"The free world is with you, America is with you, and I am with you."
-U.S. Senator John McCain addressing anti-government protesters in Kiev's Independence Square (the Maidan) on Sunday, December 15, 2014, which protesters have occupied since December 1.
"Imagine if I went to Germany… [and] walked among protesters who support parties calling for Germany to change its relationship toward the EU. I think the European Parliament, NATO, the Council of Europe and the OSCE would pass a resolution on how outrageous it is for Russia to involve itself in sovereign Germany's internal affairs."
-Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commenting on EU support for Ukrainian protesters.
What is John McCain doing in Ukraine--trying to start a war with Russia?
The question is not as crazy as it seems, certainly not as crazy as McCain's brazen meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation--imagine if Russian lawmakers urged Occupy Wall Street protesters to rise up against their government!--and embarrassing embrace of every Ukrainian opposition party, including a party led by an avowed anti-Semite that the World Jewish Congress has classified as a neo-Nazi organization.
Fact is, most people in Ukraine's industrial East--the country's economic engine--oppose the protests and believe that their destiny lies with Russia. Many Ukrainian workers, especially in the East, suspect that a trade deal with the EU will open the door for permanent exploitation of lower-wage Ukrainian labor by Germany and other Western countries. They are afraid that imposed austerity measures will turn their country into the next Greece.