Barbarians at the Gate: Terrorism, the US, and the Subversion of Russia.
August 22, 2012
The shootings and bombings in Ingushetia and Dagestan
this week rekindled a long-standing, brutal campaign of violence and
terrorism in Russia’s Caucasus region – one that has seen more than its
share of terror stretching back to the Chechen “rebellion” of the
1990s. However, in examining the recent attacks, it becomes clear that
there are political and geopolitical interests behind the scenes that
are actively working to destabilize Russia, with violence as their most
potent weapon. The attacks are not simply isolated terrorist actions,
but rather, cynically orchestrated events carried out by well-connected
criminal networks whose goal is to foment conflict and carry out the
agenda of the US intelligence establishment in its subversion of Russia.
Map: The Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia – bordering Georgia and Azerbaijan – close to Turkey, and flanked by the Black and Caspian Seas on either side. The region has seen fierce fighting as Al Qaeda affiliated militants have attempted to carve from Russia an “Emirate.” Research has revealed that the US has played a pivotal role, as it has in Syria, in fomenting the violence. (click and drag and use zoom controls to view map)
Terrorists, Propagandists and Handlers
The complex network of terrorist organizations that operate under the
banners of “separatism” and “independence” for the Caucasus region, has
been at the center of the destabilization of Russia for the last two
decades. Within hours of the deadly attacks, the Kavkaz Center – an organization known to be the propaganda mouthpiece of terrorist leader Doku Umarov – released an article
characterizing the attacks as heroic acts and referring to the dead as
“Russian puppets.” Though this would seem to be not in keeping with the
Center’s stated mission “to provide reporting of events…and assistance
of journalistic work in the Caucasus,” this is, in fact, very much par
for the course for an organization that is funded by the US State Department and Finland’s Foreign Ministry.
Image: “Russia’s Bin Laden,” Dokka Umarov led terrorist death squads in Chechnya during the 1990’s up until 2011 when the UN finally listed him as an Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists. At one point, Umarov even declared himself “Emir of the Russian North Caucasus.” His propaganda clearinghouse, the Kavkaz Center, was funded by the US State Department, as well as several supporting fronts including the National Endowment for Democracy-funded Russian-Chechen Friendship Society. The former currently supports US efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. The latter organization is currently backing the US State Department’s recent PR ploy, “Pussy Riot.”
Kavkaz Center has a long track record of supporting and legitimizing
terrorist actions throughout the region, rationalizing atrocities
committed in the name of “resistance.” In fact, Kavkaz engages in
perpetual upside-down logic, referring to Russians as “terrorists” and
terrorists as “heroes.” This type of Goebbles-esque propaganda is the
hallmark of Western imperialist projects; most recently in the conflict
in Syria, in which the Syrian National Council, Western corporate media
and the like refer to terrorism and subversion as “rebellion and
freedom-fighting”. Additionally, it is essential to note that Emarat
Kavkaz (Umarov’s terrorist organization translated as “Caucasus
Emirate”) has been listed by the United Nations as an organization associated with Al-Qaida.
Kavkaz Center has been described by Umarov himself as “the official
information organ of the Emarat Kavkaz.” This, of course, supports the
claims made repeatedly by Moscow of the connection between Chechen and
other extremists in the region and Al Qaida, a claim which, until
recently, Kavkaz Center continued to deny.
Image: From UN.org, Chechen militant leader Dokku Umarov has been officially listed as a terrorist with ties to Al Qaeda. Paradoxically, the US is funding outfits supporting Umarov’s terrorist campaign against the Russian government. Once again, an internationally listed terrorist front, like Libya’s Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) now fighting in Syria, is the recipient of US funding and support in direct violation of both American and international law. (click image to enlarge)
Despite the fact that organs such as Kavkaz Center operate in the
service of terrorists who advocate the destruction of Russia, their
activity alone is not altogether significant if seen in a vacuum.
Rather, it is the association of these types of individuals and
organizations with the US State Department and US intelligence that
makes them particularly insidious. One such entity that bears scrutiny
is the American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus (ACPC), previously known as the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya. As reported by Right Web
at the Institute for Policy Studies, “The ACPC was founded in 1999 by
Freedom House, a neoconservative organization that has worked closely
with the U.S. government, receiving funds from the National Endowment for Democracy
and other U.S. democratization initiatives.” This intimate
relationship between the ACPC and the US State Department indicates not
merely a confluence of interests, but rather a direct relationship
wherein the former is an organ of the latter.
Image: Over 30 years of supporting global terrorism – the Neo-Conservative establishment had created Al Qaeda in the mountains of Afghanistan in the 1980’s and has since used them as both provocateurs and a terrorist “foreign legion” everywhere from Serbia, to the Caucasus Mountains, to Iraq, Libya and now Syria. Readers should note that ACPC backing militants in Russia’s Caucasus region is affiliated with the Neo-Con run “Freedom House,” funded by the US State Department through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The paternalistic role of the US intelligence establishment in the ACPC
is made all the more evident when one examines some of the more well
known members of the ACPC including former National Security Advisor
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Pentagon advisor Richard Perle and other top
neocons such as William Kristol, Elliott Abrams, Kenneth Adelman, and
Robert Kagan – the last two being closely associated with the inner
circle of the Romney campaign. What becomes apparent in even a cursory
analysis of these figures is that, despite the preponderance of
neoconservatives, the top members of the ACPC are pulled from both the
liberal and conservative establishments. Therefore, one can see how the
ACPC represents a bipartisan consensus within the US imperialist ruling
class – a consensus of aggression against Russia. What should be even
more concerning to political observers is that, given the very real
possibility of a Romney victory in November, Russia may see a surge in
separatism and violence supported overtly or covertly by the ACPC and a
future Romney administration.
