This year, it is a quarter century ago that the former Soviet republics along the ancient Silk Route got their independence – unasked for by most, following the implosion of the USSR. It has degraded them to post-colonial economies, in sharp contrast to what western propagandists “promised” populations after their “liberation”. A book, written in early 2015 by Dutch author Charles van der Leeuw and published over summer the same year, explains the way western power-brokers have abused the situation to trigger “revolutions” in ex-Soviet states in order to keep their economies cash-strapped. Only now it emerges how true that all was, and still is, making the book worthwhile re-reading.

In “Cold War II: Cries in the Desert – or how to counterbalance NATO’s propaganda from Ukraine to Central Asia”, the author describes how Washington’s industrial-political clique in power had hoped to “monetarise” the USSR first after the Second World War and after Stalin refused to take part in the Marshall Plan once more in the 1980s and early 1990s when the Soviet Union was “brought on its knees” – or so it was thought. But Russia once more refused to sell out its resources and instead set up its own capital-generating mechanism. This kept the so-called bipolar world, now stripped of all ideological display, intact. It became tripolar with the entry of China in the global economy as an independent force, but in any case a unipolar world is off the agenda while western sharks lick their wounds and Central Asia’s ex-Soviet republics are having a little comfort.
“The hero-versus-villain rhetoric made in USA and copied in Brussels has come back to the surface in full flood after everybody was made to believe that it had been buried following the break-up of the USSR back in 1991,” Mr. Van der Leeuw’s book reads. “Buried alive, that is: it is simply impossible to make nearly half a billion people in the world change their minds overnight and throw a deep conviction which may have its faults but was and still is profoundly based on human solidarity and prosperity sharing through communal harmony rather than internal struggle falsely dubbed competition down the drain without much further thinking. Now, the vampires have crawled out of their coffins once more. Championed by the United States of America, or rather its ruling elites since within America’s society there are plenty who still rightly refuse to believe Washington’s propaganda machinery, the much-trumpeted “western victory” sealing the end of the Cold War did not end in a lasting peace.”
Events into the new century have made it clear that “the West” does not want to give up its quest to reduce the former USSR to post-colonial vassal economies. “Today, like it or not: with Cold War II in full swing, economics and business have become more political than ever, and attempts by corporate enterprises to stay out of the Dirty Information War accompanying it have remained by and large futile,” in the book’s words. “It all began on the very first day of the so-called Maidan Revolution, which was to result in the violent overthrow of the government of Ukraine. Ever since, the western Brotherhood of Hatred has subsequently bombarded audiences around the globe with propaganda under the guise of so-called information, full-heartedly aided by both traditional news media and new, mainly cybernetic outlets. Throughout the process, reactions from Russia and other former Soviet republics remained by and large cool and even today the ferocious attacks preaching hell and damnation over the former USSR are merely shrugged off by politicians and commentators in the region alike. As a result of this, as well as the rise of critical movements versus the US/EU war trumpeting machinery in Europe and the Americas, a propaganda war between media outlets themselves seems to have broken out, with some of them accusing others of spreading biased information under the guise of news and analyses on the payroll of various parties in the ‘New Great Game’.”
The solution to the threat does not consist of beating the enemy but disarming it. Barricades and “regime changes” (real ones, not artificial ones) are needed in America and to lesser extents in the EU, the author argues. “The message, made in USA, is clear: there is no future in the way USA and (to lesser extents) the EU try to bully Central Asia to maintain a political spearhead in an area that finds itself at the heart of the Russia-China-India triangle,” the book reads in its conclusion. “In the eyes of hawkish parties in the USA, that spearhead should consist of Ukraine, the southern Caucasus and from there straight across the Caspian to the very gates of China. The more Washington hangs on to that illusion and fails to heed its critics at home, the stronger resistance on the ground against it is bound to become. The trouble seems to be that the target of American criticism stretches all over the two Democrat and Republican mainstreams, both dominated by reactionary elements leaving serious opposition without political clout and ever on the losing end of the ‘democratic’ system. As long as the absence of a political pendulum in that system persists, so will the illusion, leaving little hope for the return of a friendly rather than an ugly American in Central Asia.”
Charles van der Leeuw is known for his books on the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia. His work goes far back into history. Throughout his writings, he has consistently looked for “the other side of the story” – e.g. was Kuwait all that innocent and Iraq all that guilty when the first clash between the two oil powers occurred? Were the Armenians “only defending themselves” when they attacked Azerbaijan, taking one-sixth of its territory, killing tens of thousands and chasing over a million from their homes? And now, are “the Russians” threatening to suppress the poor honest Ukrainians and are the western “capitalists” the heroes to preserve the latters’ “freedom”? Arguments by western media outlets and commentators may have been taken for granted by western media initially, but in the end they all fall through. Mr. Van der Leeuw’s books all prove it – maybe in a provocative tone of voice but in the end the message of the tune prevails over it.

NOTE: Charles van der Leeuw’s book is available in London from Stanford Books, Covent Garden; Daunt Books, Marylebone; Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square; and Arthur Probsthain, Great Russell Street; as well as at bookshops, hotels and souvenir shops throughout Central Asia, and online at www.discovery-bookshop.com, www.amazon.com, www.abebooks.co.uk.

WWW.OCAMAGAZINE.COM #23 AUTUMN 2016