on December 1, 2013
Whew. I have finished reading this very long book in its entirety and it brings to light some disturbing events to be sure. The subject matter in the book has to do with varied atrocities the indigenous people of South America have suffered via left and right wing uprisings, forced relocation, etc. The title is somewhat misleading, in that the book also delves into the Viet Nam debacle, Cuban missle crisis and the beginnings of how and why the Columbian drug cartels came into being.
According to the authors, the Rockefellers, in particular Nelson Rockefeller, who they refer to as liberal, and their intertwined relationship with the Wycliffe Bible Association and its founder Cameron Townsend, who the authors refer to as ultra-conservative, formed an unholy alliance to first fight fascism, then communism in South America. The international objective of this alliance was really based more on one hand washing the other, but with different motivations.
The Rockefellers wanted to influence and spread international capitalistic business interests encouraging “free markets”, believing it would raise the standard of living of these impoverished countries, in addition to making themselves money. A One World Economy, if you will.
The Wycliffe Bible Association, had no such aspirations. Their main motivation was to spread the Word of God to all peoples of the world, through Bible translators and proselytizing, so that the unenlightened could “be saved” before the end of the world. It was and is their desire for the end of the world to come upon us, but won’t materialize until they have reached all corners of the world with the Good News. They calculated that the Rockefellers’ influence, money and support would indeed be helpful to achieve this. Once they had accomplished this goal, it was their belief the end times would at last come to fruition and Jesus would come back and save us from ourselves, provided one had accepted Him as one’s Lord and Savior. The Rockefellers’ had calculated that these God-fearing workers of salvation would have a pacifying effect on the indigenous tribes, assist with assimilating them into a different culture, not to mention helpful in the gathering of information.
The story unfolds over several decades and comes to involve many multi-national corporations, the CIA and other fundamentalist Christian groups such as Jerry Falwell, Billy Graham and Pat Robertson. The authors, Colby and Dennett, blame Rockefeller and the religious influences they gave financial support as the reason fascist and communist elements stirred up violent populist rebellions in addition to an unprecedented destruction of the environment. They end their book with some gratification that IBEC and Rockefeller were brought down, ironicially with a whole lot of help by the fundamentalists through the politics in this country, not just South American politics, but conclude, sadly, that the religious elements are stronger than ever , setting the world up for mass genocide. They really don’t talk too much about how the Indians, pragmatically practiced their own genocide, before all this transpired. That they controlled the strength of their own tribes gene pool by burying unhealthy babies and their mothers alive because they would be too much a drain on the groups energy. Their own wars and enslavement of each other seems to get a pass, nor do they use a whole lot of ink pointing out it was the established middlemen in South America who felt most threatened by Rockefeller going around their cartels and set up these coups that always ultimately ended up in some kind of Banana Republic.
The book does a pretty good job of pointing out that Rockefeller in no way ,shape or form was a Communist, like many of the right wing accuse him. He was anything but. His aim was to expand commerce internationally with a definite bias towards U.S. interests. During the time frame this book covers, it must be pointed out, so too was the Soviet Union pushing their international agenda, minus the capitalistic and religious influence. How many tens of millions were killed and starved to death to accomplish that better good?
Although the book brings to light the terrible atrocities this region as a whole has had to endure, I cannot say, it tells of these events in an unbiased manner. While I may agree to a point, these grandiose plans of Rockefeller were wrong headed and taken on with a high degree of arrogance, in many ways, as were the Bible translators, to insinuate he or these ministries were consciously practicing genocide, is over the top.
What the authors do not divulge about the themselves anywhere on the cover or within the book is:
(1)Gerald Colby and Charlotte Dennett are married.
(2) Charlotte Dennett's father, Daniel Clement Dennett, Jr. was a was a covert counter-intelligence agent with the Office of Strategic Services posing as a cultural attaché to the American Embassy in Beirut during WW II. He was Harvard educated and an expert on Islamic studies. His job was to keep his eye on other spies, weaken French influence in Lebanon who were bad mouthing us (among other Allies who might end up stabbing us in the back), track Soviet penetration, and find out the route of an oil pipeline that the Saudis were building to the Mediterranean . His biggest competitor, doing like work, was Kim Philby, a British double agent who in reality was not only a Communist sympathizer, he had recruited other spies to do likewise and ultimately sought asylum and moved to the Soviet Union. In regard to Daniel Dennett’s last mission, reportedly other spies and family told Charlotte, he had told them he didn’t know, if he would come back alive. On that mission his plane crashed over Ethiopia and some of those other spooks supposedly close to him believed it might be sabotage.
Charlotte had never met her father because she was only 6 weeks old at the time of his death. Her mother, Ruth Marjorie (nee Leck) and her older brother , Daniel Clement Dennett III, age 5 at the time, moved back to Massachusetts shortly after the fatal incident in 1947. (I don't know if the body was ever recovered). Daniel III attended Harvard and received his doctorate at Oxford and is currently the Co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and a University Professor at Tufts University. Dennett. He is an atheist and secularist, a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board. He describes himself as an autodidact (self-taught).
Charlotte is also a self-taught lawyer.
Also, since writing this book,Charlotte ran for Vermont Attorney General in 2008, pledging to close Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant as one of her issues, and to prosecute George W. Bush for crimes committed in office as another. She has recently published a book about the need for accountability from high level elected officials and corporations entitled The People v Bush (Chelsea Green, 2010), among others.
The book, Thy Will Be Done, is based on unclassified documents she did receive from the CIA. She didn’t ask for documents in regard to her father’s tenure with the CIA, until after 911 and received them in 2005 (during the Bush administration). Those documents included reports written by her father to the CIA. She wanted to know since he was dead why anything was blocked out. Those documents are hyperlinked at the aforementioned link at Village Voice. Mainly what was blocked out were names of countries her father reported were working against our best interests. Why she and her informers believe his plane was sabotaged over Ethiopia, is left to the imagination of the reader. It was well known that Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassic had already agreed to oil exploration with the U.S.company, Sinclair Oil, back in 1945. Selassic was a Christian. Surely her father knew this, since the AP reported it. Whether or not Sinclair would develop it hinged on their ability to get access to the Red Sea through Eritrea, which had previously been invaded and occupied by the Italians.
Italy, our enemy at the time, lost control of Eritrea and was expelled in 1941 at which time its administration was given to the British. This was in effect, until 1951 via a UN Resolution. By 1962 the two countries had been annexed, but subversive groups began operating within Eriteca, until it regained its independence in 1993. It is now a one party state, with repressive policies, especially in regard to religion.
I am not getting the Dennetts paranoia. Was their father a double agent and was found out by one side or the other like Philby was, and he really just “disappeared”? How would he know he wasn’t coming back?
All that being said, the book is a good read, but do read it with a critical eye and knowledge of the authors own agenda, which is to overly romanticize the Darwinian equality of Mother Nature and primitive cultures simplistic communal living.
I agree with the authors’ critique of Fundamentalist Christians seemingly putting more emphasis on the saving of souls, instead of nurturing spirits, but despite all that, I have met and at times employed legal immigrants from that region who worked on some of those plantations and learned English. They are happy to be here and have hope for the first time in their lives, which is not to say, they don’t miss the old country, mainly their family.
We’ll see if this review is allowed to stand, but I have to ask myself, have these two been coerced in some way, by the very ones their father would have spied on (or at least was suppose to be spying on). What I do know is that the OSS was found out to have been a very unreliable source of information by the British. Phoney information was routinely planted within the Dogwood Chain of the OSS.