[Marxism] FW: How the West Manufactures ³OppositionMovements²

Tugrul Keskin tugrulkeskin at pdx.edu
Wed Feb 5 15:09:48 MST 2014


It is like a promoting polyarchy in the name of democracy and human rights.
Tugrul
  

>From Egypt, Ukraine, the Turkish-Syrian border, Cuba and Thailand How the
West Manufactures ³Opposition Movements²
By ANDRE VLTCHEK  

The Counterpunch - February 03, 2014

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/03/west-manufactures-opposition-movement
s/ 

Government buildings are being trashed, ransacked. It is happening in Kiev
and Bangkok, and in both cities, the governments appear to be toothless, too
scared to intervene.

What is going on? Are popularly elected administrations all over the world
becoming irrelevant; as the Western regime creates and then supports
thuggish Œopposition movements¹ designed to destabilize any state that
stands in the way of its desire to fully control the planet?

***

They are shouting and intimidating those who want to vote for the moderately
progressive government that is presently leading Thailand. There is no
dispute over the electoral process ­ voting is generally free, as both
international observers and most of the local Election Commission members
agree.

Freedom, legitimacy or transparency is not what is at stake now.

The rhetoric varies, but in essence, the Œprotesters¹ are demanding the
dismemberment of the fragile Thai democracy. Most of them are paid by the
upper-middle and upper classes. Some of them are thugs, many hired for
around 500 Baht a day (roughly US$ 15) in the villages of the restive
southern provinces of the country. They are accustomed to the use of
violence, their body language and facial expressions clearly show it.

Government officials of the legitimate government have to climb over
blockades, or beg protesters to allow them to enter their own offices.

People who came to vote in the pre-election round were intimidated and
insulted, and one man was almost strangled to death.

While life in the capital has been fully disrupted, the government does not
dare to send in tanks or the police to clear the streets. It should. But it
is too scared of the army and the monarchy ­ two pillars of this outrageous
hybrid of savage capitalism and feudalism ­ comparable only to even worse
regional nightmares, such as Indonesia and the Philippines.

It is all in the open now: the government speaks of its fear, while the
military sends poisonous threats through the lackey media and through
Œleaks¹.

What is happening and what is at stake? The Prime Minister¹s older brother,
Thaksin Shinawatra, while he was PM himself, attempted to bring in a modern
capitalist system to this submissive and deeply scared nation. And not only
that: he housed the poor, introduced an excellent free universal medical
care system (much more advanced than anything ever proposed in the United
States), free and very advanced primary and secondary education, and other
concepts deemed dangerous to the world order, and to the local feudal
elites, as well as the army.

Thai elites, whose love of being obeyed more than wealth, admired and
feared, reacted almost immediately. The PM was exiled, barred from returning
home to his country, and smeared. There were military coups, mysterious
Œalliances¹, rumours, and Œsecret messages¹ coming from a Œvery high place¹.
There was outright killing, a real massacre, when the so called ŒRed
Shirts¹, supporters of Mr. Shinawatra (ranging from moderate reformists to
Marxists) were butchered by snipers, some shot in their heads.

But the people, the poor, the majority of Thailand, particularly those from
the North and Northeast, reacted in a stoical and most determined fashion.
Whenever elections were called, whenever the regime outlawed the
pro-Shinawatra political parties, the new ones emerged, and kept winning the
elections.

In 2011, Mr. Shinawatra¹s sister, Yingluck, became Thailand¹s Prime
Minister.

ŒProtestors¹ blocked several central arteries of Bangkok, declaring that
³Thailand is not ready for democracy², and that ³if elections should
determine the country¹s future, pro-Shinawatra forces would keep winning².

That, of course, would be unacceptable to the elites and to many Western
countries that have, for decades, benefited from the Thai feudal system.

One of Thailand¹s generals, Œrefused to rule out the possibility of another
military coup¹.

What the opposition proposed was some hazy concept, of a government of
technocrats, which would govern until Thailand Œis ready¹ to vote: read
until people¹s power is broken and it would become certain that a
pro-elites, pro-monarchy and pro-military government would be Œfreely¹
elected.

