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The Settler-Colonial Strategy: Militarization of Diplomacy, Domestic Law Enforcement, Jails, Prisons and the Border

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The U.S. was a settler-colonial nation from the beginning of its history enforced by military actions against indigenous populations on the continental U.S. then moving to an international colonial-settler nation by annexation and war.

As most recently seen in the U.S. wars on Afghanistan and Iraq and in Syria, the colonial-settler approach to forcefully taking lands of others is tragically alive and well.

Inside the U.S. the largest prison populations in the world continue to be terrorized by U.S. military tactics and immigrants and refugees have their human and civil rights violated by a settler-colonial United States government.

Time to End the Settler-Colonial Approach

It is past-time for the U.S. to end its settler-colonial approach to populations both domestically and internationally, but this will happen only when government officials, as well as citizens, recognize the history of the U.S. for what it is and with purposeful intent attempt to change their interactions with indigenous populations.

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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)
 
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