Thursday, January 06, 2005

We are the world... No, WE are the world! No WE are the world...

It's amazing, this whole tsunami aid thing... Countries are actually fighting to see who's the most chaitable. The US went from 35 to 350 Million. Japan has pledged somewhere around 600 million plus, Australia's giving... The UK is pledge some insane amount... Athletes and entertainers are recording songs, donating game checks, salaries, socks, canned goods, you name it.

It's beautiful. I think.

Part of me feels like it's become this perverse pissing contest to see who can help more, not so much because we (folks outside of southeast asia) can relate to the suffering, but because we've all got something to prove to ourselves. It's as if we've all decided that we're gonna prove to everyone that we're not as bad as our respective histories have proven that we think we just might be.

There's been so much suffering in the world, past and present, so much hate, so much war and violence, so much hypocrisy and so much greed and so much indifference to it all... And we always excused it as "'they' had it coming" or "'we' were just defending ourselves."... or "manifest destiny"... or "it's really not 'our' problem"...

The great thing about natural disasters is everyone even the most guilt-ridden of us can say, "I had absolutely nothing to do with this!" It's a lot easier to help in those instances, because you can get your hands dirty without asking yourself if they were dirty from the start. I think that's why we ignore the suffering in Africa so much. Deep down inside we all know on some unspeakable, almost spiritual level that there's not a governement or a society in the last 1000 years thathas benefited directly or indirectly from the suffering of African countries... Whether it's blood diamonds, slavery, oil, miliary outposts, multinationals, or simple cultural theft, we've all had a hand in their suffering. And ignoring them is the best way to forget about that. It's similar to why Americans almost never talk about Native Americans. Ever. Because we all know that whether great granddaddy like injuns or not, we're (immigrant and native born) all the beneficiaries of a fairly recent and colossal continental genocide.

When I see the tsunami victims on TV I weep like everyone else. But I think that like many, I take a perverse sese of comfort, even as an African-American in knowing that It wasn't my fault in any measureable way. Maybe that's why I'm cutting a check like everyone else.

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21 Comments:

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Gustavo said...

Tsunami is a tragedy. God Bless all families of victms.But, the most dangerous enemy to humanity is U.S. government, and your stablishment. Mikhael Schumacher help victms of tsunami. Who help humanity of U.S. military power?

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger Seth said...

That's really insightful Hajpaj.

I think one of the biggest issues we deal with is our tendency to demonize other people. I.E.: they do bad because they are bad people, we do good because we are good people. If we do bad, or if they do good, it's the exception to the rule and probably because of circumstances.

A more clear idea, is that American's on the whole are really uncomfortable with the idea that Islamic terrorists still have some good in them, no matter how evil we think they are. For example, we never think that Osama was once an innocent child.

No reason for any self-criticism with this tsunami stuff, which makes it easy to address.

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Pontificate4U said...

Gustavo,

As much as I am inclined to agree with your assertions pertaining to the US government, I am hard pressed to find any foreigners, like yourself, willing to direct that high powered acumen at their own leaders, and the actions for which they are responsible. Bush et al are exceptionally easy targets; that much is undeniable, but making such blanket statements glosses over the complexities of our global system and paints a pretty stark picture of the rest of the world in the process. Are you really intimating that America is bent on becoming a hegemonic power that threatens humanity itself? I won’t argue that America is hegemonic and often monolithic when cooperation behooves it, but if that is the case then the same can be said of Europe, China, Japan and Brazil – each wields more power than it should in its respective sphere of influence.

Just out of curiosity Gustavo, at what point did America get lumped in with terrorists, dictators and other assorted nefarious fellows? Furthermore, to call it “our establishment” implies that the average American has it within his power to affect real change at the highest levels of government. I don’t know how things work in your neck of the woods, but over here on central standard reality time, most Americans, save the very affluent, know that the Horatio Alger, halcyon days of the American dream went bye bye not long after the Vietnam War had begun. Most Americans know that Yale + wealthy, powerful family = presidency. These are the realities most Americans are faced with. I dare say the majority of people worldwide toil under similar circumstances, but what do I know, I have only lived in America, South America, Asia, Europe and Mexico. Yes most of us are all too familiar with the inner workings of our American oligarchy, oops – I meant democracy.