In the meantime, thugs are blocking public streets; cultural centers but not
malls. They are described as Œprotesters¹ in both Europe and the United
States.

And here we are coming to the core of things: The terror of the military and
feudalism was dressed up in the clothes of rebellion, even revolution. It
was given legitimacy, even a certain romantic flair.

Fascism is raising its ugly head, once again. And the West is fully aware of
it, and in fact it is openly supportive of the regime that is now de facto
governing Thailand from behind the curtains. Because it is the regime it
helped to manufacture.

***

I left Bangkok and while in the air, one thought kept repeatedly coming to
me: many of the places I had been writing about lately are living a very
similar reality as Thailand is.

Those elected democratically, those progressive in their core, these
governments all over the world have been under severe attacks by some armed
thugs, bandits, and anti-social elements, even by outright terrorists.

I saw it on the Turkish-Syrian border. I heard the stories of many locals,
in the Turkish city of Hatay, and in the countryside near the Turkish-Syrian
border.

There, I was stopped, prevented from working, interrogated by the local
police, army and religious thugs, when I was trying to photograph one of
those Œrefugee camps¹ built by NATO specially for Syrian fighters, who were
housed, trained and armed in this area.

Hatay was overran by Saudi and Qatari jihadi cadres, pampered by the US, EU
and Turkish logistics, support, weaponry and cash.

The terror these people have been spreading in this historically peaceful,
multi-cultural and tolerant part of the world, could hardly be described in
words.

Children from the borderline village described raids, theft and violence,
even killing, by anti-Assad Œrebels¹.

Here, and in Istanbul where I worked with Turkish progressive intellectuals,
media and academia, I was explained to again and again, that the anti-Syrian
Œopposition¹ has been trained, financed and Œencouraged¹ by the West, and by
Turkey (a member of NATO), causing the death and destruction of millions of
lives in the entire region.

As I write these words, RT is broadcasting an exclusive report from the
Syrian city of Adra, the city that had been plundered and destroyed by
pro-al Qaida and the pro-Western Œopposition¹ forces, including the Free
Syrian Army.

This is the city where, allegedly, one month ago, people were murdered,
stoned alive, burned in barrels, and beheaded.

Instead of stopping support for the racist, bigoted and extremely brutal
Syrian Œopposition¹, Washington continues demonizing Assad¹s government, and
threatening it once again with military action.

***

And those thugs, in the countries that elected their own patriotic or
progressive governments, were hired by local elites on behalf of the Western
Empire.

And before that, the so-called Œelites¹ were hired, funded, or at least
trained/¹educated¹ by the West.

On an Œintellectual¹ level, the private media outlets have been fiercely
competing with each other, over which one would become more submissive
towards the foreign handlers. The militaries and the most regressive
feudalist, even fascist forces all over the world (see Ukraine, for
instance) are clearly getting back into the saddle, benefitting and taking
full advantage of the trend.

All this has been happening in different degrees and with variable levels of
brutality, in Thailand, China, Egypt, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Bolivia,
Brazil, Zimbabwe and many other places all over the world.

Right after reading my article about the situation in Thailand, published on
30 January, my Brazilian reader reacted:
> 
> ³Similar to our Brazil: though in a fadedŠ somewhat lighter environment but
> substantially the sameŠ the local elites, right now in January 2014, are doing
> whatever they can, to prevent the re election of Ms Dilma RoussefŠ You are an
> experienced Latin America´s observer, you know very wellŠ²

The process, the tactics, are almost always the same: Western-paid media, or
Western media directly, discredit designated popular governments, then
Œscandals¹ are created, colors designated to some newly constructed
Œopposition¹ movement, thugs selected and paid, and finally deadly weapons
Œmiraculously¹ appear at the Œprotest sites¹.

As long as the government is Œnationalist¹, really patriotic and defending
the interests of its own people against international plunder, (not like the
Abe¹s government in Japan which is peculiarly described as Œnationalist¹,
but in reality it fully sides with US foreign policy in the region), it gets
marked, and it appears on an invisible but powerful hit list, old-fashioned
mafia-style.

