3 Stops on America’s Asian Tour of Shame

America’s new Asian allies:
Dictator-for-life Hun Sen of Cambodia, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and
her genocidal “Saffron monks,” and the despotic hereditary Shinawatra
regime of Thailand.

November 19, 2012 (AltThaiNews) – US President Barack Obama is
embarking on what the Western media is calling a “historic trip.” In
reality he is coddling dictators and human rights abusers of the highest
caliber, even while waging proxy-war against Syria based on alleged
“human rights” concerns.

1. Thailand: President Obama and US Secretary Hillary Clinton
first arrived in Bangkok, Thailand in efforts to legitimize and prop up
politically, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of deposed
despot Thaksin Shinawatra, who is using her to run the country by proxy
as he evades a 2 year jail sentence and 2 arrest warrants.

Image: “The Thai Gov’ts War on Drugs: Dead Wrong. Stop the
Murder of Thai Drug Users.” During Thaksin Shinwatra’s 2003 “War on
Drugs” it wasn’t only drug users who were brutally, extra-judicially
murdered in the streets, but over 50% of the 2,800 killed during the
course of 3 months, were completely innocent, involved in no way with
either drug use or trade. This atrocity has been overlooked as he and
now his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra have proven their utility to
advancing the interests of Wall Street and London.

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Despite mass-murdering nearly 3,000 people extra-legally over the course
of a 90-day 2003 “War on Drugs,” victims who most of which were later
found out to have had nothing to do with the drug trade at all, Thaksin
would also send Thai troops to Iraq in support of the US invasion and occupation, allow the US to use Thailand as a base for CIA rendition sites, and attempted to push through a US-Thai free trade agreement without parliamentary approval. Before becoming PM in 2001, he had served as an adviser for the notorious US equity firm, the Carlyle Group.

He would be ousted from power in 2006 by a military coup, and has since then been supported by some of the largest Western lobbying firms on Earth including, Kenneth Adelman of the Edelman PR firm (Freedom House, International Crisis Group, PNAC), James Baker of Baker Botts (CFR), Robert Blackwill of Barbour Griffith & Rogers (CFR), Kobre & Kim, and currently Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Peroff (Chatham House).

Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Peroff, would also simultaneously
represent Thaksin’s “red shirt” street movement, and was present for the
inaugural meeting of the
so-called “academic” Nitirat group,
attended mostly by pro-Thaksin red shirts (who literally wore their red
shirts to the meeting). Additional support for Thaksin and his UDD
street-front is provided by the US State Department via National
Endowment for Democracy-funded “NGO” Prachatai.”

His atrocities and autocratic style of leadership were overlooked
because of the immense utility he served for US interests – a utility
the US still hopes he and his proxy sister can continue to serve.

2. Myanmar: While the media focuses on the “repressive military
junta,” the real human rights abusers happen to also be long-time US
allies in the region. Specifically, they are the “Saffron monks” who had
took to the streets in so-called “pro-democracy” rallies on behalf of
Western-hailed “democracy icon” Aung San Suu Kyi.

Image: Praying for genocide. While Associated Press claims
these protesters are demonstrating against ethnic violence, the sign
they carry clearly states that they seek the expulsion of the refugees
from Myanmar, and are merely protesting against the Myanmar Army’s use
of force to protect refugees from the “monks'” attacks that have left scores dead and
thousands of refugee homes destroyed. 

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In reality, Suu Kyi’s movement is yet another Wall Street-London funded creation, and the rank and file of her movement are sectarian extremists who seek to eradicate through exile or genocidal extermination the Rohingya refugees located in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

In “Myanmar (Burma) “Pro-Democracy” Movement a Creation of Wall Street & London,”
it was documented that Suu Kyi and organizations supporting her,
including local propaganda fronts like the New Era Journal, the
Irrawaddy, and the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) radio, have received
millions of dollars a year from the Neo-Conservative chaired National Endowment for Democracy, convicted criminal and Wall Street speculator George Soros’ Open Society Institute, and the US State Department itself, citing Britain’s own “Burma Campaign UK (.pdf).”

The goal of Western meddling in Myanmar, still called by its British
imperial nomenclature of “Burma” by many across the Western media, is to
balk Chinese investments across the country, while establishing yet
another permanently failed, 3rd world state that can be fully exploited
and stripped bare by the Fortune 500 and intense “free trade.”

