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The USA: Defending Democracy?

Posted Apr 2, '14 at 5:52pm

09philj

09philj

2,151 posts

In 1952, the democratically elected guatemalan president Jacobo Ãrbenz decided to expropriate unused arable land from the company United Fruit in order to try to improve quality of life for the people, as united fruit owned 42% of the land in Guatemala, as well as most of the infrastructure, but exploited the workers and effectively ruled the country. He decided to compensate United fruit what the land was worth for tax purposes: $1,185,000. Instead, United Fruit demanded $16,000,000. When Ãrbenz refused, United Fruit complained to the US government, who responded by underwriting a coup, and installed Carlos Castillo as dictator. The CIA helped him by giving him a list of seventy "questionable Individuals" most of whom were never seen again.

Evidently, democracy is a privilege best reserved for Americans.

 

Posted Apr 3, '14 at 3:26am

HahiHa

HahiHa

5,440 posts

Knight

Things like that sadly are not new; and America is not alone. France is guilty of keeping many African dictators in place for their own benefits.

 

Posted Apr 3, '14 at 8:54am

Asherlee

Asherlee

5,346 posts

Knight

Such is the way of the world.

 

Posted Apr 3, '14 at 11:58pm

Jacen96

Jacen96

3,147 posts

When we say that, what we mean is "We will defend democracy, if it directly benefits us."

~~~Darth Caedus

 
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