Why isn't the terrible history of U.S. intervention in Central America and the
Caribbean a staple of the curriculum, so that everyone learns, for example, that there are
people living under conditions of virtual slavery in Guatemala because land reform was
stopped by a CIA coup in 1954, and subsequent interventions under Kennedy and Johnson
helped maintain a terror-and-torture state with few counterparts in the modern world? Why
isn't it a staple of modern history that in Greece in the late 1940s the United States,
with a degree of fanaticism, organized a murderous counterinsurgency campaign, putting
tens of thousands of people into reeducation camps where they were tortured and killed,
backing the expulsion of tens of thousands of others, destoying the unions and the
political system and carrying on massacres?
The Chomsky Reader - Noam Chomsky p.48
Major U.S. military intervention in Central America began 131 years ago, in 1854, when
the United States Navy bombarded and destroyed San Juan del Norte, a port town in
In the first third of this century, we sent military forces into Cuba, Panama, Mexico, and Honduras and occupied Haiti for nineteen years...Woodrow Wilson, the great apostle of self-determination, celebrated this doctrine by invading Mexico and Haiti, and by launching a counterinsurgency war in the Dominican Republic, again with ample destruction and torture.
The Chomsky Reader - Noam Chomsky p.326
for a list of U.S. interventions try American Militarism - WWW Virtual Library Sumeria
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things
must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places and there shall be famines and troubles; these are the beginnings of sorrows.
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