Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace

Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace

Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace

Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace

Synopsis

Shows how U. S. Central American policies implement broader US economic, military, and social aims even while describing their impact on the lives of people in Central America.

Excerpt

We live entangled in webs of endless deceit, often self-deceit, but with a little honest effort, it is possible to extricate ourselves from them. If we do, we will see a world that is rather different from the one presented to us by a remarkably effective ideological system, a world that is much uglier, often horrifying. We will also learn that our own actions, or passive acquiescence, contribute quite substantially to misery and oppression, and perhaps eventual global destruction.

But there is a brighter side. We are fortunate to live in a society that is not only rich and powerful--and hence, as any student of history would expect, dangerous and destructive--but also relatively free and open, perhaps more so than any other, though this may change if the reactionary jingoists who have misappropriated the term "conservative" succeed in their current project of diminishing civil liberties, strengthening the power of the state, and protecting it from public scrutiny. For those who are relatively wealthy and privileged, a very large sector of a society as rich as ours, there are ample opportunities to discover the truth about who we are and what we do in the world. Furthermore, by international standards the state is limited at home in its capacity to coerce. Hence those who enjoy a measure of wealth and privilege are free to act in many ways, without undue fear of state terror, to bring about crucial changes in policy and even more fundamental institutional changes. We are fortunate, perhaps uniquely so, in the range of opportunities we enjoy for free inquiry and effective action. The significance of these facts can hardly be exaggerated.

I want to consider here some aspects of the reality that is often concealed or deformed by the reigning doctrinal system, which pervades the media, journals of opinion, and much of scholarship. An honest inquiry will reveal that striking and systematic features of our international behavior are suppressed, ignored or denied. It . . .

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