Colonising the World - US-Style
Colonising the world is a complicated and difficult business, primarily because most nations are unwilling to be colonised, and they tend to resist foreign invasions and the enslavement of their people.
Therefore, you usually need a large and powerful military to not only invade and conquer, but to frequently kill, torture and terrorise large portions of the population, in order to keep them obedient.
And you need large numbers of officials willing to relocate to these colonies in order to 'manage' the plunder of their wealth and resources. And of course, this requires large sums of money and effort.
Also, you must normally remain present in these colonies. History has proven it's quite difficult to be an 'absentee coloniser' since the colonies quickly tend to become forgetful and disobedient, being more interested in their rights rather than yours.
And what with having to put down the constant rebellions, the trouble of loading all that gold and treasure, the selfish peasants preferring to grow food products instead of opium, dealing with a local government that resists the enslavement of their people, it was a difficult job.
But the Americans, inventive as always, discovered a new and almost effortless way to colonise the world while still ensuring the constant flow of treasure to their shores - true remote-control colonisation. Here's how it worked:
It worked beautifully, in about 50 countries. US multi-nationals could come in, virtually enslave the population by paying dirt-poor wages, export all the resources, and become not only obscenely rich but enormous, world-scale companies.
These US government-sponsored CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First, American business interests abroad are threatened by a popular or democratically elected leader.
The people support their leader because he intends to conduct land reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth, nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business to protect workers, consumers and the environment.
So, on behalf of American business, and often with their help, the CIA mobilizes the opposition. First it identifies right-wing groups within the country (usually the military), and offers them a deal: "We'll put you in power if you maintain a favorable business climate for us." The Agency then hires, trains and works with them to overthrow the existing government (usually a democracy).
It uses every trick in the book: propaganda, stuffed ballot boxes, purchased elections, extortion, blackmail, sexual intrigue, false stories about opponents in the local media, infiltration and disruption of opposing political parties, kidnapping, beating, torture, intimidation, economic sabotage, death squads and even assassination.
These efforts culminate in a military coup, which installs a right-wing dictator. The CIA trains the dictator’s security apparatus to crack down on the traditional enemies of big business, using interrogation, torture and murder.
The victims are said to be "communists," but almost always they are just peasants, liberals, moderates, labor union leaders, political opponents and advocates of free speech and democracy. Widespread human rights abuses follow.
This scenario has been repeated so many times that the CIA actually teaches it in a special school, the notorious "School of the Americas." Here, the CIA trains Latin American military officers how to conduct coups, the use of interrogation, torture and murder.
The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that by 1987, 6 million people had died as a result of CIA covert operations. Former State Department official William Blum correctly calls this an "American Holocaust."
Unlucky nations are targeted for a wide variety of reasons: not only threats to American business interests abroad, but also liberal or even moderate social reforms, political instability, and the unwillingness of a leader to carry out Washington’s dictates.
This is how the US became a rich country. It was not, as most Americans believe, by being 'free' or by having 'democracy', or by being smarter or more inventive than other nations.
Instead, it was all done mostly with illegal military force, virtually enslaving many dozens of countries as brutal military colonies, using all of these nations as cows to milk.
It began with the Dulles brothers and their United Fruit Company in Central America, with ITT (the US firm named International Telephone and Telegraph, that helped to finance the overthrow of local governments), and continued from there.
All of South and Central America, much of Africa and much of Asia, were all exposed to this brand of American 'freedom and democracy'. And it is not a surprise that so much of the world bitterly hates the US today.
Americans never see this side of their country. Indeed, the internet and the US PR machines are full of glowing praise for the power of US companies, with terms like "The American Copper Industry: Bright Future Glorious Past".
But that 'glorious past' consists of raping, looting and plundering other nations for more than 100 years. It is not a surprise that most of South and Central America is as poor today as 100 years ago, in spite of a century of being exposed to American 'freedoms and human rights'.
The US is only 4% of the worlds population, but has been consuming 25% of the worlds resources. That is why Americans are "exceptional" and rich, but those days are over, forever.
This 4% of the worlds population will have to get used to consuming only its 4% of the world's resources and that is going to be a very, very painful adjustment.
By 1929 the US mining giant Anaconda owned all of Chile's copper - the world's most productive copper mines - and made billions in profits while Chile remained in poverty.
In 1971 Chile’s president, Salvador Allende, nationalised Anaconda’s copper mines because the company was plundering his nation.
The US government immediately sent in the CIA to destabilise Chile, they overthrew the Allende government, and installed Augusto Pinochet as the new US dictator, a man whose brutality was legendary.
The new 'government' agreed to pay Anaconda more than $250,000,000 for its expropriated mines - an astronomical sum of money in those days, especially compared to Anaconda's total costs of only 77 million for the mines, and the billions in profits they had already made by plundering Chile.
It has only been since the removal of the US puppet Pinochet that Chile has begun to recover from 100 years of civilian terror and the plundering of its resources. Brazil and other countries are the same.
It was only after they finally managed to overthrow their brutal, US-installed and supported dictators, that these nations began to progress and develop. It is absolutely true that the US kept dozens of nations in virtual slavery and terror for many decades.
But nowhere in all of this history is there any American discussion about the US-sponsored violations of human rights. And that is because 'human rights' are reserved for 'democratic' and 'Christian' White Americans who are special because they are superior and God is on their side.
And I assume this is one reason so many of you admire the US and would like to adopt US values. Maybe you would even like to study capitalism at a US university so you too can learn how to be special and colonise people who are 'inferior' to you.
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