AMERICA'S GREATEST HITS
By Kennie Anderson, Land of Hypocrisy
Truth often passes through three stages. First it is
ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed. Third it
is accepted as being self-evident. This process
occurs when a new truth is revealed that contradicts
current superstition, whether the truth comes out
about the Earth not being the center of the universe
or the truth comes out about the horrible atrocities
performed by the United States government.
Yes, violence and oppression exist all over the
world, and the United States is not the only country
that has done wrong and made mistakes. But there is
currently only one country that has conducted
destruction with such strong involvement on a global
scale. There is only one imperialistic empire that
has been so deeply linked to so many corrupt
dictatorships, oppressive regimes, and corporate
exploitations. This material will focus on that one
Many simply say to people who criticize the
government, "If you don't like the country, then why
don't you leave?" First of all, there is no utopia,
and concerned citizens will point out problems and
strive for improvements wherever they live. Running
away from these problems will not solve them.
Additionally, if they were to leave the country, the
problems inherent to the country (especially
militarism and corporate exploitation) would often
affect them more if they lived abroad.
Readers not raised in America probably have a better
understanding. It is easier to
recognize wrongdoings when one hasn't been educated by
the perpetrator. Many Americans will see the inverted US flag on the cover of
my book and be overwhelmed with defensiveness or
hostility and would rather burn it than read it. Most
of those people have never even considered the
possibility that the United States might be guilty of
some very serious wrongdoings.
If this work seems to be biased towards the oppressed
people of the world and doesn't defend the position of
the government or corrupt corporations, it is because
there is no need to publicize the position that is
stated in 99% of the mass media. The purpose of this
work is to accurately present the world from a
perspective other than the one that is hammered out by
the mass media and show the viewpoints of those other
than the rich and powerful.
Despite the constant bombardment of propaganda
boasting how great America is, there are those who
have seen the world from non-American eyes. Many will
read this material with a sense of confirmation. These
are the people who already have suspicions about the
interests and motives of the rich and powerful.
There are also those who will read this work with
great scrutiny. Hopefully they will eventually apply
that same scrutiny to the misinformation and deception
being disseminated by the media for their corporate
and government sponsors.
It is difficult for people to change their opinions
after they 've reached a certain stage of development
in their experiences and education. Beliefs are too
strongly rooted in the foundations of their earlier
years. Opinions were molded by early environmental
factors and experiences, and many reject anything that
does not support the information they were exposed to
The premature formulation of irreversible opinions is
the result of people making judgments with only
limited information. Many choose what they believe
without researching a subject, and end up basing their
belief on the information they are initially exposed
to, even if that information is completely false.
This material focuses on presenting facts of
record that have been ignored or concealed by
mainstream sources of information.
AMERICA'S GREATEST HITS
Astonishingly, many Americans seem to be completely
unaware of many of the atrocities committed by their
own country. Ripping off the blindfold, the following
contains a partial list of the death toll that
American militarism has caused in the world during
recent history (nearly all of the listings are within
the past 60 years). The facts of this list will be
expanded upon in following sections. Additional
atrocities will also be presented in following
This list includes interventions conducted both
overtly and covertly. It includes the use of force
through militaries armed, trained, funded, and
directed by the US. It is true that some of these
atrocities only had a few US officials actively
involved, but these puppet armies would never have
been capable of such destruction without US supplying
and assistance (as detailed following sections show).
There are countless mass killings missing from this
list that the US is responsible for, but this list
covers the most violent crimes committed by the US
government in recent history.
Many horrible casualties are listed here, but it is
important to not just think in terms of numbers and
statistics. We should visualize each of the beautiful
lives that were destroyed. Imagine stadiums filled
with Korean children dying from napalm before your
eyes. Visualize the mothers in Iraq digging up the
corpses of their children. Picture children in
Vietnam who were born without legs or arms because of
residual effects of Agent Orange. Envision tens of
thousands of Japanese civilians being wiped by out by
atomic bombs before they even knew what hit them.
Think about the children in Nicaragua crying on the
street, seeking their mothers, not knowing that they
had been killed by US-created contras. See the
atrocities through the eyes of countless loving
fathers in El Salvador who were forced to watch their
infant children beat to death against rocks and their
wives nailed upside down with their breasts cut off
and skin of their face peeled off. Think about what
it must have been like to be those victims or their
grieving loved ones.
Worthy of noting is that almost all of these
slaughters have been directed at non-whites and the
vast majority of the victims of US militarism are
civilians. The estimated ratio of civilians to
soldiers that the US kills overseas is 10 to 1. In
many cases the ratio is much worse. These innocent
lives are the victims of the relentless drive by the
United States' corporate and military elite for global
economic domination. These victims have given their
lives so that a small percentage of Americans can
THE FOLLOWING IS A PARTIAL LIST OF WAR ATROCITIES
FOR WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS RESPONSIBLE:
3,000,000 Vietnamese murdered over the course of
about 30 years of US aggression.
