"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Sunday, January 09, 2005

"Operation Enduring Freedom"

Although it has been since pointed out that Bush's latest imperialistic slogan has been consistantly laughed at by anybody with access to a dictionary (endure - to suffer/to put up with something or someone unpleasant) it has still been kept in rotation by every pro-war hack worth his salt. And as Rumsfeld considers his next move, the suffering is due to escalate. In a bold attempt to conjure up every mistake possible, by his long list of immoral predecessors, he has decieded to bring back, wait for it..."The Salvador Option"

(Note the use of words like "alledgedly")

[a blogger gives a good summary... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109040/quotes]

Nuns pray over the bodies of four American sisters killed by the military in El Salvador in 1980

By Michael Hirsh and John Barry

Jan. 8 - What to do about the deepening quagmire of Iraq? The Pentagon’s latest approach is being called "the Salvador option"—and the fact that it is being discussed at all is a measure of just how worried Donald Rumsfeld really is. "What everyone agrees is that we can’t just go on as we are," one senior military officer told NEWSWEEK. "We have to find a way to take the offensive against the insurgents. Right now, we are playing defense. And we are losing." Last November’s operation in Fallujah, most analysts agree, succeeded less in breaking "the back" of the insurgency—as Marine Gen. John Sattler optimistically declared at the time—than in spreading it out.

Now, NEWSWEEK has learned, the Pentagon is intensively debating an option that dates back to a still-secret strategy in the Reagan administration’s battle against the leftist guerrilla insurgency in El Salvador in the early 1980s. Then, faced with a losing war against Salvadoran rebels, the U.S. government funded or supported "nationalist" forces that allegedly included so-called death squads directed to hunt down and kill rebel leaders and sympathizers. Eventually the insurgency was quelled, and many U.S. conservatives consider the policy to have been a success—despite the deaths of innocent civilians and the subsequent Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages scandal. (Among the current administration officials who dealt with Central America back then is John Negroponte, who is today the U.S. ambassador to Iraq. Under Reagan, he was ambassador to Honduras.)



yet another reason to think history books in schools are wholely inadequate