Ekaterina Blinova — While pursuing own economic and geopolitical goals the West often uses its favorite "demonizing" strategy against its rivals.
The Western governments have used this trick repeatedly, creating the images of evil foreign leaders. Saddam Hussein, a former Iraqi leader and Washington's ally, was labeled as a "tyrant" and groundlessly accused of creating the weapons of mass destruction. While preparing for the invasion of Iraq the US official and mass media resources exposed Saddam's crimes, some real, but many were imagined. Under the false pretext, the US Army together with its NATO allies intervened in Iraq in 2003 and maintained control over the resource-rich region. However, no one paid attention to the fact, that it was the US and the UK who helped Saddam and its Baath party to seize the power in Iraq in 1963 and then provided the "tyrant" with military and intelligence assistance during the Iraq-Iran war of 1980.
A strikingly similar situation could be observed in Syria. Since the beginning of the Syrian war in 2011, the West repeated its mantra about the "tyrannical" regime of Bashar al-Assad, although the leader was democratically re-elected in July 2014. However, the country's unique geographical position making it a potential logistic hub for natural gas supplies from Persian Gulf prompted the West to meddle into the country's domestic affairs, analysts underscored. As F. William Engdahl, an American historian and economic researcher noted: "Natural gas is the flammable ingredient that is fueling this insane scramble for energy in the region."
Experts stressed that the only reason why al-Assad did not faced the fate of Gaddafi in 2014, was the firm stance of Russia and China, who repeatedly blocked UN Security Council resolutions on Syria. Experts suggested that Washington's energetic support of the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine was a response to Russia's political course toward the Syrian conflict. Predictably, the Western mass-media recently focused on "demonizing" Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Remarkably, shortly after the Ukrainian coup of 2014, Monsanto, a leading producer of genetically engineered seed and the herbicide glyphosate, invested almost $140 million in its business in the country. Experts stressed that the West forced the new leadership to "limit" the powers of the government and to lift restrictions affecting foreign agro holdings, the measure that was strongly opposed by the former president Viktor Yanukovich. Kiev also agreed to carry out tough austerity measures, throwing the nation into the IMF's debt trap. Actually, by demonizing Vladimir Putin, the West is hiding corporate "annexation" of vast Ukrainian territories, analysts noted.
The hypocrisy of the manipulation trick is evident: the West turnsa blind eye to the military crimes committed by the current Ukrainian regime, as well as to blatant violation of human rights in the eastern Ukraine.