by Andrew Korybko
Color Revolutions have brought destabilization and destruction to a growing number of victimized states ever since the US unleashed the first modern one against Serbia in 2000. It might come off as antithetical for any multipolar supporter to claim that constructive and applicable lessons can be learned by studying this technology, but as taboo and ‘politically incorrect’ as it may be to say that, the present global strategic situation suggests that it’s actually true and conforms to the forecast that the author made last summer. The disciplined and selective utilization of key precepts of Color Revolution planning can be instrumental in catapulting a multipolar cause to the forefront of domestic and even international politics, which is why it’s so advantageous for activists to learn these techniques.
Whether consciously or by coincidence, the Balkans are once more leading the way in spearheading the deployment of a revolutionary strategy, albeit this time it’s not one of unipolar domination, but of multipolar liberation. The civil society movements that have sprouted up in the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia over the past year share in the similarity of being test cases where low-intensity Color Revolution technology has been applied to advance multipolar agendas. While each ongoing case study is presently separate from the other, the exciting potential exists for their respective momentums to converge together in forming the basis for a peaceful multipolar front coalition that could effect serious geopolitical change in the Balkans. In order for that to happen, however, several preliminary steps must be undertaken first.
The article begins by describing how Color Revolution technology, typically recognized as destabilizing and destructive, can creatively be used for stabilizing and constructive multipolar purposes. Afterwards, it transitions into describing how this is incipiently the case when looking at the modern-day political situations in Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. Finally, it forecasts the actions that each movement must take in order to maximize their potential and create a united regional sum that’s much stronger than all of its disparate parts.
Turning Bad Into Good
The General Idea:
In terms of how the multipolar audience has been preconditioned, both due to the objective destruction that they’ve witnessed and the informative investigations that alternative media outlets have carried out, Color Revolution technology is identified as the most devastating socio-political process of the 21st century. That’s certainly true, but if curious activists peel back the violent regime change veneer and dig deeper into the actual strategies involved, then there’s a considerable wealth of useful information that can be learned in furtherance of their dedicated causes. All that’s needed is for multipolar supporters to have the discipline to not fall for the regime change objectives and violent tactics that are espoused in the theory’s major works, and if that can be accomplished, then activists can learn how to apply select facets of Color Revolution technology to their operational toolkit.
To explain, the lessons contained within Gene Sharp’s two most world-famous works could ironically have the effect of rolling back unipolar advances in victimized multipolar states, provided of course that they’re properly utilized. “From Dictatorship To Democracy”, if read by a politically self-aware and confident mind that’s inoculated itself from falling for the “anti-dictatorship” rhetorical ruse promoted within its pages, surprisingly contains a lot of valuable suggestions about which strategies could be most effectively employed in organizing a nascent civil society movement. On the tactical side of things, “There Are Realistic Alternatives” enumerates 198 methods of non-violent action that activists can make use of in creatively propagating their message, attracting new recruits, and propelling their movement to the forefront of domestic and international political attention.
Connecting Strategy With Tactics:
Lesser known but no less important, Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” can function as the bridge in imaginatively linking together Gene Sharp’s revolutionary organizational strategies and messaging tactics in forming a politically potent civil society movement. Furthermore, the successful application of all three theoretical works in practice, adapted of course to each particular situation on a case-by-case basis, could turn even a small civil society organization into a disproportionately influential force capable of enacting considerable pressure on the personal and/or institutional subject. If applied with the necessary intensity to pivotal pressure points, then this could result in the said subject being encouraged to make the anticipated political concession(s) that lie at the heart of the movement’s existence, thereby satisfying its foundational objective and successfully attaining the goal that it had originally set out to achieve.
The Republic Of Macedonia:
The aforementioned strategic-tactical blueprint that was described above is visibly in practice when it comes to Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, whether or not the activists themselves are even aware of it. Addressing the first one, the Republic of Macedonia’s patriotic citizenry spontaneously organized themselves in May 2015 in order to resist the US’ Color Revolution aggression against them during that critical time. Their impromptu demonstration of disciplined and peaceful mass resistance attracted global attention and surprised the US, which recalled its anti-government demonstrators from the streets and settled for a prolonged and phased regime change template instead of an immediate one.
The Przino Agreement, as it soon came to be known, stipulated that the “opposition” would gain control of certain government ministries during the transitional period that would precede early elections, with the expectation being that the US can use newly created “Special Prosecutor’s Office” to help it carry out a ‘constitutional coup’ before then. These plans were scuttled when President Ivanov suddenly declared an amnesty for all the people that were incriminated in the country’s political crisis, both those who were legitimately guilty such as Zoran Zaev and those who were the targets of a regime change witch hunt like former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. This abrupt decision took the US off guard, and it promptly pushed forward its Hybrid War plans one month ahead of time from their expected mid-May launch date.
In response to the US’ continuation of the Hybrid War against them, patriotic Macedonians once more reassembled in the streets and have been bravely trying to recreate the legendary success that they attained just last year. While the fear of US-supported Albanian terrorism is very real and could be used as the trigger for transitioning the regime change operation from a simple Color Revolution to a more complex Unconventional War, Macedonians do not appear deterred and look ready to confront whatever Hybrid War provocations the US decides to throw against them. Dealing strictly with the Color Revolution aspect of the Hybrid War aggression, however, Macedonia has demonstrated that the mirror reverse of this technology can effectively stop the strategy in its place and prompt the US to either eventually abandon it or escalate it into a preplanned Unconventional Warfare scenario.
Continuing along the chronological order that ‘reverse-Color Revolution’ technology was first applied in the Balkans, the next space where this was practiced was in Montenegro after the country received its official invitation to join NATO. The reaction of the patriotic citizenry was fierce and immediate, with large-scale demonstrations taking place in the capital of Podgorica and other cities throughout the country. The nameless civil society resistance movement that had sprung up wanted to put the controversial issue of Montenegro’s possible NATO membership up to a nationwide referendum, but the government regretfully responded with brute force in quelling the democratic demonstrations and succeeded in instilling the people with a pervasive sense of all-encompassing fear. From that moment on, the anti-NATO movement substantially weakened and became a simulacrum of its former self, advanced by co-opted “opposition” politicians and a handful of loyal activists.