The ACPC has taken the lead in championing the cause of separatism and
terrorism directed toward Russia, both tacitly and overtly. After
having championed the cause of former Chechen Foreign Minister Ilyas Akhmadov
in his quest for asylum in the United States – subsequently granted
along with a generous taxpayer-funded stipend – ACPC member Zbigniew
Brzezinski went so far as to write the foreward to Akhmadov’s book The Chechen Struggle.
The alliance between political figures such as Akhmadov and terrorist
leaders in the region demonstrates conclusively the partnership between
the various terror networks and the imperialist ruling class in the
West. Moreover, it shows that, along with oligarchs such as Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich, the US and UK are still the favorite safe havens for criminals fleeing Russian justice.
The Political Context
Although the attacks of this week are tragic, their real significance is
political in nature. There has been a sustained destabilization
campaign waged by the West, particularly the United States, and aimed at
President Putin going back to last December and the beginning of the
so-called protest movement. The attempt by the Western imperialists has
been to isolate Putin, demonize him, and erode his support within the
country in hopes of toppling his government, thereby removing the
biggest obstacle they face in implementing their hegemonic agenda.
However, despite the financial backing, political demagoguery and media
inundation, the attempts have entirely failed.
Once it became clear that Vladimir Putin would be reelected to a third
term, the US State Department began its campaign against him. Organized and implemented by US Ambassador Michael McFaul
in Moscow, the protest movement led by figures such as Alexei Navalny
and Boris Nemtsov as well as US-funded NGOs such as GOLOS and the Moscow
Helsinki Group, the movement essentially sought to instigate a “color
revolution” in Russia using the same tactics that had been successful in
Ukraine, Georgia and elsewhere. However, it was soon quite obvious to
political observers in Russia and around the world that this movement
was nothing more than a superficial destabilization attempt that had no
real traction among the Russian people.
Image:NED’s official websitelists an astounding number of NGOs conducting seditious US-funded political activities
across the Russian Federation. Golos is just one of many NGOs funded by the United
States government, overseen by the US Embassy in Russia, and used to meddle most recently in Russia’s elections.
Because of the failure of this manufactured protest movement, the
tactics of subversion had to change. The imperialists had to
incorporate new tactics that would either revive and grow the protest
movement or inspire an international outcry. And so, we get the
controversy surrounding the feminist punk band Pussy Riot.
The Western media has attempted to hold up the band, which engaged in
obscene and lewd acts inside a Russian church, as crusaders and martyrs
for the cause of free speech. Naturally, this utterly transparent and
vacuous attempt to whip up anti-Putin sentiment has, like the protest
movement before it, sputtered and stalled. And so, as every covert
attempt at subversion through the use of “soft power” has failed, the
Western imperialists now activate their terror networks in the Caucasus
to do by force what their intelligence networks failed to do by stealth:
The Geopolitical Calculus
The seemingly endless attempts to subvert the Putin
government are cynically designed operations whose overarching goal is
geopolitical in nature. To the US and its allies, partners, and
clients, Putin represents a block that is difficult, if not impossible,
to maneuver around. As demonstrated clearly in Syria, President Putin
is able to successfully lead an opposition to the United States: an
empire attempting to impose its hegemonic designs on the region. By
using international law, the principle of national sovereignty,
counter-propaganda, and countless other diplomatic weapons, Putin, along
with his allies in China, has prevented the wider war that the US has
tried to foment. Moreover, Putin has presented a major roadblock on the
path to war with Iran, another mortal sin in the eyes of Western
Putin’s “crimes” do not stop there. He has managed
to successfully assert the right of national sovereignty over state
resources, jailing or otherwise diminishing the power of the oligarchs
who enriched themselves in the 1990s at the expense of the Russian
people. He has successfully established the legitimacy of international
institutions such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and BRICS
that exist outside the dominance of the United States and have begun to
emerge as a counter-weight to NATO and other similar arms of US
imperialism. Putin has also led the economic resurgence of Russia and
maintained its dominance in the energy market with pipelines,
exploration, and myriad deals with multinational corporations.
The common thread that unites the above mentioned
achievements of President Putin is an unwillingness to be subservient to
the United States. Putin has become, in the eyes of the Western
imperialist ruling class, the unruly little brother who must be taught a
lesson by force. And so, innocent Russians must pay with their lives
for the hubris of these imperialists. As has been clearly demonstrated
in Syria, Iran, Pakistan and countless other places around the world,
terrorism remains the favorite weapon in the arsenal of the ruling class
in the West. The attacks in Ingushetia and Dagestan are merely the
latest example of this. Surely, they will not be the last.
Editor’s Note: Eric Draitser has already been attacked by US-funded propaganda front Kavkaz Center in a truly unhinged “rebuttal” titled, “KGB claims Kavkaz Center funded by CIA and U.S. State Department and works for Russia’s destruction.” Not only is Draitser accused of being a “KGB thug,” but his work is actually claimed to be “translated from Russian.” Draitser is an American geopolitical analyst who has given many interviews across the alternative media – English is demonstrably his native language.