As Michael Parenti correctly and colorfully described: ³You do it our way,
or we break your leg, capice?²

I witnessed President Morsi of Egypt (I was critical of his rule at first,
as I was critical of the government of Mr. Shinawatra, before real horror
swept both Egypt and Thailand), being overthrown by the military, which,
while in its zealous over-drive, managed in the process to murder several
thousands of mainly poor Egyptian people.

I was then in Egypt, in and out, for several months, filming a documentary
film for the South American television network, Telesur.

In disbelief and dismay I witnessed my revolutionary friends going into
hiding, disappearing from the face of the earth. This happened as
outrageously arrogant families cheered on the military murderers with no
shame, openly.

The logic and tactics in Egypt were predictable: although still capitalist
and to a certain extent submissive to IMF and the West, President Morsi and
his Muslim Brotherhood, were a bit too unenthusiastic about collaborating
with the West. They never really said Œno¹, but that had not appeared to be
enough for the Euro-North American regime, which, these days, demands total,
unconditional obedience as well as the kissing of hands and other bodily
parts. The regime demands old-fashioned, Protestant-style obedience,
complete with self-deprecation and a constant feeling of guilt; it is
ordering true and Œsincere¹ servility.

It appears that almost no country, no well-liked government can escape
annihilation, if it does not fully submit.

It went so far that unless the government in a developing countries such as
Philippines, Indonesia, Uganda or Rwanda, sends a clear message to
Washington, London or Paris that ³we are here simply to make you, in the
West, happy², it would risk total annihilation, even if it was elected
democratically, even if (and actually Œespecially if¹) it is supported by
the majority of the people.

All this is nothing new, of course. But in the past, things were done a
little bit more covertly. These days it is all out in the open. Maybe it is
done on purpose, so nobody will dare to rebel, or even to dream.

And so, the revolution in Egypt has been derailed, destroyed, and cruelly
choked to death. There is really nothing left of the so-called ŒArab
Spring¹, just a clear warning: ³never try again, or else².

Yes, I saw the Œelites¹ of Egypt dancing, and celebrating their victory. The
elites love the army. The Army guarantees their continuous place at the
zenith, their power. The elites even make their little children hold
portraits of the military leaders responsible for the coup, responsible for
thousands of lost lives, responsible for breaking the great hopes and dreams
of the Arab world.

What I witnessed in Egypt was chilling, and it resembled the 1973 coup in
Chile (a country which I consider my Œsecond or third home¹); the coup,
which I am not old enough to remember, but footage of which I have seen
again and again, in silent and never diminishing horror.

ŒOr else¹ could be the torture and murder of people in Bahrain. ŒOr else¹
could be Indonesia in 1965/66. Or it could be the Œcollapse of the Soviet
Union¹. ŒOr else¹ could be civilian airliners exploding mid-flight; a Cuban
plane was destroyed by CIA agents. It could be ravaged Iraq, Libya,
Afghanistan, or Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, bombed into the stone ages. ŒOr
else¹ can easily be some fully devastated country like Nicaragua, Grenada,
Panama or the Dominican Republic. Or Œor else¹ could mean ten million people
butchered in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for both its natural
resources and for the anti-imperialist outspokenness of its great leader,
Patrice Lumumba.

Now in Egypt, Mubarak¹s clique is rapidly coming back to power. He was a
well-trusted Œdevil¹, and the West quickly realized that to let him fall
would be a serious strategic blunder; and so it was decided to bring him
back; either personally, or at least his legacy, at the coast of thousands
of (insignificant) Egyptian lives, and against the will of almost the entire
nation.

The military of Egypt, of course, cannot be allowed to fall, either. The US
has invested billions and billions of dollars in it, and the soldiers are
now literally in control of half of the country. And it is a very reliable
organization: it murders without scruple any being attempting to build a
socially just society in this the most populous Arab nation on earth. And it
plays with Israel. And it loves capitalism.