Nevertheless, Montenegro still has about a year to go before it’s formally accepted into NATO, meaning that the pro-referendum campaign could still receive a second wind and return as a resuscitated movement that’s willing to make a grand and peaceful last stand. The government’s intimidating stranglehold over all aspects of the country’s socio-political situation suggests that it’s highly unlikely that any revived movement would have the opportunity to take hold within the country, meaning that dedicated activists would have to work extra hard in order to bring it about. Still, this doesn’t mean that such a scenario can be prematurely written off, since Color Revolution technology is of such a nature that it can be applied anytime and even at the most unexpected moments, which in this instance could be all the way up to the immediate weeks preceding Montenegro’s official ascendency to NATO.
It’s generally assumed that the later that any potentially revived pro-referendum movement reemerges, the more intense that its manifestation must be in order to compensate for its prior dormancy and make up for lost strategic time. This raises the risk that unruly activists and/or anxious police officers, whether with or without the involvement of government provocateurs, could intentionally or inadvertently move the scenario from being a peaceful reverse-Color Revolution one to a violent incident that incites a Hybrid War. Therefore, the recommencement of a revived anti-NATO movement must be given serious thought by its organizers and should only be carried forth after a sober assessment of all of its situational dangers has been undertaken and agreed to by its core members. This isn’t to dissuade any activists from resisting NATO, but to simply make sure that they understand exactly what they could be dreadfully getting into if Djukanovic decides to use deadly force and guile to protect his NATO pet project.
The last state to become aware of the potency of reverse-Color Revolution technology is Serbia, which saw large anti-NATO protests in Belgrade after it was revealed that the government had discretely agreed to a transit agreement with the very same bloc that bombed it 17 years ago. Even worse, the fact that none of the population was consulted and that the authorities pushed the deal through with scarcely any media coverage whatsoever led to an outburst of anti-government rage that saw thousands of patriots take to the streets in protest. Bearing in mind that Serbia’s media is almost totally controlled by unipolar interests, it’s remarkable that so many people turned out to take part in the demonstrations. This happened only due to the existence of effective alternative media outlets that spread information about the protests and encouraged people to join.
Regretfully, however, the early momentum that the anti-NATO movement had achieved dwindled down into almost nothing after only one month, due to a large part by the government’s success in confusing Serbs about the nature of the agreement and the authorities’ supposed intentions regarding NATO. By using its dominance over the mass media apparatus in the country, the government was able to make the highly publicized case that it does not endeavor to ever join NATO and that the transit agreement does not represent an infringement on Serbia’s sovereignty. This deception pacified most of the population that had started to get riled up by the patriots’ hitherto successful campaign, misleading the masses into thinking that the anti-NATO protests were unnecessary if Belgrade had no intention of entering NATO. What happened is that Vucic stole the narrative from the protesters and falsely shifted it to a scarecrow cause – Serbia joining NATO, something that was never in the cards anyhow – which diverted it from its true purpose of rescinding the NATO transit agreement.
Serbian geopolitical analyst Dragana Trifkovic rightly argues that “the level of cooperation with NATO that has been achieved is far more favorable to this organization than Serbia as a potential member of NATO, as within the current framework NATO can do whatever it needs to do while having no obligations to Serbia whatsoever.” Evaluated from this perspective, it’s revealed that the Vucic government engaged in a massive deception by arguing against formal NATO membership while justifying the existing controversial agreements as being seemingly beneficial for Serbia, despite this not being the reality at all. Therefore, the strong potential exists for patriotic Serbs to remobilize their peaceful civil society efforts in resisting the NATO agreement and demanding that it be immediately revoked or put up to a referendum, but so long as they first become aware of just how bad the existing deal really is.
Although all three of these situations are unique in their own way, they can be compared according to their objectives, urgency, and viability:
The use of reverse-Color Revolution technology in Montenegro and Serbia aims to put their respective NATO issues up to a democratic referendum, while activists in the Republic of Macedonia are fighting to counteract the US’ regime change plot against them. In this sense, they’re advocating “regime reinforcement”, the opposite of regime change, thus meaning that different strategies and tactics might be employed in their campaign that aren’t being used in their Montenegrin or Serbian counterparts’ (with the “Montenegrin” moniker henceforth being taken to mean the people inside of Montenegro, not some sort of ‘ethnic’ category supposedly separate from Serbs). Nevertheless, that doesn’t at all mean that there isn’t anything of value that each of them can learn from the other, since all of these civil society movements were spontaneous and have shared grassroots origins.
The situation in the Republic of Macedonia is critical and the patriots are organizing in order defend the existence of their country as they know it. They’re aware that a successful regime change there will result in the pro-US puppet government unilaterally changing the country’s constitutional name and thereby setting off the uncontrollable process of identity dissolution, likely culminating in the Identity Federalization of the country into Orthodox Macedonian and Muslim Albanian halves and its de-facto sphere of influence division between Bulgaria and Albania, if not outright partition.
Progressively less immediate of a cause is the one in Montenegro, which is perceived by many as regretfully being somewhat “inevitable” due to the information and thought dominance that Djukanovic holds over his citizenry. A last-minute reawakening can occur, but as described in the earlier relevant section, the longer that this takes to transpire, the more dangerous it becomes, and relatedly, the less appealing it becomes to the masses.
When it comes to Serbia, there isn’t any set deadline for action and the situation misleadingly appears to not be visibly pressing. After all, the most contentious and far-reaching agreement has already been passed into law, and it will remain so for the indefinite future until Serbs decide to peacefully and democratically rebel against it. Unfortunately, the lack of any perceptive urgency and the government’s success in deceiving the public with its earlier bait-and-switch tactic has led to people passively accepting the present state of affairs, driven to a large degree of course by Serbs’ unawareness of just how dire the situation truly is and the humiliating amount of sovereignty that Vucic secretly ceded to the US on their behalf.
