Strange Liberators: Militarism, Mayhem, and the Pursuit of Profit

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Lenora Foerstel
"Gregory Elich offers a clear and vital analysis of the goals of private interests and their secret collusion with the Bush administration to cover up a broad range of dangers, from war to global warming. Scholars, researchers and the lay public interested in US foreign policy will find this book both vital and illuminating."
vice president of Women for Mutual Security, and author of Confronting the Margaret Mead Legacy
Louis Wolf
"For years, Gregory Elich has made his mark as a journalist-historian who pairs a special literary flair with a talent for uncovering real time, tightly held intelligence secrets. In this profoundly ominous time of modern history, there are precious few contemporary writers who brook no compromise with the truth. This volume stands tall, and the author is a special breed."
publisher of Covert Action Quarterly
Mickey Z
"Gregory Elich has dedicated himself to skillfully unearthing and disseminating the information that typically goes unsaid. He provides us with the well-researched fundamentals we cannot and should not expect to get from our newspapers or televisions. Put another way, Elich teaches us to identify the 'gates' that restrict our freedom of thought."
author of The Seven Deadly Spins and 50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know
Stephen Gowans
"Gregory Elich is the model investigative journalist of the anti-imperialist left; tenacious, thorough, penetrating, meticulous and above all, uncompromising. On Yugoslavia, North Korea, Zimbabwe, and Iraq, no one digs deeper, and no one uncovers more, than Elich."
political commentator, What's Left
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595265708
  • Publisher: Llumina Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    Excellent study of capitalism's damaging effects

    Martin Luther King noted in 1967 that the Vietnamese people `must see Americans as strange liberators¿. In this brilliant and deeply-researched book, investigative journalist Gregory Elich shows how the US state has not changed its spots. He proves this by analysing its actions against Iraq, North Korea, Yugoslavia and Zimbabwe. The US state promotes the `free market¿ across the world. Elich shows how Honduras, Bangladesh and China, among all too many others, compete in a race to the bottom, each forcing workers to work 14-hour days, 7 days a week. The US state has committed many war crimes in Iraq, including the organised looting of Iraq¿s cultural heritage, sponsored by the `American Council for Cultural Policy¿, a group of dealers and collectors which opposes `retentionist¿ laws on the export of antiquities. In 1993 the US state declared that it was retargeting many of its nuclear missiles from the Soviet Union to the DPRK. William Perry, Clinton¿s Defense Secretary, admitted that he ¿spent much of the first half of 1994 preparing for war on the Korean peninsula.¿ After the 1994 Agreement between the USA and the DPRK, the US state broke every single one of its pledges - to provide a light water reactor by 2003, to abandon its aggressive nuclear posture, to recognise the DPRK, to end its embargo of the DPRK¿s trade, investment and credit, and to provide substitute energy. The European Parliament as usual backed the US state by voting to cancel its contribution to the energy project. NATO forcibly devolved the multi-ethnic state of Yugoslavia, carving it up into small, easily-controlled mono-ethnic puppet states, while claiming to defend multi-ethnicity against the Serbs! The US state backed the secessionists. It supported the KLA terrorists. In the first eight months of the NATO occupation, the KLA expelled 350,000 people from Kosovo. NATO created a Kosovo Police Force, composed almost entirely of ex-KLA soldiers, and a Kosovo Protection Corps, which, the UN pointed out, pursued ¿criminal activities ¿ killings, ill-treatment/torture, illegal policing, abuse of authority, intimidation, breaches of political neutrality and hate-speech.¿ The US state also supported Croatia¿s 1991 secessionist war, when its forces expelled Serb civilians and, unreported in the West¿s media, tortured and killed their prisoners, for example at Camp Lora in Split. In Zimbabwe in 2002, just 4,500 white farmers still owned 70% of the land. So the government stepped up land reform and ended the IMF¿s Structural Adjustment Program. In response, Bush, Blair, the IMF, NATO, the EU, and `Non-Governmental Organisations¿ funded by NATO and EU governments, organised a campaign of sanctions, covert operations, political interference and propaganda lies against Zimbabwe¿s government. Yet this government proved popular with the people of Zimbabwe: in 2002 Robert Mugabe won the Presidential elections yet again, by 400,000 votes, in an election the South African Observer Team called legitimate. Then his party ZANU-PF won 2005¿s parliamentary and Senate elections, elections also deemed fair by independent observers. Mugabe drily noted, ¿There was no democracy here, no human rights at all until the people of Zimbabwe decided to fight.¿

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