The global corporate media gave us an earful about how "the last Communist state in Europe" failed to let itself be toppled by a few hundred kids paid by rich capitalist and Western sponsors to camp on the main square of Minsk for four straight days since the March 19 elections, which they lost ignominiously.
Soon we were good and ready to believe that we were about to witness another Tienanmen Square massacre. So when the police moved in to evacuate the square, we were not surprised that the US and the EU immediately slapped sanctions on Belarus and threatened consequences against Russia for supporting the re-elected President Lukashenko.
What prompted the police to act was in fact the date: The few hundred protestors had received orders to hold out until March 25, which their right-wing bosses called "Freedom Day," "Freedom Day" for them was March 29, 1918, when Germany invaded Belarus and set up a puppet goverment. The white flag was introduced by that puppet government. It was unfurled once again when Poland invaded in 1919 and the Polish and Belarussian "Whites" battled with the Red Army, murdering thousands of Jews in the process.
Having waved their white flags for four days to insult the memory of the Russian and Jewish victims of their foreign-sponsored insurrections against the Bolsheviks, the "democracy protestors" wanted to take the insult to a new level by staging a full-fledged parade on the 25th. This bizzare redefinition of "freedom" dating back to the early years of the last century has a strangely modern ring to it in these times of neocon neospeak when "Enduring freedom" means enduring misery and enduring oppression under the US-backed narco-warlords of Afghanistan.
So it was that in the Year of the Lord 2006, irony having long since died and absurdity having been crowned supreme liege of the realm of logic and discourse, the child-buggerers of Abu Ghraib slapped sanctions on Belarus for ending this standing insult to the honor and dignity of the nation. Even as they feigned indignation against nonexistent repression, they repeatedly arrested Cindy Sheehan, Daniel Ellsberg, and a bevy of nobel laureates, beat up inauguration day and GOP convention protesters, and locked them up in toxic-waste-contaminated pens.
Nobel-prize-winning Amnesty International said:
"As long as the White House continues to flout international law and blatantly disregard the Geneva Conventions, many of its policies to promote democracy and human rights will be greeted with deep scepticism,"
Human Rights Watch said:
"Disappearances were a trademark abuse of Latin American military dictatorships in their 'dirty war' on alleged subversion. Now they have become a United States tactic in its conflict with al-Qaida"
The EU became an accomplice of the US in "disappearing" people like Latin American dictatorships did:
UPI, February 24, 2006
BRUSSELS -- The European Union agreed to allow the United States freer access to its airspace to move unwanted people around the world in 2003 -- and then tried to cover up the deal, according to censored EU documents seen by United Press International.
The revelation adds further weight to claims that EU governments were fully aware the Central Intelligence Agency was using European airports to hold and transport prisoners, but preferred to turn a blind eye to the practice.
Documents obtained by British civil liberties group Statewatch show that at a high-level meeting of European and American justice officials in Athens on Jan. 22, 2003, the two sides agreed on the "increased use of European transit facilities to support the return of criminal/inadmissible aliens."
This crucial phrase was deleted from the minutes of the meeting made available on the Web site of the Council of Ministers, the body that represents EU governments in Brussels. A spokesman for the council told Statewatch the deletions were made out of "courtesy" for the United States.
Poland, a fanatically pro-US and russophobic member of the EU that hosted a CIA torture prison on its own soil, had the audacity to send one of its diplomats to demonstrate in Minsk, a flagrant violation of international law.
However, since we now live in the bizzarro orwellian world of neoconspeak, our media will continue to froth at Russia and its allies for not surrendering to US-imposed "democracy" even as the catastrophic results of US "democracy" exports lie before our eyes, from Afghanistan to Iraq to Georgia and now to Ukraine, not to mention that great "democracy" experiment under Boris Yeltsin that cost Russia more lives than a major war.