Posted 10 years ago on Sept. 2, 2012, 6:26 a.m. EST by fiftyfourforty
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By Tony Catalucci
Global Research, September 01, 2012
Region: Middle East
Theme: US NATO War Agenda
In-depth Report: SYRIA: NATO'S NEXT WAR?
Groundwork for Western support of Al Qaeda terrorists in Russia’s Caucasus region.With the US openly supporting, arming, and literally “cheering” for Al Qaedain Syria, it should be no surprise that their support for Al Qaeda’s other operations is now slowly revealing itself. For decades, brutal terrorist campaigns have been carried out in Russia by Al Qaeda’s Caucasus Mountains faction, constituting the backbone of the so-called “Chechen rebels.”
Image: Must be seen to believe – screenshot of FP’s article literally titled, “Two Cheers for Syrian Islamists.” The writer, Gary Gambill, comes from the Middle East Forum which regular features the warmongering rants of Neo-Cons like Daniel Pipes and Islamophobia-propagandist Robert Spencer. With the West now embracing “Islamists” (Al Qaeda), it has now begun selling the terrorists’ cause in Russia’s Caucasus region.
…. While there was a time the US feigned solidarity with the Russian government as it fought listed Al Qaeda affiliates carrying out attacks across the Caucasus Mountains in Russia’s southern region, as well as attacks across the country including in Moscow itself, research reveals that the United States has been covertly backing these terrorists all along. Just as the US created, funded, armed, and directed Al Qaeda in the mountains of Afghanistan during the 1980′s, they are to this day are funding, arming, and directing Al Qaeda from Libya, to Syria, and in Russia.
US is Attempting to Undermine and Overrun the Russian Political Order
The US State Department has been recently exposed interfering heavily in Russian politics. From funding so-called “independent” election monitor GOLOS, who sought to write off recent elections as “stolen,” to street protests led by US-funded opposition members who have been caught literally filing into the US embassy in Moscow, the US is clearly attempting to undermine and overrun the current political order in Russia. The recent “Pussy Riot” publicity stunt has also been arranged by US-funded opposition as well as fully leveraged by these organizations, their foreign sponsors, and the Western media. .
While these so-called “soft-power” options are running their course, a more sinister plot is being prepared – one involving the resurgence of terrorism in Russia’s Caucasus region, and sure to spill over into the rest of Russia. It is now revealed that many of the propaganda fronts acting as clearinghouses for the Chechen militants were in fact US subsidized.
Corporate Media Laying Groundwork for Renewed Terrorism
Just like in Syria, where foreign terrorists are fallaciously portrayed as indigenous, justified “pro-democracy” “freedom fighters,” a similar narrative is being spun to whitewash terrorists operating in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains. In Reuters’ recent report, “Insight: Brutality, anger fuel jihad in Russia’s Caucasus,” readers are barraged by outright lies regarding the genesis and underlying cause of violence in the region.
Reading like a US State Department press release, we are told that Chechens are “sick of official corruption” and want change “like that seen in last year’s Egyptian revolution.” Reuters fails to acknowledge that “last year’s revolution” has sprung this year’s Muslim Brotherhood tyranny, already curbing civil liberties and muzzling criticism in the press at home, while supporting Wall Street and London adventures abroad.
Like in Syria, where we are constantly reassured that the revolution “mostly” rejects the sectarian extremism that is demonstrably charging the violence, Reuters attempts to claim that while the violence in Russia seems “religious,” most people reject the “Shairia law” that will inevitably be imposed by Al Qaeda.
Likewise, we are introduced to Doku Umarov, who Reuters claims “leads an underground movement to create an Emirate across the Caucasus region.” Reuters fails to mention that Umarov is listed by the United Nations as an associate of Al Qaeda. According to the UN:
Doku Umarov was directly involved in organizing a number of major terrorist acts: the capture of residential areas of the Vedenski and Urus-Martanovski districts of the Chechen Republic the Russian Federation (August 2002); the kidnapping of staff from the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the Chechen Republic (December 2002); and the bombings of the building housing the Department of the Russian Federal Security Service for the Republic of Ingushetia, in the city of Magas, and of two railway trains in Kislovodsk (September 2003). He was one of the main organizers of the raid on Ingushetia by militants on 22 June 2004, the sortie into Grozny on 21 August 2004, the hostage-taking in Beslan of 1-3 September 2004 and the terrorist attacks in Moscow metro stations on 29 March 2010.
