- Paperback: 500 pages
- Publisher: Common Courage Press; Updated edition (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1567512526
- ISBN-13: 978-1567512526
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
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Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II--Updated Through 2003 Updated Edition
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As New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison said in 1967: "...our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society...We won't build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line...I've learned enough about the machinations of the CIA in the past year to know that this is no longer the dream world America I once believed in...Huey Long once said, 'Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism.' I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."
Blum points out how useless popular encyclopedias (Americana, Britannica, Colliers, etc) are when it comes to documenting the history of US interventions abroad. The mainstream media doesn't need marching orders from the government, "for the simple truth is that these individuals would not have reached the positions they occupy if they themselves had not all been guided through the same tunnel of camouflaged history and emerged with the same selective memory and conventional wisdom."
Please keep your eyes peeled for crazy Single Bullet Theory hairbrained stupidity. They are like members of an oddball cult, and cannot be reasoned with.
I will say howeve
IMO the best book to end any debate with anyone who believes that the US is about doing good in the world, that we are the world's policeman just helping those poor benighted Third World peoples.
That said, I have found that most Americans who actually believe that the USA is a force for good and who have held
that belief for most of their lives (because they get all their info from the government or the corporate media) are unable to get through just the introduction such is the cognitive dissonance when the bullsh...t .they believe runs into hard, irrefutable historic fact.
The reaction is analogous to a family who finds out that their beloved father or priest is a child molester .
They reject the too-horrible-to-take facts and retreat ever deeper into their errroneous thinking.
The U.S. population is in the same moral position of all the good German people who did not know they lived a few miles from a concentration camp until after the wsr when they were marched out to the liberated camps to witness their complicity in those crimes.
Reading William Blum's book is to understand the American Holocaust and that is simply too difficult emotionally for a huge proportion of
the U.S. population.