United States-sponsored terrorism

As all of you know, we in the United States are at war, a war on terror. At any moment, terrorists could infiltrate our borders attacking the "greatest nation on God’s green earth." While the "war on terror" is a supposedly new phenomenon, terrorism is not at all unfamiliar to the U.S. government.

Long before Osama was a twinkle in his mother’s eye, the United States had been perfecting the art of international terrorism in other countries. The most popular reason to commit acts of terror was the fear of "communism." However, closer examination of these instances will reveal that leftist ideology was actually a front to cover the United States’ real agenda, which was simply to live out the Monroe Doctrine to its fullest. The Monroe Doctrine, in the words of humorist Dave Barry, boils down to three simple precepts: 1) No other countries are allowed to mess with the internal affairs of nations of this hemisphere 2) But we are 3) Ha Ha Ha. Latin America and increasingly more countries have historically been viewed by the United States as its "backyard", in which they want to exploit and control economies and governments. Five hundred years ago, this was called colonialism. Now, it’s called the "war on terror." Here are only a few of the many examples of this policy.

In 1950 Jacobo Arbenz was democratically elected in Guatemala, the first true representative of the people after a string of U.S.-supported dictators. From a U.S. perspective, he was guilty of the horrendous crime of an agricultural reform policy in which the government bought all idle land of 220 acres or more in order to reduce poverty. This upset many large land-owning Americans, but none as much as the United Fruit Company, owner of substantial Guatemalan acreage. Luckily for the UFC, four of their employees held prominent U.S. cabinet positions under Eisenhower. They persuaded the President that the Guatemalan administration was Communist and war ensued.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) paid for mercenaries to be hired and trained to overthrow the Arbenz regime. With full U.S. support, the mercenary army murdered and tortured thousands of innocent villagers to reduce popular support of the rightful government. This is called "state sponsored terrorism," and it lead to a 30 year civil war and the continuation of horrific poverty and violence.

The CIA struck again in 1973 in Chile when Salvador Allende, a very popular Marxist, was democratically elected in spite of CIA covert operations. Fearing "another Cuba," the CIA planned a coup to overthrow Allende and to replace him with the head of the military, General Pinochet. When Pinochet was put into power, the national stadium was converted into a center for mass executions and torture and dogs trained to sexually molest women were set loose.

The attitude of the U.S. government toward this brutal dictatorship can be summed up in the words of then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who told Pinochet that, "In the United States, as you know, we are sympathetic with what you are trying to do here…we wish your government well." Pinochet, like the other U.S.-supported terrorists, were given names like "freedom fighters" to establish some ounce of international credibility. Yet again, the United States supported brutality, violence and terrorism against a legitimate government in order to further their own interests.

Perhaps the pinnacle of U.S. terrorism occurred in Nicaragua throughout the 1980s. In 1979, after a popular uprising overthrew the U.S.-supported dictator Somoza, the Sandinista party set up a democratic-socialist government with popular support and Sandinista Daniel Ortega won with a majority. The economy turned from feeding the lavish desires of one wealthy family to meeting all citizens’ basic needs, such as food, education, housing and work. A government that would not bow to the whims of the United States was unthinkable to President Reagan. With an ingenious "Arms for Money" program, the United States illegally sold Iran weapons in exchange for funds to arm and train more "freedom fighters," aka mercenaries for the CIA-sponsored Contra military coup. Targeting the civilian population, the Contras terrorized innocent villagers, giving them the option to "fight or die."

In 1986, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Contra war by the United States was "illegal and terrorist" and demanded that Nicaragua be compensated 17 million dollars, which the United States ignored. After 30,000 innocent people were killed and a trade embargo destroyed the economy, the United States decided to stop the madness. In 1990 our beloved Jeb Bush put a full page advertisement in the foremost newspaper stating that the United States would not end the Contra war until Nicaraguans elected the U.S.-backed candidate, Violeta Chamorro. Yet another chapter added to the U.S. history of terrorist activities.

More recently, the United States has openly sold weapons to dictators like Saddam Hussein or to terrorists like Osama Bin Laden. The United States is also harboring international terrorist, narcotrafficker and CIA operative, Luis Posada Carilles and refusing to turn him over to Venezuela, who is waiting to try him for numerous crimes. What is unbelievable is not that the United States commits these terrorist crimes but that U.S. citizens are unaware and apathetic to the injustices that they unknowingly support. Whether you are republican or democrat, we all have a moral obligation to educate ourselves on the true ramifications of our government’s policies and to follow Christ’s example of helping "the least of these."

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Title: United States-sponsored terrorism | Author: Kristina KeMain | Section: Opinions | Published Date: 2005-06-01 | Internal ID: 4578