Distorted Democracy

Posted by: Zapata_

Distorted Democracy - 06/06/05 09:21 PM

Yet another interesting and lengthy peice on that wonderful Reagan/Bush era<br><br><br>From War Against the Poor: Low-Intensity Conflict and Christian Faith<br>http://www.religion-online.org/showchapter.asp?title=2288&C=2190<br><br>A little taste:<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>My objective all along was to withhold from the Congress exactly what the [National Security Council] was doing in carrying out the Presidentís policy [toward Nicaragua].<br>-- John Poindexter, former National Security Advisor<br><br><br>. . . destroy this letter after reading. . . . We need to make sure that this new financing [for the contras] does not become known. The Congress must believe that there continues to be an urgent need for funding.<br>-- Lt. Col. Oliver North1<br><br><br>Iran/Contragate did not begin with Oliver North. Nor is the scandal just about Iran and Nicaragua. For a quarter century, a Secret Team of U.S. military and CIA officials, acting both officially and on their own, have waged secret wars, toppled governments, trafficked in drugs, assassinated political enemies, stolen from the U.S. government, and subverted the will of the Constitution, the Congress, and the American people.<br>-- The Christie Institute<br><p><hr></blockquote><p><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>No nation on earth has a stronger verbal commitment to freedom and to democratic principles than the United States. However, this verbal commitment bears little or no resemblance to the historical record of U.S. interventionism in defense of privilege. Rhetoric about freedom and democracy has served as a convenient cover for the defense of the freedom to rob and exploit.<br><br>The "myth of democratic ideals" has managed to survive despite near constant military and economic interventions in defense of dictatorships or unrepresentative governments throughout the globe. U.S. support for dictators in Cuba, Iran, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Brazil, South Korea, Argentina, and numerous other places did not prevent our leaders from talking with a straight face about "freedom and democracy." Dozens of U.S. military interventions in Central America, invasions of the Dominican Republic and Grenada, a several-decade-long war in Vietnam, covert activities that ousted democratically elected governments in Guatemala and Chile, economic backing for the racist regime in South Africa, and World Court decisions condemning U.S. policies in Central America have not dampened our capacity for self-serving myths.<br><p><hr></blockquote><p><br>Just like today!<br><br><br>