From Ukraine to the Middle East, the West maintains strange alliances
As recent history has proven from Iraq to Syria, a state cannot be democratic in itself, but only if it allows itself to be manipulated and navigated through various international bodies and if it abandons any notion of sovereignty or independence.
Baathist Saddam Hussein's Iraq was just one autocratic vanguard of Western interests in the oil-rich Middle East during its bloody war with Iran (1980/1988). However, Saddam Hussein’s ambitions to achieve national independence doomed the regime, which was therefore declared a threat to democracy. Eventually, it ended up on the axis of evil, as defined by the Bush administration.
America’s treatment of Iraq was by no means unique; the same treatment was later inflicted on Russia. So long as the former superpower languished in deep economic stagnation, plagued by anarchy and corruption with entire regions of the country beyond federal government control, Russia was seen by the West as a democracy worthy of being called a partner. Its leaders, beginning with its President Boris Yeltsin, were received in all of the Western capitals with grand gestures of friendship. This friendship was as warm and genuine as the oligarchs who mingled in the entourage of President Yeltsin, who joined the West and its firms in plundering the economic and industrial power of the former USSR. Russia was then only a ghost of its former self and lacked the ability to impede the global deployment of Western power.
Alas, when Vladimir Putin came to power and Russia’s fate started to improve, Russia regained its position as a major player on the world stage; however, it lost its status as a democratic country and started to be considered an authoritarian and almost dictatorial regime. This predates the 2008 war with Georgia (which was blamed on Russia and prompted anti-Russian cheerleader John McCain to say, “We are all Georgians now”). It can be traced back to the anti-presidential sentiments of exiled oligarchs such as Boris Berezhovsky, who accused Putin of masterminding the 1999 terrorist attacks in Moscow and Ryazan in much the same way that American conspiracy theorists often accuse the Bush administration of having staged 9/11. It’s interesting to note that the Economist almost never did anything but praise the ‘Young Reformers’ responsible for Russia’s botched privatization process in the 1990’s which saw these plutocrats rise at the expense of millions of people’s fortunes, but later did nothing but criticize Putin.
This provides a useful reminder of how the West plays with the concept of democracy; its interests and the interests of corporations that lobby and finance politicians campaigns help explain the subtle and unlikely alliance games that it sets up today when dealing with the crises that shake the world.
The two emblematic cases of Ukraine and the Middle East are symptomatic of the policy of interference used by the West and its hypocrisy in matters of foreign policy.
In Ukraine: Joining hands with Nazis to overthrow a democratically-elected leader
The involvement of the Western nations in the Ukrainian coup, which led to a civil war that left 3,200 dead according to the UN, is a proven fact. During the months of street confrontations between Euromaidan protesters and the government of democratically-elected President Victor Yanukovych, the world was able to witness a parade of western personalities in Kiev, providing support to the protesters. The aforementioned US Senator John McCain, an equally belligerent representative of European diplomacy, Catherine Ashton, and the pathetic "philosopher-coarse-humorist" Bernard-Henri Lévy, Sherpa of successive French governments, all came to pour out their hatred of Russia, and announce their desire to see the regime of the "tyrant" Yanukovych toppled. Meanwhile, the US State Department met with the leaders of the anti-Yanukovych faction and attempted to hand-pick who would lead the next administration. In total breach of international law, they violated the sovereignty of Ukraine with complete impunity. They not only sought to legitimize but also actively financed the coup of 22 February 2014, which saw the crowd overthrow Yanukovych. The fact that representatives of the Western leadership were willing to stand alongside Ukrainian neo-Nazi groups such as the Right Sector and the Svoboda Party isn’t proof that they secretly admire the Third Reich; it’s a sign that they are completely unprincipled in their ploy to achieve modern-day imperial ambitions, whether it be an Association Agreement, as is the case with the EU or they just want to wreck Russia’s ambitions of creating a Eurasian Economic Union, as Hillary Clinton claimed during her brief tenure as Secretary of State.
