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THE AMERICAN WAY
« on: February 16, 2017, 08:48:10 pm »
THE AMERICAN WAY

I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and
real freedom of discussion as in America." --Alexis de Tocqueville,
Democracy in America

"One of the delightful things about Americans is that they have absolutely
no historical memory." --Chou En-lai, former Chinese premier

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You can't help but notice is that ANYTHING the United States does involves
"furthering democracy" of "ensuring freedom," up to and including
terrorizing and killing civilians in other countries, testing biological and
chemical weapons, and otherwise destroying people's lives.

We never hear about it in the media, but there's a reason for it: if the
American people knew what was being carried out in their names, they'd
definitely want to put the nation through some serious changes.

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"A SWELL RACKET"

The state exists to serve and protect propertarian interests, and there is
ample evidence to show this. Below is a telling quote from an eyewitness and
active participant:

     "I spent thirty-three years and four months in active service in the
     country's most agile military force, the Marines. I served in all ranks
     from second lieutenant to major general. And during that period I spent
     most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for
     Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster
     for capitalism.

     "I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of
     it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original
     thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in
     suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This
     is typical with everyone in the military service.

     "Thus I helped make Mexico, and especially Tampico, safe for American
     oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for
     the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the
     raping of half-a-dozen Central American republics for the benefit of
     Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify
     Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers and Co.
     in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the sugar
     interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras "right" for American fruit
     companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard
     Oil went its way unmolested.

     "During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a
     swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals, and promotion.
     Looking back on it, I feel that I might have given Al Capone a few
     hints. The best he could do was to operate a racket in three city
     districts. The Marines operated on three continents." --General Smedley
     Butler, 1935

If only more of today's military personnel would realize that they are being
used by the owning elites as a publicly-subsidized capitalist goon squad.

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Nothing scares those in government more than democracy--it scared the
Founding Fathers, and continues to alarm policy makers today.

Following contains material excerpted from

Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since WWII by William
Blum, Common Courage Press, 1995. ISBN 1-56751-052-3.

Definitely give it a read if you get the chance.

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COUNTING COUPS

Ever since the end of World War II, when the US was in the enviable position
as the only superpower untouched by war (contrasted by Europe, Asia, and
Russia, which had been ravaged), what did the self-appointed 'world
policeman' and defender of freedom and liberty set out on doing?

Well, first and foremost the US collaborated with "former" Nazis and
Fascists to help fight the threat posed by socialism. Anticommunism really
determined US foreign and domestic policy for the next 50 years and cost
countless people their lives, their liberty, and their pursuit of happiness.

I will attempt to document these incidents, but it is up to the readers to
research them on their own if so inclined, as there are so many wrongs
carried out by the US in the name of 'democracy' and 'freedom' that I can't
hope to give them a full treatment here or do justice to the victims.

The best I can do here is at least bring these shadow campaigns out in the
open; in the US, information which contradicts official policy proclamations
is simply ignored by the "free" press, "unworthy" of getting attention in
the press (contrasted with extensive coverage of "important" news like the
O.J. Simpson trial)

Assuming the track record of the US is not brushed aside any further than it
already has been, history will not look kindly on the "American way", and
the American people with any sense will be properly outraged at the manifold
crimes perpetuated in their name.

THE CAMPAIGNS (1945-94)

First off, let's see who has been the on the receiving end of American
subversion and outright military assault. Note, that I can't hope to be
thorough in this; but if you're interested, check out Blum's book, and do
your own research.

