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6/27/04] Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal
On the 30th
of June, the Kissinger protege, L. Paul Bremer, will no longer rule
in Iraq. Like a Roman prefect being recalled from the colonies,
Bremer will relinquish his rights as Imperial Overlord, granted
as a result of American arms.
In his stead
will step John Negroponte, recently sworn in as U.S. Ambassador
to Iraq, and formerly Ambassador to Honduras.
time in Honduras is any indication of Iraq's future, then it is
grim indeed. Under Negroponte, Hondurans suffered from the ravages
of the CIA-trained death squad, known as Battalion 316. According
to the *Baltimore Sun*, that Honduran intelligence unit used "shock
and suffocation devices in interrogations." The article noted,
"Prisoners often were kept naked and when no longer useful,
killed and buried in unmarked graves" (Baltimore Sun, 11 June
selected by the late president Ronald Reagan, played a key role
in supporting and supervising the Nicaraguan *contras* who were
based in Honduras. The US held the Hondurans in such low regard
that the gringos privately referred to the nation as "our little
whore in Central America." [Clara Nieto, *Masters of War: Latin
America and U.S. Aggression* (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2003),
attacks led to the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent civilians.
This is the dude that will help bring 'democracy' to the Iraqis.
The Bush administration has selected a bona fide 'terrorist' to
hold the post of American Ambassador.
Under such an administration as this, the depredations of Abu Ghraib
will become the official norm.
job will be, as the new imperial prefect, to incorporate old Baathist
elements back into the government, and especially, military service.
His job is to reconstruct the Baathist infrastructure, the repressive
armed forces, the intelligence apparatus, and, in essence, to reconstruct
Iraq, without Saddam.
expertise certainly bodes well for this project.
have heard Iraq's so- called interim prime minister, El Allawi,
intimate that the government wants to institute martial law.
So much for
The Iraq War
was not waged 'for democracy.' It was based upon false pretenses,
about alleged weapons of mass destruction that threatened US national
Now, it is part of a larger imperial project; the jump-off point
of a mad effort of what Independent presidential candidate Ralph
Nader calls, "messianic militarists", to remake the face
of the Middle East.
It is the age-old
imperial conceit to remake a nation in America's image. It
is the global extension of the Monroe Doctrine the claim
to dominate any other nation, at will, because of military prowess.
A century of
U.S. domination of Latin America hasn't left it better off. It is
doubtful, in the extreme, whether U.S. domination of the Mid East
will do those folks any good.
Surely, the sending of Negroponte is, at least, a bad omen. The
action forced Honduran supporters of the so-called 'coalition' to
call their troops home.
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