I hate to regress to such arguments but there are occasions when it just seems imperative to remind people of past events. Did Germany just up and get a pass on the two world wars for which it is primarily responsible? Has everyone forgotten the price that Americans have paid for the freedoms that so many of you around the world enjoy today? My father certainly didn’t ask to be sent to Korea, but he enlisted and fought there because he was an idealist. My grandfather and his 3 brothers didn’t ask to fight in WWI but they did so gladly because they too were idealists, steeped in a tradition of courage and integrity. I’ll be the first to admit that the US has its moral shortcomings but shit which country doesn’t? I mean honestly, my whole extended family was exterminated in the ghettos of Krakow and I am subjected to lectures on moral rectitude from Gerhard Schroeder and similar ilk from other Euro-weenies?

Keep this in mind Gustavo, the computer you are so nimbly using to craft highly intelligible posts (lol) was perfected by American socio-paths. In fact if I’m not mistaken the US Government, in concert with American Universities, played a rather integral part in bringing the very same internet your exploiting to the fore. If you have read any of my posts you will note that I am not a keen supporter of the US government by any stretch of the imagination, but you have made less than compelling statements which I’m sure you’ll support with factual data instead of poor grammar and syntax on the next go round!

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Pontificate4U said...

Gustavo,

As much as I am inclined to agree with your assertions pertaining to the US government, I am hard pressed to find any foreigners, like yourself, willing to direct that high powered acumen at their own leaders, and the actions for which they are responsible. Bush et al are exceptionally easy targets; that much is undeniable, but making such blanket statements glosses over the complexities of our global system and paints a pretty stark picture of the rest of the world in the process. Are you really intimating that America is bent on becoming a hegemonic power that threatens humanity itself? I won’t argue that America is hegemonic and often monolithic when cooperation behooves it, but if that is the case then the same can be said of Europe, China, Japan and Brazil – each wields more power than it should in its respective sphere of influence.

Just out of curiosity Gustavo, at what point did America get lumped in with terrorists, dictators and other assorted nefarious fellows? Furthermore, to call it “our establishment” implies that the average American has it within his power to affect real change at the highest levels of government. I don’t know how things work in your neck of the woods, but over here on central standard reality time, most Americans, save the very affluent, know that the Horatio Alger, halcyon days of the American dream went bye bye not long after the Vietnam War had begun. Most Americans know that Yale + wealthy, powerful family = presidency. These are the realities most Americans are faced with. I dare say the majority of people worldwide toil under similar circumstances, but what do I know, I have only lived in America, South America, Asia, Europe and Mexico. Yes most of us are all too familiar with the inner workings of our American oligarchy, oops – I meant democracy.

I hate to regress to such arguments but there are occasions when it just seems imperative to remind people of past events. Did Germany just up and get a pass on the two world wars for which it is primarily responsible? Has everyone forgotten the price that Americans have paid for the freedoms that so many of you around the world enjoy today? My father certainly didn’t ask to be sent to Korea, but he enlisted and fought there because he was an idealist. My grandfather and his 3 brothers didn’t ask to fight in WWI but they did so gladly because they too were idealists, steeped in a tradition of courage and integrity. I’ll be the first to admit that the US has its moral shortcomings but shit which country doesn’t? I mean honestly, my whole extended family was exterminated in the ghettos of Krakow and I am subjected to lectures on moral rectitude from Gerhard Schroeder and similar ilk from other Euro-weenies?

