Evolution of Dispossession

Evolution of Dispossession
How to Steal a Country?

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Election of Hamas

When the Palestinians voted the wrong way in a free election, they were immediately punished with devastating sanctions imposed on them by the US Congress.

When Arbenz-Guzman was overthrown with a CIA coup in 1954, newspapers stateside reported that the people of Guatemala would have a new democratically-elected President. Arbenz-Guzman was elected with more than 70% of the popular vote, and the overthrow had nothing to do with democracy and everything to do with the United Fruit Company, whose leased-land was bought back by the Guatemalan government for the same price that United Fruit paid for it. Arbenz-Guzman's real crime was that he turned the land over to poor peasants to farm themselves.

US government and US media translation : the evil socialistic elements of that country were eradicated ...

US policy trumpets democracy, but I consider it the very pinnacle of arrogance to try and export the US version of democracy to all corners of the world. The US model of democracy allows the woefully uninformed general public to pull levers at regular periodic intervals, but Americans have little input during the times between the elections.

The real comment is that the US supports democracies only when the victors have political leanings the US government approves of, and when these elected governments in other lands pursue their own agendas, they are punished, either by sanctions or interventions, CIA-directed or military.

Yet another double-standard ...

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