Large portions of the National Guard were evacuated on US planes disguised with Red Cross markings (a war crime). The US reassembled them, armed and supplied them, and trained them with Argentinean death squads before sending them back to fight the Sandinistas. Members of the sadistic National Guard were hated so much in Nicaragua that they had to be given a new name, “Contras” (short for the Spanish word meaning counter-revolutionaries).
The United States gave the Contras astronomical amounts of military support and financial aid as they terrorized rural Nicaragua, killing tens of thousands. The US gave direct orders to its forces to attack “soft targets” (undefended civilian targets). Teachers and doctors were two of the professions that became main targets out of spite for the Sandinista government, which was providing Nicaraguan peasants with educational and medical attention never offered by any of the previous governments
Edgar Chamorro, a former colonel with the Contras, stated the following when he testified before the World Court: We were told that the only way to defeat the Sandinistas was to use the tactics the agency [the CIA] attributed to Communist insurgencies elsewhere: kill, kidnap, rob, and torture… Many civilians were killed in cold blood. Many others were tortured, mutilated, raped, robbed, or otherwise abused… When I agreed to join…I had hoped that it would be an organization of Nicaraguans… [It] turned out to be an instrument of the US government…
“The first jolt was so bad I just wanted to die.” – Gloria Esperanza Reyes, a woman who was tortured in Honduras by electric wires attached to her breasts and vagina “They always asked to be killed. Torture is worse than death.” – Jose Barrera, Honduran torturer
A survivor of a Contra raid in the Jinotega province reported the following in London’s “The Guardian”: Rosa had her breasts cut off. Then they cut into her chest and took out her heart. The men had their arms broken, their testicles cut off, and their eyes poked out. They were killed by slitting their throats and pulling the tongue out through the slit.
==Land of Hypocrisy (Kennie Anderson)
Our US trained, advised and controlled “patriotic anti-communist” counterrevolutionaries in Latin America did not simply behead the locals, primarily indigenous Indians; no, they disemboweled young girls in front of their parents, before doing the same to them. They dragged babies across barbed wire until they were flayed raw and placed families at tables with their heads on the plates in front of them so other villages would get the message. And these were “our” mercenaries and they fought for the cause of corporate America, the cause of corruption and concentrated wealth. They fought for you and me and the American way! But it was OK then, as it is OK now, as long as you do these things in the defense of the American Empire. If you do not, then you are a terrorist, inhuman and to be reviled.
It is not the people of America that are evil, it is our government. The majority of the American people still uphold the morals and principles that guided the founding of this nation. It is this core, this reverence for something long lost that the political, financial and power elites wish to destroy through the desecration of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and all of the moral, religious foundations of this nations Judeo- Christian heritage.
Through racial conflicts, immigration degradation and social, ethnic and religious hatreds an America torn asunder is an America more easily controlled and enslaved, it is an America without a sense of nationhood ripe for the agglomeration of peoples without borders, one with the civilization of the world and subservient to its rulers. Never let a good crisis go to waste, and the more crisis there are, evidently the better. That is for some that are very unlikely to include you and me.
What is happening in America today and around the globe would place the authors of the Cloward-Piven strategy in a state of total orgasmic ecstasy.
“Since 2003, Anglo-American power has secretly and openly coordinated direct and indirect support for Islamist terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda across the Middle East and North Africa. This ill-conceived patchwork geostrategy is a legacy of the persistent influence of neoconservative ideology, motivated by longstanding but often contradictory ambitions to dominate regional oil resources, defend an expansionist Israel, and in pursuit of these, re-draw the map of the Middle East.”
–Nafeez Ahmed, “How the West Created the Islamic State“, CounterPunch
“The US created these terrorist organizations. America does not have the moral authority to lead a coalition against terrorism.”
– Hassan Nasralla, Secretary General of Hezbollah
Turkey will not allow coalition members to use its military bases or its territory in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) if the objective does not also include ousting the Bashar al-Assad regime, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hinted on Oct. 1. His words came just a day before Parliament is set to vote on a mandate to allow the deployment of foreign troops on Turkish soil.
“We will never tolerate any terrorist organizations in our lands, in our region or indeed in the world. We are open and ready for any cooperation in the fight against terrorism. However, it should be understood by everybody that Turkey is not a country in pursuit of temporary solutions, nor will Turkey allow others to take advantage of it,” Erdoğan said in his lengthy address to Parliament on the occasion of the opening of the new legislative year.
His message was directed at the U.S.-led international coalition that was recently formed to destroy the ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria. The coalition is pressing Turkey for an efficient contribution to the fight, including opening its military bases, its airspace and pledging training and logistical support to moderate Syrian rebels. Turkey, however, stresses that the campaign should not be limited to the ISIL and should also target regime change in Syria.