United States of America was a land of opportunities, a land of dreams, a land of religious freedom, and a land where dreams came true. This was the dream of America’s founding fathers. Where it all go wrong? The romanticism that was associated with this new found land, it vanished somewhere, as the years passed? How did it become the symbol for tyranny, oppression and neo-imperialism? The Land of Dreams became the Land of Killing-machine.
U.S.A since the end of world war-II has made 83 military interventions into other countries. It has made 59 military interventions from 1890 to world war-II. That makes a total sum of 142 military interventions all in the name of “national interest”, “national security” or to “save” the people of that country from a “tyrant” leader by launching an attack on them. As a Turkish newspaper aptly said “U.S’s name should be included in the Guinness book of world-record for launching the most military interventions in the world”.
These attacks or interventions were all done to topple the governments there or cause regime change i.e. the more popular and acceptable word in the world today. They caused regime changes irrespective of cast, creed, and nations. Whether it was Asia, Middle-East, and Africa even Latin America was not sparred from their wrath. U.S has always interfered in matters of other nations like it’s their birth-right to do so, just to establish its hegemony. There is hardly any country on the world map that has been successful in keeping the big nose of U.S out of its matters.
U.S is the only country in the world that has killed people all round the world and instead of apologizing has justified its cause. So much so that even today U.S has not formally apologized for killing all those people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 when the war had already finished. Americans didn’t even leave the original habitants of America i.e. the Native Indians, the red-Indians. Two studies have been conducted that attempt to number the natives killed by the United States. The first of these was sponsored by the United States government; this estimate shows between 1 million to 4 million killed. Second study was conducted by independent researchers. That study estimate the loss from 10 million to 110 million red-Indians. It should be noted that Nazi Holocaust estimates were between 6 to 11 million.
U.S.A poses to be the champion of world democracy, freedom, human rights. Yet it is the one who has violated the international law, the most. The biggest example of American “cow-boy” mentality that it considers itself above the law is the U.S invasion on Iraq in 2003. U.S.A did not even wait for the UN Security Council Resolution and though it was vetoed, launched the attack. It is important to note that under chapter 7 of UNSC, it determines to launch an attack on any county who poses a threat to the world.
Americans have violated the human rights in the worst way possible. Whether it was the enslavement of 20 million Africans or the inhumane acts committed on prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and Bagram base remains the example of modern day atrocities committed by humans in other humans. Perhaps Mark Twain foresaw Americans so many years back when he referred to humans in his writing as “The damned Human Race”.
It would be futile not to talk about the Central Intelligence Agency a.k.a CIA when talking about America. This agency was made a fully functional intelligence office, when President Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 establishing the CIA. OSS (Office of Strategic Services) was the forerunner of CIA that was established in 1942. Its initial purpose was to keep an eye on communist activities but that changed as the years progressed. Today, CIA is as known to be “one hell of a killing machine” a title aptly given by a former CIA agent when he was talking to Washington Post. CIA’s assassination programs, death squads, “Special Activities Division” where they train and operate proxy militias in various countries. Recent examples of these militias operating, is in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan etc. And the fact that CIA is accountable and answerable to no one is the biggest threat to the world. CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center (CTC) ha 300 employees before the 9-11 attacks but now the number of employees have even succeeded Al-Qaeda’s core membership. The dramatic evolution of Agency’s priorities and operations has become extreme. So much so some of the groups also link the spread of AIDS in the world to CIA. It should be remembered that before 1981 no one even knew what AIDS was.
United States of America has become a true example of a dream gone sour. A country that had the potential to be a super-power for at least 100 years is going down the drain in just 20-21 years. No matter how much power and capabilities you have, if you don’t use them wisely then it all goes to waste. As some one “With great power, comes, greater responsibility”. Americans forgot their responsibility and that’s why today they are standing where they are standing.
American Holocaust: D. Stannard (Oxford Press, 1992) – “over 100 million killed” “[Christopher] Columbus personally murdered half a million Natives”
God, Greed and Genocide: The Holocaust Through the Centuries: Grenke (New Academia Publishing 2006)
Holocaust: Critical Concepts in Historical Studies: Cesarani, (Routledge 2004)