One of the excuses Russia peddled for its invasion and annexation of Ukrainian sovereign land was to rescue the latter’s Jews from hatred and bigotry:
Russia has consistently asserted that Ukraine’s post-revolutionary government, which took power after popular demonstrations pushed out pro-Moscow President Victor Yanukovich, is composed of fascists and anti-Semites.
Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebel chief on Monday branded the country’s leaders “miserable” Jews in an apparent anti-Semitic jibe.
Apparent? Well, let’s read on:
Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, claimed that Kiev’s pro-Western leaders were “miserable representatives of the great Jewish people”.
Oh, so he loves Jews! Most of them. Some of them.
“I can’t remember a time when Cossacks were led by people who have never held a sword in their hands,” Zakharchenko told a press conference in the eastern rebel stronghold of Donetsk, in a reference to Ukraine’s nationalist forebears, the Cossacks.
Zakharchenko said that the country’s historical nationalists “would turn in their graves if they could see who is running Ukraine.”
Anti-Semitic sentiment remains widespread in Ukraine, where leaders are commonly labelled as Jewish by those seeking to discredit them.
I doubt Obama has held a sword in his hands. I deplore antisemitism, but if swordlessness were a disqualifier for high office, I would support it. High crimes and misdemeanors don’t seem to be enough to get your law-breaking ass kicked to the curb.