The Kostunica trick for Belarus?
The Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko, has accused the Belarus mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) of plotting with the opposition against him ahead of the September presidential elections. In a radio interview Lukashenko dismissed talk of a popular "revolution" in Belarus similar to that organised in Yugoslavia to overthrow Milosevic. "Under the guise of observers they (the West) want to found a corps of fighters on the principle of distributing bread by day and taking their weapons from under their beds at night", Lukashenko said. Hans-Georg Wiek, head of the OSCE advisory and monitoring group in Belarus said: "We are in favour of democratic procedures and institutions, but the result is something for the population to decide in free and fair elections". Such modesty from an organisation which plans to invite 14,000 observers to Belarus for the presidential elections. The population of Belarus is 10.3 million. Needless to say, the OSCE did not send any observers to oversee the US presidential elections which were won by fraud. Lukashenko expressed outrage at suggestions by Western observers that Belarus could see massive demonstrations similar to those in Belgrade. "I started to react when Western observers talked of a Kostunica scenario, that soon Belarus will go the way of the Balkans. Am I to wait until they start bombing us with so-called depleted uranium?" he asked. Why is the west so keen to see a pliant, pro-western, pro-NATO leader in Belarus? Strategic location Belarus does not have oil deposits or any mineral wealth. The answer is to be found in the strategic location of Belarus. Belarus is bordered in the west by Poland (eager to accept NATO nuclear weapons), Latvia and Lithuania to the north (also in the same eager-to- please NATO category), and by Ukraine and Russia to the south and east. In military terms Belarus is a very attractive prize. It has tracking stations that can follow the movement of NATO nuclear submarines. It is the only tracking station in the former territory of the Soviet Union. Another reason for the west to go all out to create a client state of Belarus is to stop moves to reunify Russia and Belarus. It is a very popular move among the people of Russia and Belarus but for the West, it creates a very dangerous precedent which might be followed by the Ukraine, Armenia and other of the former Republics of the Soviet Union. A Belarus brought under NATO control would further isolate and surround Russia. It is the principle objective of NATO to control the whole of the EurAsian land mass from Minsk to Vladivostock. A "champion of democracy" who is likely to raise her voice about democracy in Belarus is the former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. She is to take charge of the superbly misnamed National Endowment for Democracy to "bolster democratisation around the world".