05.02.2018 Author: Martin Berger

Are You Surprised to Hear that Washington is No Stranger to Election Rigging?

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It seems that the US can be considered the only state currently redrawing the entire map of the world for it to better suit the interests of its own political, financial, and military cycles. In fact one can’t help but to be amazed by the maniacal zeal with which the White House advances its agenda upon the international stage. It was this zeal behind the decision to drop nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the stagings of war in Vietnam and on the Korean Peninsula, and the launch of the Cold War against the USSR and the Warsaw Pact countries. Those events were followed by countless wars across the Middle East and North Africa: in Iraq, in Syria. Afghanistan, and Libya. But special interests continue advancing their agenda regardless of the consequences, now pitting the US against North Korea and Iran.

In addition to repeated instances of armed aggression against any state refusing to obey Washington’s dictates, the White House has been engaged in the physical elimination of individual politicians that head undesirable governments. It goes without saying that for a government to fall into this category it’s enough for it to try to defend its own national interests in a bid to ensure the well-being of its people. Those politically motivated assassins have been examined in much detail in a number of media publications, including those featured in the New Eastern Outlook.

By establishing an elaborate network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in various countries of the world, sponsored through a number of off-the-books operations of the CIA, the State Department has been political conflicts in various countries of the world, while being supported by a number of private foundations, including those founded and financed by George Soros. This fact constitutes a gross violation of all international norms, since a great many of these conflicts result regime change often described by the popular euphemism of “color revolutions”. There are several prime examples to consider.

Iran

Last summer, in a letter submitted to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, Iran would accuse the United States of repeated attempts of taking down the government of the Islamic Republic. This official appeal to the UN appeared to be Tehran’s reaction to repeated attempts by Washington to interfere in Iran’s sovereign political affairs, including Rex Tillerson’s statement made last June at a hearing in the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, in which he stated that Washington’s approach to Iran can be summed up in its support of anti-government elements inside Iran, which were aiming at taking power in Tehran. Never before has such a high-profile diplomat officially pledged his support to the staging of a so-called “peaceful internal political transition”, which constitutes a flagrant violation of the Algerian Accords of 1981, signed and ratified by both Iran and the United States. After all, according to existing US-Iranian agreements, Washington promised not to interfere, both directly or indirectly, through the use of political or military force in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The fact Washington was behind the recent demonstrations in Iran is evident by the well-coordinated support that Washington has been providing to the local opposition. The White House has already stated that in the very near future it will allocate yet another billion dollars to support Iran’s “freedom fighters”, while imposing sanctions against the key political figures ruling Tehran. An attempt to make anti-government rhetoric in Iran more popular has also been made by current US president, Donald Trump himself. Using his Twitter account, Trump would urge individual representatives of Iranian society to break away from the “repressive” regime, while tagging his messages with the #IranProtests hashtag.

Netherlands

On the eve of the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, which were due to take place last March, local politicians would voice a concern that the right-wing Party for Freedom was receiving funds from the US. Among the foreign bodies involved in the sponsoring of this party one can find such American conservative organizations as the Gatestone Institute and Freedom Alliance. It is noteworthy that the Freedom Alliance enjoys the support of Robert Shillman, a prominent supporter of President Trump.

It’s been noted that America’s neoconsorvative David Horowitz donated nearly 150,000 dollars to the Party for Freedom, making it the largest individual official donation that year within the Dutch political system, which may seem a modest contribution compared with donations made in the US. It’s curious that by making this donation via a fund overseen by David Horowitz, it violated existing US federal laws, which prohibit such funds from sponsoring political parties.

Ronald van Raak, a deputy of the Socialist Party of the Netherlands, on behalf of all Dutch politicians expressed outrage over this instance of foreign interference.

Armenia

The US Embassy in Armenia has been engaged for years in consistent attempts to make the representatives of the local opposition more combative in a bid to prevent candidates that are sympathetic to Russia from coming to power in upcoming presidential election next March. At the same time, the sitting US ambassador to Yerevan, Richard Mills is known for pledging all sorts of US support to the opposition at countless meetings he holds with them.

Venezuela

In recent years, there’s been a mounting number of well-founded accusations against the CIA and the White House due to their attempts to take down the current government of Venezuela. A Venezuelan-American lawyer, Eva Golinger in her interview with teleSUR, shared a number of details about Washington’s role in the staging of the attempted coup d’etat in Venezuela back in 2002 and the possible murder of President Hugo Chavez.

Recently, the Venezuelan Commander-General, Jesús Chourio, announced that US-sponsored mercenaries attempted to pull off yet another coup last year by launching an attack against the military in the city of Valencia. Earlier that year, according to Venezuelan authorities, a helicopter that opened fire at the building of the Interior Ministry and the Supreme Court of Venezuela was hijacked by a policeman suspected of having links with the CIA.

In order to force Venezuelan authorities into changing their policies to satisfy American special interests, the United States introduced harsh sanctions against Venezuela, while providing open support for opposition forces.

Cambodia

Washington has recently come forward with a direct ultimatum to Cambodia, aimed at discrediting its authorities. This step was provoked by Phnom Penh’s decision to dissolve the main opposition party – the Cambodian National Rescue Party. In response, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be as bold as to announce (emphasis added)

As a first step, we will terminate support for the Cambodian National Election Committee and its administration of the upcoming 2018 national election. On current course next year’s election will not be legitimate, free or fair.

End Notes

And list goes on and on, well beyond anybody’s ability to present all of Washington’s sins in a single article. However, it should be added that in a bid to hide from the international community the fact it’s been interfering in elections worldwide on such a scale, Washington unleashed a campaign accusing Russia of the very sort of interference Washington itself has been plying for decades. However, realizing the groundless nature of such allegations against Russia, a number American political figures have come forward to dismiss the charges. Even the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, Michael Pompeo has recently been forced to admit that he was in possession of no evidence of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s election campaign members.

So wouldn’t it be better for Washington, instead of voicing far-fetched accusations against Russia, to admit its own destructive role in influencing democratic procedures in other states?

Martin Berger is a freelance journalist and geopolitical analyst, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”   


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