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Tough Measures Justified in Belarus
by Jared Israel [3 September 2001]
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"A spokesman for the US Embassy in Minsk told The Times that the embassy helped to fund 300 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including non-state media, but did not fund political parties, since that is banned by law. He admitted that some of the NGOs were linked to those who were 'seeking political change.'

"[Ambassador Kozak wrote to a British newspaper that] America's 'objective and to some degree methodology are the same' in Belarus as in Nicaragua, where the US backed the Contras against the left-wing Sandinista Government in a war that claimed at least 30,000 lives." [From article in "The Times" (UK), 3 September 2001, posted below.]

Victor Olevich, a Philadelphia reader, sent us the following article from 'The Times' (UK). Mr. Olevich commented that it's "one of the bluntest I've seen in recent months;" and so it seems to me as well. With this 'Times' article, the cards are on the table: U.S. Ambassador to Belarus, Michael Kozak, has now admitted that the U.S. is pursuing a 'Nicaraguan' policy in Belarus.

Victor Olevich writes:

" They [i.e., US operatives] have been putting out anti-Lukashenko propaganda pieces and interviews with 'opposition' leaders in many US-controlled Russian papers during the past week. They're trying to do all they can to change the popular outcome of Sept. 4 elections by any means - including possible organized US-funded 'protests' in Minsk following announcement of election results (just as after presidential elections in Yugoslavia last year)."

Taken in this context, what is Mr. Kozak's statement but a threat to Belorussian citizens: vote the U.S.-approved way or suffer the fate of Nicaragua.

Earlier this year, the Belorussian government seized computers being used by an unregistered, 'opposition' newspaper. It seemed the computers had been donated to the newspaper by the U.S. Department of State.

Rather than being embarrassed that his boss had been caught outrageously violating Belorussian sovereignty, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher demanded that Washington's computers be returned!

Anyway, while the 'Times' article kindly sent to us by Mr. Olevich openly confirms that the Belorussian government has been telling the truth about Washington's gross attack on Belorussian sovereignty, the article also slanders the Belorussian government.

It calls Belorussian President Lukashenko a "dictatorial communist." But at the same time, the article admits:

"President Lukashenko is popular and most Belorussians fear that a new, pro-Western leader would bring the poverty experienced by many Russians and Ukrainians after the transition to a market economy. "

So if he's supported on a perfectly sensible basis by most citizens, wherein lies his dictatorialness? The article cites only one 'example.' Here it is:

"Washington said recently that allegations of state-sanctioned death squads operating in Belarus, Europe's last bastion of communism, were "credible". Two former state prosecutors, who have been granted political asylum in America, have said that victims were murdered with a special pistol and buried in a cemetery in Minsk."

It is reassuring that a story almost surely invented by Washington is found credible - by Washington. And that 'special pistol' is a nicely chilling little touch. Still, this particular piece of disinformation could use more work.

First of all, the same article quotes U.S. Ambassador to Belarus, Michael Kozak, to the effect that:

"America's 'objective and to some degree methodology are the same' in Belarus as in Nicaragua, where the US backed the Contras against the left-wing Sandinista Government in a war that claimed at least 30,000 lives."

Second of all, note that one of the marked features of the attack on Nicaragua by the U.S.-financed-trained-and-led Contras was the massive dose of lies and deception emanating from Washington. This, you may recall, culminated in "Iran-Contra," an operation synonymous with disinform

ation. During Iran-Contra, the Reagan Administration lied to: a) Congress; b) everyone else; c) set up phony humanitarian groups all over Central America and d) presented the Contra death squads as freedom fighters. (If this sounds eerily familair, it may be because Washington is now doing all the same things to Macedonia!)

Which reminds me: the death squads in Nicaragua (like the current ones in Macedonia) were U.S. financed, trained and 'advised.'

And since 'The Times' article tells us that now-Ambassador-to-Belarus Kozak was:

"Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs...working in Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador, and...was serving in Nicaragua [when] Mr. Reagan famously compared the Contras to the French Resistance fighters." [One of many of the amazing lies the U.S. government spread about Nicaragua.]

- since Kozak was therefore of necessity intimately involved with the organization and direction of the death squads in Nicaraguan and El Salvador - isn't it 'credible' that a) the U.S. invented the fable about Belorussian government death squads, which it then found credible and b) the U.S. is planning to unleash the same sort of violence which marked the "objective and to some degree methodology" of Kozak's previous work, where he and his associates employed death squads and lies against Nicaragua.

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Mr. Lukashenko has been described as 'dictatorial' for taking mild measures against the U.S.-funded Fifth Column.

According to 'The Times' there are now 300 U.S.-funded 'Non-governmental' Organizations in Belarus.

300!

