by John Piger
May 1, 2008
An unreported war is being waged by the United States and Britain to restore power to the privileged classes at the expense of the majority.
BEYOND THE sound and fury of its conquest of Iraq and campaign against Iran, the world’s dominant power is waging a largely unreported war on another continent–Latin America. Using proxies, Washington aims to restore and reinforce the political control of a privileged group calling itself middle class, to shift the responsibility for massacres and drug trafficking away from the psychotic regime in Colombia and its mafiosi, and to extinguish hopes raised among Latin America’s impoverished majority by the reform governments of Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia.
In Colombia, the main battleground, the class nature of the war is distorted by the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, whose own resort to kidnapping and the drugs trade has provided an instrument with which to smear those who have distinguished Latin America’s epic history of rebellion by opposing the proto-fascism of George W. Bush’s regime. “You don’t fight terror with terror,” said Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez as U.S. warplanes bombed to death thousands of civilians in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001, attacks. Thereafter, he was a marked man.