There is no questioning the viability of Macedonia’s patriotic resistance because it’s already ongoing in taking a stand against the urgent existential threat that the country is currently facing. Montenegro’s opposition, however, looks to have been intimidated and co-opted into inactivity, thereby neutralizing its present viability and making it much more difficult to revive in the coming future. As for the Serbs, they’ve been lulled into a state of complacency by Vucic’s lies and the pro-government talking points of the unipolar-controlled mass media, but once they finally awake, there’s no doubt that they’ll spring into action just as passionately as the Macedonians have and finally take the firm stand against NATO that the rest of the world knows they’re more than capable of mustering.
From Theory To Practice
The Macedonian population’s brave defiance of the unipolar world is already happening, while the totally controlled and draconian socio-political conditions in Montenegro seem to preclude any immediate return of the tangible anti-NATO movement there. Accordingly, this makes Serbia the only one of the three Balkan countries where the potential still reasonably exists for preplanning a reverse-Color Revolution civil society movement, and it’s this country’s activists which could help to bridge the geographic and issue divide between Montenegrins and Macedonians in helping to build a fledging transnational resistance network in the Balkans. The means to pursing this ambitious end lay in adhering to the following generalized guidelines and improvising them as necessary:
Learn From Macedonians, Encourage Montenegrins:
Serbs have the valuable chance to acquire indispensable in-the-field experience observing and/or partaking in the patriotic manifestations in the Republic of Macedonia. Although the “regime reinforcement” objective of the reverse-Color Revolution there is of a different nature than the pro-referendum one in Serbia, some of the lessons are still partially transferrable and could be of use to Serbian activists. The author must stress at this point that he is not asking Serbs to uninvitingly participate in the pro-government Macedonian events unless welcomed to do so by the local patriots, but if such an opportunity arises as it did with the Poles during “EuroMaidan”, then it would be a priceless chance to acquire on-the-ground organizational and tactical experience. Even if this possibility doesn’t present itself, then simply observing the situation from one’s own eyes or through the correspondence of trusted Macedonian friends and online activists could still teach a lot about what could be done in promoting the pro-referendum agenda in Serbia.
Concerning the Montenegrins, they too could do the same thing that the author wrote above about the Serbs possibly doing, or they could be educated in reverse-Color Revolution tactics via a more indirect approach. After Serbian activists acquire operational knowledge from their patriotic Macedonian counterparts, they could share this information with Montenegrins via social media networks or even physical demonstration to those that actually come to Serbia to learn about this from their trusted friends. It’s unlikely that Macedonian and Montenegrin activists will come into substantial contact with one another unless new social media connections are made, and while that’s definitely possible, it seems much more probable that Serbian activists could relay information between the two groups. Should they come to fulfill this role in any capacity, then this would enable them to concurrently maximize their knowledge about reverse-Color Revolution technology through their active and/or passive experience with the Macedonian and Montenegrin situations. This is important to emphasize because it represents the crucial information complement to Serbs’ already existing geostrategic role in bringing together the resistant anti-unipolar/pro-multipolar activists in both countries and forming the core of an emerging transnational semi-integrated network.
Read The Guidebooks:
It might seem redundant to include this in the list of suggested guidelines since it was earlier mentioned at the beginning of the research, but it can’t be emphasized enough – Macedonian, Montenegrin, and Serbian activists must read and reread the essential texts of Gene Sharp, Saul Alinsky, and other Color Revolution theoreticians and practitioners in order to absorb as much constructive information that they realistically can in building the most efficient civil society resistance networks. Once dedicated activists have decided to bravely go forth and spearhead a new anti-unipolar/pro-multipolar organization, they must also pick a catchy name, imagery, and slogan(s) in order to appeal to as diverse of an active and passive supporter pool as possible, since the strength of their movement also rests in how many physical supporters they can ultimately call into the streets (whether it’s to actively protest or passively observe the event).
Master The Tools:
Contemporary Color Revolution technology creatively employs Facebook/VKontakte, Twitter, and Google Maps/Earth as a means of amplifying their capabilities and planning the most effective resistance activities. Facebook and VKontakte fulfill the irreplaceable role of organizational ‘hang outs’ in planning new activities and sharing relevant information within the activist network. They can also be used to promote the civil society movement among potential recruits and sympathizers. Twitter functions a bit differently and is more useful as an up-to-the-minute newsfeed for on-the-ground activists in the midst of a protest activity. It can also provide instantaneous updates to interested supporters and could even be synched with Facebook. Google Maps/Earth provides activists with locational data for planning out the best places for organizing public activities such as gatherings and protest marches. The culminated integration of all three tools occurs when activists seamlessly cycle between them in carrying out non-violent “swarming” maneuvers that aim to overwhelm the subject’s strategic defenses and prompt them to elicit the desired political concessions after a short amount of time amidst heightened organizational intensity.
See Past The Provocations:
The easiest way for the US to neutralize resistant networks is to infiltrate them and/or stage various provocations to divide and discredit them. The most relevant example that comes to mind is how the US used the negative and false stereotypes that it had generated about Serbs in order to discredit the Montenegrin anti-NATO movement and sow discord within the pro-government one inside of Macedonia. To address the former, Djukanovic blamed “Greater Serbia nationalist circles in Serbia” for supposedly inciting the anti-NATO protests in Podgorica, while there have recently been reports that CANVAS mercenaries from Serbia have been paid to participate in Zaev’s Color Revolution riots in Skopje. The end goal of both of these provocations is to sow artificial discord between Montenegrins and Serbs, and Macedonians and Serbs, since the US is scared that patriotic multipolar Serbian activists can geostrategically and informationally connect the three protest spaces and help construct the basis for a fledgling civil society resistance network in the Balkans. If each of the respective anti-unipolar/pro-multipolar protest movements can see past the divisive provocations that the US is trying to create among them and within their own ranks, then they can more confidently cooperate with one another in generating the momentum that each of them needs in fulfilling their domestic objectives and moving towards a transnational partnership.
