USA Coups: Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Chile 1973.

English: Internal CIA memo, released under the...
English: Internal CIA memo, released under the Freedom of Information Act, describing the CIA’s role in the overthrow of Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz. (1 of 5) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted September 14, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important lesson of all the lessons of history.”

– Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Democracy is defined by most people as a form of government where the vote of the people determines the leaders and directions of their respective cities, counties, states and countries.

The people of the country of Iran democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953 as their leader. Due to the fact that Iran had large deposits of oil inside their national boundaries, and that the government unanimously decided to nationalize that oil, their only natural resource, the United States and Britain engineered a coup to overthrow Mossadegh and replace him with the Shah of Iran. The Shah de-nationalized Iran’s oil and he reigned over the country until the revolution of 1979 forced him to flee to America.

The people of the country of Guatemala democratically elected Jacobo Arbenz to be their leader in 1954. Due to the fact that Guatemala had excellent farmland for growing fruit inside their national boundaries, and that the government decided to begin land reform, where land holders of over 100,000 acres would turn over any land over that amount to the government for peasants to work and live on, the United States engineered a coup to overthrow Arbenz and install a leader more aligned with the interests of the United Fruit Company.

The people of the country of Chile democratically elected Salvador Allende as their leader in 1973. Due to the fact that Chile had a large quantity of copper inside their national boundaries, and decided to gain a greater percentage of the profits from extraction and sale of that copper, the United States engineered a coup to overthrow Allende and install Augusto Pinochet.

Of note is that Henry Kissinger was one of those who masterminded the 1973 coup, and he was recently sitting at the table with Barack Obama and members of his cabinet, evidently there for his “wisdom”.

This is the year 2013. Has not humanity seen enough?

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The Business Of War.

Mohammad Mosaddeq (1882-1967), Iranian Prime M...
Mohammad Mosaddeq (1882-1967), Iranian Prime Minister (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted September 1, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

The following documentary, “James Steele: America’s Mystery Man In Iraq” was made recently by the BBC.

James Steele is now retired from the United States military and living in Texas, according to the producers of this documentary. After watching this film you may have some questions regarding the motivations of those who were responsible for initiating and waging the war in Iraq.

The questions which come to your mind will have to do with the veracity of reasons given by leaders to wage war. Are wars fought with the health and well-being of men, women and children in the country first on the list? Or are powerful economic entities’ interests, natural resources and the control of same, the top reasons for war and killing?

These are the kinds of questions many millions of people around the world are asking themselves now with the tragic situation in Syria. Millions of people are thinking deeply about the real reasons for war and violence and destruction. Millions of people around the world will be watching and listening to every word and nuance of the Syria debate in the United States House of Representatives and Senate.

As mentioned in earlier posts the geopolitical analysis required for people to understand what forces are at play is either being censored or minimized to a great degree. I have yet to find any “analyst” who describes the Syria situation with any mention of natural gas pipeline agreement between Iran, Iraq and Syria. Or the country of Israel’s discovery of the so-called “Leviathan” gas field recently.

One could predict that any specifics on geopolitics and natural resources will be off the table during debates, only mentioned with the general comment “national interest”.  It will be interesting how the debates go with regard to sincere words being spoken advocating for the Syrian people.

Recently released information from the United States government confirms what many have known for years about the overthrow of democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, in 1953. This was after Mossadegh nationalized Iran’s oil industry. If the United States government had elected to work with and help Mohammed Mossadegh in the 1950’s, instead of overthrowing him through a coup, the entire situation in the Middle East region would look different today.

Other examples are Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in Central America, Salvador Allende of Chile in South America, and Patrice Lumumba of Congo in Africa, among others.

The entire population of Earth seems to have come to a type of standstill. Everywhere people are asking the hard, difficult questions related to humanity’s historical actions of war and killing.

This documentary reveals a pattern of actions taken while conducting the business of war.

Humanity is now considering whether a new way of conducting business, a new way of living on this Earth, is worth working toward and bringing into reality.

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