If anybody out there thinks that it is Clinton/Bush/Obama that is the problem, then perhaps this little list, which is in no way complete, might help to make the point that it is the system of state/corporate capitalism/imperialism, and not the figurehead at the top that is the real problem.
Excerpts courtesy of CIA timeline. by Steve Kangas
1953: Iran; CIA overthrows the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in a military coup, after he threatened to nationalize British oil.
1954: Guatemala; CIA overthrows the democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in a military coup.
1957-1973: Laos; The CIA carries out approximately one coup per year trying to nullify Laos’ democratic elections.
1959: Haiti; The U.S. military helps “Papa Doc” Duvalier become dictator of Haiti. He creates his own private police force, the “Tonton Macoutes,” who terrorize the population with machetes.
Ecuador; The CIA-backed military forces the democratically elected President Jose Velasco to resign
Congo (Zaire); The CIA assassinates the democratically elected Patrice Lumumba
1963: Dominican Republic; The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Juan Bosch in a military coup
1964: Brazil; A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart. The junta that replaces it will, in the next two decades, become one of the most bloodthirsty in history.
1965: Indonesia; The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup.
Congo (Zaire); A CIA-backed military coup installs Mobutu Sese Seko as dictator.
1967: Greece; A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government two days before the elections.
Bolivia; A CIA-organized military operation captures legendary guerilla Che Guevara.
1969: Uruguay; The notorious CIA torturer Dan Mitrione arrives in Uruguay, a country torn with political strife. Whereas right-wing forces previously used torture only as a last resort, Mitrione convinces them to use it as a routine, widespread practice.
1973: Chile; The CIA overthrows and assassinates Salvador Allende. The CIA replaces Allende with General Augusto Pinochet, who will torture and murder thousands of his own countrymen in a crackdown on labor leaders and the political left.
1981: Iran/Contra Begins; The CIA begins selling arms to Iran at high prices, using the profits to arm the Contras fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua
1983: Honduras; The CIA gives Honduran military officers the Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual, which teaches how to torture people.
1989: Panama; The U.S. invades Panama to overthrow a dictator of its own making, General Manuel Noriega.
Like I said, this list is in no way complete, but there is enough there to surely convince you that changing the smiling face that sits on the throne of corporate capitalism isn’t going to make one bleeding bit of difference to the endless slaughter that goes on to protect the bank balances of the rich parasites that own the corporate world. It will require the destruction of corporate capitalism and the creating a system based on mutual aid and sustainability that will see to the needs of all our people, before we see an end to the slaughter for profits.
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