Dissecting Washington’s Color Revolution Techniques
As it’s been pointed out by a number of prominent statisticians, over the last hundred years Washington would interfere in the internal affairs of at least 50 countries for a total of 130 individual cases. As for the last three decades, there’s been more than 40 instances of such interference, including cases of elections meddling and fraud, coup d’etats and attempts to trigger armed conflicts. To be more specific, the American alternative media AlterNet managed to establish 80 instances of Western interference over the period from 1953 to the present day. Which basically means that Washington won’t think twice when it sees an opportunity to bring a government down, imposing its will on other countries through all sorts of non-profit organizations and intelligence agencies with the latter acting with diplomatic immunity. These days, pretty much across the globe it’s a running joke that there will never be a coup d’etat in Washington as there’s no US embassy there.
However, there’s a lot of variables in one’s fomenting of public unrest that would eventually open the floodgates to a “color revolution.” It’s impossible to ride a dissent movement through the use of brutal force, as history has shown us on multiple occasions. Therefore, as the United States carries on targeting one legitimate government after another in a desperate bid to preserve its so-called primacy on the global political stage, the hidden springs that would set yet another political trap in motion are getting increasingly visible for those who study history. Essentially, we’re speaking about a complex blend of social media capabilities and intelligence operations that result in the governments that refuse to pledge their loyalty to Washington going down one after another.
Most analysts would describe such meddling as an exercise in “soft power”, but this term is highly misleading, as a coup d’etat staged by an outside player is nothing but a means of proxy warfare, that can inflict as much suffering and misery on the regular people as a regular conflict does.
Through it seemingly non-harmful behavoir Washington would try to trick individuals in committing acts they would never even contemplate otherwise. However, to exercise “soft power” in another state, Washington has to use a wide range of cultural, information, intelligence and psychological techniques up until the moment when the public perception of reality deviates from the actual state of affairs in a particular country, which fuels discontent.
Therefore, when one comes across instances of historic fabrications on the Internet, it would be, perhaps, too native of him or her to assume that this was an honest mistake made by some poorly educated author. In fact, Washington has always been fond of imposing so-called sanctions on another state only to blame its authorities that they murders their citizens through malnutrition. This tactics has been particularly evident in Venezuela, the state that, according to the report issued by the Strategic Latin American Center for Geopolitics (CELAG), lost some 350 billion dollars during the period from 2013 to 2017 due to Washington’s trade restrictions. What this means is that this country’s government was incapable of using those funds to provide social benefits to the population, ensuring an uninterrupted stream of imported foods and medicines arrive on schedule.
Yet, a large cache of US-made weapons that has recently been seized by the Venezuelan national guard at the International airport in Valencia. Moreover, there’s an endless steam of the so-called “humanitarian aid caravans” for Venezuela coming from the US, but this aid nothing but an attempt to incite “revolutionary sentiments” within the besieged country. Most people still remain oblivious to the fact that before the US started targeting Venezuela it was among the richest countries in South America, that could provide humanitarian aid to its neighbors, let alone receiving it from a bully that tries to bring it down.
But there’s nothing new about the so-called US assistance reaching states that found themselves trapped in a political crisis, as it’s enough to mention the infamous former assistant secretary of state, Victoria Nuland handing over cookies to protesters in Kiev back in 2016. It has even come to the point when American satellite-states, namely Riyadh, are using man-made famine to appease the armed opposition that tries to resist their invasions.
Even though the majority of instances of Washington’s meddling in the affairs of other states took place back in the Cold War days, it doesn’t look like the White House willing to put an end to this practice. In a bid to prevent the population of US-led states from launching a massive uprising against Western oligarch elites, back in the day Washington tried to use the states of Asia, Africa and South America as a replacement for colonies that Western powers used to control directly through their unparalleled brutality. Washington has always had a massive appetite for control over transport routes and hydrocarbon reserves and he wouldn’t even try to restrain itself and its greed
Unfortunately, the restraining mechanisms that our ancestors put in place to prevent this sort of behavoir, such as the United Nation, have gradually become ineffective. This notion is confirmed by a dictatorial warning that Donald Trump issued back in 2017, when he stated that Washington would withdraw the financial assistance to any of its allies that decide to vote for the resolution condemning Trump’s illegal decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This so-called warning resulted in the US permanent representative to the UN drafting a list of states that would and wouldn’t support the US position.
This list was devised to serve as a written reminder to various countries about what they could expect from their cooperation with the United States and about the price they’re going to pay for it, as Washington has been voicing increasingly bellicose remarks to the states that chose to carry on trading with such besieged players as North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela.
By the way, the recent coup d’etat attempt in Venezuela carried out by Washington is nothing but an example that shows that the empty rhetorics about the rule of law and Western humanitarian concerns is nothing but a smoke screen, as Washington couldn’t care less about such things.
Grete Mautner is an independent researcher and journalist from Germany, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”