Regime Change is a strategy the U.S. government implements as part of its foreign policy instruments. There are numerous documents, films, and first-person testimony concerning the planning and execution of regime change in other countries. Schemes devised by U.S. intelligence agencies coordinating with its allies and local nationals have altered the course of international relations and alliances significantly since World War II.
It is a point of fact that if U.S. business interests, political interests or ‘national security’ are perceived to be threatened, the “means to change” justifies the ends in their view. No country or government was/is off-limits.
A few of the more infamous plots and assassinations include the CIA coup against President Jacobo Árbenz of Guatemala in 1953-1954, the 1961 torture and killing of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s first legally elected Prime Minister-Mr. Patrice Émery Lumumba, 1964 coup to oust Brazilian President João Goulart, the 1973 coup and assassination of Salvador Allende of Chile, the 1980 murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador, the CIA training and equipping death squads to incite civil war resulting in over 100,000 deaths in El Salvador, and the brazen admission by the then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Under the Trump administration, efforts to cultivate a better relationship in terms of trade and diplomacy with Belarus made significant progress from 2016-2020. However, the Biden administration immediately fractured the relationship by publically condemning Belarus's leadership and questioning the legitimacy of their government and their own elections.
Belarus presented evidence of a coup and assassination plot created and supported by U.S. and Ukrainian intelligence agencies. The assassination target was the duly elected President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus.
President Lukashenko and President Putin made phone calls to the White House asking about the U.S. involvement in the attempted coup and planned assassination of the President of Belarus. However, Biden and his administration remained silent. Russia moved immediately to defend President Alexander Lukashenko and provide 'evidence' of U.S. and Ukrainian involvement. Belarus and Russia report having videos, emails, cables, and first-hand witnesses. The following is a translated excerpt from an open-source document released in Russian:
As of April 19, 2021, the U.S. State Department “dismissed claims” of any involvement in the above-mentioned activities and events in Belarus.
Belarus has protested U.S. interference and deliberate disruption of its election process since 2014. In 2016, and again in 2020, Belarus strongly objected to accusations by the European Union and the United States concerning government clampdowns on protests and questioning “election win” margins.
U.S. interest in Belarus is centered on its geography and strategic position.
Four NATO members border Belarus, or are located nearby:
While Belarus maintained friendly relations with Russia since 1994, the pressure from the U.S. and the European Union and this latest coup attempt is pushing Belarus closer to Russia. President Putin declared last year he will offer support for Belarus, to his “closest ally”.
At the height of the contested reelection protests in August 2020, President Lukashenko and other top officials said that NATO had built up forces along Belarus’ Western border. He warned at the time that his military “would immediately ‘react’ with force to any NATO provocation.” The crisis died down shortly thereafter.
China’s investments in Belarus are because their presence in Belarus will be of benefit to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and because of Belarus’ position as a potential gateway to European markets. China views this gateway as the ultimate goal of its BRI plans.
The China Development Bank provided Belarus with a $500 million loan two years ago. China also invested in a variety of infrastructure projects to build a closer alliance and business partnership with Belarus.
The Biden administration states they are “keeping a close watch” on these developments and shifting alliances with Belarus.
Belarus in the Top 20 for Weapon Exports
Readers may be surprised to learn that the small country of Belarus is in the top 20 of the world’s weapons dealers/exporters since 2016.
While the Belarus government “struggles with problems in the civilian segments of its machine-building industries, their defense industries perform much better. They continue to earn impressive sums year after year”. Belarus retains its position among the top-20 world arms sellers. Belarusian arms manufacturers have also diversified their client base. For example we know that in 2017, they sold products to 69 countries compared to just 60 countries in 2016.”
There are no enforceable laws against the international arms trade. To some extent, every country which manufactures and sells weapons has a “legitimate” and an “illegal” branch of their business.
Including the United States, which is the number one arms manufacturer and exporter/dealer in the world.
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and General Dynamics -- are all located in the United States. They are the top five arms manufacturers on the planet. Technically and legally, they are not permitted to sell to most of the countries Belarus has on its client list.
Belarus client countries include Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Armenia, Angola, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, China, India, Vietnam, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Algeria (as well as other countries not on the U.S. sanctions list).
Here is Statisticas latest data/map of interest on this topic.
There was a short time in 2020 before the Belarus and U.S. elections when relations with Russia were strained. Plus there was a noticeable shift toward the United States under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
However, after the condemnation of the Belarus elections, as well as questionable results in the U.S. election process with President Biden and Vice President Harris who are not respected by the Presidents of Russia and Belarus; the U. S. is out in the cold again.
As the President of Belarus recounted:
Belarus is a firmer friend and stronger ally of Putin and the Russian Federation in 2021.
President Putin and President Lukashenko have won a political and psychological victory over the U.S. In addition, NATO's efforts to disrupt and fracture their relationship have failed.
The renewed alliance of Russia and Belarus as well as the addition of China poses a formidable potential adversary to both the United States and NATO.
There is a Russian proverb which translated states: “An old friend is better than two new friends.”