Dismiss Wishful Thinking And False Expectations:
One of the most common ways in which many nascent resistance organizations have been neutralized hasn’t been through the US’ intrigues against them, but through their self-demoralization that was brought about by wishful thinking and false expectations. There’s nothing wrong with being optimistic about one’s activities – after all, nobody would join an organization that they thought was pursuing an impossible goal – but this shouldn’t cross the threshold into naiveté and thinking that the journey will be easy. Activists will likely experience many organizational and situational hardships, and the sooner that they condition their minds into preparing for a prolonged political struggle, the sooner that they can more adeptly manage the diverse difficulties that they’ll inevitably be confronted with.
Correspondingly, Balkan activists mustn’t get their hopes up for receiving Russian support. As unfortunate as it may seem to some, Moscow isn’t interested in funding any opposition groups and doesn’t even have any experience doing so since the end of the Old Cold War. Furthermore, Russia strongly abides by its publicly proclaimed principle of not interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, no matter how much it may dislike their chosen course of action. That being said, what Russia can do is provide important, albeit reactionary, informational and diplomatic support to any anti-unipolar/pro-multipolar civil society movement that sprouts up. While this might not be what some activists are expecting, it mustn’t be underestimated just how pivotal this can be in popularizing the said movement and turning it into a focal point of domestic and possibly even international political attention.
The point of all reverse-Color Revolution movements is to peacefully put tremendous pressure on the subject in order to encourage the individual or institution to enact the desired political concessions, and if this can be achieved with a minimum of protest activity due to the maximizing effect that Russian informational and diplomatic support can possibly have, then it can obviously make all the difference. Still, in line with the theme of this subsection, there shouldn’t be any false expectations about the effect that this type of indirect assistance can have, and it ultimately comes down to the activists themselves to carry their civil society campaign through to the finish. To repeat – Russian informational and diplomatic support is not guaranteed, but in the instances where it is present, it cannot by itself fulfill the activists’ multipolar agenda, although it can do much to help them promote their ideas and market them to an untold number of potential recruits.
Build Pragmatic Partnerships:
Throughout the course of the peaceful campaign, the civil society movement(s) will inevitably branch out and clinch temporary strategic partnerships with other likeminded groups that are pursing the same vision, be they other grassroots-founded organizations or political parties. Activists shouldn’t be naïve in assuming that the political front will necessarily survive after their shared objective has been met, and they should be pragmatic enough to understand that occasional ‘marriages of convenience’ are necessary in order for all interested sides to take a broad step together in furthering their joint goal. This isn’t to say that the civil society movement must sacrifice its ethics and morals to side with some shady characters or organizations, but just that there might be times where it’s to the greater interest that two rival groups cooperate in order to attain the political change that they both want to see. Again, recalling the earlier suggestion that activists dismiss wishful thinking and false expectations, it’s more than likely that the united front will collapse almost immediately after the shared objective has been actualized, but activists must ask themselves – is it better to refrain from teaming up with a rival and never fulfilling one’s political objective, or is it preferable to accomplish one’s political goal and then return to jostling with their once-again rival soon thereafter?
No matter what twists and turns the deal-making organizers eventually take, it’s imperative that the united front that they assemble out of the various disparate interest groups retains a non-political civil society face in order to both attract as many potential recruits as possible and safeguard against being hijacked by ulterior-minded coalition “partners”. Under no circumstances whatsoever should direct foreign government support such as financing be accepted by any members of the civil society movement, let alone the de-facto leaders, since this could be used to de-legitimize it and paint it as a proxy for a foreign power. Domestic counter-intelligence agents might impersonate foreign intelligence ones such as Russia’s in order to entrap activists in a situation where they can either be blackmailed or directly “outed” as a “foreign asset” and therefore discredited in the eyes of the public.
Strategic and tactical advisors from other countries can be valuable if a strong enough of a case can be convincingly made that they represent their personal interests while operating in their reverse-Color Revolution capacity and not that of the government from wherever they might be from, and it’s of course always a welcome boost to morale when activists see that they have direct participatory support from their international counterparts. Furthermore, run-of-the-mill international activists can gain important operational experience by observing what their host partners do during the course of their manifestations, which is why the author suggested that Serbs and Montenegrins try to make contact with trusted Macedonian friends in order to be invitingly welcomed to do so. Even if this isn’t possible owing to the expected lack of person-to-person contacts between these two countries and the Republic of Macedonia, interested individuals can still closely follow footage and reports from Skopje and elsewhere in the country in order to try to learn as much as is feasibly possible.
This final step is important in general when considering every phase of the civil society movement’s anti-unipolar/pro-multipolar campaign, but it acquires geostrategic significance when analyzed in a regional perspective. What’s important isn’t just that Macedonians, Montenegrins, and Serbs achieve their desired political objectives, but that their respective grassroots movements link up with one another and try to form a transnational network of positive activism that survives the post-campaign environment. The author has stated a few times that activists shouldn’t be naïve in thinking that their united front coalition will remain intact in the event that their domestic mission is accomplished, and that’s certainly true, but what’s important is for the most active cores of each movement to come into contact with their regional counterparts throughout the course of their respective campaigns and find a way to integrate their capabilities into the future.
Not only would this greatly assist with each movement’s post-campaign sustainability, but it can help them to acquire new related targets that they could collectively team up to pursue, such as safeguarding their victories and rejuvenating positive people-to-people interaction between the countries of the former Yugoslav space. In effect, this could lead to the creation of a vibrant transnational multipolar civil society movement in the region that would act as a proactive bulwark against the US’ Hybrid War threats and form the precedent for tightening Central Balkan cooperation. As suggested by the author in an earlier analysis, this could in turn lay the groundwork for the possible institutionalization of the Central Balkan corridor between the Republic of Macedonia and Serbia, and the subsequent full-spectrum Democratic Security strengthening of the vital transit countries through which the Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership’s multipolar transitional infrastructure projects are projected to pass en route to liberating the rest of Europe.
