Friday, June 15, 2012

Home of the Brave

The following is a record of U.S. Terrorism since the 1950s, by country:

Guatemala (1953-1990s) CIA organized coup leading to 40 years of death squads, torture, disappearances, and mass executions totaling well over 100,000 victims.

Middle East (1956-1958) U.S. government tried twice to overthrow the Syrian government.  U.S. conspired to overthrow or assassinate Nasser of Egypt.  U.S. placed 14,000 troops in Lebanon to stop opposition to the U.S. supported government.

Indonesia (1957-1958)  CIA plotted the assassinations of Indonesia leader Sukarno, manipulated elections, and assisted in waging a full-scale war against the Indonesian government.

British Guiana (1953-1964)  U.S. and British governments forced Cheddi Jagan out of power for promoting and alternative model to the capitalist society.

Cambodia (1955-1973)  U.S. government engaged in assassination attempts agains Price Sihanouk and unpublicized carpet bombings in 1969 and 1970.  Sihanouk was overthrown in a U.S. backed coup in 1970.

Congo/Zaire (1960-1965)  U.S. government had direct involvement in assassinating Congo's first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.

Brazil (1961-1964)  U.S. government participates in overthrowing President Joao Goulart in a military coup.

Dominican Republic (1963-1966)  U.S. government sent in 23,000 troops to help stop a coup which aimed at restrain power to Juan Bosch, who the U.S. feared had socialist leanings.

Cuba (1950s to present)  When the July 26th Movement came to power in 1959, the U.S. government immediately sought to put another government in place, prompting some 50 years of terrorist attacks, bombings, a full-scale military invasion, sanctions, embargoes, isolations, and assassinations.

Chile (1960s and 1970s)  In 1964, the U.S. government attempted to sabotage Salvador Allende's electoral campaign.  Failing to do so the U.S. supported a military coup that murdered Allende and overthrew the government.  Some 3,000 people were executed and thousands more were tortured or disappeared.

Greece (1964-1974)  U.S. government backed a military coup that led to martial law, censorship, arrests, beatings, torture, and killings.  In the first month over 8,000 people died.  All of this was executed with equipment supplied by the U.S.

Indonesia (1965)  U.S. baked multiple coup attempts resulting in a massacre against communists.  During this time the U.S. embassy complied lists of communist operatives, as many as 5,000 names, and turned them over to the Army.  The Army would then hunt down and kill those on the list.

East Timor (1975 to present)  In December 1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor using U.S. weapons.  By 1989, Indonesia had slaughtered 200,000 people out of a population between 600,000 and 700,000.

Nicaragua (1978-1989) The U.S. backed Contas under the Reagan Administration waged war on the Nicaraguan people for 8 years.

Grenada (1979-1984)  U.S. invaded Grenada in October 1983, killing 400 citizens of Grenada and 84 Cubans.

Libya (1981-1989)  U.S. shot down two Libyan planes in Libyan airplanes.  The U.S. dropped bombs on the country, engaged in economic sanctions and misinformation campaigns in an attempt to oust Qaddafi.

Panama (1989)  U.S. bombed the country leaving 15,000 people homeless in Panama City, thousands dead, and even more wounded.

Afghanistan (1970s and 1980s)  U.S. intervened in the Soviet-Afghan War, spending billions of dollars waging a war against communist forces.  More than one million people died, three million were disabled, and 5 million became refugees.

El Salvador (1980-1992)  U.S. supported the government, which engaged in electoral fraud and the murder of hundreds of protestors and strikers.  The U.S. intervened to stop an uprising against the U.S. backed government.  When it was over in 1992, 75,000 civilians had been killed and the U.S. had spent six billion dollars.

Haiti (1987-1994)  U.S. supported the Duvalier dictatorship, during which time the CIA worked intimately with death squads, torturers, and drug traffickers.

Yugoslavia (1999)  The U.S.-led NATO forces bombed the country into annihilation because Serbia was the last cover of Europe that had not subordinated itself to U.S. run neo-liberal programs.

Iraq (1990s to present) In the early 1990s, the U.S. government continuously bombed Iraq for more that 40 days and nights.  177,000,000 pounds of bombs fell during this time on the people of Iraq.  The remaining uranium deposits from weapons resulted in massive birth defects and incidences of cancer.  Between 1990 and 1995, the U.S. was directly responsible for killing more than 500,000 Iraqi children under the age of 5 due to economic sanctions.  Additionally, sure to these sanctions, coupled with the continuous bombing that has occurred on Iraq since the Gulf War and the post 9/11 "Operation Enduring Freedom" campaign, more than 1.5 million Iraqi people have been killed.

Afghanistan (2001 to present)  Thousands of Afghani men, women, and children have been killed as a result of the U.S. invasion.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Quote of the Week

"I have friends that are Jewish. Actually, my friend is a Jewish guy, and his name is Jesus Christ."
- Charlie Ward