Well over 300,000 Japanese were massacred when the
US raided Tokyo and dropped nuclear bombs on the urban
civilian areas of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
600,000 civilians were killed in Cambodia by US
bombing between 1969 and 1975.
Over 500,000 people were killed in Laos when America
subjected civilians to "secret bombing" from 1964 to
1973, dropping over two million tons of bombs on the
country. Over one fourth of the population also
100,000 people were murdered in South Korea prior to
the Korean War by a brutal repression supported by US
forces in 1945. This includes between 30,000 and
40,000 killed during the suppression of a peasant
revolt on Cheju Island.
Up to 4,500,000 Koreans were killed from 1951 to
1953 during America's massive slaughter in the Korean
200,000 were murdered when the Philippines were
conquered by American forces. (This took place just
over 100 years ago.)
23,000 people were slaughtered in Taiwan by
US-backed, trained, equipped, and funded forces
(Chiang's Nationalist army) during the late 1940s.
700,000 Indonesians (mostly landless peasants) were
murdered in 1965 when the US armed and supported
200,000 were slaughtered in East Timor in 1975 by
General Suharto with US support.
750,000 civilians were driven from their homes in
East Timor by Indonesian forces in 1999 and 10,000
Over 1,700,000 Iraqis have been killed by US
bombings and sanctions, mostly women and children.
Over 1,000,000 lives were lost during the Iran-Iraq
War in the 1980s in which the US used direct force and
supported Hussein and Iraq.
35,000 Kurds were killed, 3,500 villages were
destroyed, and between 2,000,000 and 3,000,000 became
homeless as a result of aggression by Turkey with US
arming and training in the 1990s.
Over 1,000,000 people were killed in Afghanistan's
civil war from 1979 to 1992, in which the US strongly
supported the Moujahedeen, the most violent and
sadistic of the forces. (This also set the stage for
the CIA-backed Taliban to attain power.)
45,000 people were killed in South Lebanon since
1982 by Israel, always armed and supported by the US.
Thousands have been killed in Palestine and millions
(in both Palestine and Lebanon) were made refugees by
Over 150,000 were killed in Greece when America
advised, equipped, and financed violent interventions
in the late 1940s and late 1960s.
Over 75,000 civilians were killed and over one
million refugees were created in El Salvador from 1980
to 1994 when the US intensely supported the efforts of
a brutal regime and its death squads to eliminate a
40,000 civilians were killed by the US-backed
National Guard in Nicaragua over the course of almost
30,000 lives were killed by the US contras in
Nicaragua from 1979 to 1989.
200,000 Guatemalans were slaughtered from 1960-1990s
by a military apparatus trained, armed, funded, and
assisted by America.
Over 35,000 Colombian civilians have been killed
during the US-supported Columbian war against
More than 4,000 innocent civilians were killed in
Panama during the US invasion in 1989.
Hundreds of thousands were killed by US direct and
indirect interventions in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay,
Peru, and Argentina from the mid 60s through the 80s.
50,000 Haitians were killed when the US military
destroyed a peasant uprising in 1915.
Between 4,000 and 5,000 Haitians were killed in the
early 1990s by US-established forces.
Thousands were killed in the Dominican Republic
during the 1960s when US and Dominican troops crushed
a pro-Bosch rebellion.
Over 3,000 were killed and countless others injured
by US interventions in Cuba.
Hundreds were killed or injured when the US invaded
Grenada in 1983.
Over 50,000 Somalians were killed between 1978 and
1990 by US-supported Siad Barre.
Up to 10,000 more Somalians were killed by US troops
during America's "humanitarian mission" in 1993.
In the US-supported Rwandan genocide, an estimated
800,000 people were killed in just 100 days in 1994.
Over 300,000 were killed and 80,000 were crippled in
Angola from a US-supported civil war.
Tens of thousands were killed and up to 200,000 were
tortured in Chad by Hissen Habre with US support
during the 1980's.
1,500,000 were killed between 1980 and 1988 in
southern Africa by the US-armed South Africa.
Thousands of people in Pacific islands, Puerto Rico,
Utah, California, Nevada, Washington, New Mexico, and
various other places have been killed, infected, or
harmed as a result of US weapon experiments
(especially nuclear weapons and weapons using depleted
Hundreds of civil rights activists have been beaten,
tortured, framed, and killed in the US by government
agencies in recent history.
Hundreds of Black Panther supporters and American
Indians were framed, beaten, or murdered by the FBI
and its cohorts in the late 60's and early 70's.
Over a thousand American Muslims "disappeared" after
September 11, 2001, and have been detained without
evidence of wrongdoing.
Over 48,000 U.S. and Iraqi military and civilian casualties occurred
in Iraq by America's "War on Terror/Operation Enduring Freedom."
Over 1,700,000 were killed
in Afghanistan by America's "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
10,000-30,000 were killed
in Libya in 2011 by America's "Operation Odyssey Dawn."
Kennie Anderson's must-read book, "Land of Hypocrisy," can be ordered here.
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