Thomas O. Melia (born in Frankfurt, Germany) is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, at the US Department of State. Previously – Deputy Executive Director of Freedom House. (from Wikipedia)
Now that color revolution has come to Macedonia, along with plans for a Russian gas pipeline to replace the one they have in Ukraine, the time has come for those among us who remain ignorant or in denial of the Western (NATO) agenda (to destabilize Russia and thwart her benign strategic interests) to see NATO geopolitics for what it really is, and to finally understand how neoconservative Blitzkrieg foreign policy and neoliberal Brzezinski / Soros soft power / color revolution foreign policy are simply two slightly different philosophies with the same goals for permanent global hegemony. It is vitally important for people to grasp the geostrategic importance of nations like Syria, Ukraine, and now Macedonia if we are to see through the shallow rhetoric of “freedom and democracy” coming out of the US State Department every time a color revolution kicks off in some new place which happens to have the next “evil dictator” du jour. Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, the Taliban, Muammar Gaddafi, Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin – they all waited patiently in the wings for their opportunity to step out onto the world stage and begin their evil rampages, one after another, not a minute too late or too soon. And now, ladies and gentlemen, it’s… Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski!
Let’s begin with a time-line of key events in recent years.
August 20, 2012: President Obama’s “red line” speech, in which he warned against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. “That would change my calculus,” he said.
August 21, 2013: Chemical attack in the Ghouta area outside Damascus, Syria (in which Assad allegedly gassed his own supporters near the UN headquarters the day before the weapons inspectors arrived.) The “International Community” – in other words, NATO and US allies, would spend the next months condemning Assad for the attack without producing one shred of evidence that Assad or his government forces were responsible. The bulk of the “evidence” of Assad’s guilt would rest on “activists say…” and other trivialities, including the Brown Moses Blog, run by an Englishman with no expertise or training in military weaponry, chemical or otherwise, though the blog was widely cited by the likes of the BBC. This farcical rush to judgment foreshadows the MH17 shoot-down over Ukraine in July 2014, in which Vladimir Putin was blamed for the tragedy within minutes of the story breaking.
September 11, 2013: Vladimir Putin’s world-historical New York Times op ed, “A Plea for Caution From Russia,” in which he wrote, “Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition… There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government… No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists… It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it.”
Vladimir Putin was, in essence, warning the West about ISIS before they coalesced around that exceedingly suspicious (much more becoming of British Freemasonry than of fundamentalist Muslims) moniker.
American and British war-weariness and deep skepticism, coupled with Russian opposition to the planned and much anticipated “humanitarian” limited military action (invasion) in Syria, resulted in a revival of anti-war sentiment in the West – enough to make the feckless and narcissistic President of the United States ponder his universally-ridiculed Nobel Peace Prize and his own fate and/or legacy if he actually dared invade yet another country!
September 2103: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov offered Obama a way out of the Syria crisis (an offer he couldn’t refuse), thereby drawing the ire of neoconservative warmongers like Senator John McCain, who couldn’t wait to start sending Americans into Syria to help his ISIS friends overthrow the Assad government.
It must never be forgotten – Russia played a key role in ruining US/EU/NATO plans for swiftly bringing “democracy” to Syria.
Sochi Olympics – suddenly we heard of massive gay rights violations in Russia, Putin’s anti-gay law – more hysterics than you could shake a Pixy Stick at! Tonight Show host Jay Leno said in an interview with President Obama, “suddenly homosexuality is against the law – I mean this seems like Germany – let’s round up the Jews, let’s round up the gays, let’s round up the blacks.” The anti-Putin Feindbild of “Putler” began to come into focus – so far only as a result of the so-called anti-gay law and the absurd drama over the Pussy Riot trial, though the mythology of the 2008 Russian “invasion” of Georgia was another factor which played on the minds of the chronically misinformed and confused masses.
November 5, 2013: As reported in Reuters, “Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with U.S. Chevron on Tuesday, another step in a drive for more energy independence from Russia.” The Maidan Nazi Extravaganza wouldn’t be far off!
