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June 11, 2004

In Memoriam: Reagan's Victims

It is indeed a solemn day, when we should reflect on the murder and blood on the hands of Ronald Wilson Reagan.

From those murdered by US-aligned death squads in Central America to the massacres in Lebanon to the funding of Bin Laden and other fundamentalists in Afghanistan to the continued support for war in Angola, Reagan was a busy man fomenting murder and terrorism around the world.

Let's start with Central America, the crown jewel of Reagan's assault on innocent lives.

In El Salvador, we trained and supported death squads that killed nuns, archbishops, union leaders and basically anyone else who challenged the military-dominated government there. Those death squads launched an estimated 70,000 political killings.

In Nicaragua, Reagan supported Contra terrorists who attacked schools and medical clinics, used rape as a weapon of intimidation, engaged in kidnappings and torture, massacred villages, and mined harbors. The U.S.-sponsored terror campaign against the Sandinista government resulted in the deaths of an estimated 20,000 Nicaraguans.

And in Guatemala, the less publicized but even more brutal nexus of murder, an estimated 100,000 people were murdered, with the training and support of the CIA and the U.S. government, in such systematic ways that it has been labelled genocide against groups of the Mayan people.

In the Middle East, during the turmoil of Lebanon, Reagan allied the US with the rightwing "Falangist" Christian militias and the Israelis during their invasion of the country. Along with the tens of thousands of civilians killed in the war, over a 1000 Palestinian civilians, promised safety by the U.S., were massacred in the Sabra and Shatila refugee centers-- by the Phalangists under Israeli authority.

In Angola, Reagan opened the money tap for UNITA, a vicious set of rebel terrorists, whose wars have killed hundreds of thousands of people in the last few decades.

Afghanistan is the more complicated story, but the bottom-line is that Reagan used the innocents of that country as proxies for his Cold War against the USSR-- ignoring the reforms in that country even as he funneled cash to Islamic terrorists like Bin Laden. And the war in Afghanistan, whose responsibility the US shares with the USSR, led to the deaths of a million people in that country.

These deaths, plus numerous smaller wars and terrorist attacks are the legacies of Ronald Reagan.

A moment of silence for the hundreds of thousands of people who died due to the murderers funded by his administration.

Some reading:

  • From Aghanistan toEl Salvador: Reagan's Dark Global Legacy
  • Reagan and the US Terror Network
  • Reagan & Guatemala's Death Files
  • Sharon: Sabra and Shatila
  • The Late Jonas Savimbi
  • Janes Intelligence Reviews: Blowback

    Posted by Nathan at June 11, 2004 09:18 AM