Many, perhaps most, Americans view their country and its soldiers as the “good guys” spreading “democracy” and “liberty” around the world – and this is the view of American international policies promulgated by the mainstream media. When the United States inflicts unnecessary death and destruction, it’s viewed as a mistake or an aberration. Writers and historians such as Noam Chomsky, Michael Parenti, Howard Zinn and others have long pointed out this is a grossly distorted view of American history. In the following article Peter Dale Scott and Robert Parry examine the long history of these acts of brutality, a record that suggests they are neither a “mistake” nor an “aberration” but rather conscious counterinsurgency doctrine on the “dark side.” There is a dark — seldom acknowledged — thread that runs through U.S. military doctrine, dating back to the early days of the Republic. This military tradition has explicitly defended the selective use of terror, whether in suppressing Native American resistance on the frontiers in the 19th Century or in protecting U.S. interests abroad in the 20th Century or fighting the “war on terror” over the last decade.
As a psychologist, I know that confronting the truth about the actual effects of one’s actions on others is a necessary prerequisite to liberating change and self-empowerment. In my books The Well of Remembrance (1994) and The Roots of War and Domination (2008), I have written about the need for rituals of memory and truth-speaking as an essential process for civilized societies that wanting to restore peace and sanity to their relations with other nations and their own people. The South African Truth and Reconciliation processes, after the abolition of apartheid, are the outstanding example in our time. This is why the story below can serve as a reminder of aspects of US history that we either never knew, or have forgotten.
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