cctalk digest, Vol 1 #470 - 52 msgs

From: Jim Arnott <>
Date: Sat Feb 22 00:01:00 2003

Al Hartman wrote:

> But, this time we will take Hussein out of power and
> set the people in Iraq free.

Yup, set 'em free just like we do everywhere...

We'll just mention the western hemisphere, but it really is a global
tendency we have. Setting people free...

A history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the Caribbean

1823: The Monroe Doctrine declares Latin America to be in the United
States "sphere of influence."

1846: The U.S. provokes war with Mexico and acquires half of its
territory, including Texas and California.

1855: U.S. adventurer William Walker invades Nicaragua with a private
army, declares himself president, and rules for 2 years.

1898: The U.S. declares war on Spain and as a result annexes Guam,
Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Hawaii.

1901 : With the Platt Amendment, the U.S. declares its unilateral right
to intervene in Cuban affairs.

1903: The U.S. encourages Panama's independence from Colombia in order
to acquire the Panama Canal rights.

1905: The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine declares the U.S.
to be the policeman of the Caribbean; the Dominican Republic is placed
under a customs receivership.

1912 : U.S. Marines invade Nicaragua and occupy the country almost
continuously until 1933.

1914: Mexican refusal to salute the U.S. flag provokes the shelling of
Veracruz by a U.S. battleship and the seizure of parts of the city by
U.S. Marines.

1933: U.S. Marines finally leave Nicaragua, but are replaced by a
well-trained and well-armed National Guard under the control of
Anastasio Somoza.

1954: The CIA engineers the overthrow of the democratically-elected
government of Guatemala; 30 years of military dictatorship, repression,
and violence follow.

1961 : The U.S. attempts to overthrow the revolutionary Cuban government
at the Bay of Pigs.

1965: Johnson sends 22,000 troops to the Dominican Republic to combat
the constitutional forces trying to regain power.

1973: The CIA helps overthrow the democratic government of Allende in
Chile in favor of a bloody dictatorship.

1981: The Reagan Administration begins the contra war against Nicaraguan

1983: The U.S. invades Grenada to overthrow a popular government.

1989: The U.S. invades Panama to arrest accused drug dealer Manual Noriega.

1990 : The U.S. intervenes in the Nicaraguan election process through
covert and overt means.


Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last.

If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
~ Chinese Proverb ~
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