Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The struggle for freedom is one that never ends. Even after the colonial power has left it often continues to maintain neo-colonial influence over the newly independent former colony. In Africa many countries are still neo-colonial states with regimes that rule in the interests of a small indigenous elite and their former colonial masters in Paris. In Ukraine there is currently a revolution to achieve permanent and true independence from Russian rule. This is not the first such revolution in Ukraine. In 1918-1921 there was a briefly independent Ukraine and the years after WWII saw the OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) and UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) fight a desperate guerrilla war in western Ukraine to resist the forcible Sovietization of the parts of the country under Polish rule before 1940. Today there is a bloody struggle in the streets of Ukraine to create a Ukrainian state independent of Russian neo-colonialism. My hopes and prayers are with the people of Ukraine in this struggle.