There is No Third Way for Ukraine
The developments in Ukraine have divided European Nationalist circles in a degree that has not been seen in decades. Actions of Ukrainian Right Sector and similar groups led some among the Nationalists into believing that their long awaited, mythical “National Revolution” is possible.
Although many of them became disillusioned after Nationalist militias from Kiev embarrassed themselves with contacts with the Israeli embassy, begging for help from Chechen terrorists and pushing Ukraine into the European Union, the early wave of enthusiasm was undoubtedly authentic. It affected quite different groups: the “Ukrainian Revolution” gained support from Spanish National-Revolutionary Action which represents ideas similar to Autonomic Revolutionaries and Swedish Nordic Youth which endorses a vision of “modern patriotism” with a happy (or rather contorted with a grotesque, moronic smile) human face. Ukrainian Nationalists received congratulations from so-called “Third Millennium Fascists” of Casa Pound Italia as well as Catholic Nationalist Forza Nuova, although in should be noted that both Italian organizations warned them of the “profits” resulting from joining NATO and the European Union.
Nevertheless, the analyses of developments in and around Ukraine show that the game for influences is a match between Russia and the United States, and there are no places for any other players. In this situation, supporting Ukrainian Nationalists de facto means giving one’s support for the US, and any objection towards them is a declaration of support for Russian policies. There is no third way between them.
Third Position is Obsolete
Why do European Nationalists, who in their own countries stand against the EU, Americanism and Liberalism give their support for putting Ukraine in the liberal, Euro-Atlantic sphere of influence? It seems that the answer may lie in inadequacy of their ideas which have become outdated and no longer are adapted to present times. National-Revolutionary movements developing in Western Europe since the sixties brought up many important problems. Many times they enraged the old bourgeois Right because of their view of the United States as enemy and oppressor of Europe not better from the Soviet Union. They have rightfully criticized Liberal economics. Thanks to them the Palestinian question and problems of Third World’s peoples fighting for freedom and dignity have started to appear in Nationalist discourse. They were ready to learn from political currents outside of Europe like Argentinian Justicialism or various schools of Arab Nationalism. Yet, the main axis of their struggle was the idea of two enemies – Liberalism and Communism, personified by the US and USSR. The breakup of Soviet Union and the Eastern Block was a definitive defeat of Communism.
Only one enemy was left – the one from Washington and Wall Street. Contemporary adherents of Third Way Nationalism seem to overlook that fact. They believe that a national revolution which makes the Europe of Peoples a third power, alternative to both the US and Russia. At the same time, they criticize Russia for alleged “imperialist” ambitions and attempts of rebuilding the Soviet power, which is often paired with pathetic sobbing about “repressions” against Russian Nationalists; many of whom would prefer to live in a small and weak Russia as long as it will be inhabited by White Slavs.
This attitude leads to falling in the trap of their own ideology and is a straight way to become useful idiots of Liberalism equivalent to Wahhabi extremists who can count on support from the West as long as they act in its interest. But when they start to bite the hand that feeds them, the global hegemony brutally reminds them who is the master, and who is the servant.
There Will Not Be Any Revolutions
Although Russia and its policies can be (and are) criticized for various reasons, today it is the only real power able to stand against global expansion of Liberalism and thwart the plans of Washington. It is well understood by the countries which form the Anti-liberal vanguard, struggling for possibility of choosing their own way of development: Conservative Iran, Bolivarian Venezuela, or Nationalist Syria. Through developing strategic cooperation with Russia, they create the foundations for a multipolar world. In each case, despite ideological differences, they act against forces that (explicitly or not) act to fulfill American interests. Giving support to groups that act as allies of Washington, even if they do it unconsciously or temporarily, means taking side of the US.
The Liberal power can use adherents of any political ideology, including Nationalism, as means for attaining its goals. After dragging a country under its influence, destroying social bonds, setting up a criminal economy founded on financial Capitalism controlled by IMF, World Bank, and multinational corporations it will not hesitate to sacrifice its recent allies. Today, Ukrainian Nationalists serve as this kind of support, giving legitimization for transferring Ukrainian reserves of gold abroad, attempts of imposing economic policies that will lead to disaster and substituting old, disgraced oligarchs who tried to maintain equilibrium between Russia and West by openly pro-Western oligarchs.
Supporting this kind of “national revolution” is giving help to building American power which enslaves peoples and destroys cultures all over the world. The Ukrainian “national awakening” shows the degree of difference between present-day reality and dreams and visions of future developed in Nationalist circles of Europe since the end of World War II. A comparison between the revolution in Iran and so-called “Arab Spring” comes to mind. The first one was a genuine popular revolt against hated American puppets, carried out solely by Iranian hands. After the revolution, Iran rejected both pro-American Liberalism and decaying Soviet Marxism and chose a third option – policies founded on Islam and its laws. The “revolutions” in Libya and Syria were only attempts to install pro-American forces at the helm. Their only lasting effect is bringing war and chaos. Similar results can be brought in Ukraine and in every other country that the US will want to include in its sphere of influence. There will not be any “national revolutions” effectively aimed at American interests. It is time to acknowledge the inapplicability of solutions put forth by Third Way Nationalism.
The time of fighting against two foes finished long ago. Today there is only one enemy, and any attempt of being neutral towards him or supporting him despite some reservations means taking his side. The Third Way in its present form leads straight to the graveyard of ideas. It would be a pity if its supporters would end there together with last fossils of Trotskyism or deluded reactionaries who seriously discuss about restoring power to Habsburgs or Bourbons.
Originally published at XPortal.pl