3. Cambodia: Perhaps the most hypocritical and absurd stop on
President Obama’s trip will be his visit to Cambodia, ruled for the past
27 years by dictator-for-life Hun Sen. Formerly of the genocidal Khmer
Rouge, Hun Sen has spent his time in office stripping bare his own
people, and just recently, has allowed foreigners to part-take in the
dismemberment of his own nation.

While running under the illusion of “people’s power,” he has since 2008
sold over half of his nation off to foreign investors, right out from
under the Cambodian people.

Image: While the West funds and arms verified Al Qaeda
militants invading Syria for alleged “humanitarian concerns,” tacit
approval is granted to governments like that of Hun Sen of Cambodia to
brutalize his own population in sweeping land grabs that have left
hundreds of thousands of Cambodian people without homes or a livelihood.
The difference? Syria refuses to capitulate to Wall Street and London’s
“international order,” Cambodia is eagerly selling off its sovereignty
to it.

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In a 2008 article by the Guardian titled, “Country for Sale,”
it was reported that, “almost half of Cambodia has been sold to foreign
speculators in the past 18 months – and hundreds of thousands who fled
the Khmer Rouge are homeless once more.” The report would go on to
state: 

Hun Sen and his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) have, in effect,
put the country up for sale. Crucially, they permit investors to form
100% foreign-owned companies in Cambodia that can buy land and real
estate outright – or at least on 99-year plus 99-year leases. No other
country in the world countenances such a deal. Even in Thailand and
Vietnam, where similar land speculation and profiteering are under way,
foreigners can be only minority shareholders.

It would continue:

By March this year [2008], virtually all Cambodia’s
accessible and sandy coast was in private hands, either Cambodian or
foreign. Those who lived or worked there were turfed out – some jailed,
others beaten, virtually all denied meaningful compensation. 

The article would also state: 

It was abundantly clear to observers, including the World Bank and
Amnesty International, that by making these private deals, Hun Sen was
denying prosperity to most of his people, causing the country’s social
fabric to unwind like thread from a bobbin. Today, more than 150,000
people are threatened with eviction. Forty-five per cent of the
country’s entire landmass has been sold off – from the land ringing
Angkor Wat to the colonial buildings of Phnom Penh to the south-western
islands. Professor Yash Ghai, the UN human rights emissary to Cambodia,
warned, “One does not need expertise in human rights to recognise that
many policies of the government have… deprived people of their
economic resources and means of livelihood, and denied them their
dignity.” He added, “I believe that the deliberate rejection of the
concept of a state governed by the rule of law has been central to the
ruling party’s hold on power.”

It would seem as if Cambodia’s Hun Sen should easily find himself
amongst the West’s “Axis of Evil,” the subject of crippling sanctions,
and at the very least, uninvited to visit the US, or lent legitimacy by
being allowed to host US representatives. 

Since the 2008 Guardian article, the situation has only deteriorated for
the Cambodian people. The Guardian again reported in September 2012 in
their article, “Conflict over land in Cambodia is taking a dangerous turn,” that:

In the first nine months of the year, we have seen the killing of Cambodia‘s leading environmental activist, a journalist and a 14-year-old girl whose community faced eviction. We’ve also seen the conviction of 13 land activists for legitimate protests; a judicial move against one of the country’s most respected human rights activists; the harassment of politically active monks; and the arrest of an independent radio station owner on charges of secessionism. And these are just the most outlandish and publicised incidents.

The article would continue: 

Cambodia is in the grip of a land-grabbing crisis that has seen more than 2m hectares
(5m acres) of land transferred mostly from subsistence farmers to
agribusiness. And as good land becomes scarce, the battle for it is
becoming increasingly intense. An estimated 400,000 people have been affected by land disputes since 2003.

It would also state that: 

For the average Cambodian, the only avenues that offer the prospect of
success are public protest and individual action. The government is well
aware of the desperation, and this fact helps explain the recent spate
of arrests, killings and harassment. The authorities are increasingly
using violence to keep a lid on things. If evictees don’t go peacefully,
private firms are willing and able to tap the resources of the state to
forcefully capture land.

Yet despite Hun Sen’s government brutalizing its own people with
harassment, violence, and murder, displacing hundreds of thousands of
civilians, and stealing the land right out from under the nation’s poor, US President Barack Obama intends to visit Cambodia to meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen.
There has been no protest or formal condemnation by the US regarding
Hun Sen and his systematic campaign of theft and violence waged against
the Cambodian people, nor has there been any protests of political
ramifications imposed by the emerging supranational block ASEAN who is
in fact holding their annual meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia this
month.