As provocative as it may initially sound, the disciplined and selective use of Color Revolution technology can realistically be employed by multipolar activists in order to resist the unipolar agenda being thrust upon their countries. Whether it’s “regime reinforcement” in the Republic of Macedonia or the democratic effort to get a contentious piece of NATO legislation up to a national referendum in Montenegro or Serbia, reverse-Color Revolution strategies and tactics are instrumental in peacefully achieving these objectives. Just as the Balkans have always been, they’re once more the testing ground for rolling out a new sort of asymmetrical process all across the world, except for the first time ever, it’s not one which advances the US’ grand geostrategic vision, but one which actively works against it and presents the greatest hope for the emerging multipolar world order.
re: “As unfortunate as it may seem to some, Moscow isn’t interested in funding any opposition groups and doesn’t even have any experience doing so since the end of the Old Cold War. Furthermore, Russia strongly abides by its publicly proclaimed principle of not interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, no matter how much it may dislike their chosen course of action. That being said, what Russia can do is provide important, albeit reactionary, informational and diplomatic support to any anti-unipolar/pro-multipolar civil society movement that sprouts up.”
A cynic might look and this and suggest would-be activists from the Balkans join a Western group trying to “bring democracy” to a place like Armenia. The experience would come in handy once Moscow decides that the world is ruled by force and actually funds groups in places like Serbia. All the US’s color revolutions had a huge and well-funded machine behind them. Experts and economic hitmen, too. And real men of force to do things like overthrow Yanukovich, who wasn’t driven out by a color revolution but by a coup in the first place. A bunch of idealists may just end up in some dungeon or dead the way people like Gubarev or Mozgovoi did.
To quote Bob Dylan:
Democracy don’t rule the world
You’d better get that in your head
This world is ruled by violence
But I guess that’s better left unsaid
By the way, the idea that Moscow doesn’t and hasn’t interfered in the Ukraine is a bit rich. Bet that base renewal just happened as some divine intervention or something.
Well Mr. Korybko, “Now you are cooking with gas” Multipolar front coalition, yes…and based on the nation state idea of “think globally, act locally.” It is almost a paradox for some of my older political friends to realize that the nation state idea rather than being “reactionary nationalism” is actually the basis for the liberation of the human race when done right and when faced with dehumanizing, state destroying, plutocratic mind-numbing internationalism ( in the form of NAFTA, IMF, NATO and the like).
“I have buried Lenin” I told an older friend, ” time to let him rot in peace which as a Marxist materialist he would have advocated anyway.” As the friend started to protest…I said ..”.It is a metaphor so let’s not go there–the young are starting from another synthesis based on the 21st century paradyme shift.”
I am speaking to 45 year olds with 18 year old children who are entranced with Bernie Sanders and my job is to find the right way to convey what is applicable fromI have learned participationing in mass movements. Too bad the Russian ONF idea is one that Blarney, ( I have been banned from calling him this in polite company) Social Democrat that he is and Judas Goat of the Democratic Party,
will not touch even remotely. Grass roots organizing? Oh, isn’t that what Obama used to do in Chicago? now home of militant Black Teacher’s Unions and Black Lives Matter demonstrations? Kinda.
One point under wishful thinking that must be stressed: These Color-Rev folks are perfected in using crime syndicates which exist in every society. Also, they play good cop vs. bad cop. There is the so called normal Legal non violent face except when provoked by the police in which case the violence is presented as self defensive counter measures ( lots of spin talk /rephrasing). Then there is the violent illegal face which is held strategically in the wings in the form of snipers( ? oh who could they be? on the roof or attacks on border posts to rally ethnic prejudices as a form of divide and conquor or merely a diversion or even bombs blowing up here and there which seem to be the metaphor of the early 21st century to stampede people into accepting “security at any price” .
Things like solidarity and loyalty and sacrifice need to be honored above all. I know this is controversial but we need more people like Mozgovoi. He would have seen through the some of the people who were trying to latch onto him but times were very chaotic and desperate and mistakes are made.
Agreed, it is not just Sharp and Alinsky, but also Machiavelli and Lutwak.
This is how this character Luttwak was thinking back in 2009-10. He does understand false choice, has an ability to think creatively and with his article “Give War A Chance” has capacity for a certain amount of cold blooded ideation. Maybe in the right measures these are survival skills at least for those non ideologues who are doing hands on, front line, life-on-the-line work.
Putin’s thinking and strategy makes for a better model, however.
Luttwak: How to Bomb Iran
Edward Luttwak, the iconoclastic military historian and strategist of “Give War a Chance” fame, is now making the case for a strike against Iran. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Luttwak argues that the conventional wisdom poses a false binary choice between an all-out assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities and a policy of containment:
[T]his war planning denied to the president and American strategy the option of interrupting Iran’s nuclear efforts by a stealthy overnight attack against the handful of buildings that contain the least replaceable components of Iran’s uranium hexafluoride and centrifuge enrichment cycle—and which would rely on electronic countermeasures to protect aircraft instead of the massive bombardment of Iran’s air defenses.
Luttwak points to historical precedent in support of his proposal:
[T]his kind of attack was carried out in September 2007, when the Israeli air force invisibly and inaudibly attacked the nuclear reactor that Syria’s Assad regime had imported from North Korea, wholly destroying it with no known casualties. To be sure, an equivalent attack on Iran’s critical nuclear nodes would have to be several times larger. But it could still be inaudible and invisible, start and end in one night, and kill very few on the ground.
Thank you once again, Andrew, for bringing attention to the plight of the region, which although in the shadow of events in the Middle East, Ukraine and elsewhere, is no less under vigorous asymmetrical attack from the same Euro-Atlantic centres of power and subversion.
We only have to recall US Secretary of State, John Kerry’s statement from a year ago that “Russia friendly” Macedonia and Serbia were “in the line of fire” which was of course, a warning of events to come. Indeed, the good old US of A, that paragon of democracy, law and the love of “freedom and fair play”, has not failed to deliver.
As Andrew has pointed out in this article, the Macedonian people are seasoned veterans of Western subversion and today have organised an effective resistance in defence of their country. From the independence of the Republic of Macedonia from Yugoslavia in 1991 til today, the underhanded deception practiced by the US and its pathetic servant, the EU, parading as diplomacy toward Macedonia, has long been obvious and indisputable. The weak link has been the Macedonian politicians especially those up until 2006, ie; prior to the arrival of Nikola Gruevski’s VMRO DPMNE. Gruevski, under seemingly impossible conditions has managed to achieve wonders for the Macedonian state especially economically and culturally. Politically, the constant pressure of the last ten years has worn them down resulting in their position today as literally “on the ropes”. This is largely due to the success of US/EU efforts in creating parallel quasi institutions in the country over the last year, and in this manner finally do away with Gruevski and co. While down, they are not out, I should add.
