Crimea crisis exposes US dark underbelly: Gordon Duff
Top Daily Story …with Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Gordon had the number two read story today on Press TV. When they have a strong interview or Viewpoint that they like and it has cycled through the front page, pushed off by incoming news, they can give it a second wind by writing a story like this one to get more readership. Often the stories can get more exposure because people can read them quicker.
Like past emerging conflicts, we are right on top of this one, even though the workload had doubled for us. But the West is going on display here, the dark underbelly as Gordon says. No one at VT or our readers are going be surprised.
Please excuse any increased typos and email the writer if you see any. We love our proofreaders. Many thanks to those who have been helping tidy up the place…. Jim W. Dean ]
– First published March 11, 2014 –
The United States’ call for sanctions against Russia due to its military buildup in Crimea lays bare Washington’s “dark underbelly,” an analyst writes in a column for the Press TV website.
“Recent events in Ukraine have exposed something of the “dark underbelly” of America,” Gordon Duff wrote on Wednesday.
He said that US President Barack Obama’s call for sanctions against Russia due to its military buildup in Crimea has left “the entire world…aghast.”
“People around the world are reeling in shock as America is calling for sanctions against Russia for its military buildup in Crimea in response to the overthrow of the Ukrainian government by ultra-nationalist extremist elements aided by Western intelligence agencies,” wrote Duff.
The analyst said the American leaders are tight-lipped over their own “unimaginably immense hypocrisy.”
Duff said the US government’s behavior has made much of the world mistrustful of the American nation.
Pro-Russian forces in Crimea on Tuesday closed the main airport in the regional capital, Simferopol, preventing all flights in and out, except those connecting to Moscow.
The escalation came as Crimea lawmakers voted for independence from Ukraine in a declaration endorsed by 78 members of the local assembly in a move required for the planned secession referendum to be held on March 16.
The move by the parliament, which has been declared illegal by the self-declared pro-Western government in Kiev, appeared to be aimed at creating a legal framework for joining Russia as a sovereign state.
It also came after ousted president Viktor Yanukovych pledged defiantly to return to Kiev from Russia to regain power from what he labeled as “US-backed bandits.”