The privatization of warfare, rendition flights, torture, and economic destabilization has produced numerous enemies and vehement animosity. Most Americans, who get their daily dose of government-friendly 1984 Orwellian-style propaganda, have no idea why foreigners hate us.
Countries with huge populations of indigenous, brown-skinned “enemies” seem particularly vulnerable to resource pilfering, together with the atrocities and massacres that accompany such activities. After all, they are “uncivilized” and standing in the way of our “national interests,” without appreciation or vision for what their resources could produce in our insatiable, more sophisticated society. Incredulous Americans, comfy at home, don’t like hearing about the bloody, gory details. However, there are astute foreign leaders, though U.S. media-demonized, who won’t readily acquiesce to economic assailants or conform to globalist demands. In addition to the Middle East, the resource-rich countries of South America have been especially targeted.
Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador and Bolivia are fighting against United States control and hegemony, preferring, instead, to control their own country and resources. Their duly-elected, populist, egalitarian leaders, compassionately concerned about their own people, though deserving of admiration, would never receive respect from the greedy globalists. Rather they will be summarily accused of inciting unrest or supporting terrorists so that when our government announces that a regime change is essential, by military force or by Washington-directed election-riggers, obedient U.S. citizens will readily assent. For decades, America has attempted to influence politics in South America for our own national and business interests through such projects as Operation Condor.
The U.S., under the pretext of fighting terrorism, has conducted military exercises in Paraguay since July 2005 after threatening to withhold millions of dollars in aid if Paraguay failed to allow hundreds of our military, along with our planes, weapons and ammunition, into their country. [i] Ex-Secretary of Defense (War) Donald Rumsfeld, ironically the current owner of Mount Misery, visited Paraguay in August 2005. He said that Cuba and Venezuela were somehow instrumental in creating tensions in Bolivia. Although he claims keen perception into the internal problems of foreign countries, he apparently was deliberately inept with his own responsibilities. An audit revealed on September 10, 2001, that $2.6 trillion was missing in some pentagon accounts. This was conveniently forgotten with the horrifically distracting events of 9/11. [ii] That sum, plus another $1 trillion, disappeared under Dov Zakheim’s watch, the Pentagon Comptroller appointed by Bush in May 2001. Zakheim, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), like so many others, has left “through the traditional revolving door for government-corporate insiders” [iii] and gone on to greener pastures.
The proposed U.S. military objective is to train our Paraguayan counterparts. Why we had to financially finagle them into accepting our help isn’t clear – obviously it was in our “national interests” rather than accommodation of their needs. Unless renewed, our contract ends December 31, 2006. Justifiably, local residents immediately protested our invasive military presence. “Some activists, military analysts and politicians in the region believe the operations could be part of a plan to overthrow the left-leaning government of Evo Morales in neighboring Bolivia and take control of the area's vast gas and water reserves.” [iv] The water reserves constitute the Guaraní Aquifer, an underground water reservoir shared by four nations. Morales signed a decree on May 1, 2006 which nationalized all of Bolivia’s gas reserves, an outrageous objective – certainly not conducive to U.S. interests. Imagine a national leader who puts his country’s needs first – rather than the needs of the American government!
“A major focus of the unrest in Bolivia is who controls its vast natural gas deposits, the second largest in the Western Hemisphere. Under pressure from the United States and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Bolivia sold off its oil and gas to Enron and Shell in 1995 for $263.5 million, less than 1% of what the deposits are worth.” [v]
“Would the United States try to destabilize Bolivia's economy while training people how to use military force to insure Enron, Shell, British Gas, Total, Repsol, and the United States continues to get Bolivian gas for pennies on the dollar? Quite likely.” [vi]
“And would the White House like to use such a coup as a way to send a message to other countries? You bet. President Bush may be clueless on geography, but he is not bad at overthrowing governments and killing people.” [vii]
The United States alleges that they have no plans for establishing military bases in Paraguay. Of course, they said they had no plans to establish military bases in Iraq. Not only are the locals concerned about the military taking up residence, there are substantial rumors that the Bush family has purchased land in Paraguay. News of George W. Bush purchasing 98,840 acres of land in the Chaco area of Paraguay was reported in Prensa Latino, the Latin American News Agency on October 18, 2006. That story is no longer available at their site but is available as a PDF file.
