11.01.2022 Author: Vladimir Platov

How Much did the US and its Allies Pay for the Terrorist Violence in Kazakhstan?

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It is a well-known fact that Washington has been trying to impose the so-callled American-style democracy upon all countries that are not willing to play ball with the White House and that are not willing to accept its instructions. On this “democratization” path the US has relied on various tactics, that would vary depending on the situation. This pattern is clearly exemplified by the US atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 “in the defense of the American democracy” that claimed 240,000 Japanese lives. Then, guided by the same objective, at the direct order of the Democratic president John F. Kennedy (1961 – 1963) the US initiated the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961 to topple Fidel Castro’s “undemocratic regime.” This was followed by the direct military incursion in Vietnam in 1964 initiated by the Democratic president Lyndon Johnson (1963 –1969), then Laos (where the US stayed up till 1973); by bombing border territories the US drew Cambodia into the Vietnam war and occupied the Dominican Republic yet again. “The fight for democracy” was picked up by the US Democratic President Bill Clinton who, for this end, bombed Yugoslavia back into the stone age. Under the same slogan of fictitious American democracy Barack Obama toppled Muammar Gaddafi’s government plunging Libya into a decade-long chaos. Republican Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush are also to blame for “long-standing democratic” wars in Iraq and Somalia.

Besides “democratic intimidation” by the American weaponry, Washington has been active in instigating “color revolutions” that swept through Czechoslovakia (Velvet Revolution of 1989), Yugoslavia (Bulldozer Revolution of 2000), Georgia (Rose Revolution of 2003), Ukraine (Orange Revolution of 2004), Kyrgyzstan (Tulip Revolution of 2005), Tunisia (Jasmine Revolution of 2011), the second time in Ukraine (Euromaidan or Revolution of Dignity of 2013 –2014), Armenia (Revolution of socket of 2015). A series of “color revolutions” was also orchestrated in the Arab world.

And now, as the events in Kazakhstan have shown, a new era of “the American style democratization” has been ushered in, which will see the use of terrorist scum that Washington was bringing to Afghanistan from Syrian and Iraq. It is no coincidence that on January 8, Rahim Oshakbayev, a member of the National Council of Public Trust under the President of Kazakhstan, said that the country’s hospitals had admitted a lot of foreign nationals who only speak Arabic. Meanwhile, documentary evidence of the militants’ incursion in Kazakhstan that point in the direction of the West that has been supplying them with weapons and money will surely appear in the wake of the investigation and testimonies given by the militants detained by Kazakh law enforcement agents.

As became known from media coverage, Washington has been extensively and for a long time accumulating not only the future trigger-men of the “democratic transition in the American style,” but also funds for eroding situation in Kazakhstan. Any “protest activity” needs money, lots of it; it is needed for the production of banners, organization of communication channels and means, throwing a bone to “independent” media which should cover the events “in the right way.”

Speaking of which: The New York Times that has devolved into a sensationalist tabloid and has been delivering on the White House’s 30 pieces of silver while covering events in Kazakhstan, has exceeded all expectations. The newspaper’s official Twitter page interpreted those tragic events in Kazakhstan in quite a peculiar way, publishing a link to its own article on the CSTO peacekeepers dispatched to this country to stabilize the internal situation. The message was, in particular, accompanied by a provocative tweet: “Dozens of antigovernment protesters were killed in Kazakhstan, the police said, as Russian-led troops tried to restore order.” At the time of publications, however, the Russian troops had not yet arrived to the hot spots where mass engagement that claimed some lives took place, so they cannot be blamed for any killings. These facts, nonetheless, did not discourage The New York Times, as they would not discourage any other yellow press. This fake was paid for upfront and so this media source was dettermined to keep spreading fakes.

As for the funds allocated by Washington through official channels alone to undermine the situation in Kazakhstan, the extensive grant programs list of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a body well-known for its close ties with the CIA, comprises a competition for “human rights activities in Kazakhstan” for everyone to see. In April 2021, it received $800,000.

Then, in May 2021, USAID organized a program dubbed Support for Freedom of Association in Kazakhstan, allocating for its needs another $750,000. The program indicates the necessity “for projects to strengthen advocacy and networking capacity for civil society organizations advocating specifically on fundamental freedoms.” The program is supervised by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor which comes under the purview of Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. This means that the agency violates universal legal framework on non-interference in other countries’ affairs.

In a clear hope to “put to good use in Kazakhstan” the remaining ISIS (banned in Russia) militants that had been trained in the US special camps in Syria and Iraq, in December 2021, USAID launched a campaign of Promoting International Standards for Religious Freedom in Kazakhstan, allocating for this “work” another $740,740. How this democratization worked out for Kazakhstan can be seen in Kazakh media reports about the radical terrorists going on a rampage from January 2 through 6, beheading two local law enforcement agents,  and murdering in the Almaty street a Kazakh director and musician Saken Bitayev on January 6, burning of down of the golden fund of Kazakh cinema building and slaughtering civilians.

Besides USAID, a notorious NED with ties with the CIA, funded from the US budget and founded by the US Congress in 1983, also contributed to establishing “American-style democracy” in Kazakhstan. The fund’s official website reveals a list of programs for Kazakhstan, while some separate sums that it had recently allocated for this country can be found on the website Stanradar.

It is worth noting that US President Joe Biden has recently announced plans to ramp up financing of “democracies around the world” while the White House decided to allocate another $424 million to implement such initiatives.

Washington’s response to Kazakhstan and CSTO peacekeeping contingent’s thwarting of an apparent attempt by the West to change the political regime in this Central Asian country is also remarkable. Despite the fact that local and regional media in detail informed the world community about the rampage the extremists unleashed on January 2 – 6, releasing a variety of evidence and footage, and an official statement by the Kazakh Foreign Ministry which published a timeline of the events and the decisions of the Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the US State Department voiced a clear discontent regarding CSTO peacekeeper deployment. No doubt, the United States is fuming for a reason since it invested a lot of money to foster this coup attempt in Kazakhstan which had been thwarted both by the local authorities and by a unified response to this terrorist barbarity by the CSTO peacekeeping forces!

Therefore, on January 7, the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, legitimately and correctly assessed the statement of the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken regarding the tragic events in Kazakhstan:  “In his typical boorish manner, the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken jested about the tragic events in Kazakhstan,” Zakharova wrote in a post on her Telegram channel. The diplomat stressed that the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) response to the events in Kazakhstan has been totally legitimate, as it had been brought to the notice of the UN Security Council.

Zakharova also lambasted Blinken’s remark about the situation in Kazakhstan and CSTO’s peacekeeping forces arriving in the country. The US Secretary of State said, in particular, that “when Russians are in your house, it’s sometimes very difficult to get them to leave.” “If Antony Blinken loves history lessons so much, then he should take the following into account: when Americans are in your house, it can be difficult to stay alive and not be robbed or raped. We are taught this not only by the recent past but by all 300 years of American statehood,” Zakharova said. “Natives of the North American continent, Koreans, Vietnamese, Iraqis, Panamanians, Yugoslavs, Libyans, Syrians and many other unfortunate people who were unlucky enough to see these uninvited guests at their doorsteps will tell a lot about this,” she went on to say, clearly reminding about, among other things, the ongoing illegal US occupation of Syria, unchallenged looting of this country and dozens of thousands of civilians killed in Middle East in the recent years alone.

Vladimir Platov, expert on the Middle East, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

 


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