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We Must Come To Grips With Our History

based on a column by Charles Sullivan. Nov 14, 2005

We target nations with left wing leaders like Venezuela’s popular president Hugo Chavez and call them threats to democracy, when we ourselves have no conception of what democracy looks like. The only threat that Hugo Chavez poses to the United States is that he places the needs of the people above the profits of multinational corporations; that is as un-American as it gets. This is why CIA operatives have routinely instigated coups against the hemisphere’s most popular democratically elected leaders. That is why so many of them have been assassinated by bullets paid for by our tax dollars. Countless others have been beaten, tortured, and disappeared, courtesy of U.S. tax dollars.

The U.S. has a long history of opposing democracy throughout the world. The undeniable proof lies hidden in our national history; a history that has been carefully thrust down the memory hole of an Orwellian nightmare.

America’s military might has always opposed and snuffed out fledgling democracies. Every U.S. military intervention in the past fifty years has acted to put down popular movements. Our military might is used not to promote liberation, democracy, and freedom. It is the arm of corporatism that invades and plunders sovereign nations to rob them of treasure and resources. Its purpose is to open new markets to capitalism; to create pools of slave labor and a constant stream of cheap goods for American consumption. It is Wal-Mart amplified a hundred thousand times and projected across the globe.

None of this is news. It is the continuation of Manifest Destiny. It is the sound of the rich and powerful preying upon the poor and the innocent. We must come to grips with our own sordid history and all that it has wrought. Only then we can begin to do something about the present and the future.

You have been reading excerpts from "Iron Fisted America" by Charles Sullivan. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/blpdj. Thanks to Charles Sullivan and informationclearinghouse.info. We visit often and we hope you will too.

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