   * China (1945-60s)
   * Italy (1947-48)
   * Greece (1947-50s)
   * The Philippines (1940s and 50s)
   * Korea (1945-53)
   * Albania (1949-53)
   * Eastern Europe (1948-56)
   * Germany (1950s)
   * Iran (1953)
   * Guatemala (1953-54)
   * Costa Rica (mid-1950s)
   * Syria (1956-57)
   * The Middle East (1957-58)
   * Indonesia (1957-58)
   * Western Europe (1950s and 1960s)
   * British Guiana (1953-64)
   * Soviet Union (late 1940s to 1960s)
   * Italy (1950s to 1970s)
   * Vietnam (1950-73)
   * Cambodia (1955-73)
   * Laos (1957-73)
   * Haiti (1959-63)
   * Guatemala (1960)
   * France/Algeria (1960s)
   * Ecuador (1960-63)
   * The Congo (1960-64)
   * Brazil (1961-64)
   * Peru (1960-65)
   * Dominican Republic (1960-66)
   * Cuba (1959 to 1980s)
   * Indonesia (1965)
   * Ghana (1966)
   * Uruguay (1964-70)
   * Chile (1964-73)
   * Greece (1964-74)
   * Bolivia (1964-75)
   * Guatemala (1962 to 1980s)
   * Costa Rica (1970-71)
   * Iraq (1972-75)
   * Australia (1973-75)
   * East Timor (1975)
   * Angola (1975 to 1980s)
   * Zaire (1975-78)
   * Jamaica (1976-80)
   * Seychelles (1979-81)
   * Grenada (1979-84)
   * Morocco (1983)
   * Suriname (1982-84)
   * Libya (1981-1989)
   * Nicaragua (1981-90)
   * Panama (1969-91)
   * Bulgaria (1990)
   * Iraq (1990-91)
   * Afghanistan (1979-92)
   * El Salvador (1980-94)
   * Haiti (1986-94)

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AMERICA'S GREATEST HITS (1949-1991)

The following leaders have either been assassinated or America attempted to
assassinate them. You will notice some familiar names in the following, so a
clarification is necessary: the US government (using the CIA as the actual
agency that carries these assassinations out) has historically assassinated
(or attempted) two types of leaders in foreign nations: 1) client rulers who
step out of line ('line' being 'obedience to US directives); 2) popular
leaders favored by their people.

The US reacts with lethal aggression against any nationalist movements, even
those which are not even leftist in nature (leftists are automatically
attacked and undermined in US foreign policy). In US "national security"
speak, a "leftist" is anyone who deviates from US policy. It was in this way
that even anti-communists who dared step "out of line" (e.g., put their
nations' interests over obedience to the US) were whacked!

The question you need to ask is what do assassinations and coups have in
common with democracy??? "Democracy" in the US sense of the word means
"capitalism." Anything that deviates from pursuing a capitalist agenda is
"antidemocratic" in the US sense of the word.

Example: The average arable land distribution in the Third World is this: 3%
of the populace (the ruling elite) own 80% of arable land. That means that
97% of the populace of the Third and Fourth World nations are effectively
deprived.

Not surprisingly, land reform (in the true sense of the word, meaning
"bringing about needed change") is one of the biggest issues in the Third
and Fourth World nations. All socialist movements address this very real
problem, hence their popularity with the people.

Now, the propertarians (e.g., capitalists) of the regimes in question oppose
ANY change in land ownership, because it would cut into their profit,
privilege, and power base--nothing threatens a ruling elite like equality
and justice!

So, when socialists (or even moderate nationalists) try to bring about land
reform to alleviate the crushing poverty of their people, this immediately
gets the attention of the US, which then intervenes with deadly force to
defend the "freedom" of the landowning elites of the world to enjoy their
profits without fear of expropriation.

The US defines that 3% landowning elite as "the people" and ignores the
other 97% of the populace. That's how the US policymakers can pretend that
they are defending "democracy" and "freedom"--they only count the ruling
elite as the populace; this is because, in capitalist society, only those
who own property matter! The rest of us are fodder!

The gross disparity of land ownership is unnatural. Thus, the US supports
genocidal fascist regimes to terrorize the 97% of the populations into
submission; some more recalcitrant people need to be outright pulverized
(Vietnam's 2 million + dead at our hands is the biggest, but not only,
example) for them to stay "in their place".

It is for this reason that the US provides 43% of the world's arms (we are
the largest arms dealer in the world). The client regimes around the globe
are not popular (e.g., not supported by the majority of the people), but are
elitist, and the democratic spirit of the peoples in question can only be
held at bay through constant and brutal use of force.

The "New World Order" is held together with blood, razorwire, and lots of
guns in the defense of wealthy ruling elites at the expense of most of the
world's people. This is what passes for "democracy" in American policy.

Does this match your own thoughts as to what "democracy" is and should be?

THE TARGETS

*note that this only notes our attempts; not all were successful, although,
in Castro's case, the US kept trying!

