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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Leave Latin America Alone!

Ever since Latin America threw off European colonialism, the U.S. has been trying to recolonize it. For much of the post-World War II era, stopping "communism" was the excuse for intervention. Now, it's "terrorism," something the U.S. has perpetrated in Latin America far more than Latin America (or al Qaeda for that matter) has ever perpetrated here.

From the WSWS:
Washington’s attempt to promote a global “war on terrorism” as the new rationale for its domination of Latin America ran into trouble last week at the meeting of the Defense Ministers of the Americas held in Quito, Ecuador.

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld failed to impose an accord that would have turned the Inter-American Defense Board into the hemisphere-wide coordinator of a US-led counterterrorism crusade.

Rumsfeld’s plan called for the creation of multi-national forces capable of intervening anywhere in the region. It envisaged the reinvigoration of many of the relations and policies that gave rise to brutal military dictatorships throughout most of Latin America from the 1960s until the 1980s.