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During the Cold War Washington was concerned about communists fomenting street protests that they could turn into revolutions, with groomed politicians waiting in the wings to take over the new government, thus expanding the Soviet empire. Today this is precisely what Washington does.

We recently witnessed this operation in Ukraine and now it seems to be underway in Macedonia.

The National Endowment for Democracy was established in 1983. The official purpose is to promote democracy abroad. The real purpose was to create dissension in Soviet Eastern Europe. Today the NED uses our tax money to overthrow governments not aligned with Washington.

The NED funds non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in countries targeted by Washington for political destabilization. These NGOs operate under such rubrics as “teaching democracy” and “human rights.” The NGOs develop cadres consisting of idealistic students and disgruntled politicians and set them against the existing government whose independence Washington wishes to curtail.

The idealistic students are simply dupes, and the disgruntled politicians simply desire power in office and will serve Washington in order to get it.

According to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, Washington spent $5 billion in Ukraine grooming politicians and creating NGOs as Washington’s Fifth Columns. When Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich refused to align Ukraine with Washington’s interests, Washington unleashed its Fifth Columns, and Yanukovich’s government was overthrown with violence. Despite Washington’s talk about democracy, the fact that Yanukovich’s government was democratically elected and a new election was only a few months away did not stop Washington from overthrowing Yanukovich.

Now the same fate seems in store for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgystan, and Macedonia. Most Americans don’t know where these places are. Armenia and Azerbaijan are east of the Caspian Sea and are former provinces of the Soviet Union. Kyrgystan is a former Soviet province that borders China. Macedonia, birthplace of Alexander the Great, is a part of northern Greece, but in the 20th century portions of Macedonia became parts of Bulgaria, Serbia, and Albania before becoming a province in Yugoslavia. When Washington destroyed Yugoslavia, Macedonia became an independent republic of two million people. Macedonia is landlocked and surrounded by Greece on the south, Bulgaria on the east, Albania on the west, and by Serbia and Washington-created Kosovo on the north.

Why is Washington interested in controlling Macedonia?

The Macedonian government refused to participate in Washington’s sanctions against Russia and supports the Russian Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline that will deliver Russian natural gas to Europe via Turkey to the Greek border.


Greece is being looted by the European Union, the IMF, and the German and Dutch banks. Consequently, Greece is being pushed into Russia’s arms as Russian support is Greece’s only alternative to the crippling austerity that the EU is forcing upon the Greek people. Macedonia sits between Greece and Serbia, a country with no love lost for Washington and the EU as a result of Serbia’s dismemberment by Washington and NATO aggression. Washington fears the flow of Russian energy, over which Washington would have no control, into its European vassal states via Russian allies in Europe.

If Washington can grab Macedonia, Washington can stand between Greece and Serbia and perhaps persuade Greece to align with a Washington-supported natural gas pipeline that would supply Europe from Azerbaijan, thus reducing Russia’s influence in Europe.

Macedonia has an Albanian minority population. Albania is a Washington vassal and NATO member. Washington has aligned with the dissident Albanians, demonstrators are in the streets, the Macedonian government is accused of corruption as was the Ukrainian government, and the US State Department is expressing its concerns about the Macedonian political crisis that Washington has orchestrated.

Washington is forever talking about democracy and human rights but has no respect for either. Washington uses these words as assertions of their absence in governments Washington intends to overthrow.

The Russian government understands the unfolding events. Whether the Russian government has learned its lesson from standing aside while the Ukrainian government was overthrown remains to be seen.

From an American perspective, as contrasted with Washington’s perspective, the question is whether the reckless pursuit of US hegemony is worth the risk of war with Russia and China. The neoconservatives, who have an iron grip on US foreign policy, believe that hegemony is worth any risk. But do Americans derive sufficient vicarious pleasure from a handful of neocons lording it over the world to accept the risk of nuclear war?

The naked aggression that Washington is displaying toward Russia should alarm not only the American people but also the entire world. War is in the making. War with Russia means war also with China. This is not a war that Washington and its vassals or human life can win.

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  1. Matra says:

    There you go Putin fan girls. You’ve got your narrative. No need to actually research Macedonia or ask its citizens what they think. It’s so much easier that way.

    • Replies: @schmenz
  2. schmenz says:

    Well, you have the floor. Kindly explain the real situation for us rubes.

  3. 1/2 hour piece from American Empire on ‘color revolutions’

    From last year, so a fairly current explanation –

  4. “There you go Putin fan girls. You’ve got your narrative. No need to actually research Macedonia or ask its citizens what they think. It’s so much easier that way.”

    Yeah, well, I’m pretty sure the Macedonian majority, do not wish to be afflicated with a terror state dominated by the UCK.*

    *What “our” press would call the old Kosovo Liberation Army, when it was conducting operations in Macedonia.

  5. David M. says:

    “Armenia and Azerbaijan are east of the Caspian Sea” They are actually west of the Caspian Sea.

  6. Mulegino1 says:

    One wonders when the delusional neocons and the nearly as delusional “Grand Chessboard” cliques will figure out that the attempt to encircle Russia and China in order to thwart the Eurasia Project has failed. More Debaltseve Cauldrons await the Color Revolutionaries. Slowly, surely, the tide has been turning – since at least 2008.

    Don’t these arrogant fools know that creating little puppet states via coups and installing Ivy League puppets to privatize their infrastructure and loot their resources and give full power to the CIA and the U.S. Department of State to create their terrorist brigades and unleash them on the dissenting populations can only create hatred for the Empire of Fools which governs from Washington D.C. and New York City?

    They’re also beginning to lose the culture wars in the East. Russia has begun to project very effective soft power of its own. The Sochi Olympics magnificent opening and closing ceremonies, Serge Shoigu making the Sign of the Cross as he rode under the Holy Icon; President Xi at Putin’s right hand during the magnificent Victory Day military parade, and the enormous procession of civilians, with Putin marching right alongside and in the midst of his people as hundreds of thousands of Russians commemorated the “Great Patriotic War”. This may be the perfect antidote to hip hop diplomacy!

    Ring out the old world, ring in the new!

  7. Alex N says:


    My parents and grandparents were all born in Macedonia. From my family and friends, here in the States and back in the old country, it seems Mr. Roberts speaks for most Macedonians. Almost no one can justify siding with Kosovars and Washington.


    • Replies: @Matra
  8. Matra says:
    @Alex N

    Nothing wrong with Macedonians drawing their own conclusions but certain Americans just parrot the Russian narrative without doing any research.

    • Replies: @Kiza
  9. Kiza says:

    And you parrot the US Government/CIA line.

    There is not a single word wrong in what PCR writes. But, the US appears to have two types of trolls:
    1) the paid trolls, and
    2) the brainwashed trolls.

    It is very interesting how they have exact equivalents in the color revolutions the US foments in the poor, misfortunate countries on its target list, such as Macedonia:
    1) the paid trolls are the disgruntled politicians, the older, usually criminals and trash, the leaders of the revolution, and
    2) the brainwashed trolls are the students and idealists who never get anything from the government change they bring about on their shoulders and with their blood sometimes (e.g. killed by the CIA-paid snipers in Kiev).

    Better think where you belong.

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