Keep this in mind Gustavo, the computer you are so nimbly using to craft highly intelligible posts (lol) was perfected by American socio-paths. In fact if I’m not mistaken the US Government, in concert with American Universities, played a rather integral part in bringing the very same internet your exploiting to the fore. If you have read any of my posts you will note that I am not a keen supporter of the US government by any stretch of the imagination, but you have made less than compelling statements which I’m sure you’ll support with factual data instead of poor grammar and syntax on the next go round!

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger Joe Caggiano said...

Gustavo, The U.S. is only fifty states and a couple of territories. It has not gone into war and kept the country, yet but many in the world seem to think that is always are goal.We have a hand in the world that's for sure but we always hope the good poeple of a country will lead them. Many past leaders started out good but power and coruption get the best of them. Yes the U.S. has been resposible for some of those. Not so eloquent tonight.

 
At 5:57 AM, Blogger Charlie said...

Gustavo will agree with the following, I have no doubt.
Conspiracy Theories Surrounding the Tsunami: It was a Punishment from Allah for Celebrating Christmas and Other Sins; It was Caused by the U.S., Israel, India

Following practically all international events of importance, conspiracy theories are raised in the Arab and Muslim worlds. This occurred most recently following the Asian tsunami. Some of these conspiracy theories focused, as they often do, on allegations that it was a plot by the U.S. and Israel. Others speculated that the tsunami was a divine punishment for sins, including that of celebrating Christmas. This according to speeches and articles, which appeared in the Arab media raising conspiracy theories about the cause of the tsunami.

Well; now we know why the rich Arab states are not digging deep in their pockets to help the tsunami victims.
I suppose that nobody is going to congratulate the Americans for being the first in with their helicopters, (not on this post anyway) and heavy lift capacity. So congratulations America.
Please save us from these half-baked conspiracy theorists.

 
At 7:49 AM, Blogger Gustavo said...

Comrades:
I konw than many citizebs of U.S. are against your stablishment and Bush's government. But, in the last election, this stabilshment and your leadres: Bush and Cheney- was reelected. I not think than all americans are guilties for war on Iraq, etc. But, I make critics to U.S. government, actually. And, in the all countries of World, have peoples than are against the Washington government. This is true! If some americans like your chairman, many others peoples don't like him. And I'm too.
Only exist one conspiracy, in the world: The U.S. stablishment against wealths of others countries of Third World (especially in Middle east, and your Oil).
But, Ancien Rome defeat, in 476 A.D. And, U.S. Empire will be defeat, too.

 
At 7:49 AM, Blogger Gustavo said...

Comrades:
I konw than many citizebs of U.S. are against your stablishment and Bush's government. But, in the last election, this stabilshment and your leadres: Bush and Cheney- was reelected. I not think than all americans are guilties for war on Iraq, etc. But, I make critics to U.S. government, actually. And, in the all countries of World, have peoples than are against the Washington government. This is true! If some americans like your chairman, many others peoples don't like him. And I'm too.
Only exist one conspiracy, in the world: The U.S. stablishment against wealths of others countries of Third World (especially in Middle east, and your Oil).
But, Ancien Rome defeat, in 476 A.D. And, U.S. Empire will be defeat, too.

 
At 9:49 AM, Blogger Charlie said...

Gustavo is that a pseudonym for Osama bin Laden. When you destroy the American government are you going to replace it with a more tolerant and understanding democratic entity. No, because nobody will vote for you.
I suggest you go and live in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe for a few months and get a few Ideas for your new government.

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Gustavo said...

Charlie,
you live in an Empire.
And you support war against other countries, against for U.S. Empire. Who is terrosrist? The most dangerous terrorism is Terrorism of State. This terrorism is made for U.S. Empire. And you like U.S. government. Who is terrorist?
Bush: encarnation of evil, Emperor of the World. But, Hitler was defeat, in Second War World. And Bush will be defeat, too.
Save peoples of Third World. Save War against imperialism.
Peace and Justice!

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Pontificate4U said...

