President Bush Makes Massive Land Purchase In Paraguay Ahead Of Expected War Crimes Charges. www.thepowerhour.com/news2/bush_paraguay.htm
CP News Wire: Bush's Paraguay Land Grab -- By CP News Wire. Asuncion, Paraguay. . Bush plans to buy 98840 acres of land in Chaco, Paraguay, ... www.counterpunch.org/cp10202006.html
Empires Fall: Bush Family Buying Land In Paraguay -- Bush is reportedly looking into purchasing a 100,000 acre tract of land in Paraguay near the border with Brazil http://empiresfall.blogspot.com/2006/10/bush-family-buying-land-in-paraguay_21.html
Scoop: Bush Purchases 99,000 Acres In Paraguay? PRENSA LATINA - The land grab project of US President George W. Bush -- plans to buy 98840 acres of land in Chaco, Paraguay, ... www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00308.htm
Meanwhile, BushCo is advertising in poor neighborhoods in places like Lima, Peru -- the search is for strong, brave young men who would like a chance to win U.S. citizenship. Pass the physical and sign up for a 6-year commitment to fight in Iraq, and upon completing basic training, learning rudimentary English, and getting to Iraq, the new soldier will receive $2000US in cash, which is big money in the slums of Lima, Peru. All survivors, after 6 years, will get US citizenship.
Consider this report from www.harpers.org:
“Triple Canopy is a firm that has started recruiting soldiers in Latin America. They plainly stipulate that neither Triple Canopy nor the U.S. Government is responsible in case the employees are injured or killed in the line of duty.
Chilean Sen. Alejandro Navarro said his government has had to cover the costs of workers returning from Iraq with stress-related disorders because the security companies that employed them refused to provide help.
Despite concerns, host countries have done little to prevent recruiting, and the current state of the countries has created pools of men ‘ripe for the picking.’ Latin American countries such as Colombia, El Salvador, Peru and Nicaragua have a long history of military action with large militaries that have been involved in civil wars. Most importantly, their militaries have recently downsized, leaving a population of trained men unemployed with few practical working skills. Working in labor-intensive jobs and making little to no money, these men are eager for gainful employment.
Geoff Thale, a senior associate at the Washington Office on Latin America, argues that allowing Latin America and other less-developed regions to serve as cheap labor pools to recruit people for dangerous jobs that are part of the U.S. military mission is deeply wrong, for both moral and political reasons.
In a democracy, when wars are fought, there are casualties. When a U.S. soldier is wounded or killed in combat, his family, neighbors, and community directly feel the death and the weight of the war. In response, that community makes political judgments about whether the human cost is worth the political cost.”
“An increasing number of Latin Americans can be found carrying out security tasks in Iraq: Peruvians guard the outer perimeter of a U.S. installation in Basra; Chileans protect the government Green Zone in Baghdad; Hondurans have provided security within the terminal at Baghdad International Airport; and Salvadorans once protected the Green Zone in Baghdad. However, many will be surprised to know that these men are not serving in Iraq as members of allied military forces, but rather are hired by private firms contracted through U.S. government agencies.
As reported earlier this week by Tyler Bridges of the Miami Herald, while Americans are eager to bring the troops home, many Latin Americans are willing to go to Iraq:
The Latin Americans typically served in the military back home—many fought leftist guerrillas in places like El Salvador and Columbia—and were taught by U.S. instructors, making it easier for them to use U.S. weapons and work under American security procedures.
After leaving their own armed forces, these soldiers found themselves in low-paying jobs. So they agreed to risk injury or death in Iraq for $1,000 to $1,500 a month, ($5-$7 an hour) a good salary for them, but far below the $10,000-$15,000 monthly pay for American contract employees. http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/08/hbc-90000722