Monday, May 03, 2010

THE UNITED STATES AND TERRORISM

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN BY GIDEON RACHMAN IN THE FINANCIAL TIMES

"The US, terrorism and the European Parliament..."

Sorry, Gideon, a grammatical error has altered the meaning of that statement.

The comma shouldn't be there.
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The entire post-WWII period is marked by American support for various terrorists - just so long as they were "our" terrorists.

Pinochet, the Shah of Iran, the PRI in Mexico, the Cuban exiles in Florida, and on and on.

Was there any event since the Holocaust that was more of a savage pointless exercise in murder than America's War in Vietnam?

Three million killed, in often horrific deaths like napalm, for favoring the wrong economic system?

The neutralist government of Cambodia de-stabilized, thus creating the circumstances for the "killing fields"?

The U. S. for decades winked at the IRA , almost enjoying the sense of "up yours" Britain.

Indeed, most of the IRA's funding came from Americans openly collecting for it.

(So much for the silly idea of a special relationship.)

The U.S. dealt on friendly, helpful terms with every monster from Ceau┼čescu and Saddam Hussein to Batista and Marcos - just so long as the monsters toed the American line.

During the terror in Indonesia after the fall of Sukarno, workers in the American State Department kept the phone lines humming, suggesting names to the government that was to oversee cutting the throats of 500,000 people on suspicion of being communists, dumping their bodies in the rivers.

The overthrow of elected government after elected government – Iran, Guatemala, Chile – just because they opposed what were viewed as American interests.

The current "war on terror" is actually not about terror at all. It is about people deeply unfriendly to America's abusive policies abroad and to its tolerance for every abuse Israel cares to commit.

America’s various carpet-bombings and Israel’s savagery towards the Palestinians are unquestionably the world’s most consequential acts of official state terror.

America is no enemy of terror, only of the terrorists it does not like.