Since then, the Ukrainian nationalists have ruled the streets and are serving in military auxiliary forces of the Ukrainian army in its deadly campaign in Donetsk and Lugansk. It should come as no surprise that the Ukrainian government considers the Azov Battalion, which is composed of neo-Nazi volunteers from western Ukraine, one of its most potent fighting forces. The Aidar Battalion, comprised of Maidan fighters, was accused of war crimes in a September 8th Amnesty International report; some extracts were published by French news site, Médiapart. These battalions are supplementary to the regular army; the Azov Battalion fights under the banner of a modified wolfsangel (crochet de loup), a rune used in the Hitler’s SS. It is endorsed by Oleh Tiahnibok, chief of Svoboda, who John McCain met in Kiev last autumn. While the majority of the Ukrainian population and people throughout the world hope for a lasting ceasefire, the leader of the Azov Battalion and other extremists see this end to the conflict as a betrayal.
In the Middle East: Strengthening alliances with oil monarchies, funding Islamic extremism
If the policy of the West in Ukraine makes use of the ambitions of neo-Nazi groups, in the Middle East, the West’s policy agenda is entirely inconsistent and hypocritical. By claiming that Arab nationalist leaders are in fact menacing dictators, the American administration and its NATO allies have contributed to the rise of radical Muslim groups. Along with its two wars against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq (which led to the present chaos), the Western community has forged increasingly close ties with the oil monarchies of the Persian Gulf (not exactly bastions of democracy). As in Ukraine, "the world empire" is advocating brinkmanship and prefers to support Islamic regimes that fund terrorist and jihadist groups, rather than build alliances with secular states in the region. Perhaps one of the first and best 20th century examples of the West opting to make a country its vassal rather than foster democracy there was the CIA-backed 1953 coup against the Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh. Mosaddegh was replaced with a monarch, the Shah, because he had nationalized the country’s British-owned oil assets. The enmity that resulted from this overthrow eventually resulted in the country’s Islamic revolution.
President Obama has, once again, produced proof that this hypocrisy still exists by unveiling the coalition that is joining in the fight against the Islamic State. By refusing the mediation of Iran (a major regional power due to its geopolitical and strategic importance) and other key partners on issues related to the Middle East, Washington has turned again to the sponsors of global jihad.
Since 2011, Syria has been solely responsible for the fight against Islamist IS networks that are active in the country and have been funded and armed for two years by the West, President Bashar al Asad hasn’t been invited to participate in the fight against the terrorists who have destroyed his country. Instead, Barack Obama has preferred to call on America’s allies in the region. The coalition to fight the jihadists includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and Jordan. Out of these six states, four have directly financed Islamist warmongering and only Jordan, a kingdom that has been weakened by the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, remains against the jihad movement.
In this particular case, the West is cloaked in democratic posturing in order to get their hands on the wealth of the Middle East, ride the wave of commodities speculation that comes with a fluctuating oil price, and drive money into the hands od defense contractors which provide political campaign money.
In order to defeat the two-tiered democracy of the West, we must establish a Europe of nations and peoples
In order to break the deadlock of the globalized system which has been imposed on the world by the West, Europe must converge around the values that drove the creation of its civilization. Unified by Christianity, and driven by its Greco-Roman heritage, Europe must emerge from the allegiance that is riveting it to the fates of the Atlanticist bloc. For this, our continent must reconnect with its heritage and find pride in its roots. By abandoning the idea of a split between East and West, which it inherited from the Cold War, Europe may one day become united, from Lisbon to Vladivostok. If Russia's vastness is in part Asian geographically, Russia is spiritually, culturally, historically and philosophically European. The rebirth that it has been enjoying for fifteen years, makes the home of the Tsars and the Russian Orthodox saints the guardian of Europe’s spiritual and cultural heritage. By connecting with Russia as a power, the European nations, freed from the shackles of the European Union and NATO, should unite on the basis of mutual respect for the sovereignty of each state.
In order to discover their state power, European nations must offer an alternative to the liberal-libertarian model that seeks to enslave the planet to the benefit of an ensconced plutocracy and offer the world a civilized, traditional Christian society.
Let 2015, when we will celebrate the bicentenary of the Holy Alliance (the union of the Austrian (Catholic) Empire, Russian (Orthodox) Empire and the Kingdom of (Protestant) Prussia) who offered more than half a century of peace, mark the rebirth of Christian Europe.