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U.S. Naïve Support for Democracy Dictators Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jun 14, 2012, 05:11 PM
For many years, I’ve held the opinion that the foreign policy of the United States of America really does have good intentions for supporting human rights and liberty for all citizens of the world, but oftentimes, American intervention can cause more harm than good.

Any conniving schemer in a foreign land can fool the U.S. into thinking he’s a so-called human rights, democracy-loving freedom fighter and capture American support while grabbing US foreign aid that may include food and weapons for his rebel soldiers seeking to overthrow one dictatorial regime by placing it with another despotic regime, so long as the schemer continues to say he’s supporting democracy idealism.

So this morning as I woke up for another day of work, I had some time to read the book, “Trial by Fire,” by Harold Coyle. I purchased it at the Cathay Bookshop here in Beijing.

It has an intriguing plot line. It’s about a military coup-d’etat in Mexico, in which a military regime overthrows a failed government and enforces swift and brutal justice on corrupt officials and drug lords.

But the U.S. government is complaining that the new military regime (Council of 13) is not calling for elections and ignoring human rights for criminals.

A Mexican Colonel, Guanarjado, launched a raid on the bosses of bosses of the Mexican drug cartels, Aleman, but due to a mistake in the mission, the drug lord escapes with three of his mercenary soldiers. While holding out in a hideaway, he’s watching the latest news and gives a speech to his army of 3.

He said, (pp.152-153) “if we are to believe the news on the radio there is no possible way for me to re-establish my operations under the current regime in Mexico City. The military appears to have a solid base of power and no viable opposition. In addition, the Council of 13 has gained great popular support from both the middle and lower classes. The council’s program of taking immediate and direct action against corrupt officials and government employees, while encouraging the people to help them track down and identify those officials, seems to have captured the imagination of the people. The people are finally being allowed to vent their frustrations against a government that has long ignored them and provided us with a ‘comfortable’ environment to work in.”

Drug Lord Aleman added, “under these circumstances there is little that we, the four of us and the handful of guards who survived the raid, can do on our own to remove the new government or alter its policies from within. The climate is not suitable for us at this time. But that does not mean all is lost. If someone were to remove the new regime, then things could once more return to normal. It is up to us, to precipitate the change.”

After a pause, one of the soldiers asked, “How, Senor Aleman, do you propose we do that?”

Aleman said, “the Americans, my friends, the Americans. They will be our salvation.”

A mercenary soldier, responded, “brilliant, senor! Brilliant!”

Of course this novel is just mere fiction, but perhaps it rings some startling and scary truths about the dangers of an over-reaching U.S. interventionist foreign policy.

To purchase the book, Trail by Fire, by Harold Coyle, link here:

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