November 21, 2013: Cue the Euro-Maidan protests! The golden youth of Ukraine (along with the openly national-socialist Right Sector and Svoboda party thugs) take to the streets after (democratically elected) Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announces that he will not sign the EU Association Agreement, which makes demands on Ukraine to turn over their key industries to EU control, but offers little in the way of concrete benefits to Ukraine (other than satisfying the Russophobic desires of some western Ukrainians to distance the nation from Russia.)
December 13, 2013: Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, addresses the US-Ukraine Foundation in Washington, DC (with Chevron logos prominent in the background of her presentation.) Nuland: “the United States supported the Ukrainians in the development of democratic institutions… We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals.”
December 17, 2013: Russia agrees to drastically reduce the (already low) price of gas it sells to Ukraine.
February 22, 2014: Viktor Yanukovych flees Kiev. The Western media lauded the coup in Kiev as a victory for democracy over tyranny, though the media would remain silent as people in eastern Ukraine soon followed with their own uprising against what they saw as an illegal coup against the democratically-elected leader of Ukraine carried out by western-funded foundations, dupes, useful idiots, and open Bandera-worshiping fascists like Dmytro Yarosh and Oleksandr Muzychko. As reported in Russia Insider, George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Stratfor, said: the overthrow of Yanukovych was “the most blatant coup in history” and among other things the American “payback” for Russian involvement in Syria.
May 2, 2014: Over 40 ethnic Russian protesters were burned alive by pro-Maidan Right Sector fascists in a trade union building in Odessa. The western media remained silent over this atrocity, as they would over the sickening series of atrocities carried out by the Kiev fascist clique that would follow over the course of the next year up to the present.
March 16, 2014: Crimean status referendum, in which the people of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. The majority ethnic Russian peninsula of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and only year-round warm water port (always a vital strategic necessity to Russian national interests), was soon brought back into the Russian Federation – to the extreme consternation of the Russophobic Western media and the Kiev fascist clique.
May 25, 2014: Petro Poroshenko, the chocolate oligarch of Ukraine, was elected President of Ukraine, and promptly continued the bloody (and largely ineffectual) assault on Donbass (eastern Ukraine). Poroshenko publicly bragged: “Our children will go to schools and kindergartens, while theirs will be holed up in basements!” Western media and governments gleefully recognized the legitimacy of this election even though it took place while a civil war was already raging in eastern Ukraine. The 2014 elections in Syria, on the other hand, were dismissed by Western governments as illegitimate due to the ongoing Syrian Civil War.
December 2014: The Russian Ruble plummeted to the joyful cheering of the Western media as they heralded the impending collapse of the Russian economy, and what they seemingly hoped would be a return to the misery of the Shock Therapy 1990s for the vilified Russian people. Barely able to contain themselves, The Washington Post ran a story with the headline: “Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed.” The Schadenfreude party fizzled out after Putin implemented informal currency controls, thereby limiting the ability of George Soros and other economic terrorists to conduct financial attacks on the Ruble to destabilize Russia. The anti-Russia sanctions ended up hurting Europe more than Russia, leaving European governments to ponder the consequences of their subservience to Washington.
February 11, 2015: Minsk II Agreement – German Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande got on their horses and scrambled to Kiev, Moscow, and then Minsk, to save the Kiev fascist army which by that time had been completely surrounded in Debaltsevo – avoiding the embarrassment of the Donbass people taking NATO military prisoners, including what would likely have been Polish, American, and British soldiers, among others. As reported in Forbes, Putin said that during the summit: “He (Poroshenko) said to me directly: “Take Donbass!” I answered him: “Are you nuts? I don’t need Donbass! If you don’t need it either, declare it independent.”
January 2015: Macedonia’s own Maidan quietly kicks off with an attempt to overthrow the Russia-friendly government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.) According to Reuters, “Macedonia’s chief opposition leader (Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democrats) was charged by police… with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government… “I watched and listened to the head of the opposition… informing me that he is collaborating with a foreign intelligence service,” Gruevski said.
May 7, 2015: Gazprom announced the agreement to build the Turkish Stream pipeline, which will go through Turkey, Greece, and Macedonia. The current Ukrainian pipeline will be discontinued in 2019. Putin: “The new route will provide for European fuel needs, and would allow Greece to become one of the main power distribution centers on the continent, and could help attract significant investment into the Greek economy.”
