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Michael Parenti   _   Making the World Safe for Hypocrisy_    Information Clearing House_ ICH

Michael Parenti   _   Making the World Safe for Hypocrisy_    Information Clearing House_ ICH

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7/5/11 9:42 PMMichael Parenti : Making the World Safe for Hypocrisy: Information Clearing House: ICHPage 1 of 35file:///Users/michaelprior/Desktop/Michael%20Parenti%C2%A0%C2%A0%…0%C2%A0%C2%A0%20Information%20Clearing%20House:%20ICH.webarchive
 
Making the World Safe forHypocrisy
By Michael ParentiJune 28, 2011 "Information Clearing House"
--Why hasthe United States government supported counterinsurgency inColombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, and many other placesaround the world, at such a loss of human life to the populations of those nations? Why did it invade tiny Grenadaand then Panama? Why did it su pport mercenary wars against progr essive governments in Nicaragua, Mozambique, Angola,Ethio pia, Afghanistan, Indonesia, East Timor, Western Sahara,South Yemen, and elsewhere?Is it because our leaders want to save democracy? Are theyconcerned about the well-being of these defenseless peoples?Is our national security threatened? I shall try to show that thearguments given to justify U.S. policies are false ones.
 
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But this does not mean the policies themselves are senseless.American intervention may seem "wrongheaded" but, in fact,it is fairly consistent and horribly successful.The history of the United States has been one of territorial andeconomic expansionism, with the benefits going mostly to theU.S. business class in the form of growing investments andmarkets, access to rich natural resources and cheap labor, andthe accumulation of enormous profits.The American people have had to pay the costs of empire,supporting a huge military establishment with their taxes,while suffering the loss of jobs, the neglect of domesticservices, and the loss of tens of thousands of American lives inoverseas military ventures.The greatest costs, of course, have been borne by the peoplesof the Third World who have endured poverty, pillage,disease, dispossession, exploitation, illiteracy, and thewidespread destruction of their lands, cultures, and lives.As a relative latecomer to the practice of colonialism, theUnited States could not match the older European powers inthe acquisition of overseas territories. But the United Stateswas the earliest and most consummate practitioner of neoimperialism or neocolonialism, the process of dominatingthe politico-economic life of a nation without benefit of direct
 
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 possession.Almost half a century before the British thought to give acolonized land its nominal independence, as in India-whilecontinuing to exploit its labor and resources, and dominate itsmarkets and trade-the United States had perfected this practicein Cuba and elsewhere.In places like the Philippines, Haiti, and Nicaragua, and whendealing with Native American nations, U.S. imperialism proved itself as brutal as the French in Indochina, the Belgiansin the Congo, the Spaniards in South America, the Portuguesein Angola, the Italians in Libya, the Germans in SouthwestAfrica, and the British almost everywhere else. Not long ago,U.S. military forces delivered a destruction upon Vietnam,Laos, and Cambodia that surpassed anything perpetuated bythe older colonizers. And today, the U.S. counterinsurgencyapparatus and surrogate security forces in Latin America andelsewhere sustain a system of political assassination, torture,and repression unequaled in technological sophistication andruthlessness.All this is common knowledge to progressive critics of U.S policy, but most Americans would be astonished to hear of it.They have been taught that, unlike other nations, their countryhas escaped the sins of empire and has been a champion of  peace and justice among nations. This enormous gap between

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