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Friday, June 02, 2006

READ THIS BOOK: Killing Hope, by William Blum

I'm reading this book called:
"Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions since World War II", by William Blum. (amazon)

If you think the U.S. is benevolent, read this. If you think the U.S. dominates the planet through it's military and cia, and you want to know all of the gritty details of about 50 years of this, in as many chapters--each of which represents a country "steered" away from "communism", read this.

["steered" means: election buying, assassination, arms supplying, backstabbing, propaganda (PROPAGANDA!), invasion, nuclear threat, etc; "communism" means: liberal, socialist, left of center, neutral, anti-U.S., etc.]

What amazes me most about this ... well here's some points:

1) They went after everyone left of center. Stuff that democrats claim to want now. Stuff that most poor people want. All of that could get you killed.

2) They controlled at least one major newspaper in every nation's capital.

3) The propaganda was incredibly persuasive and effective. This history makes all media a suspect cia operation--newspapers, magazines, books, music, tv, movies, radio, blogs, online news, everything.

4) America is really fucking powerful. Really. Fucking. POWERFUL.

It's conceivable, I guess that this book is either wrong, or communist propaganda. If you've read this blog, you'll know why I think it's right. I do believe this guy has done his research.

(I've only read a third of this so far)


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