“US quietly partners with neo-Nazis in Ukraine, fascists in Egypt, and al-Qaeda in Syria”
Imagine if protesters â€“ supported by Russia â€“ established an encampment in front of the US Capitol, threw Molotov cocktails into government buildings, fired guns at the police, and demanded that the US government relinquish power.
Obviously, the response from the US government would not be peaceful and there would be a loud call for war on Russia.
What if there were demonstrators in front of the White House who announced their events on Facebook by saying that members of congress should be incapacitated by having their knees smashed? Or if those same protesters posted YouTube videos saying that buses going into Washington should be set ablaze by dousing the roads with gas and diesel in the hopes of burning all the passengers inside?
Certainly, every US government official would demand the protesters be immediately arrested and charged with terrorism.
And what would happen if Islamic fundamentalists who had pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda began to bomb police stations and schools across the US?
Clearly, the US government would punish the responsible parties, and probably the countries in which they received training.
These things arenâ€™t happening in the US, but theyÂ areÂ occurring in Ukraine, Egypt and Syria by people who are funded, supported, encouraged or tacitly approved by the United States government.
US â€œguyâ€ now running Ukraine
On Thursday, the Ukrainian parliament acceptedÂ Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the countryâ€™s new prime minister. Yatsenyuk is the lawmaker from the Fatherland Party who has been Washingtonâ€™s choice to lead the country, as revealed by the State Departmentâ€™s Victoria Nuland when she told US Ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Pyatt, â€œYats [Yatsenyuk] is the guy whoâ€™s got the economic experience, the governing experience.â€
The now infamous â€˜f*ck the EUâ€™ leaked phone conversation between Nuland and Pyatt revealed the role played by the United States in supporting Ukraineâ€™s far-right opposition in its (ultimately successful) attempt to overthrow the left-leaning Yanukovych. â€œThe utter criminality of Washingtonâ€™s drive to install a pliant regime in Kiev sharply emerges in Nuland and Pyattâ€™s discussion of Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of the neo-fascist Svoboda party (who recently met with John McCain in Kiev). Nuland describes Tyahnybok as one of the â€œbig threeâ€ within the opposition leadership. These remarks confirm that there is no confusion whatsoever within the Obama administration that it isworking in partnership with fascist movements in Ukraine,â€ wrote Patrick Oâ€™Connor.
Another top Svoboda member, Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn, a deputy in parliament,Â often quotes Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, as well as other Third Reich luminaries like Ernst Rohm and Gregor Strasser.Â Among other things, Svoboda seeks to end all immigration and ensure that all civil service jobs are filled by ethnic Ukrainians. The Nation magazine reported that Svoboda also seeks to ban abortions, abolish gun control, â€œban the Communist ideology,â€ and prohibit the adoption of Ukrainian children by foreigners.
â€œAs for the â€œprotestersâ€ who came to Maidan Square in November, not all came simply to protest. Many set up tents and shacks, threw up barricades, seized government buildings, burned the headquarters of the ruling party, battled police and demanded the overthrow of the regime.Â How many Western countries would permit a planned putsch in their capital city?â€ asked Pat Buchanan.
â€œThe most aggressive element of the opposition is a group calling itself Pravy Sektor,Â a right-wing nationalist organization that critics liken to Nazis,â€ according to the Washington Post.
In teaming up withÂ â€œarmed neo-Nazis, soccer hooligans, a variety of militant separatists, looters, arsonists and cop-killersâ€Â the US eventually got what it wanted in Ukraine. And now it will likely play a leading role in reconstructing Ukraineâ€™s economy, National Security Adviser Susan Rice revealed on â€œMeet the Pressâ€ last week. Ms. Rice mapped out how the Obama administrator will be working with the International Monetary Fund to provide â€˜financial aidâ€™ to Ukraine.
US once again siding with repressive, â€œfascistâ€ government in Egypt
Things have gotten so bad in Egypt that the government is now investigating a Muppet-style character that regularly appears on Egyptian television.
“As stupid as it is, itâ€™s very telling,â€ Ziad Akl, a political analyst said of the puppet case. â€œIt says a lot about the patriotism frenzy we are in. There is definitely a sentiment of fascist nationalism that you either subscribe to, or face being labeled a traitor.â€
â€œThe swelling nationalism â€“ fanned by the countryâ€™s state- and privately-owned media â€“ has given the army-backed government the legitimacy to quell further dissent in the name of national security.Â Today, opposition to the government is being suppressed even more brutally than it was under strongman Hosni Mubarak, the longtime ruler who was forced out in the Arab Spring revolt in 2011,â€ wrote the Washington Postâ€™s Erin Cunningham.