Two countries are separated by thousands of miles, and belong to two
different cultures, located on two continents; Thailand and Egypt. In both
countries, people spoke. They voted in their leaders. Not some Communist
government, mind you: just a moderately socially-oriented one in Thailand,
and a moderately nationalist/Islamic one in Egypt.

In both cases, the feudal and fascist elites went to work, immediately.
Those that are behind them, that are financing them, and Œmorally¹
supporting them, is, I believe, absolutely clear.

***

Ukraine is not a fresh victim of destabilization tactics of the European
Union, which is so sickly greedy that it appears it, cannot contain itself
anymore. It salivates, intensively, imagining the huge natural resources
that Ukraine possesses. It is shaking with desire dreaming of a cheap and
highly educated labor force.

European companies want to get into Ukraine, by all means. But one has to be
careful not to allow the Ukrainian hordes to enter that sacred and
thoroughly racist fortress ­ the European Union. Europe can plunder all over
the world, but it is strict and brutal to those who want to get in and
Œsteal its jobs¹.

Of course the EU cannot do in Ukraine, what it freely does in many places
like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It cannot just come and pay
some proxy countries, as it pays Rwanda and Uganda (that are already
responsible for the loss of over ten million Congolese lives in less than 2
decades), to plunder Ukraine and kill almost all those people that are
resisting.

Europe, again and again, for centuries, has proven that it is capable of
massacring entire nations without the slightest mercy, (while showing almost
zero historic memory) and with almost no moral principles, at least compared
to the rest of the world. But it is canny, and unlike the United States, it
knows plenty about tactics, strategy and PR.

What the EU did in Libya is clear. Anyone claiming that the United States is
acting on its own, must be exercising enormous discipline not to see how
closely linked are the interests and actions of the old and new usurpers of
Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Asia and Oceania. France is
acting, once again, as the arch neo-colonial thug, particularly in Africa.

But Ukraine is Œright there¹, too near geographically, to the EU itself. It
has to be destabilized, but it all has to appear very legitimate. ŒThe
rebellion¹, Œrevolution¹, Œuprising of its people¹; that is the way to
handle things Œproperly¹.

More than a month ago, a bizarre deal was proposed, where European companies
would be allowed to enter and clean Ukraine of its natural resources, but
the people of Ukraine would not be allowed to even come and work in the EU.

The government, logically and sensibly, rejected the deal. And then,
suddenly, Thai-style or Egyptian-style thugs appeared all over the streets
of Kiev, armed with sticks and even weapons, and went onto trashing the
capital and demanding the democratically elected government to resign.

The groups of thugs include many neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and common
criminals. They are emboldened by the Thai-style fear of the Ukrainian
government, to use force. They are setting on fire police officers, blocking
and occupying government buildings, preventing the administration from
serving the people.

Just as their Œorange¹ predecessors, they have been manufactured and
carefully crafted, before being released into the wider world.

***

In Africa, just to mention a few cases, tiny Seychelles, a country with the
highest HDI (Human Development Index by UNDP) has for years been bombarded
with criticism and destabilization attempts. The Government provides
excellent totally free (including medicine) medical care and free education.
The people of Seychelles are well fed and housed. It is definitely not a
perfect society, but, together with Mauritius, it is the best the African
continent has to show. But that does not seem to be relevant.

Propaganda from outside, as well as the mainly British-sponsored opposition
press, is trashing the system.

One wonders why, but then, on closer scrutiny and understanding of the
Empire, things become clear: The Seychelles used to cooperate closely with
both Cuba and North Korea, on educational fronts and in other fields. It was
too Œsocialist¹ for the Empire. And for those retirees seeking an exclusive
hedonist lifestyle, it would be acceptable to be surrounded by blue and
maybe even by brown, but definitely not by red.

Eritrea, dubbed as the ŒAfrican Cuba¹, may be a proud and determined nation,
but it was designated as total pariah and outcast state by most of the
Western powers. It was hit by sanctions and punished for who knows what.