Jenna Bush paid a 10-day visit to Paraguay in October 2006. She met with the Paraguayan president and America’s ambassador to Paraguay, James Cason, who was appointed in July 2005, the same time our troops arrived. Ambassadors function as damage control and are charged with representing U.S. interests. Jenna Bush was visiting under the auspices of the UNICEF but it was apparently also a private visit. She did not grant any interviews nor did she do any fundraising. It appears to have been a convenient pretext to visit in as much as the UNICEF function was occurring at the same time. [viii]
Despite claims in international newspapers (Argentina, Brazil), official U.S. sources maintain that neither George H. W. nor George W. Bush have purchased thousands of acres of land in northern Paraguay. The White House claims that this is merely a conspiracy theory. [ix] Now we know that government officials never lie, right? Any story that remotely questions the covert activities of the government is considered a conspiracy theory. The greatest conspiracy in this country is the one the government is perpetrating against the citizens. Despite his egregious actions, revelatory books, numerous impeachment web sites, Bush will likely never be impeached. Our compromised congress, both parties, lacks the courage to facilitate the process regardless of what the citizens want.
The Chaco area of Paraguay, the area in question, contains vast natural gas reserves. Most of the Chaco region belongs to private companies. Conveniently, the property that Bush claims not to own is close to the U.S. Mariscal Estigarribia Air Base and also near another large block of land controlled by the ultra right-wing Christian fundamentalist cult of Sun Myung Moon, a Bush contributor and supporter. So Bush and Moon, both alleged Christians, will be neighbors. The Reverend Sun Myung Moon owns almost 1.5 million acres. The local residents are not happy about Moon’s intrusion and control. Of course, if Bush should ever need to claim political asylum, Paraguay has a history of giving asylum.
In addition to easy access to Bolivia, Monsanto has designs on Paraguay, considered by the U.S. to be a failed state. Our military presence provides support/intimidation for Monsanto. It is the fourth-largest producer of soy in the world. Paraguay is a country of 157,047 sq. miles, which is about the size of California (158,402 sq. miles).
Ninety thousand (90,000) poor families have been displaced from their soybean producing land for rejecting Monsanto’s genetically manipulated soybeans. “On June 24, 2005, in Tekojoja, Paraguay, hired policemen and soy producers kicked 270 people off their land, burned down fifty-four homes, arrested 130 people and killed two.” [x] “As a result of the rapid expansion of genetically modified soybeans into the area, peasants and indigenous people in Eastern Paraguay have become the targets of land evictions, pesticide poisoning and assassinations.” [xi] Perhaps some of the local officials benefit as the result of allowing Monsanto and their problematic big profit products into the country.
As recently as 2004, genetically modified soybeans were illegal in Paraguay and for excellent reasons and should be illegal in other places, like Iraq. Individuals should avoid genetically modified soybeans (as well as other GM foods) for the following reasons: (information comes from What About Soy?)
· two-thirds of the U.S. soybean crop today is genetically engineered;
· they are genetically altered to withstand Monsanto’s Roundup, a weed killer
· Roundup residue levels in harvested crops exceed the allowable legal limit
· the FDA tripled the allowable amount of Roundup residues that can remain on the crop (the FDA seems to be Monsanto’s Washington branch office)
· permitting increased residues helps Monsanto’s bottom line
· corporate interests are given higher priority than public safety
· Monsanto’s own research had raised many questions about the safety of their Roundup Ready soybeans. Solution: stop the tests, market the product
· genetically modified soy is contained in a wide array of processed foods
· tens of millions of people are unknowingly eating experimental foods daily
· Roundup Ready soybeans contain 29 percent less of the brain nutrient choline, and 27 percent more trypsin inhibitor, the potential allergen that interferes with protein digestion, than normal soybeans
· genetically altered soybeans have lower levels of phenylalanine, an essential amino acid that affects levels of phytoestrogens
· levels of lectins, which are most likely the culprit in soy allergies, are nearly double in the transgenic variety
These foods should definitely be avoided if one considers his/her health. Monsanto collects royalties from countries that use its seed and they exercise control and influence in our country via their lobbyists and our accommodating congress. Monsanto believes that everyone who benefits from proprietary technology should have an obligation to pay for it. The global market for soybean oil is growing. Soybean oil, together with palm oil, accounts for over half of all oil consumed in the world. For alleged health reasons, consumers are switching to soybean oil as studies suggest that soy may lower cholesterol. “Compared to regular soybeans, the genetically engineered beans have more of the very things that are problematic, and less of the very things that are beneficial.” [xii] “The international market for soybeans is being artificially inflated, not least by the new craze to exploit globalized sources of biofuels.” [xiii]
Since January 1, 2006, the FDA, our selectively health conscience government agency, has required the Trans fat content on all foods and dietary supplements that it regulates. [xiv] Some communities are banning Trans fats in restaurants – possibly a disaster for smaller businesses. Depleted uranium munitions, though not under the FDA, have no such labels. I suppose a study about Trans fat, cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, etc. can prove anything you want it to – meanwhile our general health diminishes. No doubt, Monsanto financed the studies! The Rockefeller Foundation also promoted and financed many of the GM studies. [xv] Elected officials, often former corporate leaders, assist the firms that contribute to their campaigns. Citizens have no such influence – money talks. Monsanto is world-wide – they are not discriminatory about which nations they inflict their products on.
