The War in the Shadows by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
August 20, 2012

State of the Union

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A Swedish documentary filmmaker released a film last year called “Last Chapter—Goodbye Nicaragua.” In it he admitted that he unknowingly facilitated a bombing, almost certainly orchestrated by the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, which took the lives of three reporters I worked with in Central America. One of them, Linda Frazier, was the mother of a 10-year-old son. Her legs were torn apart by the blast, at La Penca, Nicaragua, along the border with Costa Rica, in May of 1984. She bled to death as she was being taken to the nearest hospital, in Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica.

The admission by Peter Torbiornsson that he unwittingly took the bomber with him to the press conference was a window into the sordid world of espionage, terrorism and assassination that was an intimate part of every conflict I covered. It exposed the cynicism of undercover operatives on all sides, men and women who lie and deceive for a living, who betray relationships, including between each other, who steal and who carry out murder. One knows them immediately.


via Truthdig

Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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Last Chapter (Goodbye Nicaragua) trailer



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from the archives:

Michael Parenti: The Panama Deception + US imperialism in full view

The Latin American Revolution, Part 3: Cuba, Nicaragua and El Salvador

Nicaragua – A Nations Right To Survive by John Pilger (1983; must-see)

The Secret Wars Of The CIA by John Stockwell (1987)

5 thoughts on “The War in the Shadows by Chris Hedges

  1. Pingback: CIA: World’s Biggest Terrorist Organization « Dandelion Salad

  2. As I see it, the biggest problem in the US is cultural denial, a profound lack of critical public awareness & genuine education. Brand “America” is always right. This hubris is packaged and marketed into a world that the eccentric UK artists Gilbert and George once described as “one big argument” that then loops back into the mainstream mentality as cumulative affirmative propaganda. It is a gigantic process that generates an unprecedented climate of perpetual provocation and blow-back. Peter Dale Scott among so many others has done a fine job of documenting this decadent descent into deep politics. Chris Hedges nearly always gets it right with great literary elan and rhetorical flourishes that are profoundly affective. What then do we do? It is a “Heraclean” task, maybe impossible, to change the course of this river of filth and corruption that runs so powerfully in the veins of the globe. Eventually those who thrive on its polluted flow will choke and drown in their own toxic excrement. Nature is wise ~ her wine is sweet, and although the ecological mill of the gods/goddesses may grind slowly, its bread of life sustains our futures. In the meantime, we can only resist and resolve to resist the demon infestation of public life as intelligently as we are able.

  3. The Censored Question:

    Chris Hedges has given the answer to the most important question …why?
    That question is forbidden especially on the 9/11 atrocity.

    Why are we on constant fear of terrorist attacks?

    What has “The West” done to these bombers?

    Why are they slaughtering innocent civilians in Western countries?

    Who,when,what and How are permitted establishment media questions.

    Where is the media analysis of Why?

  4. Very very interesting example. Susie Morgan was working for Time magazine at the time. She had to be evacuated by her friends. The US and the UK as well as Time magazine just left her there to die.

    I often contemplate how we could stop these violent parasites. But I have no answer ….

    These are the REAL hooligans of the world, loaded w/money and privilege running the world …

    As Lenin would say: What is to be done?

    I have known some of these “players” inThe Company and they would kill their own mothers to stay in what they consider At The Top ..

    Chalmers had many, many elucidating moments. People aren’t listening. They don’t seem to WANT to .. and THAT may be the root of this evil ..

    • Thanks, Virginia.

      I almost didn’t post this piece. What I did do is put several links at the end to previous articles/videos on the topic of Nicaragua and El Salvador. Hope some of the readers clicked on these links.

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