Are Armenian Protests Aimed At Russia?
By Paul Craig Roberts
June 26, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" -
As I expected,
protests have broken out in
the capital of Armenia. The pretext is a
rise in electricity rates. Apparently, the rise was not
budget-breaking, which puts the pretext under suspicion. Moreover,
videos of the protesters show an overwhelming young component, which
suggests that the protesters are not the ones who pay the
The protest may be innocent and legitimate, but on
the surface looks yet again like
National Endowment for
Democracy-funded NGOs calling the gullible
and naive students into the streets.
Even if the protest is innocent, Washington will
jump on it in order to turn it to Washington’s purpose.
Protests are Washington’s method of putting
pressure on governments that do not adhere to Washington’s foreign
policy and of effecting regime change, as in the former Georgian and
Ukrainian provinces of Russia and the Soviet Union.
“Color revolutions” and regime change are the
purpose of the National Endowment for Democracy. This US government
agency was set up in 1983 in order to spread political dissent in
Soviet Eastern Europe. NED is funded by the federal budget via the
Department of State.
Washington has its NGOs in all former constituent
parts of the Soviet Union and inside Russia herself. By using “color
revolutions” or, as in the case of Ukraine, regime change via an
outright coup, Washington removes governments friendly to Russia and
replaces them with its vassals. Once Russia’s periphery is in
Washington’s hands, Washington will begin to break up the Russian
The Russian people and their government have been
slow to understand this threat to their sovereignty. Having emerged
from the authoritarian rule of the Communist Party, Russians thought
that their country would be welcomed and supported by the United
States. Russia would be as long as Russia is willing to be a US
vassal like all of Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan.
Once the Russian government acted in defense of
its national interest and international law and blocked Washington’s
intentions against Syria and Iran, the neoconservatives shifted
their focus from the Middle East to Russia. Having spent $5 billion
cultivating Ukrainian politicians and financing NGOs in Ukraine,
Washington grabbed Ukraine while the Russian government, trusting to
Western good will, was focused on the Sochi Olympics.
Washington has used its coup in Kiev to foment an
European-Russian crisis that harms Europeans more than Russia, but
serves to keep Europe under Washington’s thumb. The Russian
government’s response to the crisis has not been sufficiently strong
to make Europeans see the error of their ways.
The weak Russian response, relying on diplomacy
which Washington has rejected and replaced with force, has
encouraged Washington to further surround Russia with regime
changes. Armenia was predictable, as is Kyrgyzstan. Kazakhstan would
be the big prize as the country also borders China. Indeed, if
Washington can grab Kazakhstan, Washington will also have
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan, all of which
sits atop Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
As far as I can tell, a number of influential
Russians believe that their prestige and self-esteem depend on being
a part of the West. Russians of this ilk are willing to give up
Russian independence for Western acceptance. These are the Russians
on whom Washington is relying. And these Russians are Russia’s main
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
How America Was Lost.