In college, I was introduced to the side of United States history that is not taught in the public school systems. And I quickly realized why it wasn’t – it was a gruesome history of 20th century conquest, promoting democracy and rights publicly, while supporting dictators and having a hand in killing thousands privately.
Since the end of World War II, the United States has meddled in the affairs of other countries repeatedly and without remorse. U.S. interests have continuously triumphed all concern for what the people in each country wanted, completely disregarding the humanitarian crimes that were committed in the process.
From supporting totalitarian governments to overthrowing democratically elected ones, the U.S. has showed no mercy in attaining their own objectives.
It was surprising to learn all of this, to say the least. It was also information that I hoped every single American citizen would be aware of, to not only give background information to present hostilities, but also the beginnings of the age old American question, “Why do they hate us?”
Why do they hate us?
While it might not be a straightforward answer, the very basics can be covered in a simple list of U.S. CIA interventions since WWII. Notice how a few countries show up on the list after every couple of years. I hope to expand on some of these, especially the ones I consider to be the most controversial, in later posts.
All countries marked with an asterisk (*) signify that the government was overthrown. Any country with years in parentheses after it signifies a declared war.
|1940s & 1950s||Philippines|
|1960s||France & Algeria|
I hope that this serves as a starting platform to look into the true historical events of the U.S. Who knows what is currently brewing with the CIA and what type of top secret “intervention” is occurring in the present. I do know that I look forward to when those CIA documents are declassified and the truth is revealed.
This list was compiled through multiple sources, including declassified CIA documents, books, and various news articles. Much of the list is from William Blum’s Killing Hope, with minor adjustments made in the years after cross checking with different online sources. If I’ve made a mistake or missed a major CIA intervention, please let me know.