So I was going through my laptop and found some old documents I had researched and written a few months back. Surprisingly enough, it is still relevant to my life now, and I thought I’d share some of this with a few, minor corrections and touch-ups here and there.
Let me first start off by stating that war is a harsh entity that no man, woman, or child should ever experience in his or her lifetime, yet humanity has thus far, since its inception, been constantly enveloped in warfare. From religious crusades as early as the eleventh century to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan (yes, we’re still in Iraq), humans have not ceased fighting amongst one another. The purpose here in this mini-essay is to really analyze and scrutinize details that would possibly explain not only why we go to war, but also how we CONTINUE to fight wars. The media would have us believing without raising a question of doubt that the causes for war these days are to “spread democracy,” “liberate the people,” and/or “end terrorism.” Stepping back to and through the Cold War, although the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics both avoided direct combat, the perceptions Americans held in their minds were, however, unfortunately blinded by emotional and otherwise false propaganda.
Many Americans during, and even after the Cold War, have held the idea that these tensions were caused by the differences in ideologies between democracy and communism and held a blind animosity toward Russians. Now while part of this is true, this did not mean, however, that all Americans were ignorant and all Russians were evil as our textbooks and media outlets have published. Such hostilities quickly led to fear, followed by uncontrollable heights of paranoia. We have seen this and continue to see this happen today with the demonization and condemnation of the Arab world and Muslim culture. Eventually the establishment of organizations such as the Central Intelligence Agency came to be to bring “peace” and “stability” to America’s hysteria. Unfortunately at the same time, these institutions executed various operations and programs, most of which were covert and illegal, to protect what they conceived to be, “America’s best interests.” Hiding behind the deceiving excuse of communism (or terrorism these days) and instability, the government utilized and stretched its foreign policies; regardless of the consequences, effects and those who they exploited, so long as the United States profited from these acts either financially or sentimentally and were not harmed in the process, the ends justify the means. The “Kill or Be Killed,” attitude rapidly manifested itself into every American, driving those who held power in government positions to ensure the safety of their country.
Beginning as soon as the end of World War II, the United States initiated Project PAPERCLIP, during which top German scientists and engineers, most of whom were still dedicated Nazis and former Schutzstaffel officers, were smuggled into the United States. The United States was led to believe that these German individuals had in their possession extensive Soviet intelligence. The objective was to utilize their intellectual assets which almost defeated the Allied Forces during World War II, and develop new methods and technology to eliminate the Soviets and stay ahead of the United Kingdom should the situation ever occur rather than have the international courts convict these personnel. These lucky Germans were promised anonymity and even eventual United States citizenship. The result of their efforts included modern rockets, as many of them were former V1 and V2 rocket engineers and designers, as well as the the Space Program in conjunction with NASA.
(Additional information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip)
The next subject is quite relative to the conflict which is even occurring now in the Middle East. Throughout my research, I came across a book entitled Countercoup, written by Kermit Roosevelt, Junior, President Theodore Roosevelt’s grandson. Kermit Roosevelt, Junior planned and launched Operation AJAX and within this book “Countercoup,” details his thoughts and actions taken during this operation. Mossadegh, Iran’s first democratically elected prime minister, was to be removed from his position after he proposed nationalizing British oil, but under the guise that he was a communist threat to the West. Once dictator Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and his secret police, SAVAK known for being as brutal, if not more, as the Gestapo, replaced Mossadegh, Pahlavi maintained favorable trade between his country and the United States and Great Britain. SAVAK was responsible for media censorship, interrogation and oftentimes torture and killings of prisoners, assassinations, and spying upon the people of Iran. More information on SAVAK can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savak
Not only that, but the United States also continued to generously finance Pahlavi’s army and secret services to keep him in power. The excuse of communism for the United States’s intervention in Iran has since been disproved when then Secretary of State Dean Acheson admitted it was a mere “smokescreen.”
Anyone remember the Iran Hostage Crisis in which 52 Americans were held hostage at the American Embassy for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981? That was a direct response to the Iranian Revolution in 1979 which was a direct response to the undermining actions of the United States and Central Intelligence Agency after over 20 years of savage dictatorship. And this was one of the first most detrimental causes to an otherwise “unsteady” relationship between the West and the Middle East in the 20th and 21st centuries, specifically the relationship between the United States and Iran which we see today.
(Additional information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_ajax)
Coming back to the Americas, in 1954, Operation PBSUCCESS aimed to remove the second-ever universal-suffrage president Jacobo Arbenz from power. The Rockefeller-owned United Fruit Company was installed within Guatemala’s boarders in the early 1900’s and when Arbenz proposed land reformations that included building a highway and railroad system through the company’s property, it faced the threat of losing its trade monopoly. Additionally, Arbenz proposed expropriating unused land and giving them to the poor. A Central Intelligence Agency History Staff Analysis released a summary detailing the Central Intelligence Agency’s plans and justifications for removing Arbenz. Prior to any actual assassination attempts, Arbenz fled the country aboard a United States ambassador’s private plane. Jacobo Arbenz was then replaced with a series of right-wing dictators who would maintain their loyalty to the United States’ economic demands, along with brutal policies that would kill over one hundred thousand Guatemalans within forty years. The actual CIA report can be found and downloaded directly off of its website here – http://www.foia.cia.gov/docs/DOC_0000134974/DOC_0000134974.pdf
One last point on which I would like to shed some light occurred on March 13, 1962 during which the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lemnitzer presents Operation Northwoods to the Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Within this document includes pretexts the United States could present for military intervention in Cuba after its failed Bay of Pigs Invasion. The United States would place blame on Cuba for actions such as destroying ships and key structures, commencing terrorism campaigns, and slayings of enumerable innocent civilians, thus providing public and international backing for its intrusion. I have a short clip from the film “Loose Change: 2nd Edition” that basically outlines the entire document and proposal (all ownership and copyright goes to the makers and producers of “Loose Change: 2nd Edition – I do not own any of it):
(Additional information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods)
All this evidence reflects upon the reality of our world (well, at least for the United States) in which people in power exploit the vulnerabilities of our emotions and other psychological aspects in order to justify an unjust cause. Humans go to war for reasons that would benefit them socio-economically, and we have seen this time and time again, only now they are otherwise cleverly disguised with reasons such as “spreading democracy,” “liberating the people,” or “ending terrorism.”
So this rant is not an anti-American one, because facts are facts, and there exists no way to change what really happened in history. Information may be skewed or excluded from our history textbooks, but the facts will ALWAYS remain – there really are no two ways looking at them. Just note that things may not be the way they seem, especially in this day and age. Unfortunately information of most if not all of these behind-closed-doors deals tend to only surface many, many years after it has occurred (hm, I wonder why…) when they are no longer relevant to the times – i.e. when people don’t really give a crap. We therefore will most likely not have access to the full details on matters concerning relatively recent affairs, such the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the various conflicts in the Middle East and around the rest of the world.
So before you jump on the bandwagon and eat up everything the media serves you, do a little research; I encourage anyone and everyone to do so – it’ll be more valuable to your time rather than Facebook stalking an enemy or watching your favorite celebrity get bashed for breaking up with his or her partner.