  1. 1949: Kim Koo, Korean opposition leader
  2. 1950s: CIA/Neo-Nazi hit list of numerous political figures in West
     Germany
  3. 1955: Jos Antonio Remon, President of Panama
  4. 1950s: Chou En-lai, Prime Minister of China (several attempts)
  5. 1950s: Sukarno, President of Indonesia
  6. 1951: Kim Il Sung, Premier of North Korea
  7. 1950s (mid): Claro M. Recto, Philippines opposition leader
  8. 1955: Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India
  9. 1957: Gamal Abdul Nasser,
 10. 1959 and 1963: Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia
 11. 1960: Brigadier General Abdul Karim Kassem, leader of Iraq
 12. 1950s and 1970s:Jos Figueres, President of Costa Rica (two attempts on
     his life)
 13. 1961: Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, leader of Haiti
 14. 1961: Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of Congo (Zaire)
 15. 1961: General Rafael Trujillo, leader of Dominican Republic
 16. 1963: Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam
 17. 1960s: Fidel Castro, President of Cuba (many attempts on his life)
 18. 1960s: Ral Castro, high official in government of Cuba
 19. 1965: Francisco Caamao, Dominican Republic opposition leader
 20. 1965: Pierre Ngendandumwe, Prime Minister of Burundi
 21. 1965-6: Charles de Gaulle, President of France
 22. 1967: Che Guevera, Cuban leader
 23. 1970: Salvador Allende, President of Chile
 24. 1970: General Rene Schneider, Commander-in-Chief of Army, Chile
 25. 1970s, 1981: General Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama
 26. 1972: General Manuel Noriega, Chief of Panama Intelligence
 27. 1975: Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire
 28. 1976: Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica
 29. 1980-86: Muammar Quaddafi, leader of Libya (several plots and attempts
     on his life)
 30. 1982: Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of Iran
 31. 1983: General Ahmed Dlimi, Moroccan Army commander
 32. 1983: Miguel d'Escoto, Foreign Minister of Nicaragua
 33. 1984: The nine comandantes of the Sandinista National Directorate
 34. 1985: Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanese Shiite leader (80
     people killed in the attempt)
 35. 1991: Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq

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NEW WORLD ORDURE

A key part of American-style bourgeois "democracy" involves supporting
fascist strongmen who can keep a country "in line" (meaning, under US
control) in the interests of foreign investors. Since these strongmen are
supported by elites, and have no broad, and thus, democratic, mandate, it is
"necessary" for these dictators to be propped up by generous US military
aid.

It is important to note that these despots are not "allies" of the US so
much as pawns. Thus, when they no longer are useful or become troublesome
(as Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein recently demonstrated), the US will
not hasten to oust or assassinate them (or attempt to do so).

Ask yourself what supporting fascists can POSSIBLY have to do with
democracy?!

The reason behind this insane policy is business: it's easier to plunder
nations under the rule of petite dictators (and give them their cut, their
"piece of the action") than it is to deal with developing nations looking
after their own interests.

The "freedom" the US is defending is the freedom to pillage, loot, and
plunder Third and Fourth World nations at the expense of their native
populations!

Since this policy devastates the nations in question, only elite,
militaristic fascist rulers can keep the people of these nations from acting
in their own best interests! Thus, the US spends enormous sums of taxpayer
money propping these unpopular dictators.

Below is a partial list of neo- or outright fascists that the US has funded
and supported in defense of property: (the US has supported so many, it's
going to take me time to list them all!)

   * Tiburcio Andino (Honduras)
   * Carlos Castillo Armas (Guatemala)
   * Fulgencio Batista (Cuba)
   * Ngo Dinh Diem (Vietnam)
   * "Papa Doc" Duvalier (Haiti)
   * King Fahd (Saudi Arabia)
   * King Hussein (Jordan)
   * Saddam Hussein (Iraq)
   * Chiang Kai-shek (China)
   * Ferdinand Marcos (Phillippines)
   * Joseph Dsir Mobutu (Congo/Zaire)
   * Manuel Noriega (Panama)
   * Mohammed Riza Pahlavi (the Shah of Iran)
   * The Somoza Family (Nicaragua)
   * Suharto (Indonesia)
   * Rafael Trujillo Molina (Dominican Republic)

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