It also turns out that the very military units snatching land from
hundreds of thousands of impoverished Cambodians are actually receiving
US military aid and training. Indeed, Operation Angkor Sentinel kicked off in July 2010 as US Army troops trained with the local Cambodian troops. The United States shamelessly defends the exercises claiming that “Our
military relationship is about … working toward effective defence
reform, toward encouraging the kind of civil-military relationship that
is essential to any healthy political system,” according to William Burns, then US undersecretary of state for political affairs.

Why the Hypocrisy?

The Washington Post, in their recent article, “President Obama defends historic trip to Burma,” claims:

“The Obama administration is using the Asia trip, which includes a final
stop in Cambodia for the East Asia Summit, as another step in its
“pivot to Asia” aimed at counterbalancing China’s growing influence in
the region.”

For over two decades the United States has expressed throughout a
library of policy papers the need to develop and implement an effective
“containment” strategy versus China. In 1997, US policy author Robert
Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution
penned, “What China Knows That We Don’t: The Case for a New Strategy of Containment,” where he literally states (emphasis added): 

 The present world order serves the needs of the United States and its
allies, which constructed it.
And it is poorly suited to the needs of a
Chinese dictatorship trying to maintain power at home and increase its
clout abroad. Chinese leaders chafe at the constraints on them and worry
that they must change the rules of the international system before the
international system changes them.

He would continue by saying:

The changes in the external and internal behavior of the
Soviet Union in the late 1980s resulted at least in part from an
American strategy that might be called “integration through containment
and pressure for change.”

Such a strategy needs to be applied to China today. As
long as China maintains its present form of government, it cannot be
peacefully integrated into the international order. For China’s current
leaders, it is too risky to play by our rules — yet our unwillingness
to force them to play by our rules is too risky for the health of the
international order. The United States cannot and should not be willing
to upset the international order in the mistaken belief that
accommodation is the best way to avoid a confrontation with China.

We should hold the line instead and work for political
change in Beijing.
That means strengthening our military capabilities in
the region, improving our security ties with friends and allies, and
making clear that we will respond, with force if necessary, when China
uses military intimidation or aggression to achieve its regional
ambitions.
It also means not trading with the Chinese military or doing
business with firms the military owns or operates. And it means imposing
stiff sanctions when we catch China engaging in nuclear proliferation.

A successful containment strategy will require
increasing, not decreasing, our overall defense capabilities. Eyre Crowe
warned in 1907 that “the more we talk of the necessity of economising
on our armaments, the more firmly will the Germans believe that we are
tiring of the struggle, and that they will win by going on.” Today, the
perception of our military decline is already shaping Chinese
calculations
. In 1992, an internal Chinese government document said that
America’s “strength is in relative decline and that there are limits to
what it can do.” This perception needs to be dispelled as quickly as
possible.

Image: Figure 1. From SSI’s 2006 “String of Pearls” report
detailing a strategy of containment for China. While “democracy,”
“freedom,” and “human rights” will mask the ascension of Western aligned
client regimes into power, it is part of a region-wide campaign to
overthrow
nationalist elements and install client regimes in order to encircle and contain China.
Violence in areas like Sittwe, Rakhine Myanmar, or Gwadar Baluchistan
Pakistan, are not coincidences and documented evidence indicates immense
Western backing for armed opposition groups.

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This would be further expanded on in the Strategic Studies Institute’s 2006 “String of Pearls” report where specific areas of Chinese expansion were identified for disruption and containment. This included the now destabilized Baluchistan region in Pakistan where China’s Gwadar port sits, as well as the destabilized state of Rakhine in Myanmar.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would reiterate this commitment to
containing China, as well as touch upon another point made by Kagan in
1997 – that Southeast Asian nations would need to be aligned with the US
against China as part of any viable containment strategy – in her 2011
op-ed in Foreign Policy titled, “The American Pacific Century.”

Leading a Thailand, Myanmar, or Cambodia, fully complicit with the
United States and its
neo-imperial ambition to sustain another century of American hegemony
across Asia is a role despots, proxies, and human rights violators like
Thaksin Shinawatra, his sister Yingluck, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Hun Sen
were cultivated for decades to
fulfill, and it is precisely for this reason that so much money, time,
and effort has been poured into both propping them up, including with
this latest legitimacy-lending exercise by President Obama, while
tearing down existing regional indigenous institutions through color
revolutions and “NGO-creep.”