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Due to the fact that these movements have been triggered by outside interests rather
than inspired from within the countries permanent change has been elusive. The Gene
Sharp inspired street protests and regime changes have not resulted in the expected stable
democracies. For instance, Orange Revolution supporters were discontented in August,
2004 when pro-Western Yushchenko was forced to back his arch-rival, Yanukovych,
as prime minister.
Since these regime changes have resulted in power changes that favor the wishes
of the United States, it can be argued that Gene Sharp's theory on nonviolence has ended
up serving the goals of imperialism and been masked in the promotion of democracy.
The concert-master of the tactics of Saffron monk-led non-violence regime change is Gene Sharp, founder of the deceptively-named Albert Einstein Institution in Cambridge Massachusetts, a group funded by an arm of the NED to foster US-friendly regime change in key spots around the world. Sharp's institute has been active in Burma since 1989, just after the regime massacred some 3000 protestors to silence the opposition. CIA special operative and former US Military Attache in Rangoon, Col. Robert Helvey, an expert in clandestine operations, introduced Sharp to Burma in 1989 to train the opposition there in non-violent strategy. Interestingly, Sharp was also in China two weeks before the dramatic events at Tiananmen Square.
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