Democracy: What About International NGO’s?

Bernard Owen

Throughout history political power has been obtained in different ways depending on the century and the part of the world you are looking at. Nowadays democracy is « in ». It appears to be a universal concept which is attained through elections. Democracy is not just a question of holding elections. In order to build the political institutions that result from elections there are rules that have to be obeyed. Now, those institutions can fit in some countries and be rejected by others as democracy is not a « one size fits all ». The West has a powerful ideology in its hands and is willing to impose it. We now have new ways to have an impact on people around the world without utilizing the ultimate tool: war.

With this new ideology we possess a new vocabulary. For example : Civil Society – NGOs which are called, for example, “Human Rights Watch”, “Freedom House”, “Open society”. One can see them at work around the world. They bring with them huge sums of money, either private or public. Most of the money of the private NGOs comes from people who obtain tax exemptions in the United States. The money can also come from hedge funds (for example, that of SOROS) which makes it difficult to follow the money trail. One person may own many companies which together make difficult a research into their origin. This clearly illustrates the fact that the fund owners want to hide their money under what is called“flagship philanthropy”.

Now that we understand how these NGOs are funded, the next question is: will these actions « in favor » of democracy play a role in undermining it particularly in the newer ones?

Gene Sharp wrote in 1972 a book on “non violent conflicts”. This book, which is considered the bible among the activists and believers of this type of conflict. It contains a set of 198 articles that teaches crowds how to parade in the streets without obeying police orders, and using a sense of humor. These crowds have chosen a slogan and a color; for example , in Ukraine, the color was orange. One year before NGO’s from other countries were in place preparing the crowds that would parade in groups and impress because of their good organization.

Let us go to other parts of the world. The events in the middle East are they not a different kind of colonialism ? Is it not useful to have some rules. The New York Times February / 2011 gives details of the young Egyptians who were trained in Serbia then paraded in Egypt on February 6 – 2008. “WikiLeaks” publishes a document (10 CAIRO) from the American Embassy in Cairo dated January 2010 which gives details concerning the training of the future paraders. The leader of these activists Israa Abdel Fattah, who was one of the founders of the April 6 movement, was part of the group trained at “Freedom House” in Washington D.C. This program was called “New Generation” and was funded by USAID, which is public money. The idea was to train “reformers of political and social issues”. These youngsters met Condoleeza Rice in May 2008 and Hilary Clinton in May 2009.

Who are these activists who are not spontaneous but well trained by foreign nations? The Libyan revolutionaries in Bengazi killed their general and two colonels who were members of the OBEIDI tribe. This violence can, if it hasn’t already, cause violence among the different tribes that compose Libya. It is certain that different nations in different parts of the world have been damaged and, in some cases irreparably, by the financing of these revolutions.

The press, the television and the Internet write and show pictures of what are called « spontaneous » revolts. We have to keep in mind that this is not the case.