What Is American Interventionism Really About?Written by Brian McAfee
Brian McAfee 2838 Mason Muskegon Heights 49444 MI USA (231) 737-8726 firstname.lastname@example.org
What Is American Interventionism Really About?
By Brian McAfee
The war is, for most part, over. Iraq has been liberated, country is in a shambles but Halliburton is on hand to rebuild. Most of troops are back home or on their way. With apparently overwhelming public support, why were those Pesky demonstrators out there? All across U.S., in Europe, in India, pretty much everywhere. After all, isn't Saddam Hussein most evil man on earth, a blight on planet? Well, yes he is, as are Osama bin Laden, Taliban, Manuel Noriega. All bad bad men, with one thing in common- 20 years ago we (the U.S.) armed, trained and financed them.
Manuel Noriega was a well paid CIA man, "our man in Panama" as it were. Heavily involved with cocaine trafficking, he was convicted and imprisoned in '89 after a closed door trial, leaving a cloud over CIA of apparent involvement of drug smuggling and involvement in crack epidemic in our inner cities. Osama bin Laden first surfaced in Afghanistan in 1979 with U.S. armed trained and financed Mujahideen, a violent group of Islamic fundamentalists. They overthrew Soviet supported government in Kabul and replaced it with a number of successive theocracies notorious for their human rights abuses and treatment of women and girls. They evolved into Taliban. The green jacket bin Laden has been seen in since 9/11 is a U.S. military issue from days of his partnership with U.S. when he was fighting against other "Great Satan", Soviet Union. The current situation brings us to 50 year mark of excessive intervention that has resulted in massive bloodshed throughout third world.
In 1953, elected president of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, decided to nationalize his country's oil supply, for usual reasons, infrastructure, health care, and education. This, of course, outraged U.S. and Great Britain who of course thought oil was theirs. After a short time it was. They instilled Shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who lived a life of indulgence for next 25 years. The SAVAK, Shah's secret police which had close ties to CIA, any perceived threat or demonstrations for democracy were met with imprisonment, torture and sometimes death. Under guidance of CIA, leftists were primary target for SAVAK and in 1979 when Islamists swept to power under Ayatolla Khomeini, there was little Shah or SAVAK could do about it. They fled to U.S. In '54 another elected president, Jacobo Arbenz, decided it would be a good idea to nationalize some of unused land in Guatemala, one of poorest countries in world, land though not being used, was claimed by United Fruit a U.S. owned company that was under control of U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. And, you guessed it, elected president had to flee. Guatemala has been run by a military dictatorship. Over a hundred thousand poor and indigenous people have been killed and our bananas are cheap.
In Congo in 1960 U.S. had a problem, there was a new political leader on rise, and he was concerned about poverty and justice in his country. They had just come out of racist and colonial yoke. The CIA got on it. The next year Patrice Lumumba was dead and U.S. had another dictator in Mobutu. Indonesia in '65 was probably an exciting place to be, colorful, politically lively, a strong left and an equally strong right and a charismatic if somewhat bizarre president Sukarno was leading a fledgling democracy. Indonesia, even then, was a major oil producer. Of course U.S. government was concerned and CIA was quite active, a little too active, they planted a story of an eminent communist takeover and gave right wing military a list of "communists" that they wanted dead. The military and Suharto dictatorship exceeded list by between half a million to a million in one of worst massacres of 20th century. (Sukarno having been kicked out of presidency in U.S. planned and sponsored coup). Ten years later Indonesia story takes another turn. East Timor, newly independent former Portuguese colony is under threat from Indonesia. The U.S. gives a green light for a takeover to Indonesia, giving them U.S. weapons and their blessing in a state visit [Ford and Kissinger] as their plane is leaving tarmac Indonesian military makes its move invading poor island made up of very poor Aboriginal people. The Indonesian military being very cruel, over time killed about 200 thousand of island's 800 thousand inhabitants.
How Enemies Can Become Best Friends Written by Keith Varnum
Can so-called "natural enemies"-wild bears, wolves and mountain lions-live together as friends? Or, will they fight, maim or kill each other? A very special wildlife park shares an " unbelievable" story about how one member of a group can transform consciousness of a whole community. In this case, one was an Arizona gray wolf.
"Your Friends are Wild, Dude!"
On outskirts of Phoenix, an eclectic assortment of wild animals live at "Out of Africa" (www.outofafricapark.com). This wild beast and reptile sanctuary is host to large predatory cats such as lions, tigers, cougars, leopards plus a menagerie of other wild creatures including 16 foot pythons, ancient tortoises, exotic birds and giant lizards. This extraordinary educational center enthralls audiences with live interactions between wild animals and people. In some animal encounters, audience members are invited to spontaneously pet and play with critters. "We wanted to do things in a non-traditional way," states founder, Dean Harrison. "Our objectives focused on co- existing with wildest of all large land predators. At park we work hard to teach kindness to all cats, so that when they grow up and a hierarchy develops, ruler will be a benevolent one."
Close to Heart
Dean and his wife, Prayeri, often share a bed with some of large furry felines who can weigh over 600 pounds. The trusting couple never carry any weapons or physical means of defense. The results of this intimate connection are countless incidences of these creatures exhibiting intelligent, caring behavior towards Harrisons. (You can read about a heart-stopping encounter involving Dean, a black panther named Eclipse, and a lioness called Sahara, at www.outofafricapark.com/oldhtml/wild.html.) Soon Dean and Prayeri discovered that their own benevolent style of living and playing with lions and tigers-species other than their own-influenced other species that are not usually best friends. Remarkably, several "natural adversaries" in park opened to idea of living together peacefully.