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Pax Americana & Democracy
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PAX AMERICANA & DEMOCRACY
by Mumia Abu-Jamal
June 1, 2002
It is an amazing thing to see and hear an American President abroad,
waxing forth on the wonders of American 'democracy.'
When the writer hears such things, he wonders, almost immediately,
who elected the CIA? For, if there is one American agency, that has
done more than any other to project the will of the American ruling
class abroad, it has been the US CIA, a body which has become an
unseen army in virtually every country in the world to undermine and
debilitate governments of the world, so that the world's wealth will
continue to flow to American coffers.
When most ill-informed Americans think of the CIA, it is perhaps in
some lofty, noble vision, inspired by the cinematic antics of the
staple of British espionage, Bond -- James Bond. Perhaps the more
mature reader thinks of banks of clerks, reading tons of material,
doing the scutwork of what has come to be called, "intelligence."
To be sure, there is undoubtedly some of that.
But, there is another side, one carefully sanitized from the American
gaze, of the CIA that would chill the marrow of an Alaskan elk. The
work of the CIA, historically, is not the gathering of international
intelligence for US policy-makers to read, analyze, or interpret.
Their job is to act.
What historians have learned [years later] of CIA exploits abroad
reads like a rogue's gallery that the Mafia might wish to keep
secret. In 1990 it was learned that a "secret military army" was
organized in post-war Italy, to insure that the Italian public did not
vote in ways the politicians in Washington, DC didn't like. The CIA
hid massive stockpiles of weapons and explosives throughout Italy.
They amassed an army of 15,000 troops in something called Operation
Gladio (gladius is Latin for sword) to strike vital targets and
overthrow the elected Italian government if they dared to vote
against Washington's will.
Similar secret armies were formed in other European nations, like
France, The Netherlands, West Germany, and the like -- the latter
staffed by former SS officers, working at the behest of their
Let us speak of the Nazis. Historians now report that one of the
most important and influential elements that went into the very
foundations of the US CIA was something called the Gehlen
Organization, chief staff and agents of Hitler's former security and
intelligence head, General Reinhard Gehlen.
When General Gehlen surrendered to the Americans, he told them of his
hidden cache of secret dossiers. They made a deal, a "gentlemen's
agreement" between Nazi intelligence and the Americans, and the
Gehlen Org began to work for, and be funded by, the Americans. Gehlen
convinced the Americans that the Soviets were poised to attack them.
According to Mark Zepezauer, author of "The CIA's Greatest Hits"
(Odinian Press, 1994):
"Gehlen even made sure he got approval for his arrangement from
Hitler's appointed successor, Admiral Doenitz, who was in a cushy
prisoner-of-war camp for Nazi VIPs in Weisbaden, Germany. For
almost ten years, the Gehlen Org was eventually the CIA's only source
of intelligence on Eastern Europe. Then, in 1955, it evolved into
the BND (the German equivalent of the CIA) which, of course,
continued to cooperate with the CIA." [p. 7]
With such roots in Europe, how could it be otherwise in the Americas?
In Africa? In Asia?
The Americans did not care one whit for democracy. They overturned
governments they did not like, bought off both politicians and
political parties, and when this didn't work, they simply did away
with leaders they opposed.
And this isn't isolated to the '50s or '60s. Do you not hear today
the calls for the overthrow of Iraq's Saddam Hussein? The US has
been forced to mitigate that call because of the alarm expressed by
their European allies, yet isn't it clear that this remains their
What we are seeing is the imperial democracy of the US rulers, which
determines which leader shall reign in what country, irrespective of
what the people of that country may wish.
What's "democratic" about that?
It is the democracy of hypocrisy.
Copyright (c) 2002 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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