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the sons of chieftains in the liberal arts and gave higher marks
to the talents of the Britons than to the studied skill of the
Gauls, with the result that those who recently rejected the Latin
language desired eloquence. Then too our manner of dress became
stylish and there was widespread use of the toga; and gradually
they gave in to the attractions of vices, porticoes and baths
and the elegance of banquets. And this was called civilization
among those who did not know better, *although it was part of
slavery.* Tacitus, *Agricola, Germany and Dialogue On
Orators* (U. of Okla. Press, 1967/1991).
It is ever
so easy for us to talk about the 'War Against Terrorism', and accept
it as a given; an obvious truth.
Yet, it is
exceedingly difficult to speak on it, if one has but an inkling
of the history of the US, in its own regions and neighboring territories,
for the last century, or even
There, we find
a history of US-sanctioned and supported barbarism, against people
throughout the length and breadth of Central and South America,
who have had to endure (if they survived!) decades under ruthless
generals, monsters who wreaked unholy havoc upon their people, or
rapine, torture, murder and more; in the name of their masters
of people who live in the countries south of the Rio Grande, US
claims to wage a 'war against terrorism', are dismissed with deep
cynicism, if not ill humor. For they know that the US has always
been the motivating force behind the sheer terror that has ravaged
their societies since the 1800s.
They know that
the US trained their soldiers, not just in the use of weaponry,
but in the techniques of torture, not to be used against neighboring
threats, but against their own people, on behalf of the landowners,
almost all of whom have themselves sold their souls to the US.
would *love* a 'war against terror', if it meant that the US would
cease interfering in their national affairs; stopped supporting
coups; or stopped buying off sectors of their middle classes.
ago, I was reading a remarkable book; Clara Nieto's *Masters of
War: Latin America and U.S. Aggression* (N.Y.: Seven Stories Press,
2003). In her work, the former diplomat and journalist details US
intervention into Mexican, Cuban, Guatemalan, Argentine, Nicaraguan,
Panamanian, Uruguayan, Brazilian, ... you name it virtually
all Central and Latin American internal affairs. From the 1823 era
of the Monroe Doctrine, to the vicious Reagan years, to the Clinton
era, the US wages war against the forces of democracy in the region,
fueling the forces that has made the US the place of immigration
for millions. Those people leave their homes, not for democracy;
not for freedom; but because they understand that the US will rarely
do at home what it does abroad. Here, at least, is a semblance of
peace. They understand that no place, outside of imperial territory,
is safe from the wrath of the Empire.
As for Cuba,
its leader was subjected to at least a dozen US attempts to kill
him. The CIA enlisted the help of Mafioso like Meyer Lansky, John
Roselli and Santo Trafficante in their assassination attempts against
Fidel Castro. In one year alone, indeed, in
8 months, the CIA carried out 5,780 acts of "sabotage and terrorism"
against Cuba and its leaders, with Mafia help (Nieto, pp. 78-9).
In the 1980s,
Ronald Reagan unleashed a right-wing wave against the Sandinistas
of Nicaragua. As Nieto argues:
"secret war" against Nicaragua became an international
grab bag. Criminals, terrorists, mercenaries, paramilitaries,
soldiers of fortune, unemployed people of various nationalities,
former Green Berets, Cuban veterans of the Bay of Pigs, retired
military officers, former CIA agents, Argentine thugs, and Israeli
advisers (some 30 in 1983) participated in one way or another
These men unleashed
an unholy hell on Nicaragua, of bombings, killings, rapes, tortures,
and widespread murder. All because they were 'following orders'
of the imperial president (Reagan). Reagan would liken these people,
the Contras, to "our Founding Fathers."
had something, at that.
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