To their great consternation of the US, however, the Macedonian people have stepped in and are standing tall against the hybrid war-monger, and surprisingly, are not only showing great wisdom but also an increasingly sturdy back-bone not bowing to the relentless and outrageous pressure. Having failed to instigate an Albanian Macedonian confrontation with the lurid murder of four Macedonian youths and one middleaged man, on Easter 2012 carried out by Albanian/Islamist murderers ( the 2 leaders of these sorry excuses for human beings are currently alive and well and enjoying government protection in neighboring terrorist statelet, Kosovo, while the others live out their time in Macedonian jails ) the strategy has now switched to Macedonian on Macedonian confrontation and while thus far yet to succed is nevertheless, reeking havoc on the state.
The reporting of events in Macedonia in the surrounding states as well as internationally, is of course, perverted by Soros/US controlled media, and I believe prevention of Andrew’s suggestion of co-ordination of Macedonian, Serbian and Montenegran resistance movements is one of their primary aims. In Macedonia the people are still reeling from the full frontal assaults brought about by opposition leader Zaev’s motley band of paid and bought hooligans who are being co-odinated and organised by Serbian Canvas, and logistically supported by Albanians in pursuit of Greater Albanian fascist ideology.
What’s interesting from a historic perspective is the exact goals of Hitler and the Axis Alliance in WW2, that is quisling fascist states Greater Albania and Greater Bulgaria, at the expense of Macedonia and Serbia today remains the geo-political goal of the US and EU.
Although the director of CANVAS, Srdja Popovic, is indeed Serbian he and his organisation are funded by the USA not Serbia.
Thats true. I was referring to Kanvas’ geographic location. Of course, Popović and his cohorts are of course, Serbian.
Shamefully, they are indeed my countrymen. Just as, shamefully, Vucic is my PM. I hope Andrew’s wise words will not fall on deaf ears. Not when so much is at stake in Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro – our freedom. I am glad hearing your voice from Macedonia, please keep up the good work.
Interesting in context with Andrew’s article is this piece by Joseph P. Farrell on Putin’s creation of a National Guard and the rumours of Russian covert military cells in Germany. Quote:
“… another ostensible purpose of such cells might not be to de-stabilize the West in the event of “international crisis,” but rather, to re-stabilize it. There are two factors behind my thinking here, the first historical, and the second a contemporary geopolitical and cultural one.
Historically, I am reminded of the behavior of Tsar Alexander I, whose Russian armies swept from Moscow to the gates of Paris itself as part of the grand coalition that eventually brought down Napoleon Bonaparte and restored “the old order” in Europe, and then went home. Alexander, unlike Stalin, realized that a Russian attempt to occupy Europe would simply ultimately fail, and ultimately be counterproductive for Russia.
The much more important consideration here is what is now happening in Europe with the refugee crisis and the growing popular revolt against it in European countries. In this light, Russia hardly needs sleeper cells to destabilize Europe; Frau Merkel has done a good enough job of that on her own already. In this light, and in the current geopolitical situation, and with its economy weakened, Russia can hardly afford nor welcome a continuing destabilization of Europe. The possibility arises, therefore, that if the refugee crisis should – perish the thought – reach the stage of actual “civil revolt” in European countries between their native populations and “foreign cultures,” that these cells could be called upon to restore order. After all, we’ve been watching Russia repeatedly play the “culture card,” in recent months, most recently in a major way with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow’s joint declaration with Pope Francis I. And repeatedly, we have heard the Russian Foreign Minister Mr. Lavrov, up to President Putin himself and other Russian government spokesmen, stress the idea of the integrity of the nation-state, and the necessity for such nations to determine their own polity, culture, and policy. And it has, with its Syrian intervention, demonstrated that it will use military force to oppose groups opposed to such principles.”
Highest level scientific research by Andrew, thank you very much.
Very interesting to read.
Such developments are also maintained directly against Putin from within Russia.
I don’t want to spread scripted propaganda, but search for “Olga Li” Kursk.
She talks like reading from a Tele-prompter, emotionlessly and like barbie.
At the same time I found situations where VVP may in fact really have lied or played down his friends’ involvement into the Panama tax haven during last 2 weeks direct line talk and interviews. It is bad, because countless Anti-Putin videos (in Russian language without English subtitles) are gaining ground now. And I don’t know if the youtube ratings are rigged alltogether. But the videos I found had 20 Thousand ‘+’ votes (against Putin) compared to only 15 Thousand ‘-‘ votes (for Putin).
“They Should Be Met By Force” – US General Warns Russia Future Fly-Bys “Won’t End Well For You”
Tyler Durden’s pictureSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 04/24/2016 15:25 -0400
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By Richard Sisk, first posted on Military.com
Russia should be warned that its dangerous flybys of U.S. ships and planes could be met by force, President Barack Obama’s nominee as the next NATO and U.S. European Command commander said Thursday.
“Sir, I believe that should be known — yes,” Army Gen. Curtis M. “Mike” Scaparrotti said when asked by Sen. John McCain whether Russia should be told that the U.S. would take action if American lives were endangered.
Pursuing the same line of questioning, Sen. Joe Donnelly, an Indiana Democrat, asked Scaparrotti whether the Russians should be told that “next time it doesn’t end well for you.”
The general responded that “we should engage them and make clear what’s acceptable. Once we make that known, we have to enforce it.
“I think they’re pushing the envelope in terms of our resolve,” Scaparrotti added. “It’s absolutely reckless, it’s unjustified and it’s dangerous.” As NATO commander, he said one of his first actions would be to review the rules of engagement for U.S. and allied forces in the region.
Yep, tnx. I at the same time as you I posted the same already myself into the SouthFront BlackSea Video-link article. But as it can one day be the (false) pretext for starting finally the hot phase of WW3 by the US like Hitler’s “seit 5 uhr 45 wird jetzt zurueckgeschossen”, it cannot be posted often enough.
