In the old days it was useful to keep other evil ideologies alive - like Communism - so the Capitalists would have something to point to: "you're better off than they are!" Now, with no other ideology left to point to but Capitalism, they don't need to do that anymore and can take away our rights and freedoms too.
Perhaps this is why they are so unfair in the western (and not free) media coverage of Belarus, and why the Anglo-American-NeoCon axis is so vehemently against the Belarus government.
Because, what they hoped we all would not notice, is that in Europe Belarus is an example of an improving economy while all else around is falling apart - and it is definately not modeled on western capitalism.
In his own words, the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko:
"Being the President, I sometimes have to take unpopular decisions. I know that I will not be liked because of that. But my objective is to urge everybody to love the country where we live and respect the authorities which have never abandoned the people in grief. One cannot but agree that whatever happened there was immediate response from the authorities. To protect people is my main job. It is to serve this purpose that I've been hired by the nation."
If true, this man knows his mission and duty is not to line his own pockets while the people suffer, and not to be "populist" to pander to the desires of the Anglo-American-Zionist neo-con press which has ignored all important issues that have taken place in America if not the world since history started on September 11, 2001. It is not news in "free press" America that the consitution is violated daily, illegal wars are waged and huge profits are amassed by companies of the neo-cons.
"The rights, duties and the status of the President of the Republic of Belarus are laid down in the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus of 1994 with alterations and addenda adopted at the republican referendum. Given below are the abstracts from this document which create a complete picture of the character and peculiarities of the office of the President of the Republic of Belarus."
All these constitutional laws are laid down for all to see on the Belarus government website and the President does not shirk from them, unlike the United States neo-con puppet George W. Bush and his corrupt administration, which came to power on a stolen vote counted by computers which have no tampering safeguards.
On the other hand, Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko - is one of the most well-known politicians of today's Belarus. He had not been involved in the party or Soviet nomenclature, nor had he held any posts in the top power hierarchy. He belongs to a group of statesmen, whose popularity can, first of all, be explained by their personal merits and by the support of the people.
A.G. Lukashenko is notable for his in-depth understanding of events, hard work, sense of duty, realism, fairness and fidelity to principle. He openly voices his opinions, even to the audience not inclined to agree. When being deputy of the BSSR Supreme Soviet he was the only one to vote against the Belovezh Agreements on the abolishment of the USSR, he was exposing corrupt top officials, boldly, without being afraid of conspiracies and cavils.
Being a resolute opposer of the division of the world into confronting force centers and a supporter of peaceful settlement of all disputable problems in accordance with the international law, he believes that the severage of traditional economic, cultural and human ties between the peoples of the former USSR has a tragic effect not only for their historical fate, but also for the well-being of the rest of the world.
Perhaps the western media could do better and, as in the article below by the Guardian newspaper "Europe and the US decide Belarus winner before the vote" state the real reasons why the neo-fascist regimes in the west fear that a continuing success in Belarus for its own people, might be noticed at home where people are being stripped of their rights, priveleges and standard of living.