Are We The Baddies?

From Second Thought.

As uncomfortable as it may be to find flaws in your home country, wherever that may be, it’s an important part of being an informed citizen. While it’s good to call the US out on individual failures, it’s becoming increasingly important to help people understand that the US *as a whole* is the problem. In this episode, we’ll take a brief stroll through the bloody history of the US empire and answer that age old question…are we the baddies?

Are We The Baddies? – Second Thought
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Citations and Further Reading:

General info on US crimes and the problems of capitalism:
Washington Bullets – Vijay Prashad
Rogue State – William Blum
Killing Hope – William Blum
Endless Holocausts – Mass Death in the History of the United States Empire – David Michael Smith
The Jakarta Method – Vincent Bevins
School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas – Lesley Gill
The Triumph of Evil – Austin Murphy
Spooks – Jim Hougan
The Capital Order: How Economists Created Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism – Clara E. Mattei
The Counterrevolution of 1776 – Gerald Horne

Genocide of the Native Americans, Slavery:
An Indigenous People’s History of the United States – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
American Holocaust – David Stannard
Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation – John Ehle
Hitler’s American Model – James Whitman

Genocide in the Philippines:
https://scholarcommons.scu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1138&context=historical-perspectives
https://webhispania.info/the-forgotten-genocide-the-philippine-american-war-and-us-atrocities/
A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 – David J. Silbey

Genocide in Korea:
Blowback Season 3 – https://open.spotify.com/episode/78BdsG6eicVXJ5cQBRs2Md
https://thefunambulist.net/magazine/against-genocide/wipe-out-all-life-postwar-liberalism-and-mass-killing-in-korea
https://www.liberationnews.org/psl-editorial-occupation-continues-70-years-after-the-pentagons-forgotten-genocide-in-korea/
https://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/30/world/gi-s-tell-of-a-us-massacre-in-korean-war.html
https://www.thenation.com/article/world/korean-war-armistice-70th-anniversary/

War crimes during the Vietnam War:
Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam – Nick Nurse
https://www.ucpress.edu/blog/35354/the-violent-legacies-of-the-u-s-war-in-vietnam/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-23427726
https://www.marxists.org/subject/china/peking-review/1966/PR1966-04c.htm

War crimes during the "War on Terror"
Blowback Season 1 – https://open.spotify.com/show/2pibBnPuHqKr07hxEMZE41
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2023/03/iraq-20-years-since-the-us-led-coalition-invaded-iraq-impunity-reigns-supreme/#:~:text=Between%202003%20and%202011%2C%20Amnesty,cruel%2C%20inhuman%20or%20degrading%20treatment.
https://www.hrw.org/news/2023/03/19/twenty-years-iraq-bears-scars-us-led-invasion
https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/lib-docs/HRBodies/UPR/Documents/session9/US/AIJ_TheAssociationofIraqiJurists.pdf
https://truthout.org/articles/for-20-years-team-bush-has-escaped-prosecution-for-war-crimes-in-iraq/
https://www.ecchr.eu/en/publication/the-iraq-invasion-is-a-crime/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_torture_and_prisoner_abuse
https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/04/04/472964974/it-was-torture-an-abu-ghraib-interrogator-acknowledges-horrible-mistakes
https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2017/10/1/abu-ghraib-the-legacy-of-torture-in-the-war-on-terror
Chain of Command – Seymour Hersh
The Ballad of Abu Ghraib – Philip Gourevitch, Errol Morris
Blowback Season 4 – https://open.spotify.com/episode/3PIyNOhaBeAfwa3rWKmvtP

Cuba and Latin America:
Blowback Season 2 – https://blowback.show/Season-2
Open Veins of Latin America – Eduardo Galeano
Cuba and its Neighbors – Arnold August
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/11/world/americas/chile-coup-50-anniversary.html
Chile 1973: The Other 9/11 – David Francois

Palestine:
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine – Ilan Pappe
https://decolonizepalestine.com
Gaza Fights for Freedom – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnZSaKYmP2s
Shell Shocked – Mohammed Omer
Apartheid Israel – Sean Jacobs, Jon Soske
On Palestine – Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe
Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Davis

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