Hey Gustavo,

Why don't you do everyone a favor and share some biographical info about yourself. You are keen to mention Hitler’s defeat but I have this crazy notion that your life resembles his in some way. You know by leaning too far to the left, Comrade, you can also be dangerous and unstable. I think your fellow socio-paths like Mao, Lenin and Stalin, just to name a few, have aptly illustrated how good intentions, if they actually had any to begin with, can go tragically wrong. But the deaths of 50 million Russians were justified because it was for the greater good right?

Again Gustavo no mention of the imperialistic leanings of Europe, Russia, China, Australia and others. You think Europe spontaneously became the wealthiest political unit in the world without doing so on the backs of African slaves? What's more, Europe's legacy regarding colonialism is still simmering, i.e. Cote d'Ivoire/France whereas America has no such albatross around its neck (unless you consider Iraq an American colony, and undoubtedly you do) See whether you're European, American, Russian or Chinese, we're all in it together moron. You appear to be someone who has picked up a book once or twice in your life - and I mean that literally - so I assume you know about the interrelatedness of our empires and how they slaughtered, pillaged, raped and murdered as one big global family, each trying to outdo the other in order to attain the most wealth, which they believed was finite mind you. Oh by the way that is called the Mercantilist system and it was brought to the heights of depravity in Europe!

Yes Gustavo America is an empire, and yes one day it too shall pass into antiquity. What shall we do then? Who will tend to everyone's scrapes and bruises when the Europeans discover they don't have the first clue how to handle war and terrorism. Turn that role over to the Chinese or perhaps entrust it to the most trustworthy and noble of dictators, oops, I mean democratic leaders, Putin. If you don't think it's ever going to be Europe’s problem to deal with, guess again. Seems to me that there are plenty of Spaniards, Russians and Dutch who would most vehemently disagree with you. With more than a little trepidation I await the uprising of the millions of Muslims living in Europe. That's 5 of 60 million in France and an equivalent amount, if not more, in The Netherlands. Things are going to get interesting for our haughty, condescending cousins very soon, but you'll be exempt from that because you're friend to the 3rd world eh? Many people in the 3rd world would slit your throat for a bite to eat and think to ask who you were and what you stood for later. But America alone is responsible for the plight of the poor. Global poverty is in no way related to materialistic Europe or Australia. To be honest, I haven't heard many complaints from most 1st worlders when cheap, durable goods are produced by 8 year olds for mass consumption - have you?

In summation I think you are the man best suited to run the US Government. By all means come to America, as we are now contemplating permitting foreign born nationals to hold the presidency, and change the face of the American beast!

When you respond, try and articulate something more than propaganda. You’re starting to sound like a broken record. If you could expound a little and offer specifics that I can tear apart that would be great - cheers

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

Gustavo I do not live in an Empire I live in a country. I do not support war against other countries but I do support the overthrowing of evil dictators who bring suffering on their own people and do not allow free speech or the right to vote in a government of their choice, children who are brainwashed by propaganda and extolled to fight some mad Holy War at the behest of their mad leaders.
You are making full use of your freedom of speech; remember this in some countries you would be strung up for advocating the downfall of a head of State.

 
At 9:40 PM, Blogger Gustavo said...

