“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
“Thou shalt not kill.”
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Thank you, Geoffrey O’Neill.
The U.S. has bombed, invaded, assassinated leaders, overthrown governments, and killed millions since WW2
October 8, 2018
By Geoffrey O’Neill (Special to Truth and Shadows)
If most of us knew the real motives for the use of American military force around the world, we would never put up with it. And that’s why they don’t tell us.
The U.S. has been at war for 224 out of 242 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, an astounding 93 per cent of the time. And since World War 2 in particular, every instance of American aggression – by bombing, covert subversion, or invasion – has been justified to the public using a lie or other form of deception.
Every last one.
The U.S. was the first country ever to use atomic weapons on civilian targets, which they did against Japan in 1945. This was accompanied by a massive propaganda campaign to justify this unconscionable act. President Harry Truman followed this by signing the National Security Act, which created the CIA and gave birth to what many today refer to as the Deep State.
Between 1947 and 1997, the CIA intervened in no fewer than 31 countries, overthrowing governments, assassinating leaders, and installing military dictatorships (usually right wing) friendly to American corporations. To keep the public unaware of this criminal behavior the agency launched Operation Mockingbird, a program designed to recruit and install journalists in major media outlets. The CIA’s goal was to insure that its crimes would be shielded from public scrutiny. Mockingbird served the CIA well then, and it continues to do so today.
Americans, largely unaware of CIA crimes, are reminded daily they are the good guys and that America is always willing to step up to the plate and fight for what is right. Far too many still believe in American righteousness thanks to Pentagon propaganda and a complicit media.
But if we are the “good guys,” how can anyone explain away the brutal savagery of elected and unelected war planners who show utter contempt for human life outside the borders of the United States? The victims most often targeted are poor, have a different skin color, and do not have the military might to repel American attacks.
Here are some of the most egregious examples of violent aggression by the United States in recent decades along with how lies and deceptions were used to gain the public’s support for them: