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Michelle's Sign and the Imperatives of Empire

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There's the shot of Michelle Obama, complete with furrowed brow and deeply sincere, plaintive expression on her face, the hand-drawn sign as a sort of conscience-of-the-world plea, # Bring Back Our Girls. Quickly followed by a man holding this sign: "Your Husband Has Killed More Muslim Girls Than Boko Haram Ever Could."

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In much of Western media, the world is depicted fairly simplistically, with good guys and bad guys. Sometimes, regrettably, the good guys have to make temporary deals with bad guys in order to stop other bad guys, c.f. the U.S. support for 'anti-communists' such as Batista, the Shah, Pinochet, Franco, Saddam Hussein, Suharto.

Western military intervention is limited. We go only where we are invited, or where we are needed to stop tragic situations from getting worse. Unfortunately, despite our best intentions and long-standing determination to have peace in the world, there are many such instances.

America has been aiming at the African continent for a long time, buying off governments, promoting Western-directed 'popular leaders,' training and equipping military and security forces. Where indicated, we've overthrown or knocked off impediments to America control, inconvenient men such as Patrice Lumumba, first elected President of the Congo, whose murder was requisitioned by Belgian authorities and the CIA, arrested, tortured, and finally shot to death several days before John Kennedy was sworn in; and Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana, who in 1965 published his book, 'Neocolonialism,' explaining how foreign governments and corporations enriched themselves at the expense of the African people, and who was thereupon ousted in a U.S.-sponsored military coup d'etat in early 1966.

In 1953, the U.S. and England agreed to overthrow Iran's democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and install Shah Reza Pahlavi in order to secure oil deals for its friends and to subvert the overwhelming 1951 popular vote for nationalizing the oil industry.

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Richard Raznikov is a long-time journalist with extensive work on the political assassinations of the 1960s. His novel of those times, News From A Parallel World, is available on He currently writes a web column under the same name (more...)

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