A Color Revolution for Macedonia
By Paul Craig Roberts
May 25, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - During the Cold War Washington was
concerned about communists fomenting street protests that they could turn into
revolutions, with groomed politicians waiting in the wings to take over the new
government, thus expanding the Soviet empire. Today this is precisely what
We recently witnessed this operation in Ukraine and now it
seems to be underway in Macedonia.
The National Endowment for Democracy was established in 1983.
The official purpose is to promote democracy abroad. The real purpose was to
create dissension in Soviet Eastern Europe. Today the NED uses our tax money to
overthrow governments not aligned with Washington.
The NED funds non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in
countries targeted by Washington for political destabilization. These NGOs
operate under such rubrics as “teaching democracy” and “human rights.” The NGOs
develop cadres consisting of idealistic students and disgruntled politicians and
set them against the existing government whose independence Washington wishes to
The idealistic students are simply dupes, and the disgruntled
politicians simply desire power in office and will serve Washington in order to
According to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland,
Washington spent $5 billion in Ukraine grooming politicians and creating NGOs as
Washington’s Fifth Columns. When Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich refused
to align Ukraine with Washington’s interests, Washington unleashed its Fifth
Columns, and Yanukovich’s government was overthrown with violence. Despite
Washington’s talk about democracy, the fact that Yanukovich’s government was
democratically elected and a new election was only a few months away did not
stop Washington from overthrowing Yanukovich.
Now the same fate seems in store for Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Kyrgystan, and Macedonia. Most Americans don’t know where these places are.
Armenia and Azerbaijan are west of the Caspian Sea and are former provinces of
the Soviet Union. Kyrgystan is a former Soviet province that borders China.
Macedonia, birthplace of Alexander the Great, is a part of northern Greece, but
in the 20th century portions of Macedonia became parts of Bulgaria, Serbia, and
Albania before becoming a province in Yugoslavia. When Washington destroyed
Yugoslavia, Macedonia became an independent republic of two million people.
Macedonia is landlocked and surrounded by Greece on the south, Bulgaria on the
east, Albania on the west, and by Serbia and Washington-created Kosovo on the
Why is Washington interested in controlling Macedonia?
The Macedonian government refused to participate in
Washington’s sanctions against Russia and supports the Russian Turkish Stream
natural gas pipeline that will deliver Russian natural gas to Europe via Turkey
to the Greek border.
Greece is being looted by the European Union, the IMF, and the
German and Dutch banks. Consequently, Greece is being pushed into Russia’s arms
as Russian support is Greece’s only alternative to the crippling austerity that
the EU is forcing upon the Greek people. Macedonia sits between Greece and
Serbia, a country with no love lost for Washington and the EU as a result of
Serbia’s dismemberment by Washington and NATO aggression. Washington fears the
flow of Russian energy, over which Washington would have no control, into its
European vassal states via Russian allies in Europe.
If Washington can grab Macedonia, Washington can stand between
Greece and Serbia and perhaps persuade Greece to align with a
Washington-supported natural gas pipeline that would supply Europe from
Azerbaijan, thus reducing Russia’s influence in Europe.
Macedonia has an Albanian minority population. Albania is a
Washington vassal and NATO member. Washington has aligned with the dissident
Albanians, demonstrators are in the streets, the Macedonian government is
accused of corruption as was the Ukrainian government, and the US State
Department is expressing its concerns about the Macedonian political crisis that
Washington has orchestrated.
Washington is forever talking about democracy and human rights
but has no respect for either. Washington uses these words as assertions of
their absence in governments Washington intends to overthrow.
The Russian government understands the unfolding events.
Whether the Russian government has learned its lesson from standing aside while
the Ukrainian government was overthrown remains to be seen.
From an American perspective, as contrasted with Washington’s
perspective, the question is whether the reckless pursuit of US hegemony is
worth the risk of war with Russia and China. The neoconservatives, who have an
iron grip on US foreign policy, believe that hegemony is worth any risk. But do
Americans derive sufficient vicarious pleasure from a handful of neocons lording
it over the world to accept the risk of nuclear war?
The naked aggression that Washington is displaying toward
Russia should alarm not only the American people but also the entire world. War
is in the making. War with Russia means war also with China. This is not a war
that Washington and its vassals or human life can win.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He
was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators
Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have
attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are
The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic
Dissolution of the West and
How America Was Lost.