraine besides, while the U.S. is . . . sending dehydrated burritos to a legitimately elected government.

Stone’s rant:

Interviewed Viktor Yanukovych 4 hours in Moscow for new English language documentary produced by Ukrainians. He was the legitimate President of Ukraine until he suddenly wasn’t on February 22 of this year. Details to follow in the documentary, but it seems clear that the so-called ‘shooters’ who killed 14 police men, wounded some 85, and killed 45 protesting civilians, were outside third party agitators. Many witnesses, including Yanukovych and police officials, believe these foreign elements were introduced by pro-Western factions — with CIA fingerprints on it.

Remember the Chavez ‘regime change’/coup of 2002 when he was temporarily ousted after pro and anti-Chavez demonstrators were fired upon by mysterious shooters in office buildings. Also resembles similar technique early this year in Venezuela when Maduro’s legally elected Government was almost toppled by violence aimed at anti-Maduro protestors. Create enough chaos, as the CIA did in Iran ‘53, Chile ‘73, and countless other coups, and the legitimate Government can be toppled. It’s America’s soft power technique called ‘Regime Change 101.’

In this case the “Maidan Massacre” was featured in Western media as the result of an unstable, brutal pro-Russian Yanukovych Government. You may recall Yanukovych went along with the February 21 deal with opposition parties and 3 EU foreign minsters to get rid of him by calling for early elections. The next day that deal was meaningless when well-armed, neo-Nazi radicals forced Yanukovych to flee the country with repeated assassination attempts. By the next day, a new pro-Western government was established and immediately recognized by the US (as in the Chavez 2002 coup). 

A dirty story through and through, but in the tragic aftermath of this coup, the West has maintained the dominant narrative of “Russia in Crimea” whereas the true narrative is “USA in Ukraine.” The truth is not being aired in the West. It’s a surreal perversion of history that’s going on once again, as in Bush pre-Iraq ‘WMD’ campaign. But I believe the truth will finally come out in the West, I hope, in time to stop further insanity. 

For a broader understanding, see Pepe Escobar’s analysis “The new European ‘arc of instability,’” which indicates growing turbulence in 2015, as the US cannot tolerate the idea of any rival economic entity http://bit.ly/1yBmpHa. You might also see “Untold History” Chapter 10 where we discuss the dangers of past Empires which did not allow for the emergence of competing economic countries.

The details here are a little arcane, but there’s a lot to love here: the idea that a coup d’etat in 2002 in Venezuela established “a new pro-Western government” (oddly, a few days later, the country was still run by Hugo Chavez); the claim the snipers who killed protesters and police in Kiev back in February were CIA agitators when in fact the clear, photographic and video evidence suggests they were Kremlin-trained Ukrainian-government forces; the suggestion that it was random, small right-wing groups that got Yanukovych to give up the presidency and flee the country rather than parliament’s agreeing unanimously to impeach him and rein in the security forces killing on his behalf; the idea that it’s free Ukrainians and the West perverting history, not Stone and Putin and his cronies . . . (Glenn Greenwald, of course, agrees that Stone gets the narrative basically right.) 

This is just the latest in a long series of distinguished work Stone has done as Putin’s useful idiot, which Nat Brown recounted for NRO in October. Perhaps sweetest now is the suggestion that the U.S. would have pulled this off in Ukraine because it “cannot tolerate the idea of any rival economic entity.” Yep, Russia, definitely a real economic rival.

Patrick Brennan — Patrick Brennan is a writer and policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. He was Director of Digital Content for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, writing op-eds, policy content, and leading the ...

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