Just this past week, the mainstream news (Newsweek
) revealed the probable course of the Iraq war as the US shifts into its genocidal end game of pacifying the Iraqi resistance. The signs were clear from the beginning as Elliot Abrams, John Negroponte -- those murderous characters from the 1980s were tapped to bring their charnel house in Central America to the Middle East to mutilate yet another country. It's as if the spirit of Jack the Ripper lives on in US foreign policy.
The worst thing about the whole affair is that these people would even admit to contemplating the Salvador Option. Long denied by the US, they basically admitted that the Reagan administration was behind the counterinsurgency campaign in Central America that led to some of the most gruesome atrocities ever recorded in modern history. However, such programs had their precedents as Allan Nairn made clear to Amy Goodman on Democracy Now
. -- beginning with the terror campaign against the Seminoles in Florida, the butchery of the Philippines, the black ops in Vietnam, and the "dirty wars" in Central and South America.
Indeed, the killing of Margaret Hassan, the well-respected and beloved humanitarian worker in Iraq, echoes the killing of American Nuns in 1980 by Salvadoran death squads, so I would not be surprised if covert operations were already underway. It already seems likely that much of the sectarian violence being committed against Shiites is actually being carried out by US-backed death squads.
This article explains some of the gory details of El Salvador's experience.
] Always illuminating, Robert Parry places the sudden interest in death squads in the larger context of Bush's dictatorial designs
. He also takes a look at Guatemala
where the genocide has been extensively detailed owing to the declassification of secret US documents in the 1990s.
And here's another grim story of how barbaric the US occupation has become with the destruction wrought by a military base
in the archeological wonder of Babylon. The destruction of at least 4000 years of history parallels the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, yet with perhaps even longer term consequences to archeology.