Justin King (TheAntiMedia)
September 11, 2014
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The United States will eventually go to war in Syria to install a friendly government. The United States has a long history of overthrowing leaders of nations that stand in the way of US economic interests, which of course means corporate interests that have little to do with the average American citizen and nothing to do with the men and women dying in some far flung hot spot. Thumbnail credit: democraticunderground.com
US leadership reacts with feigned horror at the news that ISIS militants have murdered a pair of journalists. It’s a false indignation. If the US cared about journalistic freedoms, it wouldn’t rank 46th in press freedom. It certainly wouldn’t have given $1 billion to Azerbaijan, a nation that routinely makes journalists simply “disappear.”
Western airwaves are filled with news covering each and every ISIS atrocity. US leaders condemn ISIS as a threat to the world for their treatment of religious minorities and women. If the US cared about such a trivial thing as human rights, it wouldn’t be propping up Saudi Arabia.
The US condemns the indiscriminate attacks on civilians by ISIS, yet asserts Israel’s right to do the same against the civilian populace of Gaza.
Keep in mind that all of the above is being carried out by the ISIS war machine that the United States armed.
This is nothing new to American history. The United States has a tradition of overthrowing nations that is long enough to make it seem like it’s the nation’s national pastime.
A brief summary of US-backed overthrows:
Due to limited word space, this listing only includes an extremely limited selection of successful coup d’etats.
1953 – Iran: The US along with the United Kingdom overthrew the elected leadership of the country and installed a king. Motive: The elected government wanted to audit Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (That company is known as BP today). They also planned on nationalizing Iranian oil supplies.
1954 – Guatemala: After a US-backed dictator, who granted US companies massive land holdings, was deposed from within; the US overthrew the new democratically elected President and installed a series of dictators triggering a 30-year long civil war. Motive: Combating communism in the Western hemisphere and the loss of land held by United Fruit Company (That company is known today as Chiquita).
1960 – Congo: Belgium granted the nation independence, and the Congolese elected a leftist leadership that was opposed to moderately opposed to the Western powers. Almost immediately, Belgian corporate interests started rebellions in two regions rich in mining operations. The United States stepped in and plotted the assassination of the elected leadership, though this never came to pass. Eventually, US-backed rebels took power. Motive: Diamonds and other minerals. Removal of an anti-capitalist government.
1961 – Dominican Republic: The United States maintained “quite extensive [Central Intelligence] Agency involvement” with the plotters of the assassination of Rafael Trujillo. Trujillo was a brutal dictator, but more importantly to US officials, he kept the wealth of the island nation entirely in the hands of his close friends. United States corporations were unable to make any meaningful return on investment in the country. Motive: Removal of an obstacle to US corporate investment.
1970 – Chile: The United States backed the overthrow of the democratically elected government even though the State Department identified “no vital national interests within Chile.” However several US corporations maintained mining operations in the Andes that were threatened by the popularity of the Chilean government’s leftist policies. Motive: Silver mining interests, US image of power during Vietnam.
After the botched funding and arming of the contras in the 1980s, the United States shifted policies and began more openly engaging in “regime change” operations. The most recent examples are Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan.
The real reasons the United States wants a war in Syria:
Historically, the United States went to war to protect business. After decades of serving as the world’s police force, war is business in the United States. While this may seem simplistic, a quick look at the most outspoken proponents of the war reveals that almost all of them are current shareholders in large defense contractors.
There are certainly scores of US corporations awaiting their share of the contracts to rebuild a demolished Syria, but the major winners will be the defense contractors and the US government itself, which is in desperate need of a foreign enemy to unite the US population.
Whether in support of the rebels or to attack them, the US business machine that controls foreign policy will find a way to embroil the US fighting man in a war in Syria. The only thing that will stop that war and loss of life is the outcry of the American people.
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