Color Revolutions As Weapons Of Mass Destruction

by S.V. Siparov

War is a means of imposing one’s will on another state with help of weapons and murder of people. Its objectives are political and economic advantages that the aggressor state acquires in case of victory. In particular, economic benefits include seizure of territories and minerals, as well as of production and working-age population. Political advantages ensure the legality of economic capture and formalize the result in a socially acceptable form through the media within the country and through diplomatic efforts in the international community.

Prior to the Second World War, military operations were predominantly carried out by armies against armies. However, just before the war, a new military doctrine was formulated in Germany, which was originally the basis for the development of German aviation. It consisted in mass strikes against the civilian population in order to break down the morale of the people and incite them to actions against their government. However, the greatest success in the development of this doctrine was achieved by the Western adversaries of Germany, who first carried out an air raid on Dresden where the number of killed estimated by both sides constituted from 25 to 135 thousand people. And then the nuclear strikes were carried out on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the total death toll of about 200,000 people. Thus began the era of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that significantly changed the world order.

Let’s note the main distinguishing features of WMD:

  • they are not available to everyone, but only to countries with necessary financial capabilities and technologies,
  • they are designed to inflict massive losses among civilians as well as destruction of large areas of space;
  • direct damaging factors WMD always have both an instantaneous effect and an effect extended in time. Long-term damaging factors, as a rule, are side effects of the application of WMD;
  • a moral damaging factor has the greatest (target) effect.

It turned out that the threat of the use of WMD is more beneficial than their application itself since the costs of restoring economy are too great. Therefore, at first, the rapid expansion of WMD by several states turned them into a deterrent and reduced a likelihood of their direct application. However, the doctrine of influencing civilian population of another state with the aim of imposing one’s will on that state has by no means lost its appeal.

Of course, in the event of a conflict of interests that would lead to a real war, an information war would always take place, but the emergence of the Internet and electronic media has allowed the use of exactly these means as a kind of weapons of mass destruction through organization of so-called “color revolutions”. With this development, the main role in the military aspect of the doctrine was delegated to terrorism, and in its civilian analogue, to the information impact on population that would provoke a coup or a social revolution depending on goals of the potential interventionist.

It is recognized, although it is not mentioned too often, that the financing of Islamic militants that led to the emergence of the terrorist Al-Qaeda has been conducted by the CIA. The emergence of ISIL has been backed and financially supported by the US allies and the USA themselves, which led to the flourishing of modern terrorism.

Over the past decades, nearly a score of color revolutions have swept the world, all having in common a number of well-marked features:

  • coordinated organization of mass marches and protests;
  • organization of tent camps that paralyze the life of a capital;
  • provocations during collisions with power structures;
  • direct participation of foreign figures in political struggle on the side of protesters;
  • support by foreign media;
  • emphasis on demonizing the personality of a head of the state;
  • opportunistic use of the terms “justice”, “corruption”, “democracy”, etc.

It may seem that the repetition of scenarios in the course of color revolutions only indicates an objective nature of similar situations in different countries and the use of proven methods to change those situations may be seen as analogous to a weapon that fires in anyone’s hands. Nevertheless, it is not difficult to specify another set of common features that allow us to make opposite conclusions:

  • such weapons – coordination and organization of all of the above listed features – require very significant material costs;
  • such weapons are not at all easy to use, because any ordinary protest – from strikes to football fanfights – is easily put down by force structures of the state, thus rendering protesters powerless. Therefore, it is necessary to provide instructors and to train activists;
  • in case of success of protesters, in all known cases, the affair led to the collapse of the country’s economy and to a significant impoverishment of the civilian population, which is not on the list of goals declared by the leaders of color revolutions. In a number of cases, color revolutions led to the physical destruction of the national leader as well as to a civil war;
  • as a result of a color revolution, economic assets end up in the hands of foreign companies, which corresponds to economic goals of a conventional war.

It is worth comparing this set of characteristics with the distinctive features of weapons of mass destruction listed above, and there is no doubt that we have before us WMD. The questions as to whom these WMD belong, i.e. who has a financial and technological capacity to create them and who benefits from their application, have simple answers.

Here they are:

  • Money for the organization of color revolutions is provided by the Western imperialism (at the present stage, by the globalism) led by the USA, which is admitted in their own open statements that go so far as to specify amounts spent;
  • Foreign figures who participate in protests and appoint future leaders as well as instructors who train militants and activists come from the same side,
  • Mass media that dominates the global information space and gives an unambiguous interpretation of the events during color revolutions belongs to the United States,
  • As a result of the coup that leads to destruction of the economy of the country that is sacrificed in the color revolution, sales markets are transferred to Western companies,
  • The latter also provide weapons in the event of civil wars, which is either a direct or additional economic bonus.

Finally, it is exactly the modern “Western values,” in which freedom has become identified only with “freedom of shopping” and democracy has turned from the will of the people into a result of a struggle between parties, created and supported by national or transnational capital, are the ideological banner of color revolutions. As a result of the impact of the main international media, which is in the hands of those who organize color revolutions, the world feels confident that goodness will once again overcome all the evil. And only the inhabitants of countries that have been exposed to the new weapons of mass destruction understand what’s what. But their voice cannot be heard.

In conclusion, I would like to quote the words of the notorious Joseph Goebbels: “Give me the mass media, and I will make a herd of pigs out of any nation.” And long live the revolution …

 

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