Pontificate,Really, you are many unpleasant with me. Your writings show this.
You believe in the kindly of “your” Empire. It’s “beautiful”! If you believe in “dumbs”, the problem is your...
My country- Brazil, in South America- was victim of a military dictatorial movement, against democratic government of João Goulart (leader of the Labour Party), in 1964. And, the CIA had leaderchip in that’s. Because CIA tinked than our governmenet was “communist”. But, CIA not was the Police of the world! And, today, U.S. government not is the Police of the world. Saddam was chairman of Iraq. And, Iraq was a sovereign country. Then, why U.S. Army attack Iraq? Because your interesting to Oil of Middle east. Or you believe than US attack Iraq to take Democracy? This idea is many “inoccent”.
Read, “comrade”, texts of Noah Chomsky. He is a Professor in USA, and he have many criticism to US International policy. Not only I am against U.S. policy to world (read: Third World). He and many intelligent peoples are, too.
U.S. Emperor liked than Iraq will be a your colony. But, Iraq’s Resistance is strong, really. And, the U.S. Army have many soldiers killed.
I am History’s teacher and Journalist, in my country. Since my adolescence I read about problems in Middle East and U.S. International Policy. Why? Because all world suffer because these question. I don’t lean Muslin terrorism. But, many Arabs and Muslins aren’t terrorists. Actually, two countries have a policy of “Terrorism of State” against other peoples: U.S. government and Israel. U.S. government since end of Second War World, have a economic and military Empire. After the end of USSR, USA have the most strong Army of World. In War on Iraq, US attack Iraq against will of United Nations. It’s right? In my opinion, no. And Many countries of World- French, Germany and Russian, in Europe, and China and Brazil, for example- was against U.S. attack on Iraq. You think than U.S. was right? Oh, really, is many destructive and inhuman this invasion.
Today, Brazil have many commercial’s agreements with China and Europe. And we no more will accept economical hegemony of U.S. We, and China and Europe. And our friends of Venezuela, for example.
Bye, “Pontificate”. And, please: speak to your chairman than countries of Third World will go defend against your military and policy pressure. And it’s no is a propaganda. Is reality.
Bush is too a dangerous Chairman, a “sociopata” and “megalomaníaco”. And, actually, is the most dangerous chairman of the World, im my opinion. And, in your country, many peoples think than it is truth. Read sites anti- bush in Yahoo, for example, OK? We are not like your American “Way of Life”. We have our Way of life. And Iraq, too. Understand me, “Pontificate”?
Peace and Justice!
P.S. I am Brazil's citizen. and, In my country, the official language is Portuguese. Therefore, I don't have responsibility of know and write english correct( according english grammar).
You could be more polite with me, really.
P.S.2 I think than FBI wouldn't let me go in U.S.A. because mine ideas about Bush's government. Or no?
P.S.3 My blog is: www.baath.blogspot.comWelcome to War!

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger Pontificate4U said...

Gustavo,

Let me reduce this from an ad hominum argument if I may. Discussion of this kind is the heart of understanding and mutual trust but you are obviously hateful of America and its people judging by the venom you spew. I am going to ask you this before I continue however. Are you sure you aren't just one of millions of people around the world who is simply jealous of the rights and privileges Americans enjoy? Europeans, Canadians and others are often full of such spite but they are rather hard pressed to find many reasons for this except fear and jealousy after all I don't know how the war in Iraq has really impacted Europeans or South Americans do you? I mean honestly Gustavo how has your day to day life been altered in a truly profound way by our involvement in Iraq? I often laugh when I hear Canadians speaking condescendingly towards America while they enjoy their first world status because we are their single largest trading partner by far . . . Oh by the way, Brazil should still count its lucky stars that America buys its soy products in such volume don't you think Gustavo? Everyone always wants a piece of you when you're on top - and to some extent that is understandable as America can be hegemonic and monolithic - but you remember that from my previous posts right?

In addition, you are failing to understand me completely or are simply so blinded by rage (America bashing is what we call it here) that you have failed to notice that I am not an overwhelming supporter of my own country and what is stands for, but let me say this much: I am free to speak my mind on websites like these and compared to many places in the world I have it so damn good I cannot help but be thankful. The US has caused me great pain and anguish at times but it has also nourished me in ways that countries like Russia or Egypt could never hope to. Let me ask you something else - have you ever set foot in the United States yourself? I would rather say you have not.