Umarov, and the terrorists under his command, leading the so called “Jihad” Reuters is attempting to whitewash and spin, are unequivocally terrorists associated with Al Qaeda, and in no way “freedom fighters” – their cause and methods by no means justified in any manner.
Image: “Russia’s Bin Laden,” Doku Umarov led terrorist death squads in Chechnya during the 1990′s up until 2011 when the UN finally listed him as an Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists. At one point, Umarov even declared himself “Emir of the Russian North Caucasus.” His propaganda clearinghouse, the Kavkaz Center, was funded by the US State Department, as well as several supporting fronts including the National Endowment for Democracy-funded Russian-Chechen Friendship Society. The former currently supports US efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. The latter organization is currently backing the US State Department’s recent PR ploy, “Pussy Riot.”
…. Reuters does concede that Chechnya’s Muslim faith has been transformed from traditional practices to Saudi-perverted teaching spread from madrases both abroad and now springing up across the Caucasus Mountains over the last 20 years. Coincidentally, Saudi Arabia had created as a joint effort with the US, Al Qaeda over the past 30 years. It is young men passing through these madrases, teaching this perverted revision of Islam, that keep the ranks topped off of the West’s foreign legion, Al Qaeda.
Reuters claims efforts by former-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to rebuild the region and relax measures put in place to rein in sectarian extremism were widely praised. The recent violence flaring up in the Caucasus region is explained by Reuters as the result of Vladimir Putin returning to the Russian presidency – and more specifically the result of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov “crushing all dissent.” However, this sophomoric excuse ignores the fact that Kadyrov was actually president throughout Medvedev’s “progressive” term in office, and assumes that readers are simplistic enough to believe President Putin’s 4 months in office is long enough to so drastically upturn Chechnya’s political landscape, that it would spur people to already take up arms and suicide-bombing belts.
Reuters attempts to sell the idea that armed militants are rising up against the government, and the idea it attempts to leave readers with is that people are turning to terrorism for a lack of a better alternative. Paradoxically, Reuters writes in the same report that these terrorists are also targeting indigenous Muslim sects, because, Reuters claims, they are “state-backed.” In reality, this Al Qaeda led militancy is attempting to carve out the entire Caucasus region by either indoctrinating or killing off the local inhabitants – which is in essence a form of US-Saudi-backed imperialism on par with anything the rebels accuse Russia of.
The Joining US State Department-funded Opposition with US-Saudi-armed Terrorists
In reality, the West is opposed to President Putin’s return to office. The West is also opposed to providing him with the stability to advance Russia socially, economically, and geopolitically outside the Wall Street-London consensus. Therefore, it has been determined that foreign-armed and directed mercenary militancy, a much more realistic explanation for the sudden surge in violence, will be used to ensure President Putin rules over a destabilized nation instead.
The tool of choice, as it has been since the 1980′s in Afghanistan, are US-Saudi-funded terrorists indoctrinated with sectarian extremism, armed to the teeth, and unleashed to spread regression and destruction against all targets of Western foreign policy.
While US-backed opposition groups attempt to lay the groundwork for demonizing President Putin and the current Russian political order in Moscow, Washington is working diligently to raise a militant threat that can throw off balance Russia’s superior security apparatus in a very similar fashion prescribed by US policy makers in Brookings Institution’s “Which Path to Persia?” report in regards to Iran.
Providing Russia with a sizable militant threat inside its borders also blunts Russia’s ability to thwart the West’s hegemonic campaigns elsewhere – such as in Syria, against Iran, and throughout Central Asia. Ideally, linking the militancy to US-backed protesters in Moscow, and portraying it as a singular “political uprising” as it has done in Syria is the ultimate goal, opening the door for wider covert operations to be carried out across the entire country, as well as justification for sanctions and other punitive measures to be taken.
The trick left to professional propagandists like Reuters, CNN, BBC, and others, is to somehow mesh the US State Department’s stable of proxies in Moscow with the militancy in Chechnya. By adopting the same language and alleged causes of fighting “corruption” and “oppression,” already the media is attempting to entwine both movements, even though the two are in no way related aside from their foreign backing.