When this memo was originally released, it was immediately dismissed as a hoax by the RAND Corporation. However, subsequent events have demonstrated that for a hoax, it is being remarkably emulated and adhered to by the Ukrainians, particularly in respect to the labeling of East Ukrainians as "terrorists" and the use of "non-conventional" weapons. That can mean anything from bio-weapons to tactical nukes. Already, the illegal use of phosphorus bombs, another form of non-conventional weapons, has already been used.
Graphic: 'Genocide of Eastern Ukraine' (E43)
Published on Jul 13, 2014
'Degeneration into genocide' as President Poroshenko calls for the murder of 'hundreds' of rebels for each of his troops killed - more than Nazi Germany ordered as punitive reprisals in World War Two; eyewitnesses report Kiev death squads going 'house to house' executing all men under 35 on the spot, 'crucifying' babies and forcing their mothers to watch - unspeakable atrocities under a complete mainstream media blackout. On Sunday Ukraine's missiles killed and injured civilians in the Rostov region, the latest bombing on Russia.
Seek truth from facts with leading war crimes prosecutor Francis Boyle; US Navy veteran Mark Sleboda; investigative journalist William Engdahl; and George Eliason, who lives with his Ukrainian family in the crosshairs of Kiev's bombing near Lugansk.
RT:What do you make of this leak? How realistic does it sound?
Don Debar: Well actually knowing something about RAND Corporation, that is where reports credit the memo, it rings very true. RAND Corporation in the 1950s, for example, was contracted to take a look at the emerging political power of minorities in the cities. People were learning, as they got concentrated at the ghettos, people actually learned that they could accumulate political power, elect people to Congress, and state legislators and things. And this became a problem for the status quo.
So RAND basically advised them to destroy neighborhoods, scatter the populations to the four corners of the region and thereby decimate political power. And urban renewal accomplished that. As far as its coming from RAND it is quite credible to me, it is the kind of work that they engage in.
RT: What do we know about RAND Corporation, how influential is it? Does it still have the ear of the US government?
DD: Yes, my understanding is that they advise the Pentagon to this day, yes.
The RAND Memo
On the advisable course of action in case the peace plan fails
In case further negotiation with southeast Ukrainian insurgents should prove futile, the only practicable solution should be a swift crackdown on the separatists and terrorists, to be undertaken irrespective of public opinion or operation costs. Procrastination would dramatically reduce the operation's chances of success.
Possible political and material downsides of an operation should be greatly outweighed by the following probable gains:
• Activists of a pro-Russian political movement get decimated, pro-Russian voters get disorganized.
• A significant share of the region's coal industries get destroyed in the fighting, or are otherwise designated for a quick shutdown, thus relieving Ukraine's budget of the burdensome subsidy costs.
• Shutting down Donbas Industries will mean a stark reduction in gas consumption, and therefore a lesser dependency on Russian energy imports.
• Rinat Akhmetov and his clan's political and economic clout is considerably weakened.
• Ukraine's current economic and social difficulties can be exp/ained to the public as the unwanted yet unavoidable consequences of the military operation, which the Ukrainian government has been keen yet unable to avoid due to the terrorists' intransigence.
The Presumable Stages of a Military Operation
Stage One: Total Isolation of the rebel region
Considering that any resident of the Donetsk Region and the Lugansk Region has had enough time and opportunities to leave the area of hostilities provided that they wanted to do so# anyone who has stayed behind should be regarded as complicit in the unrest, or supportive of it.
Martial law shall be Introduced in the defiant regions. All local authorities shall have their competencies terminated, the Constitution shall be suspended. Direct presidential rule shall be Imposed.
The region shall be encircled with troops and sealed off entirely from any flow of goods and persons, both incoming and outgoing. Special attention shall be given to areas that border of Russia. Broadcasting services, Internet connection, telephone and mobile communications In the region shall be shut down. A curfew shall be imposed between 20:00 and 06-00
International media staff wording in the region shall be subject to a special procedure
Stage Two: Mop-up
The circle of troops around the rebel region shall be tightened gradually. Ground assaults shall be preceded by airstrikes against the enemy's strategic facilities, artillery and mortar teams, and bunched-up troops. The use of non-conventional arms [e.g. tactical nuclear weapons, gas warfare, bio-warfare] shall not be ruled out in certain cases In order to ensure smaller casualties among our own personnel.
Settlements shall be liberated one by one, with armor going in first and wiping out the remaining pockets of resistance, shooting to kill anyone who bears ams. Infantry shall move in next to relocate male adults into internment camps. Anyone who attempts to resist shall be executed on the spot. Children aged under 13 and people older than 60 shall be moved to specialty equipped facilities in areas that are further away from the zone of the anti-terrorist operation.
Internment camps shall set up outside the settlements that have been cleared, and guarded by units who arc considered to be ideologically safe. People featuring traces of combat engagement, like bruises, scuff marks, gunshot and fragment wounds, traces of gunpowder and gun oil on the skin and clothes, shall be tried in court for separatism and terrorism. After a two-month period of internment, the remaining individuals shall be allowed to return to places of their residence and be placed under surveillance by security services.
Stage Three: Back to Normal
Military specialists shall be employed to restore water, heat, power supplies and communications.
The borders shall be strengthened, with checkpoints set up to avoid possible provocations by Russia and to prepare for a massive return of refugees. Those who fled the war zone shall be allowed to return to their place of residence. However, men aged 18-60 shall be checked for possible support for separatists in internment camps. The property of convicted and displaced residents of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions shall be nationalized by the state and later awarded to the servicemen who would be distinguished for valor during the anti-terrorist campaign.
Special focus shall be made on information security, which means that trie area of the and-terrorist campaign shall be made off limits to foreign media. Stories of heroism and courage of Ukraine's armed forces, the National Guard and other armed units in saving civilians In the east of Ukraine from terrorists and armed gangs shall be spread as broadly as possible.
Note: If the active stage of the anti-terrorist operation ends no later than September 1, 2014, martial law shall be lifted no earlier than January 1, 2015.