In 1519, the same year that Cortés invaded Mesoamerica, Ferdinand Magellan led the expedition that first sailed around the world. Magellan’s voyage marked Europe’s first encounters with many native peoples along his route. Magellan’s men violated many of the natives that they met along the way, as well as killed each other in mutinous behavior. Magellan died fighting the natives in today’s Philippines. In 1568, a Spanish expedition from Peru landed in the Solomon Islands (named after King Solomon and his mines, because the Spanish, as usual, ), for the first European contact in that region. Although the natives were once again friendly and welcoming, there was little gold to be found, and the Spaniards wasted little time in waging war against them.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the USA poured several billion dollars worth of weapons, training, and supplies, in the CIA’s largest covert action so far, into Afghanistan, largely through Pakistan. Wherever the CIA has focused its effort, whether it has been Southeast Asia, Central America or Afghanistan, the increased geometrically, as it is a financing mechanism for American covert action. The and it helped build an Islamic fundamentalist against the “evil” communists. Arab rich boy Osama bin Laden was just the thing that the USA was looking for: a ruling class Arab to become the ’s figurehead. As with nearly every other CIA covert action, the principle result was wrecking the nation it intervened in. Afghanistan, due to its geographic location, with the Khyber Pass long being a gateway from Central Asia into the Indian subcontinent, has seen marauding armies pass through, and battles waged there, for millennia. Afghanistan became a European battleground during the days of the 19th century.
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Jefferson was America’s first , but not its last. George Bush the First quite possibly , and the onus may have been on George Bush the Second to collect some bones. The theft of ’s remains would not take much daring, as he already sat in an American prison. I wonder if Osama bin Laden’s or Saddam Hussein’s skulls are in the Skull and Bones collection in 2014. As with and , Osama bin Laden was largely a creation of American foreign policy.
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The 1999 events in East Timor put America’s "humanitarian" intervention in Yugoslavia in an even clearer light. The USA decisively supported the and resultant genocide in the 1970s, while most Americans had never heard of the place. During 1999, Indonesia and East Timor were in tumult. First, looting Indonesia by Suharto and his cronies, with the virtual enslavement of Indonesia by Western corporations such as oil companies, shoe manufacturers and the like, led to a "debt crisis" whereby the IMF and the USA had to "ride to the rescue," which hurt the Indonesian people even worse. The austerity programs imposed by the IMF led to the revolt of the Indonesian people, which toppled the world's greatest butcher of the late-20th century.
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In watching the American media's treatment of the East Timor situation, I did not see one news account disclose to the public the USA's emphatic support of the East Timorese genocide during the 1970s. That history was invisible in the media accounts. In the Seattle media, for the first time I saw a hint about the conflict in America over the USA's ties to the Indonesian military. The article was a whitewash of the USA's involvement. The article quoted one Senate dissident Senate, Tom Harkin of Iowa. Regarding American support for the Indonesian special forces, who were training and arming those "vigilantes," Harkin was quoted as saying, "I can't see any benefit to it…what good did it do us?" As with nearly every foreign policy decision the USA has ever made, the question is framed as, "What's in it for us?" Harkin, one of the few American politicians with some backbone, was candid enough to admit it. The question is never really framed as to how it is helping the people in those nations that we "helped," not behind closed doors. That is not the game and never has been. When the USA reinstalled Aristide in Haiti, they gutted his initial reforms and kept the Haitian people in the yoke.
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Panamanian scholar expressed his amazement that Americans could be so "stupid" as to believe the media propaganda about why America invaded Panama. I was rendered nearly speechless by the mindlessness of some I knew regarding events in Yugoslavia. A 25-year friendship ended when my patience ran out with a friend who called me one morning to cheer the violence, thinking that the USA was "saving" Kosovo with its bombs. When he called me, he voiced the rationale made by butchers throughout history: those people they are about to bludgeon "only understand violence." He was the same person who called me in a rage about the . His life has been a continual quest to find examples of justified violence. He thought he finally found it in our bombing of Yugoslavia. Although he realized that the media lied to him many times in the past on matters of war, he thought that Yugoslavia was an exception. He ended the friendship and stated that I did not respect his opinion on the "helpful" violence that we were inflicting on Yugoslavia. He was right.