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(en) Freedom 6403 8 Feb, 2003 - Let's bomb Florida

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Date Tue, 18 Mar 2003 09:54:14 +0100 (CET)


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Since the unravelling of the USSR and the soft shoe
shuffle of China into capitalism, the whole world has
become the American Global Empire. This, as they
say, is a whole new ball game - and they don't play
cricket, you know. Iraq will be just another episode in
America's long-running use of bombing to keep its
global garden tidy. On a very frequent basis, the
United States is bombing somewhere. How long will it
be before they discover and bomb terrorists in the old
Soviet Union?

Here's a long and boring list of their previous
adventures Ğ China 1945-46, Korea and China 1950-51,
Guatemala 1954, Indonesia 1958, Cuba 1959-61,
Guatemala (again) 1960, Congo 1964, Peru 1965, Laos
1964-73, Vietnam 1961-73 (lost away, winning at home
on economic aggregate), Cambodia 1969-70, Guatemala
1967-69 (were the other two practice runs?), El
Salvador and Nicaragua 1980, Grenada 1983, Lebanon
and Syria 1983-84, Libya 1986 (with a little help from
certain friends), Iran 1987, Panama 1989, Iraq and
Kuwait 1991, Somalia 1993, Bosnia 1994-95, Sudan
1998, Afghanistan 1998 (more practice), Yugoslavia
1999, Afghanistan 2001.

All these have been part, to some extent or other, of
various American Wars on Terrorism, which should
put their current actions into a longer term
perspective. Cynics say American policy revolves
around how you define a terrorist. Someone once
called a terrorist 'someone with a bomb but without an
air force', though even that has looked tenuous since
September 11th.

Regrettable as the loss of life in the Twin Towers was,
it certainly gave the US a few inches of moral high
ground, which Bush and his pals are still trying to
exploit even now. But it doesn't really work if it's put
into the global scales of justice alongside, say, Laos,
bombed for nine years. Kissinger, the American
Secretary of State behind this atrocity, has never stood
trial for crimes against humanity. Funny that.

And what does America, home of the brave, land of the
free, believer in rights and upholder of democracy,
tend to do when it's finished bombing? Traditionally it
installs, against the wishes of the people if need be,
the most noxious power-crazed right-wing dictator it
can find - so no prizes for guessing what's going to
happen in Iraq.

It's hard to shake America's stand on human rights,
which has been consistent over time. I could give you
another long, boring list, but a few examples will do.
General Jose Guillermo, sometime head of El
Salvador's armed forces and connected to the death
squads which killed countless thousands in the 1980s,
spent the 1990s in Florida. He's still there now. His
successor, the much-feared Carlos Casanova, also
nowadays resides in the Sunshine State. Numerous
Haitian human rights violators-at-home are resident in
America too, their lives untroubled by the FBI.

The Haitians would make a long list on their own.
Here's just one. In the early 1990s, Colonel Carl
Dorelien oversaw the butchery - murder, rape, torture
and kidnapping - of vast numbers. Over 5,000 people
died (more than one WTC's worth, though not as
spectacular). And where is he now? Yup, Florida again.
Armando Larios, late of the Chilean military, tidied up
at least 72 political prisoners in 1973; Argentinian
admiral Jorge Enrico, organiser of the Buenos Aires
torture centre 1976-83; and many others of the same
ilk from all over the place enjoy unhindered American
hospitality.

Now, as an anarchist I'm against non-consenting acts
of violence. But Our President does say that any state
which might, possibly, have anything to do with
terrorists is a fair target. So, is there any reason why
we shouldn't bomb Florida? Answers on a postcard
please ...
Colin Johnson

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