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U.S. – Hands Off Algeria

March 19, 2019

A few days ago, a million Algerians took to the streets. In a country where more than half the population is under the age of 20…The youth want a future, and their voice in it.

US – Hands Off Algeria

A posting from the Maghreb Center out of Washington D.C. on social media (Facebook) quotes Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “that Russia was concerned by protests in Algeria and saw attempts underway to destabilize the situation in the North African country.” He was speaking to Algeria’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, in Moscow at the time. Contrast Sergei Lavrov – one of the most sophisticated voices internationally to the bulbous and usually vapid U. S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is yet another embarrassment for anyone living in these United States.

As the Maghreb Center posting notes:

[Lavrov’s remarks were}…obviously, a warning against all kinds of machinations, interferences, manipulations, and provocations, by right-wing and liberal interventionists and their Islamist “friends” and agents in the US, in Algeria, neighboring Tunisia, and elsewhere in the region.

Exaggerated concern?…After all what did the US do to destabilize Syria, Iraq, Libya?

Funny – well not very – but I was sitting here thinking it is time for peace movement forces and others not drunk with neo-con “humanitarian interventionist” nonsense…what to call for…Not complicated:

US – Hands off Algeria…

This is, of course an idealist, impractical – if highly ethical – demand… like calling on the US in 2002-3 not to invade Iraq, 2011 not to intervene (through proxies) to try to overthrow Assad in Syria, 2012 to oppose the US orchestrated NATO intervention in Libya, the current calls to oppose the US green-lighted Saudi war-crimes war in Yemen, etc…

Idealist, impractical – if high ethical – demand – entirely appropriate.

As I have written elsewhere – and will do so again soon – in exchange for whitewashing the crimes committed against the Algerian people by the Algerian government in the 1990s (especially) in the “international arena” – Algeria has entered into a strategic-military partnership with Washington…which is of no good, as these relationships tend to be. It resembles the U.S. relationship with the Saudis, Israel, Pakistan…This relationship has now endured nearly 20 years.

Any political change in Algeria that might threaten this relationship will be not just opposed but actively opposed by Washington.. and as the current situation is already moving out of control of the current government, long considered illegitimate by the Algerian people… Washington is “worried” – actually more like defecating in their pants – if you pardon the expression – because they did not anticipate this…Nor have they anticipated ANYTHING of significance in the region despite their super-duper NSA monitoring system which other than targeting Afghan weddings can’t predict anything. That means some attempt to derail the political processes underway in this strategic North African country to sweep away 67 years of corruption, repression and abuse.

I do not know what Washington is preparing now for Algeria other than it is evil, Details to follow.

U.S. Hands Off Algeria.

 

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