Dommages Collatéraux : la face cachée d’un terrorisme d’État

Par Guillaume de Rouville

La démocratie ambiguë – de Guillaume de Rouville

Lors des guerres menées par les États-Unis depuis la chute du mur de Berlin au nom d’une certaine idée de leur puissance, est apparue une notion, celle de « dommages collatéraux », qui a été utilisée par les organes des relations publiques du Pentagone pour justifier et faire accepter aux opinions occidentales des actes de guerre provocant des victimes civiles. Ces dommages collatéraux ne seraient pas souhaités par la puissance militaire qui déplore ces tragiques erreurs, fruits de renseignements erronés ou d’une technologie défaillante.

Or, a y regarder de plus près, on s’aperçoit que la plupart de ces actes de guerre ayant détruit la vie de milliers de civils en Afghanistan, en Irak, en Libye ces dernières années [1], ne sont pas des erreurs, des dommages collatéraux d’une entreprise militaire qui ne prendrait pour cible que des soldats en uniforme appartenant à la partie adverse, mais bien des actes délibérés visant à tuer des femmes, des enfants et des hommes sans défense.

On pourrait se demander dans quels buts de telles horreurs seraient entreprises. La doctrine militaire répond : pour imposer la terreur source de toute obéissance. Continue reading

Uribe: the joke of South America

Former Colombian President: Alvaro Uribe

Uribe reveals planned military operation in Venezuela

According to the former Colombian president, a territorial violation similar to the one held in Ecuador was entertained…

by Jonathan Campos (source: Pravda )

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said he considered a militarily invasion of Venezuelan territory in pursuit of suspected guerrillas of FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the ELN (National Liberation Army). Uribe ruled Colombia from 2000 to 2010.

The statement was given in a lecture at Unaula (Autonomous University Latin American) in Medellín, Colombia. “We have obtained new evidence of guerrilla camps in Venezuela. I had three options: make a complaint, be silent or start a military operation in Venezuela. “I lacked time,” he said to the bursts of laughter. Continue reading

La nueva guerra: Latin Spring being sprung?

A demonstrator is detained by riot police officers during a protest in Valparaiso city, about 121 km (75 miles) northwest of Santiago, July 25, 2012. (Reuters / Eliseo Fernandez)

From protests in Chile to a “coup” in Paraguay, the worrying signs come across Latin America that it may have an Arab Spring of its own, but in fact those are the signs of a new form of war waged against the region.

By Adrian Salbuchi, RT

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A specter haunts Latin America

­Latin America is undergoing increasingly violent turmoil on many fronts. This often makes it difficult to distinguish between spontaneous, bona fide social protest and covert foreign intervention, just as we see today throughout the Arab world.

In spite of Latin America’s decades of experience with foreign-orchestrated military coups, in today’s world the local military are no longer an option. They were necessary proxies acting as local cops for the US during the Cold War, until they became a redundant embarrassment.

So just as the ’60s and ’70s saw a domino effect of “anti-communist military coups” – graciously applauded by the US and UK – the ’80s and ’90s saw a comeback of “democracy”, riding on the wave of “human rights”. In short: military boots were “out”; corrupt controllable “democratic” politicians were “in”.

Nominally “democratic” governments mean local power no longer managed by guns and bayonets but by tons of money. As the Global Power Masters execute a highly complex planet-wide strategic reset, Latin America is ripe for another turn of the screw: a new bout of “Spring” treatment.

It would, however, be a mistake to think this will be a copy of the Arab Spring, because a key factor behind today’s global Machtpolitik lies in understanding prevailing local conditions, which in Latin America are very different from those of the Arab world.

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What makes each country tick?

­Last year’s lighting of the Arab Spring fuse depended very much on understanding that fact huge sectors of the local populations – particularly the young – were fed up with authoritarian, long-entrenched regimes: whether Mubarak’s 31 years in Egypt, Gaddafi’s 42 years in Libya or the al-Assads’ 40 years in Syria.

But there’s no way this can be done in Latin America, because all governments here are nominally “democratic”, with corrupt politicians taking turns in mismanaging their countries.

On the religious front, Islam demands active militancy from its followers to defend the Faith, so an important dividing line for the Arab Spring is the centuries-old conflict between Shiites and Sunnis, plus the modern struggle between clerical and secular regimes.

Such highly complex issues have thwarted the Muslim world’s ability to unite under one solid and strong leadership, so fundamental to neutralize decades – centuries! – of Western interference and intervention in that region. Divide and conquer has always been imperialism’s leitmotiv.

By playing one side against the other; by appealing to the naïve young yearning for change whose paradigms are (de)formed by Western pop “culture”, last year’s triggering of social and generational conflict was really a “piece of cake”: from Tunisia to Egypt; from Libya to Syria; from Sudan to Iran.

At most, the tricky part was keeping FOW’s (Friends of the West) like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain isolated from this process. The West’s ability to slosh trillions of Petro-Dollars, plus the Western Media’s extreme discretion towards “friendly countries”, the ominous presence of the US Fifth Fleet and a little help from our (Israeli) friends seems to have done the trick. So far, anyway…

Latin America is not at all like this. Not a chance of violently pitting Catholics against Protestants…and since all countries are formally “democratic”, people won’t readily take to the streets to get rid of any authoritarian regimes because, officially, there are none. Maybe a Monsanto-coup in Paraguay or an electoral money-for-your-vote hiccup in Mexico, but the US is too busy looking at Chavez in Venezuela to bother.

Where, then, is the war front in Latin America?

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Latin America: Is “Arab Spring” coming to town?

Venezuelans stand a demonstration in support of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad in front of the Syrian embassy in Caracas (AFP Photo / Leo Ramirez)

By Adrian Salbuchi, RT

A wave of protests have rolled across Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia – countries taking a strong stance against the US and its allies’ policies in the region. Are we witnessing a “Latin American Spring”?

­Whilst engineering violent insurgency does not yet seem to be on the  agenda of the Global Power Masters, there are indications of growing PsyWar activity by “pro-democracy”, “pro-human rights”, “aid” agencies and NGO’s acting through local players aligned to US/UK/EU interests.

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Lighting the match

Is this paving the way for far worse things to come? Those who “light the match” that fires popular protests and unrest have learned only too well from their “Arab Spring” experience how to fan those flames into catastrophic social wildfires…

Some alarm bells are beginning to go off in countries like Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia, whose presidents – Hugo Chávez, Rafael Correa and Evo Morales, respectively – are not playing to the tune played by the US and its allies, who for over a century have exerted economic colonial domination over Latin America.

Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador insist in maintaining close relations with countries the US and its allies have branded as “rogue states”, notably, Iran, Syria and, until Muammar Gaddafi’s public murder, Libya.  Have they been thus earmarked to become beachheads for a coming “Latin American Spring” of engineered insurrection?

The so-called “Arab Spring” too began by fanning the flames of a wide assortment of popular grievances that grew into mass demonstrations that quickly escalated into uncontrolled social violence on all sides.

A sign that this kind of “match” is being lit can be seen in Ecuador where Quito newspaper “El Telégrafo” revealed that a so-called “Active Citizenry Project” to “train opposition journalists” is getting 4.3 million dollars in funds from USAID – the United States Agency for International Development, who also funnel funds to local opposition groups like Faro and Fundamedios with the declared excuse of “strengthening democracy” through workshops, forums, and media surveillance projects.

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