Since the original post and the update, several more dictators have come and gone. This information will be receiving an update this month to include several Middle Eastern, African, South East Asian and South American dictators and propped up regimes that have been reshuffled. Unfortunately, oil, gas and mineral exploitation has determined who the latest dictator will be in many of these countries. Also, it is unfortunate that many of these exploiting enterprises, who choose the dictator, most easily bought, have the backing of the US Politicians they have gotten elected. Therefore, by proxy, the US Government is complicit in determining who gets into power, for the purpose of plundering natural resources. So, many of the horrible leaders the US has historically endorsed, are the ones chosen by big corporations. There is something very wrong with this scenario. The populations of these exploited countries seldom reap the benefits of the exploitation, most often, they suffer the consequences of unaccountability by their leader and the corporations who control them.
Prime examples of the US setting up and backing corrupt dictators to serve our agenda, is the Shah, Saddam, Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Musharraf, Suharto, and Osama Bin Laden, not to mention many South American countries.We gave them the same weapons and technology that are killing our soldiers today.The practice of nation building and democratizing other countries is a sad ‘quick fix’ for whatever policy the US seeks.This won’t work anymore.Look at Sudan.We have allowed atrocities, as bad as or worse than Saddam and the Shah, to kill and displace millions of human beings.The US arrangement with Sudan is pitiful … as long as the impression remains that they have credible intelligence about Bin Laden, the US is ‘hands off’.
This is a puppet show.The puppeteers are following a script.The world is on to our script and won’t take it anymore.The US arms the same elements that they expect to fight in the future … they allow a crisis to evolve in order to market intervention to the American public and select allies.
To the populations back home the reason often given for was for “freedom”, “stability”, “containing the Soviet Union” and so on. For the people of the region that had their popular leaders overthrown and replaced with corrupt rulers, this was surely not freedom. Communism was an often used reason around the world, not just the Middle East, even if it was not the case. As Noam Chomsky details, it was often a convenient excuse, but the underlying threat was often that nations might be able to use their own resources and be an example for others to follow.
The U.S. government’s problem with Pakistan is similar to the one it had with Iran in 1979. The U.S. government placed Iranian Shah Reza Pahlavi in power in 1953, which extinguished the rising flames of democracy. This resulted in a populist Islamic revolution and extreme anti-American sentiment. Now, Pakistan’s brutal dictator, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, is facing a populist uprising.
Twentieth-century American foreign policy is a paradox: the world’s oldest democracy repeatedly backs dictatorships in the name of freedom. Defenders of right-wing dictators argued they were a necessary evil. Blast the notion that this violation of core American values actually serves U.S. interests. The policy of coddling dictators has brought a backlash among foreign populations with long memories. Book by historian, professor, David Schmitz, The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1965-1989
Comment at the back of the book, “A crucial insight into the uncertain status of America in the world today.” by Max Paul Friedman who co-authored Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics
Expect an update once extensive research is completed on the specific history of the US backing genocidal dictators, including Pakistani President Yahya Kahn, who killed 3 million Bangladeshi while President Nixon looked the other way. Prior to that, Suharto massacred millions under the blind eye of US and Cold War mentality while receiving USAID. To the well trained US media, these events are not really news worthy. Nothing that might humble or awaken the US public to some of our very own shady manipulations will be front page news … but they will be available in the blogosphere and real researchers. America can’t live in a bubble forever. Reality is a very sharp pin …