The latest iteration of the Ukrainian crisis started late last year when the country's quasi-legal President Viktor Yanukovych, in violation of the country's constitution, decided that his country would be better served allying itself with the Russian Bear rather than Brussels diktats buried in European Union offers of financial aid. This proved to be the spark that led to non-violent protests which turned violent when the president, with the aid of Russian military thugs advising him, decided to push back against them.
One of the leaders of the protests, himself a questionable character with a shady history of communist affiliations, Dmytro Yarosh, gathered to himself an estimated 5,000 hard-core nationalists in an organization called Right Sector. The group viewed itself as a continuation of Ukrainian “partisans” such as the Ukrainian Insurgent Army which fought against both the Axis powers and the Soviet Union during the Second World War. His was the best trained and organized among the estimated 50,000 protestors gathered in downtown Kiev in February.
After much bloodshed (and credible suggestions that Russian snipers had been picking off both protestors and police forces in the center of the caldron in order to escalate the violence) Yanukovych was ousted unanimously by the Ukrainian Parliament and replaced, temporarily the world was told, with another equally squalid politician, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Promises for real elections to be held in late May were sufficient to quell, at least temporarily, the protestors who wanted a restoration of the constitution that Yanukovych had ignored for the last three years.
Now that Yatsenyuk is in power, he announced last week that all citizens were to be disarmed, in order to help maintain order and assure a peaceful transition to a new government once the elections were held. The deadline for turning in all weapons was set for the very next day, the same day Yatsenyuk was to sign an agreement with Brussels to obtain desperately needed financing. Part of that agreement is that the citizenry – the protestors who had forced the resignation of one dictator and unwittingly had replaced him with another – be disarmed.
They are still allowed to keep their weapons, on one condition: that they join the country's National Guard or the Army. As Yatsenyuk expressed it, tongue in cheek: “For those who want to defend their country with an assault rifle in their hands, welcome to the National Guard or the Army.”
This is being opposed by the protestors who, according to the New York Times, enjoy “widespread ownership of arms” and the belief that ownership of such arms is necessary not only “to defend the country against a possible foreign invasion [but also] to defend their freedoms from potential government abuse.”
Right Sector leader Yarosh complained about the order, saying “It's not normal to ask people to hand in their weapons in the situation we have now” but then admitting that while his organization opposes the “request” from Yatsenyuk, he will be urging his followers to comply with the edict.
The Times found a Parliament member who supported the confiscation, even though it was never considered by the Parliament. He made a statement that was right out of the gun-grabbers' handbook: “Arms out of control of the state are of course a factor in instability and should not be allowed to drift by inertia … guns are a catalyst of disorder. Arming the population is not our policy.”
However the Ukrainian situation is resolved – a dictatorship heavily influenced by Vladimir Putin and his thugs, or one heavily committed to similar thugs running the European Union – one lesson from history is becoming crystal clear: governments fear armed civilians. Adolph Hitler knew that lesson:
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms.
History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.
So did Mao Tse Tung:
All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns. That way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.
Yatsenyuk and Yarosh and their enablers know their history.