I will now inform you of something rather germane to this discussion. I spend my winters in Brasil as luck would have it - Se voce quer falar /escrever em Portuguese, posso entender tudo. I have seen the entirety of your country and love it with all my heart. I have been to the Amazon - have you? I have spent time in Jericoacoara - have you? I live in Floripa part-time and am headed there in approximately one week. I have Brasilian friends and understand the people quite well actually. Let me tell you this: Almost every Brasilian that I know believes your government to be one of the most corrupt and insensitive of any in the world. Your president is also a complete idiot himself in case you think I don't know about Lula's stupid international faux pas’. Bringing alcohol as a gift to a Muslim summit for example- absolutely brilliant! Failing to escort his wife (actually closing the door on her) from the limo in front of dignitaries – what a classy guy that Lula de Silva. Let's not forget about his alcoholism either shall we. You probably didn't expect that I would know all these things but I am constantly in contact with friends, in addition to spending a great deal of time there, and I know how foolish that man can be.

Right now the good times are rolling in Brasil eh? You are kissing the IMF goodbye and the bolsa is riding high right? Well don't count your chickens before they hatch because those that do will soon be coming home to roost. You certainly do have a different way of life in Brasil. Favelas with murderous drug lords and conditions that are comparable to the worst in sub-Saharan Africa. Yes bravo on having one of the highest murder rates in the world. Yes even in the "wealthy" southern parts of Brasil I see children suffering and corruption on a level not unlike that in the US. I see a country which has its wealth concentrated in the hands of the top 5% and the rest can go spit - not entirely unlike the US except we actually have a middle class, ever shrinking though it may be. Please don't lecture me about how wonderful your way of life is there and how magnificently different you are. Yes Brasil has a wonderful culture that I adore but your country is also very materialistic (ever been to Feria Lima and surrounding malls?) and strives to be like the US no matter how much you try and deny it. You watch our movies and enjoy our music and please don't even get me started about the northern parts of Brasil like Pernambuco or Paraiba. I know all too well how things work in Brasil.

Just in case you think that Russia, China and Europe are "your friends", I think you need to scrutinize the deals that Lula struck with them a little more closely. China completely took advantage of you and will soon be dumping cheaper, inferior goods on your markets all so Brasil can sell more chickens and beef to China - wow that was brilliant. Go see what the Economist and others think of Lula's astute business dealings. Right now it is commonly understood that Lula is the biggest buffoon in the world, willing to sell out the Brazilian people to anyone just so he can claim to be improving the impoverished economy. You and I both know that Brasil is not doing quite as well as your press is leading us to believe because there will always be that 15-20% of the population that is unemployable, and in case I forgot to mention the literacy rate in Brasil - oh never mind, I think you should tell everyone what a highly literate country Brasil is Gustavo. Oh yes you have a much different, and in some aspects, better culture than we do but please try and be a little more honest about the state of affairs in Brasil and let’s actually hear you critique someone else for their “imperialistic” tendencies for a change – again it’s that broken record thing . . .

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Pontificate4U said...

Just one more thing Gustavo. How many times does the United Nations have to ask a country to allow inspectors before it finally gives up and allows said country's ruler to continue to kill his people and thumb its nose at the rest of the world? Oh about a dozen times I guess.

In no way did I support the invasion of Iraq (I actually favored being more diplomatic and giving it a little more time, but if they didn't cooperate after diplomacy was exhausted I would have agreed anyway) so let's get that straight. To be completely honest though, part of me knows that Saddam Hussein was far, far more evil than Bush could ever hope to be. Let's hear you try and argue that point please. I want you tell tell all the readers here that Bush is torturing and killing people in his basement and ethnically cleansing America of Blacks and Hispanics like Saddam was doing with respect to Kurds. Inform us how Bush is suppressing the Catholic majority so as to keep the ruling Protestants in power. Please Gustavo, get back up on your soap box and defend Saddam to the readers here. Try and convince me and others that Saddam Hussein should have been left in power so his sons could go on raping women at their leisure. I want to hear you resond to that!

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger Pontificate4U said...

You idolize these people? Sad man, really sad!

Líderes:
Cristo, Nasser, Marx, Lenin, Saddam, Arafat, Vargas e Stalin

I just saw your blog and it truly amazes me that people like you still exist. Are you actually allowed to teach in public schools? Do the parents know you worship Saddam and Stalin? Remind me to tell my Brazilian friends to stay as far as possible from that district so their kids don't become brainwashed fascists, communists or worse.