Here another one back to the topic of Color Revolution: Free Maidan for all!!! Now not only Venezuela, Brazil, Macedonia etc. but also Moldova once again:
Protesters battle police in Moldova as thousands demand snap elections and govt’s resignation
Humankind learns nothing, not even at a snail’s pace. It developes backwards.
This race homo sapiens is *doomed*
Hi Martin. Regarding backward development. Today, coming back to work after from some time off i learned of something that can bring a smile to your face, although only sarcastic one. But hey, in today’s world i count even that kind as positive one.
Not to go into details, some changes were enacted. Right kind of one’s, for which i agitated for about 2 years. Least of the reasons i put forward is that they are according to law as opposed to those that were actual were not. Although, from all the wrong reasons and walking backward, intentionally hobbled by themselves, they actually managed to do something good. We may not be so doomed after all.
you speak in puzzles (but I understand that you cannot name details).
Maybe you are right, wonders still happen, even on the BBC:
More truth about the disaster of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, the Russian politician Alexei Puschkow expects the upcoming BBC documentary “Conspiracy Files: Who Shot Down MH17” According to the foreign policy chief of the State Duma (Russian parliament lower house) lets the movie “The Mask the lie falls “.
Despite all our talk and hopes about Serbia. Here is the latest from RT.This kind of says all that needs to be said:
“Pro-Western Serbian PM claims victory in early election”
Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, who wants to lead his country into the European Union, declared victory in the elections he called two years early, ahead of negotiations with Brussels. “We will continue our European path, fully respecting our ties with traditional allies in the East such as China and Russia,” he said after casting his vote in Belgrade. Early projections predicted that his Progressive Party would increase their vote from 48 percent to 52 percent.
It is a nightmare.
But fits well into my personal experiences with human abilities like having a functioning memory or some sort of logical processing.
Yes to all modern smart Serbs!!! Go to your wonderful western friends!
Look what they already brought you as first gift: nato bombing belgrade
But a real love gift never comes alone:
depleted uranium serbia
Images (GRAPHIC if you scroll down) : https://www.google.de/search?q=depleted+uranium+serbia&biw=1280&bih=817&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqruWQ3qjMAhVJOxoKHbyPB7oQ_AUIBygC
Nice to be in such a lovely partner- and friendship.
A simple litmus test in so far as whether a politician is under the umbrella of the US/EU geostrategy is whether they oppose their political moves or not. So far, we have Greece under Tsipras, a Soros puppet. Same with Rama in Albania and Borisov in Bulgaria – both 100% US puppets, and now, Vujcic in Serbia, who after his electoral win this weekend, was quick to affirm his long-held goals of Serbia’s EU membership, and strategic partnership with NATO (sic), just in case his handlers were worried.
Contrast this with Gruevski in Macedonia who has succeeded in outwitting and humiliating the US in a number of moves such as razing to the ground Jess Bailey and Phillip Reeker’s sorry band of 50 or so terrorists, along with their American and Bristish handlers from Bondsteel, last May in Kumanovo. He has also brought the wrath of the US upon Macedonia for his economic performance – how dare anyone work to improve the lot of everyday Macedonians without the emperor’s consent?
Contrast the “easy, peaceful” atmosphere of the elections in Serbia, with the hybrid war currently employed against Macedonia – internal attacks against sorely compromised government institutions composed of the scum from Canvas, the Albanian Islamists from Besa and UCK, along with witless opposition members and sypathisers, ie; opportunists, clueless fools and the like. The stated aim – one of them – by the “protesters” is to not allow the upcoming elections slated for June 5, already postponed from April 24, to go ahead.
At the southern border with Greece, migrant hordes await the next signal to attack the defence of the Macedonian border – all of this arranged by Greek, German and other European NGO’s under Soros, while at the northern border with Kosovo, sleeper cells of Albanian terrorists once again, await the word to avenge their fallen brothers in Kumanovo last May. Yes, the same were buried with full “government honours” in the “newest state in the Balkans” which according to the EU, is the “new reality we can no longer ignore”.
Intelligence sources point to massive co-ordinated attacks from a number, possibly all three fronts on the 4th and/or the 15th of May! The name of the CIA asymmetrical war against Macedonia is codenamed “The Wizard of Oz” and is based on the strategy of the VMRO, the “Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization” who, at the time prior to the Balkan War, managed to set up a “state within a state” in the dying years of the Ottoman Empire in service to the Macedonian cause. The CIA targets are Prime Minister Gruevski and President Ivanov, and their replacement with a US vassal Zoran Zaev/Albanian marionette government. Final option is occupation by Albanian and Bulgarian – read NATO – armies to usurp their so-called “lost territories” gifted to them by Hitler and Mussolini, 1941.
Its an irony perhaps, that with Macedonia as the final defence between the refugees which Turkey is unwilling to prevent from entering Greece, and which Greece is seemingly intent on dumping on Macedonia, Europe will in fact be destroying the single effective barrier that is at this moment preventing Europe from being flooded by refugees!! Indeed, this is the Soros and US aim, to provide the refugees unrestricted access to Macedonia, making it in fact a giant refugee camp and then controlling their movements from here on. Be that for destabilizing purposes within Macedonia or the EU.
I’m amazed how the tools at the EU, who shot themselves in the foot once with Ukraine are now taking square aim at their genitals – yes, they’re about to neuter themselves – as they rush headlong into the US’ nefarious little plan, of which they will eternally be the victim!!
you are a gifted analyst and a talented writer.
thanks for making me aware of what is sadly really going on there :(
and how can you call the migrants “hordes”: let’s listen to the pope – our new noble replacement citizens are a “chance” anf a “gift”, bring them flowers and cookies …
it all looks like europe may become the new syria sooner rather than later, combine it with moldova, bulgaria and ukraine
champagner? or a last cigarette?
Hi Martin, I believe it was Churchill who partook of a good champaigne after lunch every day, or was it a cognac or two, I’m not sure?
