Russia’s record of aggression

10 Apr

Since Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

China 1950-53 (Korean War)
Guatemala 1954, 1960
Indonesia 1958
Cuba 1959-61
Vietnam 1961-73
Laos 1964-73
Belgian Congo 1964
Dominican Republic 1965-66
Peru 1965
Guatemala 1967-1969
Cambodia 1969-1970
Nicaragua 1980s
El Salvador 1980s
Lebanon 1982-84
Grenada 1983
Lebanon 1983, 1984 (Lebanese, Syrian targets)
Korea and Iran 1987
Panama 1989
Iraq 1991 (1st War); 1991-2003 (“No Fly Zone”)
Kuwait 1991
Somalia 1992-94; 2007
Bosnia 1994-1995
Iran 1997
Sudan 1998
Afghanistan 1998
Yugoslavia 1999
Afghanistan 2001-ongoing
Iraq 2003 (2nd War; recent predator drones)
Yemen 2002, 2009
Libya 1986, 2010

Oops – did I say Russia? My bad. I meant of course the USA.

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And before Nagasaki and Hiroshima? Here’s Major-General Smedley-Butler in 1933.

I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers.

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2 Replies to “Russia’s record of aggression

    • Indeed! Jams O’Donnell emailed this link to a 2018 book by William Blum. It opens with this:

      For over 65 years, the United States war machine has been on auto pilot. Since World War II, the world has believed that US foreign policy means well, and that America’s motives in spreading democracy are honorable, even noble. In this startling and provocative book from William Blum, one of the United States’ leading non-mainstream chroniclers of American foreign policy and author of the popular online newsletter, The Anti-Empire Report, demonstrates that nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, unless this fallacy is unlearned, and until people understand fully the worldwide suffering American policy has caused, we will never be able to stop the monster.

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