³We are trying to be inclusive, democratic and fair², the Eritrean Director
of Education recently told me, in Kenya. ³But the more we do, the more we
care about our people, the more infuriated Western countries appear to be.²

He was a very wise man and so he did not appear to be surprised. Both of us
were just Œcomparing notes¹.

Zimbabwe is another clear and extreme case. There, the West evidently and
openly supports Œthe opposition¹, against the government that is loved and
supported by the great majority of citizens; the government of liberation
struggle against colonialism and imperialism.

Provoked by outrageous lies disseminated by the mainly British mass media, I
visited Zimbabwe last year, disputing point-by-point all the main propaganda
points directed against Harare. Needless to say, my report, published by
CounterPunch, created outrage
<http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/15/harare-is-it-really-the-worst-city-o
n-earth/>  against Western propaganda, all over the African continent.

The West builds and feeds Œrebellions¹ and Œopposition¹ against Venezuela,
Bolivia, Cuba, Brazil, and Ecuador, to mention just a few countries high on
its hit list.

In Venezuela, the US sponsored an aborted coup, and it directly pays for
hundreds of organizations, ŒNGO¹s¹ and media outlets, with the direct goal
of overthrowing the revolutionary process and the government.

In Cuba, the people of this proud and humanist nation have been suffering
for decades. They have been enduring what can only be described as terrorism
against their beautiful country. The US and the West have sponsored
invasions, terrorist acts, even attempts to influence weather patterns and
cause devastating droughts. Crops have been poisoned.

Any Cuban Œdissident¹, any thug that takes up arms against the Cuban system
and the government, would get immediate funding and support from the United
States.

Even Western media outlets, performing secret polls in Cuba, often come to
the conclusion that the majority of Cuban citizens support their system. But
that only infuriates the West further. Cuban people are paying a heavy price
for their freedom, for their pride, for their independence.

There are many other examples how the Œopposition¹ and terror against
Œunpopular¹ (in the eyes of the West) governments are built.

Bolivians almost lost their Œwhite¹ and-right wing province of Santa Cruz,
as the US supported, many say financed the Œindependence movement¹ there,
obviously punishing the extremely popular government of Evo Morales for
being so socialist, so indigenous and so beloved. Brazil, in one great show
of solidarity and internationalism, threatened to invade and rescue its
neighbor, by preserving its integrity. Therefore, only the weight of this
peaceful and highly respectable giant saved Bolivia from certain
destruction.

But now even Brazil is under attack of the Œmanufacturers of opposition¹!

I don¹t want to write at length about China here, in this report. Readers
are already familiar with my stand, but in summary: The more high-speed
trains the Communist government builds, the more public parks, free exercise
machines, more public transportation lines and wide sidewalks, the more it
attempts to make medical care free for all once again, the more it attempts
to make education free and public ­ the more it is being smeared and called
Œmore capitalist than capitalist states (while over 50% of country¹s
production remains firmly in state hands).

Russia, like China, Cuba or Venezuela, is demonized relentlessly, every day
and every hour. Any oligarch, any deranged pop figure, who criticizes the
government of President Putin, is immediately elevated by the US, German and
other Western governments, to the level of sainthood.

All this is definitely not because of the Russian human rights record, but
because Russia, like the Latin American countries and China, is determinedly
blocking Western attempts to destabilize and destroy independent and
progressive countries all over the world. It is also due to the increasing
influence of the Russian media, particularly RT (Russia Today), which became
a commanding voice of resistance to Western propaganda. Needless to say,
this writer is proudly associated with RT and its efforts.

***

It is certain that what the world is experiencing now, could be described as
Œthe new wave¹ of a Western imperial offensive. This offensive is taking
place on all fronts, and it is rapidly accelerating. Under the proud Nobel
Peace Price winner, Barack Obama and his closest European Neo-cons and
Œsocialists with brown insides¹, as well as the re-elected fascist Prime
Minister of Japan, the world is becoming an extremely dangerous place. It
feels like some frontier town invaded by violent gangs.

The biblical perception of Œthose who are not with me are against me¹ is
gaining new depth.