As Egypt spirals out of control, virtually no mention is given to the revelation thatÂ the US was squarely behind the military overthrow of the democratically elected government of Mohammed Morsi. According to an Al-Jazeera analysis of documents obtained by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, the US has paid for some of the most unsavory characters in the coup.
â€œMake a road bump with a broken palm tree to stop the buses going into Cairo, and drench the road around it with gas and diesel. When the bus slows down for the bump, set it all ablaze so it will burn down with all the passengers inside. God bless.â€ Those were the words of Colonel Omar Afifi Soliman, a U.S.-funded anti-Muslim Brotherhood activist.
Soliman, who served in Egyptâ€™s elite investigative police unit, received funding from the US State Department via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). IRS documents reveal that the NED paid Soliman $50,000 in 2009, $60,000 in 2010, and $10,000 in 2011.
Through a program created by the US State Department dubbed a â€œdemocracy assistanceâ€ initiative, the NED has bankrolled numerous â€˜activistsâ€™ in Egypt, including an anti-Islamist politician who advocated closing mosques and dragging preachers out by force. Al Jazeera points out that such â€œdemocracy assistanceâ€ may have violated Egyptian law, which prohibits foreign political funding. It may also have broken US government regulations that ban the use of taxpayersâ€™ money to fund foreign politicians, or finance subversive activities that target democratically elected governments. Further, a Congressional mandate is clear in that the NED is only to engage in â€œpeacefulâ€ political change overseas.
The US is teaming with the historically repressive Egyptian military and its leader in waiting, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has achieved cult-like status in whipping up nationalistic fervor. The Obama administration is virtually alone in not labeling last yearâ€™s ouster of Morsi as a â€œcoup,â€ and with its support of Egyptâ€™s current military government, the US is once again on the side of the repressive, and what many are now calling fascist leadership of Egypt.
US on same side as al-Qaeda in Syria
It is widely known that theÂ US and al-Qaeda are on the same side in SyriaÂ in attempting to oust Syriaâ€™s Bashar al-Assad from office.
On February 12, 2012 the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri,Â called on Muslims from other countries to support rebels in SyriaÂ seeking to overthrow Assad. Two weeks later Hillary Clinton raised serious concerns about calls to arm the Syrian opposition when she said, â€œwe know al Qaeda leader Zawahiri is supporting the opposition in Syria.Are we supporting al Qaeda in Syria?Â And in July of 2012, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said that as many asÂ one-quarter of the 300 rebel groups in Syria may be fighting under the banner of al-Qaeda. In fact, one of the leading opposition groups, al-Nusra Front, has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States.
But those warnings didnâ€™t stop the Obama administration from arming the opposition in Syria. One week after Rep. Rogersâ€™ statement, it was revealed thatÂ President Obama had authorized covert support for Syrian rebels. And later, one day afterÂ al-Qaeda of Iraq announcedÂ that it was fighting with rebels in Syria, Obama pledged anÂ additional $10 millionÂ in aid to the opposition. The following week, the Obama administrationÂ pledged another $123 millionÂ to the rebels.
The US attempts to ease peopleâ€™s worries by claiming that American-provided weapons wonâ€™t get into the hands of the â€˜badâ€™ opposition in Syria, but this is clearly unrealistic, particularly in light of the chaos that encompasses cities throughout the war-torn country. In fact, the USA Today reported thatÂ US arms were showing up in the hands of pro-Assad militias. The ability of Assadâ€™s allies to obtain US weapons is one of many reasons the United States should not supply Syrian rebels with weapons, said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., former chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Syria is â€œalready overflowingâ€ with weapons being supplied to the Assad regime and to the rebels â€œthat could one day be turned against the US,â€ Ros-Lehtinen said. Itâ€™s â€œextremely difficultâ€ to distinguish between friend and foe in Syria, she said, and â€œno amount of safeguards can guarantee that weapons will not fall into the wrong hands.â€
As former congressman Ron Paul warned, “There are a lot of factions out there, why donâ€™t we ask about the Al-Qaeda?Â Why are we on the side of the al-Qaeda right now?Â So I think they want the weapons. The rebels want the weapons. Thereâ€™s a bunch of people in there and Al-Qaeda is part of it and this is the test for us to drop a couple of bombs and then send in weapons.”
The US government tries to spin the hypocritical position of working towards a similar goal as al-Qaeda in Syria while at the same time saying they are a threat to US national security in other parts of the world. Regardless of how it attempts to nuance its aid to the opposition, thereâ€™s no hiding the fact that the US is on the same side as al-Qaeda in Syria. Just like they are on the same side as neo-Nazis in Ukraine, and fascists in Egypt.
Chris Ernesto is co-founder ofÂ St. Pete for Peace, an antiwar organization in St. Petersburg, FL that has been active since 2003. Mr. Ernesto also created and managesOccupyArrests.comÂ andÂ USinAfrica.com.
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