I don't think it's even worth responding to you anymore as you are clearly disturbed and unstable, as I mentioned in a previous post on this topic . . .

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Gustavo said...

"Pontificate", what's your name?
You are a wrong, in policy opinions. You have a anti- socialism than have all fascist peoples, not is?
Our way of life haven't Ku Klux Klan. We are victims of our colonization, and Corrupts policys (yes, he exist, but too exist in your country) and International Financial System. But we don't like really of your international policys.

Yours are the Great Empire in History. And, you will read texts of Noan Chomsky? In site: www.rebelion.com they are, in spanish). You are fascist. why you ask me about fascists? You don't like me because my cristicism about international policy of "Your"Empire, no is? But I will continue...
Do you liked speak in portuguese with me? We could speake in Portuguese, yes.
And I am not fear of your pressure or of your words. Are you member of CIA? Why you come (traveled) many times in Brazil?
You are many stupid in your words to me.
What's your name? Why a nickname?
You are living in South of Brazil, is? In South of Brazil have many peoples with Fascists ideas (but too are many peoples of left).
your chairman is a clown. And Lula- you lies many about him- is an leader of countries of Third World. Arafat and Mandela liked him. You don't liked him? The problem is your.
And that american journalist than spoke than Lula was a drunk was work of CIA. And you?
Save war against American Empire.
Peace and Justice.P.S. Do you like speak in Portuguese with me?
P.S.2 I traveled to many regions in my country.

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Gustavo said...

"Pontificate"

If you read and writ in portuguese, too will can read in spanich. The site with texts of Noan Chomsky is: www.rebelion.org
This site is written in spanish.
But, now read this text:
The Guardian July 12, 2000

US wars of aggression and intervention



by William Blum

"The engine of American foreign policy has been fuelled not by a devotion to
any kind of morality, but by the necessity to serve other imperatives:

1) to make the world safe for American corporations;

2) to enhance the financial statements of defence contractors at home who
have contributed generously to members of Congress;

3) to prevent the rise of any society that might serve as a successful
example of an alternative to the capitalist model;

4) to extend political and economic hegemony over as wide an area as
possible, as befits a "great power".

All of 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.

The United States carried out extremely serious interventions into more
than 70 nations in this period. Among these were the following:

China 1945-49: The US intervened in a civil war, taking the side of
Chiang Kai-shek against the communists, even though the latter had been a
much closer ally of the United States in the world war. The US used
defeated Japanese soldiers to fight for its side. The communists forced
Chiang to flee to Taiwan in 1949.

Italy 1947-48: Using every trick in the book, the US interfered in
the elections to prevent the Communist Party from coming to power legally
and fairly.

This perversion of democracy was done in the name of "saving democracy" in
Italy. The Communists lost.

For the next few decades, the CIA, along with US corporations, continued to
intervene in Italian elections, pouring in hundreds of millions of dollars
and much psychological warfare to block the spectre that was haunting
Europe.


Greece 1947-49: Intervened in a civil war, taking the side of the
neo-fascists against the Greek left which had fought the Nazis
courageously.

The neo-fascists won and instituted a highly brutal regime, for which the
CIA created a new internal security agency, KYP. Before long, KYP was
carrying out all the endearing practices of secret police everywhere,
including systematic torture.


Philippines 1945-53: US military fought against leftist forces
(Huks) even while the Huks were still fighting against the Japanese
invaders.

After the war, the US continued its fight against the Huks, defeating them,
and then installing a series of puppets as President, culminating in the
dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

South Korea 1945-53: After World War II, the United States
suppressed the popular progressive forces in favour of the conservatives
who had collaborated with the Japanese. This led to a long era of corrupt,
reactionary, and brutal governments.