That's one U.S. Government Organization for every 30,000 inhabitants of Belarus, man, woman and child.

Can you imagine how Washington would react were the Belorussian Ambassador, coincidentally a former death squad organizer, to set up 9,500 'independent' NGOs and announce that their task was to overthrow the U.S. government?

The accusation of 'dictatorial' behavior is a ploy. It is intended to intimidate the Belorussian authorities with bad publicty, so they won't take measures adequate to defend their country from U.S. takeover.

Ambassador Kozak's remarks are a declaration of covert war. It is entirely appropriate that Belarus demand Mr. Kozak be recalled and then immediately, without awaiting Washington's response, escort him and his entire staff to the border. Throwing out the whole lot will disrupt Washington's plans.

In addition, why shouldn't Belarus arrest those receiving U.S. money? Washington does not give people money out of the kindness of its heart. It pays for services rendered. In exchange for money, some Belorussian 'democrats' have signed on to be Washington's new Contras, employing 'a methodology' similar to the methods Washington used against Nicaragua. As 'The Times' notes, Washington's war against Nicaragua killed 30,000 human beings. Must the nightmare be repeated, time and again?

- Jared Israel

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The Times (UK) 3 September 2001 US adopts 'Contras policy' in communist Belarus

FROM ALICE LAGNADO IN MOSCOW

THE US Embassy in Belarus has admitted that it is pursuing a policy similar to that in 1980s Nicaragua, in which anti-government Contra rebels were funded and supported.

President Lukashenko, a dictatorial Communist, is heading for victory in presidential elections on Sunday.

In an unusual admission, Michael Kozak, the US Ambassador to Belarus, said in a letter to a British newspaper that America's "objective and to some degree methodology are the same" in Belarus as in Nicaragua, where the US backed the Contras against the left-wing Sandinista Government in a war that claimed at least 30,000 lives. Mr Kozak was not available for comment.

Washington said recently that allegations of state-sanctioned death squads operating in Belarus, Europe's last bastion of communism, were "credible". Two former state prosecutors, who have been granted political asylum in America, have said that victims were murdered with a special pistol and buried in a cemetery in Minsk.

The ambassador's disclosure has coincided with moves by the Bush Administration to gain increased political influence in Eastern Europe and the Balkans and with reports in several European newspapers, which said that former US servicemen believed to be working for the CIA were escorted with Albanian guerrillas from a village in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia earlier this year.

Earlier in his career, Mr Kozak served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs under Presidents Reagan and Bush, working in Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador, and was Ambassador to Cuba. While Mr Kozak was serving in Nicaragua, Mr Reagan famously compared the Contras to the French Resistance fighters.

President Lukashenko is popular and most Belorussians fear that a new, pro-Western leader would bring the poverty experienced by many Russians and Ukrainians after the transition to a market economy.

A spokesman for the US Embassy in Minsk told The Times that the embassy helped to fund 300 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including non-state media, but did not fund political parties, since that is banned by law. He admitted that some of the NGOs were linked to those who were "seeking political change".

(C) 'The Times' 2001, Posted for Fair Use Only

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Further Reading:
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1) Why is Lukashenko NATO's Enemy #1 in the former Soviet Union? Because he is resisting Washington's Imperial strategy as discussed in:

* 'Why is NATO Decimating the Balkans and Trying to Force Milosevic to Surrender?' by Jared Israel and Nico Varkevisser at http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/whyisn.htm

2) A few months ago, FBI agents arrested a Russian Pavel Borodin, a Russian diplomat, who had been invited to George W.'s inauguration. Many people felt the real target was Lukashenko's attempt to reunite Belarus, Russia and other former Soviet Republics.

* 'Borodin Falsely Arrested - Washington's Excuse a Lie' by Jared Israel at http://emperors-clothes.com/news/bor.htm

3) The U.S. directed a coup d'etat against Yugoslavia using the same methods now in operation in Belarus. See: 'U.S. Arrogance and Yugoslav Elections' at http://emperors-clothes.com/engl.htm (By Jared Israel, Michel Chossudovsky, Nico Varkovisser Peter Maher and Karen Talbot)

For a post mortem admission of the extent of U.S. control of the Yugoslav coup, see George Szamuely's report on the National Endowment for Democracy and its funding of the 'student group,' Otpor, 'Eviscerating Democracy' at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/szamuely/neda2.htm

4) Mark Almond has a very good letter in the 'Guardian' about Belarus called 'For Nicaragua, Read Belarus.' It can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/letters/alm.htm

5) For the text of State Dep't spokesman Richard Boucher's remarkable attack on Belarus (for seizing Washington's Fifth Column computers) see "Speechless in Belarus" by Jared Israel at http://emperors-clothes.com/news/ind.htm

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