May 12, 2015: Russia invited Greece to join the BRICS banking system. As reported in RT: “The $100 billion NDB (New Development Bank) is expected to compete with Western dominance and become one of the key lending institutions.”
May 2015: Russia announced that they are cutting off land access for the US and NATO to Afghanistan.
John Kerry and Victoria Nuland both paid Moscow a visit in May 2015, and rather sheepishly begin what appears to be the pivot away from Ukraine, and toward the Balkans, where support for Russia in the way of opposition to the sanctions and cooperation in the Russian pipeline project has led to a potential Maidan 2.0.
May 17, 2015: Protests in Skopje, Macedonia. BBC: “Tens of thousands of protesters in the Macedonian capital Skopje have demanded the resignation of long-serving Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.” This was followed days later by an even larger pro-Gruevski demonstration in Skopje.
Why is John Kerry scrambling and trying to talk with Putin and Lavrov all the sudden? John Kerry was in Moscow a couple of days late for the Victory Day parade, and the western media is silent on what happened, probably because he now realizes that he’s negotiating from a position of weakness. The same could be said of Victoria Nuland’s trip to Moscow a short time after Kerry’s unusually low key visit. The sanctions against Russia, the isolation of Russia with the overt goal of smashing the Russian economy and starving them out 21st century style, the military support for Kiev to crush, burn, blow up, and utterly dominate and enslave their own people in Donbass, the Ukrainian attempt to co-opt the Russian gas pipeline, even the EU / IMF debt slave banking system – all of the above are unravelling before our eyes. John Kerry even issued a kind warning to Poroshenko not to attack Donbass and to try to stick to the Minsk II Agreement. Poroshenko, of course, isn’t listening to this warning, but it shows that the State Department may be rethinking the role of the United States in Ukraine.
Or, it is quite possible that the State Department has simply written the Ukrainian color revolution off as a loss and has decided to pivot to the Balkans where the real action suddenly is. According to Alexander Mercouris of Russia Insider, the “Putin-Kerry Summit shows US now realises Russia holds the high cards in Ukraine and wants to de-escalate its confrontation with Moscow, but does not mean an end of US hostility towards Russia or peace in Ukraine.”
Russia has announced plans to build the Turkish Stream pipeline to deliver gas to Europe through Greece and Macedonia, while shutting off the Ukrainian pipeline for obvious reasons. As Ukraine rips itself apart over some historical grudges against Russia, and becomes too unstable to remain a partner with Russia in delivering gas to Europe, this nation has squandered all the advantages it once had.
The Coup Factory (National Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute, Brzezinski, Nuland, Soros, and friends) has been hard at work undermining the governments of any countries that get too close to Russia. One recent example is Macedonia, where Soros-man Zoran Zaev attempted (and failed) to stage a coup against Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
Wayne Madsen: “Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, recently attempted a Kiev-style putsch in Macedonia aimed at overthrowing that nation’s democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. Nuland has been charged by Macedonian intelligence with conspiring with Zaev of the Macedonian Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM)… Gruevksi, unlike many U.S.-installed and -influenced governments of the region has been reluctant to apply sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.”
As reported in Balkan Insight, “Gruevski said the Social Democratic (Zoran Zaev) leader threatened to publish compromising data involving top officials unless he agreed to the formation of a caretaker government that included his party.”
Thomas O. Melia: “It’s certainly the American inclination and definitely the policy of the United States government to support independent media and the rights of journalists to do their jobs.”
“When people point out that they are disappointed or frustrated that something is not working, that there is a problem in the democratic procedures, it’s not because they are hostile to Macedonia,” he said. “We support Macedonia’s European aspirations and we would urge all Macedonians inside the Macedonian government and outside to look to those European standards because they have done well for many of your neighbors and in fact for most of Europe.”
Those “European standards” have worked wonders for their debt-slave neighbors in Greece and their old friends from the former Yugoslavia (bombed and ripped apart by NATO), where the Serbian language now includes the colorful curse: May your home be live on CNN!
Zaev also worked (or perhaps we should say plotted) with US Ambassador Jess Lippincott Baily, the Coup Factory’s man in Macedonia.