Albania 1949-53: US and Britain tried unsuccessfully to overthrow
the communist government and install a new one that would have been pro-
Western and composed largely of monarchists and collaborators with Italian
fascists and Nazis.
Germany 1950s: The CIA orchestrated a wide-ranging campaign of
sabotage, terrorism, dirty tricks, and psychological warfare against East
Germany. This was one of the factors which led to the building of the
Berlin Wall in 1961.


Iran 1953: Prime Minister Mossadegh was overthrown in a joint US and
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 nationalise 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 US, each 40 per cent, other nations
20 per cent.

Guatemala 1953-1990s: A CIA-organised 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 nationalised the US 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 USSR had so little
interest in the country that it didn't even maintain diplomatic relations
with it.

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 US-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.

Indonesia 1957-58: Sukarno, like Nasser, was the kind of Third World
leader the United States could not abide. He took neutralism in the Cold
War seriously, making trips to the Soviet Union and China (though to the
White House as well).

He nationalised many private holdings of the Dutch, the former colonial
power. And he refused to crack down on the Indonesian Communist Party,
which was walking the legal, peaceful road and making impressive gains
electorally.

Such policies could easily give other Third World leaders "wrong ideas".

Thus it was that the CIA began throwing money into the elections, plotted
Sukarno's assassination, tried to blackmail him with a phoney sex film, and
joined forces with dissident military officers to wage a full-scale war
against the Government. Sukarno survived it all.

British Guyana, 1953-64: For 11 years, two of the oldest democracies
in the world, Great Britain and the United States, went to great lengths to
prevent a democratically elected leader from occupying his office.

Cheddi Jagan was another Third World leader who tried to remain neutral and
independent. He was elected three times.

Although a leftist ¿ more so than Sukarno or Arbenz ¿ his policies in
office were not revolutionary. But he was still a marked man, for he
represented Washington's greatest fear: building a society that might be a
successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model.

Using a wide variety of tactics ¿ from general strikes and disinformation
to terrorism and British legalisms, the US and Britain finally forced Jagan
out in 1964.

John F Kennedy had given a direct order for him to be outed as, presumably,
had Eisenhower.

One of the better-off countries in the region under Jagan, Guyana, by the
1980s, became one of the poorest. Its principal export became people.

Vietnam, 1950-73: The slippery slope began by siding with the
French, the former colonisers and collaborators with the Japanese, and
against Ho Chi Minh and his followers who had worked closely with the
Allied war effort and admired all things American.

Ho Chi Minh had written numerous letters to President Truman and the State
Department asking for America's help in winning Vietnamese independence
from the French and finding a peaceful solution for his country. All his
entreaties were ignored.

For he was some kind of communist. Twenty-three years, and more than a
million dead, later, the United States withdrew its military forces from
Vietnam. Most people say that the US lost the war.

But by destroying Vietnam to its core, and poisoning the earth and the gene
pool for generations, Washington had in fact achieved its main purpose:
preventing what might have been the rise of a good development option for
Asia. Ho Chi Minh was, after all, some kind of communist.
Cambodia 1955-73: Prince Sihanouk was yet another leader who did not
fancy being an American client. After many years of hostility towards his
regime, including assassination plots and the infamous Nixon/Kissinger
secret "carpet bombings" of 1969-70, Washington finally overthrew Sihanouk
in a coup in 1970.

This was all that was needed to impel Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge forces to
enter the fray. Five years later, they took power.

But five years of American bombing had caused Cambodia's traditional
economy to vanish. The old Cambodia had been destroyed forever.

Incredibly, the Khmer Rouge were to inflict even greater misery upon this
unhappy land. To add to the irony, the United States supported Pol Pot,
militarily and diplomatically, after the subsequent defeat of the Khmer
Rouge by the Vietnamese".

And now, "Pontificate", U.S.A. is or not The Empire of 20 th century, and of 21 th century?
CIA is most dangerous Information's Service of the world.
CIA is the Inteligence of Empire. But will be defeat.

 
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