Re: the migrants, my bad. I’m sure there are many real victims from war-torn Middle East countries. You just wish the US would put a lid on it, they just can’t get the democracy thing right.
A fellow named Richard Maybury wrote a book some years back, which offered up two very important laws of life – the first was, don’t step into your neighbor’s yard uninvited. I’m paraphrasing, but essentially, the law states that – my freedom ends where your’s begins, so if uninvited, stay out of my affairs! The second law was “Always finish what you begin”.
Somehow I don’t think they’d listen at the State Dept. even if I found it and sent it to them.
As far as the situation in Macedonia goes, I feel compelled to share it here as everything that comes out on the country is spun in a negative manner. One example, when Albanians murdered the 5 Macedonians at Easter 2012, 4 children barely 20, it was mis-represented by the AP as “5 ethnic Albanians murdered by Slav-Macedonians”, in AP, and so on down the pecking order. After the Macedonian government complained, there was a disclaimer in fine print in some insignificant corner days later! The intended damage was done! This is par of the course for reporting on Macedonia in the West.
Dimitar, thank you for taking your time to spread this much valuable information on Saker’s blogg.
The funniest part of what’s currently going on in Macedonia, of course in an ironically sad way, is that Gruevski and VMRO openly declare themselves to be pro-Western players (him coming from the IMF, it’s not difficult to wrap your head around it). I can accept their stance up until 2011 and Libya (although we all still remember 1999 and Serbia damn well), but after what’s been happening ever since – in Georgia, Ukraine, Syria, Yemen et al., Gruevski’s “blank cheque support” for ZATO and EU equals a political suicide (et voila, here we are, thrown under the bus by his own “partners”). As you stated correctly, he is one of the signatories of the Przino Accord that delivered the cangaroo court incarnated in the unconstitutional “Special Public Prosecutor’s Office”…
Have no fear, though, we shall prevail, just like we’ve always done in various Empires’ countless previous efforts throughout the centuries to “close” the Macedonian issue.
Слобода или смрт!
LXV, It would be correct to describe Gruevski as a multi-polarist. He actively pursued economic and political ties with not only Russia, but China as well, believing he had such a right and especially as these relationships were beneficial to Macedonia, and in fact, could also be of vital importance to Europe were they allowed to be realized.
However, as we know the Empire will tolerate nothing less than complete grovelling obediance! Gruevski, with one of the best secret service/intelligence organizations in the region led by Gruevski’s cousin, Sasho Mijalkov, sorely tried US patience with his total destruction of the terrorist band led by Ramadan Shiti and another Albanian terrorist who, unlike Shiti, escaped with his life in the operation named “Planinska Bura”, “Mountain Storm” carried out at Brodec in Macedonia, late 2007. As per normal, the Albanian terrorists somehow “escaped” from custody in Kosovo earlier that year, and were openly threatening to “destroy the Macedonian state”. Now, if you consider that the whole region is under 100% US surveillance with not only Bondsteel in Kosovo but also the US embassy in Skopje as major CIA spying hubs, they literally know everything – yet not a word of condemnation was uttered yet alone any action taken or intelligence shared with the Macedonian authorities to end the Shiptar adventure, Gruevski and Mijalkov took matters into their own hands and one day, as the American embassy in Skopje was waking up, “Planinska Bura” was announced as a successfully completed anti-terrorist action by the Gruevski government!
MiIjalkov had managed to manouver all logistic apparatuses into position, in an Albanian dominated area with literally no-one – no-one, being the wiser as to what was about to be unleashed!! This was the famous episode when the terrorists were running from their positions, frantically dressing in womens clothing trying to mingle with the local Albanian villagers in order to escape! A massive cache of arms was discovered, and our friend Shitty, er Shiti, ended up blowing himself up in one last desperate act. The few that escaped were of course, given “asylum” in Kosovo.
Kumanovo, last year on May 9 – at the very moment when President Ivanov was in Moscow attending the Victory aginst Fascism Parade, Gruevski and Mijalkov pre-empted a similar but even larger attack by Albanian terrorists ending with at least 10 dead Shiptar terrorists and 7 American and British “instructors” which were later struck from the registar under no uncertain threat rom the US! Macedonia lost 8 brave heroes in defence of the country that sad day!!
This was the last straw as you can imagine! Gruevski, not only would not bow under US/EU demands to change his people’s historic name and accept the ultimatum, er, compromise on offer ( change your historic name/identity, language and thereby commit ethnic/national suicide for the priviledge of joining the “Euro-Atlantic family”, NATO/EU ), but he was also game enough to make them look like the fools they are!
So, I think Gruevski declaring himself as a tried and true Euro-Atlanticist, is a bit like Galileo before the Inquisition when he was given the choice of withdrawing his blasphemy – he stated the world was round, for God’s sake, while everyone knew that it was a flat plain that stretched forever, lol – or facing death! Well, he didn’t need to flatter his ego and be put to the torture, because truth had already been revealed and once the days of the Inquisition would pass, so to would the world be proved round.
Its blasphemy in Macedonia to utter the word Russia, let alone make efforts to forge a constructive relationship.
While Gruevski is criticized for signing so-called “Przhino”, I’m certain that he was given no choice by the US! After the Kumanovo attacks and Macedonia’s heroic defence – the resignations of Mijalkov and Jankulovska, the excellent Minister for the Interior from VMRO DPMNE, were realized. Slowly, marionettes from the opposition Social Democratic Union are taking over the institutions. The US are now gunning for Gruevski and Ivanov. However, the unknown is the Macedonian people who are entirely informed about the action aginst their country and will defend it to the end!!! How far the US is willing to go to wipe out an entire people from the historic register remains to be seen.
America Now Preparing for World War III
World War III Has Begun
Yep, the most important sentence is this one, maybe still not yet understood by Putin (let completely alone Xi Jinping) :
“””””If Russia and China do not disengage from the Western system and exile their neoliberal economists, they will have to go to war in order to defend their sovereignty.”””””
The only question which still claims sleepless nights from me: Is it not wanted to understand this or does it happen by mistake?
Interesting stuff on RT:
Ukrainian tycoon Kolomoysky & associates face $380mn asset freeze