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Mon Dec 15, 2014, 02:59 PM

The Proclamation Of A Lone Superpower Above The Law: The Invasion Of Panama

December 15, 2014

The Proclamation Of A Lone Superpower Above The Law

The Invasion Of Panama

by MATT PEPPE


Twenty five years ago, before dawn on December 20, 1989, U.S. forces descended on Panama City and unleashed one of the most violent, destructive terror attacks of the century. U.S. soldiers killed more people than were killed on 9/11. They systematically burned apartment buildings and shot people indiscriminately in the streets. Dead bodies were piled on top of each other; many were burned before identification. The aggression was condemned internationally, but the message was clear: the United States military was free to do whatever it wanted, whenever it wanted, and they would not be bound by ethics or laws.

The invasion and ensuing occupation produced gruesome scenes: “People burning to death in the incinerated dwellings, leaping from windows, running in panic through the streets, cut down in cross fire, crushed by tanks, human fragments everywhere,” writes William Blum. [1]

Years later the New York Times interviewed a survivor of the invasion, Sayira Marín, whose “hands still tremble” when she remembers the destruction of her neighborhood.

“I take pills to calm down,” Marín told the paper. “It has gotten worse in recent days. There are nights when I jump out of bed screaming. Sometimes I have dreams of murder. Ugly things.”

In the spring of 1989, a wave of revolutions had swept across the Eastern bloc. In November, the Berlin Wall fell. The Cold War was over. No country was even a fraction as powerful as the United States. Rather than ushering in an era of peace and demilitarization, U.S. military planners intensified their expansion of global hegemony. They were pathological about preventing any rival to their complete military and economic domination.

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/15/the-invasion-of-panama/

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Judi Lynn Dec 2014 OP
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 15, 2014, 04:09 PM

1. Bush, Sr. was president at this time, correct?

 

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Response to Cal33 (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 15, 2014, 05:01 PM

2. He was, it's true! Most of us heard very little, if any, regarding this invasion.

We were treated like mushrooms: left in the dark, fed fertilizer.

Here is the video which was mentioned and live-linked in the O.P.:




Here's the Wikipedia description of the documentary:

The Panama Deception is a 1992 American documentary film that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1] The film is critical of the actions of the US military during the 1989 invasion of Panama by the United States, covering the conflicting reasons for the invasion and depicting the US media as biased. It also highlighted media bias, showing events that were unreported or misreported in the news. It was directed by Barbara Trent of the Empowerment Project and was narrated by actress Elizabeth Montgomery.

The film asserts that the U.S. government invaded Panama primarily to renegotiate the terms of the Torrijos–Carter Treaties. Another allegation made by the film is that the United States tested some form of laser or energy weapon during the invasion. The film also includes footage of mass graves uncovered after the US troops had withdrawn, burned down neighborhoods, as well as depictions of some of the 20,000 refugees who fled the fighting.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Panama_Deception

Anyone who is interested in U.S. American relations with the people of the Americas would benefit by taking the time to think about it. As we know, a lot of the history has been either totally white-washed, or never covered at all in our media, or completely misrepresented altogether.



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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 15, 2014, 07:08 PM

4. Republicans own 90% of the news media. Democrats have nothing to compete with in this area.

 

Republicans can make propaganda and lie when and where they choose, and there's not much
that Democrats can do about it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 16, 2014, 12:49 AM

5. You "heard very little, if any, regarding this invasion"?

Were you watching tv with the sound off and a bag on your head during that time?

Because that's about the only way one would have "heard very little, if any..." information about the Panama invasion as it was occurring.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Dec 15, 2014, 06:02 PM

3. DURec

 

One planet under America, tax-deductable, with liberty and justice for all...who can afford it!

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