American hypocricy and flagrant viola...

American hypocricy and flagrant violation of international law

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Steven Walker

Phoenix, AZ

#1 Apr 28, 2014
American hypocricy and flagrant violation of international law

28.04.2014 16:25

By Steven Walker

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Listening to Vice President Biden of the USA lecture Russia about National Sovereignty, Non-interference in adjacent countries' affairs and the right to self-determination must rank among the most breathtaking load of cant this century. Let's just take a small step back in time to see how American policy compares with Russia's current activity. In Latin America the USA has plenty of form in dealing with democratic governments that do not conform to what Capitalism wants.

Essentially, the post 2nd World War foreign policy USA has been to ensure that American Business is free to trade on its' terms anywhere in the Capitalist World. The government's job is to use military and economic measures to enable unfettered access to raw materials, food and especially oil. In practice this has meant supporting right-wing dictatorships hostile to Leftist parties trying to establish fairer distribution of wealth and greater democracy. When populist opposition reaches a critical point threatening right-wing militaristic regimes the USA is happy to sell the ruling juntas arms for use as instruments of political suppression. Countries that have attempted to reverse this pattern such as Guatemala and the Dominican Republic by electing leftist governments, are then squeezed economically and subverted by CIA-backed forces loyal to the former dictatorships.

Or the USA simply resorts to cultivating very friendly relationships with the military hierarchy and use them to overthrow a government that has not played ball with the USA. This is what happened in Indonesia in 1965 and Chile in 1973. As Noam Chomsky wrote in How The World Works, when describing the tactics used by successive American administrations to sustain Capitalist hegemony: "Keep good relations with the right military officers and they overthrow the government for you."

The Kennedy administration prepared the way for the 1964 military coup in Brazil, helping destroy Brazilian democracy which was becoming far too independent from American Business. The USA supported the coup while its military leaders developed a taste for torture, repression and the use of death squads to terrorize the population. Don't expect the inconvenience of a bloody political anniversary to take the sheen off the World Cup festivities 50 years later. #

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