Oppression and violence in Paraguay are the worst in the areas occupied by the U.S. military. [xvi] Their very presence creates tension which is then used to justify their presence. Similar situations are true in other parts of the world. Yet, in an attempt to further justify their presence, they have tried to link the campesino organizations to terrorist cells whose existence has never been proven – it is propaganda to justify prolonged U.S. presence – comparable to our Iraqi occupation (2 minute video clip) except Paraguay is under the U.S. media radar. Supposedly, they are providing humanitarian service to some of Paraguay's most disadvantaged citizens. I am uncertain how removing the poor from their farms is humanitarian – more Orwellian doublespeak!
Apparently the military establishes a relationship with various farmers in order to garner information. Then they “establish the plans and actions to control the farmer movement and advise the Paraguayan military and police on how to proceed.” The military conducts classes for the Paraguayan troops under the auspices of the Southern Command, the branch of the U.S. military for South America. [xvii]
“The Mariscal Estigarribia air base is within 124 miles of Bolivia and Argentina, and 200 miles from Brazil, near the Triple Frontier where Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina meet. Bolivia’s natural gas reserves are the second largest in South America, while the Triple Frontier region is home to the Guaraní Aquifer, one of the world’s largest fresh water sources.” [xviii] The air base is capable of housing 16,000 troops, includes a fancy radar system, large hangars and has an air traffic control tower.
By agreement, our military is exempt from trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Paraguay is terminating the immunity stipulation to comply with the MercoSur trade block, which includes Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela. On October 3, 2006 George Bush signed a waver pledging military aid to countries that reject the immunity stipulation. However, the CIA, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will continue to enjoy immunity. [xix]
“Kremlin sources are reporting today that the International Committee of the Red Cross, based in Switzerland, has opened a War Crimes Portfolio charging the United States President, Vice President, Defense Secretary, United States Military Commanders and the majority of United States Senators and Congressmen with ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ over what the United Nations has declared as an ‘illegal’ war in the Middle Eastern Country of Iraq, and where the innocent civilian death toll is nearing 30,000.” [xx] It is actually drastically higher. American leaders have committed and sanctioned war crimes as well as torture.
When criminals go against all legal conventions and wage savage, brutal war against civilians as well as unwarranted, disproportionate military attacks, destruction of vital, non military infrastructure then they are culpable to a military tribunal. Rather, some attempt to alter the law and avoid responsibility. The Nuremburg Trials failed to execute justice against many who escaped to South American countries like Argentina and Paraguay. Even though reprehensible and illegal, the most vile Nazi "scientists" escaped punishment and came to America with the help of the U.S. Military through Project Paperclip.
“This is reported to be only the second time in the International Committee of the Red Cross’s history where a War Crimes Portfolio has been opened against the Civilian and Military Leadership of a sovereign country, with the first being opened in 1943 against the Nazi German Empire and its Chancellor, Adolph Hitler, and various other civilian and military leaders of that country.”
“The specific ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ that these Americans are being charged with are violations of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, specifically Articles 3 and 4.” [xxi] War crimes and their punishment are also covered under the War Crimes Act of 1996.
The Nazi war criminal, Joseph Mengele, Auschwitz’s notorious “Angel of Death” managed to finance his way out of Germany by 1949 and headed for Buenos Aires, Argentina, a country stricken with serious economic problems but sympathetic and relatively safe for Nazis. The country was divided between the poverty-stricken and the affluent with an active black market. (Author's note: 8/1/2012: After further investigation I have totally different views about Germany and their actions during World War II. I now wholly oppose the U.S. government's (the winners of the war) official view of history. Most sincere researchers ultimately discover the truth if that is what they are looking for.)After ascertaining that people might be looking for him in Argentina and because of enhanced financial opportunities, Mengele fled to Paraguay, a haven for Nazi war criminals. The government had been overthrown by Alfredo Stroessner in 1954.[xxii] Mengele was approved for Paraguayan citizenship on November 27, 1959 under his own name. [xxiii] Unlike Argentina, Paraguay and West Germany had no formal extradition agreement between them. Mengele, like many other war criminals, was never brought to justice. [xxiv] Paraguay and the United States entered into an extradition agreement in 1998. (PDF File) Enforcement is another matter!
The US Military Descends on Paraguay
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