Friday, May 13, 2011
Interventions & Covert foreign Regime change actions
For a timeline of all U.S. Interventions see: WIKIPEDIA
Reference: The Secret History of the American Empire by John Perkins
After World War II
Under the guise of "progress" and "industrialization" we enslave nations, by persuading leaders to take our loans, then using our corporations we install power plants, mines, factories and when they default on their loans we leverage payment through the sale of their resources at cheap prices, have them vote in our favor, back other military interventions.
1975 Indonesian Army invades East Timor. The brutal occupation forces slaughtered an estimated 200,000 people, one third of the population of East Timor.
Documents released by the National Security Archive establish that the U.S. government not only supplied the weapons used in the massacre but also explicitly approved the invasion. President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger met with Suharto on December 6, 1975 and agreed with his planned attack.
1996 two East Timorese activists receive Nobel peace prizes which sends shockwaves through Jakarta, Washington and on Wall Street.
Other victims of the 'economic miracle' are the Bugis, Dyaks, Melanesias, their lands have been stolen and their lives and traditions destroyed, paralleling the earlier genocides conducted in the United States against our indigenous people.
Suharto (8 June 1921 – 27 January 2008) was the second President of Indonesia, holding office for 31 years. A stalwart anti-communist, used extreme brutality killing some 500,000 reminiscent of those of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Mao during an Communist-instigated coup.
The goal of U.S. foreign policy was to stop communism and support the president. We expected Suharto to serve Washington like the shah of Iran since the two men were vain, greedy and ruthless. In addition to coveting it's oil, we wanted Indonesia to set an example for the rest of Asian and the Muslim world.
An estimated 52% of Indonesia's population lives on less than two dollars a day, that buy two meals of rice and vegetables and a couple of bananas.
1950-1953 Korean War. The United States responded to North Korean invasion of South Korea by going to its assistance, pursuant to United Nations Security Council
resolutions. US forces deployed in Korea exceeded 300,000 during the last year of the conflict. Over 36,600 US military were killed in action.
1990-96 Asian Collapse resulted from the horrendous debts incurred to amass fortunes for the country's elites.
Foreign Debt [as a percentage of gross domestic product, GDP] Indonesia 60%, Thailand 35%, China 15%, Singapore 10%. It's clear we burdened these countries with staggering amounts of debt. Indonesians were forced to redeem themselves by satisfying the desires of our corporations.
Nike, Adidas, Ralph Lauren, Wal-Mart, and The Gap benefit from human beings that are grossly underpaid, whom are beaten if they complain or protest, suffer horrible lives so that merchandise can be sold at low prices.
Behind the Swoosh Jim Keaddy and Leslie Kretzu see Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-yxoJkgzJA
Venezuela 's Chavez
1998 Hugo Chavez is elected president, commits to re-injecting oil profits to help
the poor, combat illiteracy, malnutrition and disease. U.S. corporations saw this as a threat; the Bush administration had two nightmares Chavez and Hussein that needed to end.
Using tactics perfected in Iran, Chile and Colombia jackals sent thousands of people into the streets of Caracas in 2002. There they met pro-Chavez demonstrators with overwhelming support kept Chavez in power. Official Venezuelan investigations revealed the coup was sponsored by the U.S. government and the White House.
November 2002 Lucio Guierrez is elected President, aligning himself with the World Bank and the IMF oil company profiteering and government corruption proliferates. Ecuador's currency is converted into dollars.
Bolivia and Bechtel: The Water Revolt
Video: Cochabamba’s Poorest Neighborhoods Take on the Challenge of Water
In January 2000, just months after it took over control of the water system of Bolivia’s third largest city, Cochabamba, a Bechtel Corporation subsidiary hit water users with enormous price increases. These increases forced some of the poorest families in South America to literally choose between food and water. The people came out into the streets in protest, and were met with violent repression by government troops that left one 17-year-old boy dead and more than a hundred people wounded. In April 2000, the people finally forced Bechtel to leave.
1973 declassified U.S. government documents confirmed rumors that the Nixon
administration and the CIA had coordinated efforts with U.S. companies and the Chilean military to overthrow and assassinate democratically elected president Salvador Allende. His 'crime' had been to honor his campaign promises that Chilean resources should belong to Chileans. As in Iran, Iraq, Guatemala, Indonesia and so many other places the U.S. backed a man to replace Allende with bloodthirsty profiles like Gen. Augusto Pinochet. It was discovered Pinochet had $16 million at Riggs Bank in Washington D.C.
CIA Coup d'état using the extant government's power to assume political control of the country.
1953 Iran Coup - The 1953 Iranian coup d'état, on August 19, 1953 (known as the 28 Mordad coup in Iran), was the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh orchestrated by the intelligence
agencies of the United Kingdom and the United States as operation TPAJAX. The coup saw the transition of Mohammad-Rezā Shāh Pahlavi from a constitutional monarch to an authoritarian one who relied heavily on U.S. support to hold on to power until his own overthrow in February 1979.
1954 Guatemalan coup d'état was a covert operation organized by the United States CIA to overthrow Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán, the democratically-elected President of Guatemala.
1958 Iraq Coup - General Qasim deposed the Western-allied Iraqi monarchy. The United States/CIA government assisted the 1963 coup by supporting Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party financially.
1959–75 Vietnam War. President John F. Kennedy had established Asia as the
bulwark of anticommunist empire builders when he supported a 1963 coup against South Vietnam's Ngo Dinh Diem. Diem was subsequently assassinated and many believed the CIA gave that order. Diem's downfall led directly to the buildup of U.S. military forces in Southeast Asia and ultimately the Vietnam War.
1960, Belgium granted independence to its most prized territory, the Belgian Congo. A leader of the successful anti-colonial struggle, Patrice Émery Lumumba was elected to be the first prime minister of the country that following its independence from colonial rule had become known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Soon after the election, during the Congo Crisis, the CIA and the Belgian government orchestrated a military coup to remove the Lumumba government from power. Lumumba was subsequently murdered in prison.
Military Interventions After WWII
• Communist states 1945-1989
• Iran 1953
• Tibet 1950s
• Guatemala 1954
• Cuba 1959
• Democratic Republic of the Congo 1960
• Iraq 1963
• Brazil 1964
• Republic of Ghana 1966
• Iraq 1968
• Chile 1973
• Afghanistan 1973-74
• Iraq 1973-75
• Argentina 1976
• Afghanistan 1978-1980s
• Iran 1980
• Alleged U.S. green light for Saddam
Effort to destabilize through war
• Nicaragua 1981-1990
• Destabilization through CIA assets
• Arming the Contras
• El Salvador 1980-92
• Cambodia 1980-95
• Angola 1980s
• Philippines 1986
• Iraq 1992-1995
• Venezuela 2002
• Haiti 2004
• Palestinian Authority, 2006-present
• Somalia 2006-2007
• Iran 2001-present
• Jundullah militants
• Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan
• People's Mujahedin of Iran