NATO's "Mystery Gunmen" Seek to Strengthen Kiev Regime's Hand

Image: Provoking a confrontation with Russia allows the West to further
arm and aid the regime in Kiev - not against a military conflict it has no
hope of winning against Moscow, but against the inevitable uprising it
faces from the Ukrainian people. Nazi thugs were able to blitz the
elected government out of power, but will not be able to hold on without
extensive Western aid. 
March 20, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci-NEO) - In yet another attempt to widen the confrontation between Russia, Crimea, and the Western-backed regime in Kiev, snipers have opened fire on both Ukrainian and Crimean defense forces at a small military base within the heart of the Crimean peninsula, the administrative city of Simferopol.

The BBC immediately penned a report titled, "Ukraine officer 'killed in attack on Crimea base'," citing the regime in Kiev's official statements which included Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov admitting the attack was carried out by "unknown forces, fully equipped and their faces covered." Despite absolutely no confirmation over the identity of the attackers, the Kiev regime, headed by self-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, claimed:
"The conflict is shifting from a political to a military stage. Russian soldiers have started shooting at Ukrainian military servicemen and that is a war crime."  
Yatsenyuk's rushed and hamhanded political exploitation of an admittedly ambiguous attack carried out by unidentified gunmen exposes both the likely party behind the violence, and the most likely motivation for carrying out the fatal attack. 

One must wonder what Yatsenyuk's regime in Kiev has to gain by jumping to conclusions, thus stoking tensions that will inevitably lead to a military confrontation with Russia - a confrontation his regime has no hope of winning. To answer that question, Ian Bremmer's TIME Magazine piece, "It's Time to Look Beyond Crimea: The U.S. and Europe need to focus on supporting the fragile new government in Kiev," offers some clues.

Military Confrontation Opens Doors to Otherwise Unjustified Material Support

"Supporting the fragile new government in Kiev," is first and foremost among the priorities of the US and EU in Ukraine. Bremmer is kind in calling what resides in Kiev a "government," considering it was not elected, and instead seized power violently.

The US and EU's support of the regime in Kiev is also problematic, though Bremmer refuses to address the complications which include the self-proclaimed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk being a documented bigot and a member of the Hiteresque "Fatherland Party," and the fact that the ruling regime is buttressed by a network of ultra-right wing parties including the anti-Semitic, homophobic, and anti-Russian Svoboda Party, and even further to its right, its armed affiliate "Right Sector."

Despite this, Bremmer of the "Eurasia Group" - a partner of notorious corporate tax evasion facilitator PricewaterhouseCoopers, claims:
The results of the Crimean referendum on March 16, which will give the peninsula’s inhabitants the option of voting to leave Ukraine and formally retreat into Moscow’s shadow, are a foregone conclusion. Ukraine’s new government cannot stop the referendum from taking place, because it will not be baited into a military confrontation with Russia that it can’t win. There is nothing Americans and Europeans can do about it because there is no popular support in the West for NATO troops riding to the rescue. And there is no way for the Ukrainian side to win the vote, because Crimea is the only Ukrainian province in which ethnic Russians form a majority.
Bremmer continues by outlining what the US and EU should do:
The real test for the West will be in bolstering the fragile Ukrainian government in Kiev, providing it with  the financing it needs to avoid a crippling default on its debt and helping Ukraine as it strives to become more European. 
But how exactly can the West justify infusing billions of dollars into a nation run by an unelected fascist regime composed of literal Nazis, when the West itself is crushing its own population under the ever expanding bootprint of crippling austerity? Enter NATO's "mystery gunmen" and the subsequent fabrication of an omnipresent "Russian threat" against which the West must defend.

Mystery Gunmen: A Familiar Tool Dusted Off Once Again 

Bremmer himself admits that there is no popular support in the West for what it is doing in Ukraine. Despite this, he contradicts himself in mid-essay claiming that the West should satisfy public demand "for a get-tough response to Russian bullying."

But Russia's response to Kiev's seizure by literal Nazis who immediately and demonstrably began oppressing the population, including through legislation targeting Russian-speaking Ukrainians and the censorship of Russian media across the country, was to utilize troops already long-stationed in Crimea under treaty to protect against further incursions by ultra-right wing extremists and to diplomatically back a democratic referendum in which the people of Crimea overwhelmingly voted for both independence from the regime in Kiev, and unity with Russia.

Image: US-backed dictator Thaksin Shinawatra's militants can be seen here clearly deploying both AK-47s and an M16 during an armed confrontation with the Thai military on April 10, 2010. The purpose of deploying M16s was to blame the resulting injuries and deaths from its distinct 5.56mm rounds squarely on the Thai military, thus serving to expand and escalate the conflict. 

Since this could hardly be considered "Russian bullying," the West as it is oft to doing, has decided to fabricate it instead. As it had done through the US-backed "red shirt" mobs in Bangkok, Thailand in 2010, in Libya, Egypt, and Syria during the opening phases of the US-engineered "Arab Spring," and again documented in Ukraine itself during the height of the "Euromaidan" riots - it appears to be deploying "mystery gunmen" across Crimea to create the perception that Russia is not only stripping Ukraine of its "territorial integrity," but doing so through deadly violence.

In the Daily Mail's report, "Estonian Foreign Ministry confirms authenticity of leaked phone call discussing how Kiev snipers who shot protesters were possibly hired by Ukraine's new leaders," it stated explicitly that:
Estonia has confirmed the authenticity of a leaked telephone call between its foreign minister and an EU chief which suggested the sniper killings in Ukraine last month were ordered by the new coalition. 
The 11-minute call between the EU's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and her Estonian counterpart Urmas Paet was made on February 25 in the aftermath of the massacre. 
During the call, Paet claims a doctor told him both protesters and police were shot by snipers during clashes in Kiev allegedly on the orders of the opposition.
If the elected government of Ukraine refused to use deadly force against armed Neo-Nazi militants, necessitating the West to employ covert snipers to further escalate the crisis themselves, why would Russia, who already has won any possible Ukrainian-Russian confrontation on paper long before firing a single shot, be interested in covert attacks on an already defeated, rudderless, leaderless impotent Ukrainian military?