Geopolitics becomes a lot easier if we can discern repeating patterns. For example, the common thread through the crises in Ukraine, Libya and Syria is a clever but ruthless playbook of regime-change. This stratagem of toppling governments while appearing noble should perhaps be called the “geopolitics of crocodile tears.”
There were times in history when a powerful country would simply invade the weaker ones. Now the elites resort to elaborate Hollywood-style scripts brimming with inspiring heroes, sob stories and altruistic efforts.
The fundamental ploy in Libya, Syria and Ukraine was the same: rile up the population and then stage a coup in the midst of chaos, while claiming to liberate the people.
The coup is carried out in many stages.
Stage 1: Planned Protests
Stage 2: Protesters killed, leading to outrage and U.N. resolutions/sanctions
Stage 3: Armed mutiny and attempts to force the government out
Stage 4: If Stage 3 fails, sponsor a full-fledged civil war to overthrow the government
Simple enough? Let’s hop on the time machine back to 2011.
Act 1: “Peaceful” Protests
The art of protests and violence are not well understood by the public. For example, with 10 provocateurs and 100 well-paid community leaders, Deep State operatives can easily organize a protest of few thousand people and then turn it into a riot. Once chaos begins, mob mentality sets in, and then innocent protesters morph into dangerous elements. For fun reading on this topic, check out the 1980’s CIA manual on psychological operations in guerrilla warfare for Nicaragua rebels.
With enough money and weapons, you can overthrow any government.
Libya was a stable and wealthy country under Gaddafi. Similarly, Syria was prosperous and safe. Millions of tourists visited Syria every year because it was beautiful, free and safe. In Ukraine, the economy wasn’t so great and people weren’t too happy with the politicians, but that’s normal for Ukraine.
So, how do you organize protests in such situations?
Initial protests in Libya
In Libya, the excuse was “Day of Rage,” which was the anniversary of clashes a few years back when police had killed a few protesters. For the first few days in 2011, the protests and the riots were limited to small, remote towns. Large cities such as Tripoli, the capital, were calm and seemed unaware of the protests.
Initial protests in Syria
In Syria, the first few attempts to organize protests in February failed miserably. Then with more money and propaganda through Saudi-funded mosques, the protests began in March in Daraa, a small border town (which is close to … ahem … the U.S. military base in Jordan). The famous Omari mosque in Daraa turned into a warehouse for weapons, ammunitions and cash. Just like in Libya, large cities such as Damascus and Aleppo were quiet and normal.
Initial protests in Ukraine
In Ukraine, thanks to George Soros, USAID and NED, there was a well-established system of grassroots movement that could spring into action at a moment’s notice. Outside of Kiev, there were no protests, but Mockingbird media made it seem like the whole country was behind the Euromaidan protests.
Act 2, Scene 1: Provocateurs and Snipers
This is where peaceful protests turn violent and bloody. Trained provocateurs would attack the police/military and burn down government buildings.
In Libya, on the third day of the protests, police stations and security headquarters were burned down. In Syria, even before the protests spread to other places, dozens of Syrian military soldiers were ambushed and shot to death. (I describe the events in Syria in details in my book, Syria – War of Deception). In Kiev, masked thugs threw Molotov cocktails and beat up the police with chains and iron rods.
Snipers and the killing fields
Then, at the end of Act 2 Scene 1, covert snipers on building rooftops target both the police and the protesters. When the police are shot at, they naturally assume that the bullets came from the protesters, and so the police fire back.
In Libya, to add fuel to the fire, the snipers cruelly shot and killed 15 people in a funeral.
In Ukraine, analysis of bullets and shells proved that the same snipers killed both the protesters and the police. A new Italian documentary in 2017 reveals confessions by Georgian snipers who were part of a group that was paid (and also instructed by an American – probably a private contractor) to kill.
Ignoring all these, the global media and the politicians have only one narrative regarding all three countries: the government brutally attacked and murdered peaceful protesters. (For example, an NPR article in June 2011 blames Assad for an incident where 120 Syrian soldiers were massacred and mutilated by “peaceful protesters”).
Act 2, Scene 2: Political/Economic Attack
Regarding Libya, Merkel said right away that Gaddafi was waging war on his own people. Western media screamed that Gaddafi was firing on his own people. The White House condemned Gaddafi for using mass violence against his own people. Everyone is good at repeating propaganda talking points.
A month later, the exact phrase was used against Assad. In Assad’s case, this false narrative would last for the next six years, and later expanded to “Assad kills and gases his own people.”
Act 3: Bloodless Coup
In Ukraine, thanks to brutal violence by Neo-Nazi groups such as Azov Battalion and extraordinary pressure from U.S./EU officials, the democratically elected Ukrainian president fled the country.
In Libya and Syria, Gaddafi and Assad were tough and not so willing to give up easily. Within a month after the first protest in Libya and Syria, the U.N. had passed resolutions that authorized arming “civilians” (a.k.a jihadists). The Orwellian term “No Fly Zones” meant that only Gaddafi couldn’t fly his planes, but NATO/U.S. planes could. On March 19, 2011, one month after the protests started, the U.S. started bombing Libya with Tomahawk missiles. Syria was saved from NATO attacks, thanks to Russia and China.
Act 4: Civil War
In Libya and Syria, weapons and money poured from the outside to fuel the civil war. Libya fell within a year, since NATO acted as the air force for the terrorists and destroyed Gaddafi’s planes, tanks and arsenals.
In Syria, less than half of 1% of the population joined the armed militia. This is why the “revolution” faltered after a few months, and tens of thousands of foreign jihadists had to be flown into Syria. Thanks to the billions of dollars of cash and weapons from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others, the war went on for six years, destroying a prosperous country and ruining the lives of 20 million people.
Trail of Chaos
Six years later, Libya still doesn’t have a unified government; Al Qaeda and militias rule half the country; and there is even open slavery now. Libya’s oil production has fallen 90% and more than a million Libyan refugees have fled to Europe.
Syria’s GDP has fallen 65% since 2011, its debt has doubled, Al Qaeda holds a large province, and it may take twenty years to rebuild the country.
In Ukraine, people who have lived together for 1000 years are now at war with each other. Using Ukraine as an excuse, the U.S. and NATO are now spending billions to counter “Russian aggression.” Never mind that the U.S. military spends in three weeks what Russia spends in a whole year.
This is the reality of propaganda, protests and proxy wars. Americans need to wake up, understand geopolitics, detect fake news, reject psy-ops and demand an end to more such expensive and immoral wars of chaos, misery and destruction.