And be aware of the colors. Be aware of the Œuprisings¹, or anti-government
Œprotests¹. Which one is genuine and which one is unnaturally created by
imperialism and neo-colonialism?

It all appears to be extremely confusing to the majority of people who are
getting stuffed on the corporate media feed. Actually, it is supposed to be
confusing! The more confused people get, the less capable they are to rebel
against real dangers and oppression.

But in the end, despite everything, on the 2nd of February, the people of
Thailand voted! They climbed the barricades; they fought with those who were
attempting to close polling stations.

And in Ukraine, the majority still supports their government.

And Venezuela and Cuba have not fallen.

And the jihadi cadres are not yet in control of Syria.

And Eritrea and Zimbabwe are still behind their leadership.

People are not cattle. In many parts of the world they are already realizing
who their real enemies are.

When the US sponsored a coup against Chavez, the military refused to follow,
and as a handpicked businessman was sworn-in as President, the military
began moving tanks towards Caracas, in defense of the legitimate and elected
leader. The revolution survived!

Chavez passed away, and some say that he was poisoned; that he was infected
with cancer, that he was hit from the North. I don¹t know whether it is
true, but before he died, he was photographed, bold and sweating, suffering
from an incurable disease, but determined and proud. He was shouting: ³Here
nobody surrenders!² And this one image and one short sentence, inspired
millions.

I remember, last year in Caracas, standing in front of a huge poster
depicting his face, spelling out his words. I would thank him; embrace him
if I could, if he were still alive. Not because he was perfect ­ he was not.
But because his life and his words and actions inspired millions, pulled
entire nations from depression, from gloom and doom, from slavery. I read
from his face this: ³They try to screw you by all means, but you fightŠ You
fall but you fight again. They try to kill you but you fightŠ For justice,
for your country, and for a better world.² Chavez did not say this, of
course, but that is how it felt, looking at his photograph.

By then, most of South America was free and united against Western
imperialism, and hard to defeat. Yes, here, nobody surrendered!

The rest of the world is still very vulnerable and mostly in shackles.

The West is continuously manufacturing and then supporting oppressive
forces, be they feudal or religious. The more oppressed people are, the less
disposed they are to fight for justice and for their rights. The more scared
they are, the easier it is to control them.

Feudalism, religious oppression and cruel right-wing dictatorships, all that
serves perfectly well both the market fundamentalism of the Empire, and its
obsession with controlling the planet.

But such an arrangement of the world is abnormal, and therefore temporary.
Human beings are longing for justice and, in their essence, are a sharing
and decent species. Albert Camus, correctly, arrived at the conclusion in
his powerful novel ³The Plague² (analogy to fight against fascism): ³there
is more to admire than to despise in humans².

What the West is now doing to the world; igniting conflicts, supporting
banditry and terror, sacrificing millions of people for its own commercial
interests, is nothing new under the sun. It is called Œordinary fascism¹.
And fascism came and was defeated, in the past. And it will be again. It
will be defeated because it is wrong, because it is against natural human
evolution, and because people all over the world are realizing that the
feudal structures that Western fascism is trying to administer all over the
world, belong to the 18th century, not to this one, and should never again
be tolerated.

Andre Vltchek is a novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has
covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. His discussion with Noam
Chomsky On Western Terrorism
<http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745333878>  is now going to
print. His critically acclaimed political novel Point of No Return
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0977459071/counterpunchmaga>  is now
re-edited and available. Oceania
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1409298035/counterpunchmaga>  is his
book on Western imperialism in the South Pacific. His provocative book about
post-Suharto Indonesia and the market-fundamentalist model is called
³Indonesia ­ The Archipelago of Fear
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0745331998/counterpunchmaga> ². He
has just completed the feature documentary, ³Rwanda Gambit
<http://www.strikingly.com/rwandagambit> ² about Rwandan history and the
plunder of DR Congo. After living for many years in Latin America and
Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East Asia and Africa. He can
be reached through his website <http://andrevltchek.weebly.com/>  or his
Twitter <https://twitter.com/AndreVltchek> .





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