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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-03-08 03:21 PM
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5. William Blum has long pegged the Empire for what it is.
For example:

A Brief History of U.S. Interventions:
1945 to the Present

by William Blum
Z magazine , June 1999

The engine of American foreign policy has been fueled not by a devotion to any kind of morality, but rather by the necessity to serve other imperatives, which can be summarized as follows:
    * making the world safe for American corporations;
    * enhancing the financial statements of defense contractors at home who have contributed generously to members of congress;
    * preventing the rise of any society that might serve as a successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model;
    * extending political and economic hegemony over as wide an area as possible, as befits a "great power."
    This in the name of fighting a supposed moral crusade against what cold warriors convinced themselves, and the American people, was the existence of an evil International Communist Conspiracy, which in fact never existed, evil or not.


Iran, 1953:
    Prime Minister Mossadegh was overthrown in a joint U.S./British operation. Mossadegh had been elected to his position by a large majority of parliament, but he had made the fateful mistake of spearheading the movement to nationalize a British-owned oil company, the sole oil company operating in Iran. The coup restored the Shah to absolute power and began a period of 25 years of repression and torture, with the oil industry being restored to foreign ownership, as follows: Britain and the U.S., each 40 percent, other nations 20 percent.

Guatemala, 1953-1990s:
    A CIA-organized coup overthrew the democratically-elected and progressive government of Jacobo Arbenz, initiating 40 years of death-squads, torture, disappearances, mass executions, and unimaginable cruelty, totaling well over 100,000 victims -indisputably one of the most inhuman chapters of the 20th century. Arbenz had nationalized the U.S. firm, United Fruit Company, which had extremely close ties to the American power elite. As justification for the coup, Washington declared that Guatemala had been on the verge of a Soviet takeover, when in fact the Russians had so little interest in the country that it didn't even maintain diplomatic relations. The real problem in the eyes of Washington, in addition to United Fruit, was the danger of Guatemala's social democracy spreading to other countries in Latin America.

Middle East, 1956-58:
    The Eisenhower Doctrine stated that the United States "is prepared to use armed forces to assist" any Middle East country "requesting assistance against armed aggression from any country controlled by international communism." The English translation of this was that no one would be allowed to dominate, or have excessive influence over, the middle east and its oil fields except the United States, and that anyone who tried would be, by definition, "Communist." In keeping with this policy, the United States twice attempted to overthrow the Syrian government, staged several shows-of-force in the Mediterranean to intimidate movements opposed to U.S.-supported governments in Jordan and Lebanon, landed 14,000 troops in Lebanon, and conspired to overthrow or assassinate Nasser of Egypt and his troublesome middle-east nationalism.


For those interested in learning what Free Republic-types don't want you to know:
CIA also stands for "Capitalism's Invisible Army."

Not surprised, but very saddened, that this does not have more K&Rs.

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  -William Blum seemslikeadream  May-03-08 01:48 PM   #0 
  - If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy of the past century, this is what crawls out ..  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 01:59 PM   #1 
  - ''Reagan Was the Butcher of My People:'' Fr. Miguel DEscoto  Octafish   May-04-08 02:06 PM   #19 
  - Written February 1998  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 02:03 PM   #2 
  - Iraqi people are victims of empire.  Octafish   May-03-08 06:11 PM   #15 
  - Some things you need to know before the world ends  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 02:15 PM   #3 
  - His books are a must read for my children  leftchick   May-03-08 02:50 PM   #4 
  - William Blum has long pegged the Empire for what it is.  Octafish   May-03-08 03:21 PM   #5 
  - 'CIA also stands for "Capitalism's Invisible Army."' One of my fave old pieces is by Steve Kangas  scarletwoman   May-03-08 05:58 PM   #14 
     - It also means ''Conspiracies In Action.''  Octafish   May-03-08 06:25 PM   #16 
  - Hiroshima: Needless Slaughter, Useful Terror  Octafish   May-03-08 03:29 PM   #6 
  - Anthrax for Export - U.S. companies sold Iraq the ingredients for a witch's brew  Octafish   May-03-08 03:37 PM   #7 
  - And here I thought he was just another conspiracy theorist  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 03:59 PM   #9 
     - Uruguay 1964-1970: Torture as American as apple pie  Octafish   May-03-08 05:28 PM   #12 
  - Kicking to read later.  bonito   May-03-08 03:52 PM   #8 
  - Telling the truth....  hwmnbn   May-03-08 04:00 PM   #10 
  - the video interview was done by a friend I met here on DU  G_j   May-03-08 04:04 PM   #11 
  - Wow! That is so COOL!!!! Well done!  scarletwoman   May-03-08 06:30 PM   #17 
     - it is!  G_j   May-03-08 08:33 PM   #18 
  - k&r -- thanks for keeping this man and his words visible. (nt)  scarletwoman   May-03-08 05:38 PM   #13 
  - Superb. nt  flashl   May-05-08 03:21 PM   #20 

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