Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Bush is sowing a death wind

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The Bush administration is using "democracy" as a geopolitical tool: in the case of Burma as a weapon against China. The marching Monks were unknowingly marching for Washington, their deaths are on Bush's head.

The desire to be sovereign, especially among former colonies, is one of the strongest forces in international relations.

Around the world countries that have nothing more in common than the desire to maintain their sovereignty in the face of US destabilization are banding together, witness the unlikely alliance of Iran and Venezuela. This is the yeast where something massive could sprout.

So much hostility, cutting across ethnic, cultural, religious and ideological barriers is a powerful negative energy to face. This is really sowing the whirlwind. The United States will end up paying heavily for interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign countries. In fact it is already paying heavily for all its mischief now. DS

F. William Engdahl: The geopolitical stakes of 'Saffron Revolution' - Asia Times
Abstract: Here some not-so-publicized facts help. Behind the recent CNN news pictures of streams of monks marching in the streets of the former capital city, Yangon, calling for more democracy, is a battle of major geopolitical consequence. The tragedy of Myanmar, whose land area is about the size of George W Bush's Texas, is that its population is being used as a human stage prop in a drama scripted in Washington by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the George Soros Open Society Institute, Freedom House and Gene Sharp's Albert Einstein Institution, a US intelligence asset used to spark "non-violent" regime change around the world on behalf of the US strategic agenda. Myanmar's "Saffron Revolution", like the Ukraine "Orange Revolution" or the Georgia "Rose Revolution" and the various color revolutions instigated in recent years against strategic states surrounding Russia, is a well-orchestrated exercise in Washington-run regime change, down to the details of "hit-and-run" protests with "swarming" mobs of monks in saffron, Internet blogs, mobile SMS links between protest groups, well-organized protest cells which disperse and re-form. CNN made the blunder during a September broadcast of mentioning the active presence of the NED behind the protests in Myanmar. In fact the US State Department admits to supporting the activities of the NED in Myanmar. The NED is a US government-funded "private" entity whose activities are designed to support US foreign policy objectives, doing today what the CIA did during the Cold War. As well, the NED funds Soros' Open Society Institute in fostering regime change in Myanmar. In an October 30, 2003 press release the State Department admitted, "The United States also supports organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy, the Open Society Institute and Internews, working inside and outside the region on a broad range of democracy promotion activities." It all sounds very self-effacing and noble of the State Department. Is it though? In reality the US State Department has recruited and trained key opposition leaders from numerous anti-government organizations in Myanmar. It has poured the relatively huge sum (for Myanmar) of more than $2.5 million annually into NED activities in promoting regime change in Myanmar since at least 2003. The US regime change effort, its Saffron Revolution, is being largely run, according to informed reports, out of the US Consulate General in bordering Chaing Mai, Thailand. There activists are recruited and trained, in some cases directly in the US, before being sent back to organize inside Myanmar. The US's NED admits to funding key opposition media including the New Era Journal, Irrawaddy and the Democratic Voice of Burma radio. The concert-master of the tactics of Saffron monk-led non-violence regime change is Gene Sharp, founder of the deceptively-named Albert Einstein Institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a group funded by an arm of the NED to foster US-friendly regime change in key spots around the world. Sharp's institute has Rbeen active in Myanmar since 1989, just after the regime massacred some 3,000 protestors to silence the opposition. CIA special operative and former US military attache in Rangoon, Col Robert Helvey, an expert in clandestine operations, introduced Sharp to Myanmar in 1989 to train the opposition there in non-violent strategy. Interestingly, Sharp was also in China two weeks before the dramatic events at Tiananmen Square.(...) US-backed regime change in Myanmar together with Washington's growing military power projection via India and other allies in the region is clearly a factor in Beijing's policy vis-a-vis Myanmar's present military junta. As is often the case these days, from Darfur to Caracas to Yangon, the rallying call of Washington for democracy ought to be taken with a large grain of salt. READ IT ALL


Arthur Edelstein said...

I would like to correct the false accusations made by F. William
Engdahl in this article.

Mr. Engdahl alleges that "The tragedy of Burma, ... is that its
population is being used as a human stage prop in a drama which has
been scripted in Washington by the National Endowment for Democracy
(NED), the George Soros Open Society Institute, Freedom House and Gene
Sharp's Albert Einstein Institution, a US intelligence asset used to
spark 'non-violent' regime change around the world on behalf of the US
strategic agenda." Mr. Engdahl also claims that Gene Sharp is the
"concert master" for revolution. He gives no evidence, and indeed
there is none for these spurious assertions.

As a volunteer who has worked with the Albert Einstein Institution, I
can assure your readers that Dr. Sharp is a scholar, a writer of books
and articles, who did travel to Burma a number of years ago, but is
not at all in control of the Burmese monks and civilians who so
bravely marched against the regime. People in Burma are capable of
mounting protests by themselves! The Albert Einstein Institution is
not a US intelligence asset, nor is it funded by an arm of the NED,
and indeed does not work on behalf of the US government, but rather it
is a small nonprofit institution that engages in scholarly work on the
history, theory and strategic use of nonviolent resistance.

Mr. Engdahl's claim that Dr. Sharp's colleague Robert Helvey is a
"special CIA operative" is also without basis.

Readers interested in a factual account of work by Dr. Sharp and Mr.
Helvey work in Burma and elsewhere would do well to read the following
articles in Peace Magazine:



and examine the Albert Einstein Institution's website themselves:


Arthur D Edelstein
Berkeley, CA

David Seaton's Newslinks said...

I received this comment from Mr. Edelstein only minutes after posting "Bush is sowing a death wind". I find it hard to believe that this was spontaneous. Rather, this celerity seems to bear out Mr. Engdahl's thesis that all of this is highly coordinated.

Anonymous said...

I've been puzzled for a long time about the situation in Burma and I am grateful to you for starting to clear a few things up. I am uncomfortable when I'm on the same side as Bush and I start to suspect that all is not as it seems. Since the US supports all kinds of repressive military juntas and dictatorships, why is Bush so opposed to the one in Burma?

I read recently that the Burmese government is not allowing US oil corporations the kind of access to their oil resources as the corporations would like. This is consistent, then, with manipulating the legitimate feelings of opposition to dictatorship to engineer a "regime change." Is the US funding true anti-government opposition groups in beacons of democracy like Egypt or Saudi Arabia (or how about Pakistan?) in the same way. But Burma is friendlier to China and the overthrow of their goverment and its replacement with one friendly to us (the US) would be a good step in our effort to exert control over the things we feel are essential to maintain our world dominance.

Arthur Edelstein said...

The coordination that allowed me to respond to this post was "Google Blog Alerts." Nothing so sinister. Mr. Engdahl's article is repeated all over the web and is so full of nonsense that I was making an attempt to rebut it everywhere.

David Seaton's Newslinks said...

Yeah, sure, whatever.