For those of us who followed the Maidan uprising closely, there is an all-too familiar laundry list of names of people and organizations at work in the Balkans trying to stir up the next Maidan and presumably keeping their fingers crossed that this time it won’t turn out to be such a colossal failure.
As reported by Wayne Madsen on February 16, 2015:
Nuland has been charged by Macedonian intelligence with conspiring with Zaev of the Macedonian Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), the former Communist Party that has been thoroughly co-opted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Soros operative. Also charged in the attempted putsch against Gruevski is Radmila Sekerinska. Zaev and Sekerinska are said by Macedonian insiders to be nothing more than fronts for former Prime Minister and President Branko Crvenkovski who continues to head up the SDSM and accept large amounts of largesse from such CIA NGO laundry operations as the National Democratic Institute (NDI), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Freedom House, and Soros’s Open Society Institute (OSI) to foment a themed revolution against Gruevksi’s right-of-center VMRO-DPMNE government.
From Red Pill Times: “George Soros NOGs commissioned Serbian regime change specialist group Canvas to recruit Macedonian students (three weeks prior to protests) to push for protest ideas. Best two ideas won $1,500.”
Crowds of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in the Balkan state of Macedonia, as unrest unfolds in the country over a wiretapping scandal, involving the country’s current leader, Nikola Gruevski. Over 20,000 people took part in protests on Sunday in the country’s capital of Skopje, marching from the government building to the Macedonian parliament, AFP reported. The protesters demanded the resignation of PM Gruevski’s government, following opposition leader Zoran Zaev’s accusations against them and recent ethnic clashes in the ex-Yugoslav republic.
Have any of those 20,000 people picked up a newspaper in the past year or so? Have they not seen the disaster visited upon Ukraine when the same script was played out at the Euro-Maidan uprising of dupes, idiots, and right-wing fanatics?
“Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.” ― Brandon Mull
Is this lesson in soft power / destabilization coup techniques really so damn difficult to learn?
From Sputnik News:
Vladimir Pandovski, Skopje-based political analyst told Sputnik that the wiretapping scandal enveloping the government was fraudulent, and said the protests in the country were “scripted and staged.” “Everything that is happening in Macedonia has been scripted and staged. We’ve seen this before; it’s a mix of comedy and tragedy. The so-called wiretapping scandal has been the biggest piece of comedy the public has ever seen… and honestly, no one is buying it – everyone is aware that this is an attempt to create a new Maidan, like in Ukraine.”
US-Russia Round Three: Macedonia:
Unrest in Macedonia Follows ‘Regime Change’ Scenarios Used Worldwide:
Events in Macedonia Linked to Turkish Stream, Sanctions Stance – Lavrov:
Developments in Macedonia directed from outside — Lavrov:
Macedonia, the New U.S.-Russia Battlefield:
Macedonia’s Strategic Location Makes It a Target for Some Hardcore American Freedom:
Bulgaria Sends Troops to Border With Macedonia Amid Deadly Clashes:
Macedonia Indicts Opposition Leader Who Denounced Graft, from The New York Times (reporting from Warsaw):
Macedonian Leader Announces Pro-Govt Rally as Protesters Demand Resignation:
Breaking: in Macedonia Over 90,000 “Anti-Majdan” Against Sunday’s Western Backed ‘Demos’
People Power or Western Meddling? Macedonia Unrest Reveals Differing Views:
NATO Uses Clashes in Macedonia to Undermine Russia’s Gas Pipeline Project:
Macedonian Opposition Uses CIA and Soros Funds to Hire 2,000 Violent Thugs for Sunday Protest:
Macedonia braced for huge anti-government protest:
Power struggle in Macedonia:
Thousands rally in Macedonia amid unfolding political crisis:
Macedonia Unrest: West Giving Balkanian Country a Lesson of ‘Democracy’
“Color Revolution” in Macedonia? Washington’s Attempt to Undermine the Turkish Stream Russian Pipeline Project:
Leaked memo shows Soros NGOs payed Macedonian students $1,500 to come up with regime change ideas:
Nuland attempts Kiev Version 2.0 in Skopje:
Why the US is Finally Talking to Russia:
John Kerry admits defeat: The Ukraine story the media won’t tell, and why U.S. retreat is a good thing: