RN: Our Holocaust (focus on Colombia)


Jan Slakov

From: "Brian Hill" <•••@••.•••>
To: <•••@••.•••>
Subject: A Century of Holcausts by the United States
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 16:17:13 -0800

[re: RN posting of Nov. 11 (Remembrance Day Thoughts...]


I seldom have time to read things like this, but this one tells it
like it is, and I read every word.  Hopefully some liberals will pull
their heads out of the sand and stand up for what they know is right,
and the grass roots right will face the fact that our US government is
the World's greatest facist murderer.  The Nazi's were hired by the US
government to design the CIA.  George Bush, as head of the CIA, was
responsible for the cocaine epidemic, and slick Willy helped Bush push
it.  Thanks.

>ZNet Commentary by  Blase Bonpane
From: "Brian Hill" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: debunking central intelligence
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 13:53:11 -0800

Here's a lot about the CIA, esp., how it deals drugs, murders......


Date: Sat, 6 Nov 1999 00:28:07 -0500
From: Eric Fawcett <•••@••.•••>
Subject: sfp-82: Colombia - next target for U.S. intervention?

Phoney war: The US is planning a massive intervention in Colombia under
the pretext of fighting the 'narco- guerrilla'

by John Pilger, The Guardian, October 19, 1999 

Following its attack on the Balkans, the United States is planning a
massive intervention in Colombia. The Clinton administration has decided
to seek congressional approval for $1bn in military aid to the government
of Andres Pastrana in Bogota. This is for a low-level air war,
American-planned and "advised", with Blackhawk helicopters, satellite
surveillance and cluster bombs. "It is the same policy," says Amnesty
International, "that backed, death squads in El Salvador in the 1980s." It
is the policy that started the war in Vietnam.

Colombia receives more US arms and equipment than any country in the
world, apart from Israel and Egypt. Last May, the Washington Post
disclosed that 200 American military personnel were playing key parts in
the war against the guerrillas of Colombia's popular resistance, who
occupy an area the size of Switzerland. Justifying a frontal attack on the
resistance presented difficulties for Washington until the War on Drugs
replaced the Soviet Threat, and a new enemy was conjured: the

The hypocrisy of American anti-drug campaigns in Colombia dates back to
the 1970s when congress cut back US aid to repressive Latin American
police forces while increasing so called anti-narcotics aid by about the
same amount: a sleight of hand barely acknowledged at the time. "To keep
the aid coming," wrote Peter Dale-Scott in his book, Cocaine Politics,
"corrupt Latin American politicians helped to invent the spectre of the
drug-financed narco-guerrilla, a myth." He quotes a senior US military
officer who says the way to counter "those church and academic groups that
have slavishly supported the insurgency in Latin America" is to put them
"on the wrong side of the moral issue".

Because coca was grown by the poorest peasants as their sole means of
survival, the guerrillas they supported were attacked, in a bogus "war on
drugs" - while the drug cartels and their allies in the military were
strengthened. This has been US strategy since the 1960s, when a secret
American-led "Force X" infiltrated the guerrillas, carrying out atrocities
that would then be blamed on the insurgency. Pioneered in Vietnam by the
CIA's infamous Colonel Edward Lansdale, it was also used in Indonesia
during the CIA-assisted bloodbath that brought Suharto to power.

What Washington fears most in South America is not drugs, but losing
control of the critical north-east corner of the continent when the US
military reluctantly withdraws from the Panama Canal at the end of the
year. Compounding this is the popular nationalism of the reformist
government of Hugo Chavez in oil-rich Venezuela. So far, the Americans
have been able to control Panama by the open threat of an invasion similar
in ferocity to that ordered by President Bush in 1990 on the pretext of
arresting General Noriega, the head of state, drugs dealer and former
friend of George Bush when he ran the CIA. At least 20,000 Panamanian
civilians were killed in the American assault. If the popular resistance
in Colombia can be "pacified", Venezuela may be restored to its
traditional submissiveness.

In Colombia, however, matters are getting out of hand. Last month, a
general strike all but stopped the cities and towns. Ten thousand Indian
people blockaded the south; the majority of high school and university
students walked out of their classes. Like most of Latin America,
Colombia's economy is prescribed by the International Monetary Fund.
Almost half the gross domestic product goes on paying off an unrepayable
debt, while the Pastrana government is selling off most of the
infrastructure, from telecommunications to the water supply, at well below
its true value but at too high a price for domestic capital. The
beneficiaries are, as ever, US and other western multinationals. In that
respect, it is simply globalisation at work, a war of the rich versus the

Violence is a constant, with more than 2,000 trade unionists assassinated,
and thousands "disappeared" and killed by drug- trafficking paramilitaries
who, like their counterparts in East Timor, are often indistinguishable
from a military trained for civil repression - many in the US. A Human
Rights Watch report says that army officers who planned and took part in
paramilitary violence, "have been promoted and rewarded and now occupy the
highest positions in the Colombian military".

The British are flying the flag. The Blair government has approved weapons
sales to the Colombian military - ammunition, grenades. British Petroleum,
whose former chairman, Lord Simon, made the smooth transition to Blair's
minister for competitiveness, "is the most aggressive oil company in
Colombia", says the national workers' union. An investigation by ITV's
World in Action in 1997 revealed that BP had contracted former British SAS
soldiers to train paramilitaries. The company denied the allegations.

When the suffering of the East Timorese was finally ordained news and the
force of world opinion brought a glimpse of hope and freedom, it was too
late for the thousands of victims of policies materially supported, even
formulated, by Faustian partners in Washington and London. They ought not
to get away with more of the same in Colombia.

 There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that
 is an idea whose time has come.
                                        -Victor Hugo
sent by: Jan Slakov, Box 35, Weymouth, NS, Canada B0W 3T0  (902) 837-4980
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