Americans are agog over the U.S. military’s decision to go along with the long-time custom of the Afghan police to sexually abuse young boys.
I can certainly understand why Americans would be dismayed over such a decision, but I don’t see how they can be surprised about it. After all, ever since the national-security state was grafted onto America’s original governmental system at the end of World War II, the U.S. government has knowingly, deliberately, and intentionally partnered with evil, under the guise of fighting evil and protecting “national security.”
Let’s go back to World War II, the “good war” that formed the basis for adopting a permanent national-security establishment. It was during the “good war” that the U.S. government partnered with the Soviet Union, a communist regime that rivaled the Nazi government in evil. U.S. officials say that the “good war” made a partnership with evil necessary.
Well, what about when Soviet troops began raping every German woman and girl in sight, with the knowledge and approval of the Soviet government? The U.S. government knew that that was going on and yet turned a blind to it. U.S. officials certainly made no attempt to have the Soviet Union brought into the dock at Nuremberg for those rapes. Instead, they actually agreed to let the communist regime serve as a judge in those proceedings.
What about the Soviet murder in the Katyn Forest of 10,000 Polish troops who had been taken prisoner? The U.S. government knowingly went along with the Soviet Union’s laughable (and false) claim that the murders had been carried out by the Nazis.
Don’t forget the U.S. government’s forcible repatriation to the Soviet Union of tens of thousands of anti-communist Russians who had been taken prisoner during the war. That was what Operation Keelhaul was all about. Knowing that the Soviets were going to torture and murder them, U.S. officials willingly complied with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s demand that the Russians be turned over to him.
Then, get this: After the “good war” was over, U.S. officials partnered with high Nazi officials, secretly bringing them into the U.S. government. The reason? They say that this new partnership with evil was necessary to combat the evil of the Soviet Union, which had been their partner during the “good war.” They not only hired the Nazis to serve as consultants in their new Cold War that they were now waging against their former partner, they also shielded them from criminal prosecution.
Those Nazis weren’t the only “good-war” criminals who were shielded from prosecution. Don’t forget the Japanese officials who ran the infamous Unit 731, which engaged in secret germ experiments on Chinese people who were taken into custody during Japan’s occupation of China. If you’ve never heard of Unit 731 and the unbelievably horrific experiments they carried out, which would rival those of the Nazis, read the “Unit 731” entry at Wikipedia. Here is just a tiny sample of the types of things they were doing to people:
Prisoners, including one known POW, were subjected to vivisection without anesthesia. Vivisections were performed on prisoners after infecting them with various diseases. Researchers performed invasive surgery on prisoners, removing organs to study the effects of disease on the human body. These were conducted while the patients were alive because it was feared that the decomposition process would affect the result. The infected and vivisected prisoners included men, women, children, and infants, including pregnant women and their infants impregnated by Japanese surgeons.
So, those Japanese officials were brought to trial after the “good war” was over, right? Well, sort of but not exactly. While the Soviets brought some of them to trial, U.S. officials took a different position. They decided not only to shield the Japanese officials in their custody from prosecution but also to bring them into the U.S. government as consultants (like those Nazi consultants) in what would become one of the biggest (and most secret) germ-warfare operations in history, one run by the U.S. national-security establishment as part of its Cold War operations.
Let’s not forget the assassination program against Cuba’s president Fidel Castro. What was his crime? No, he never attacked the United States or even threatened to do so. His “crime” believed in communism and socialism, which U.S. national-security state officials claimed entitled them to murder him. That was why the CIA entered into an assassination partnership with the Mafia, one of the most evil criminal organizations in history.
We also shouldn’t forget the partnership that the U.S. national-security state had with military officials in Chile in the early 1970s, which brought into existence one of the most brutal and tyrannical military dictatorships in history, one that kidnapped and incarcerated some 30,000 innocent people, most of whom were tortured or raped or both, and 3,000 of whom were murdered, after being tortured or raped.
All the while, U.S. national-security state officials turned a blind eye to the evil that was being carried out by Pinochet and his goons. The U.S. government even flooded Pinochet’s coffers with hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. taxpayer funds, thereby enabling him to more easily pay the salaries of his kidnappers, torturers, rapists, and executioners.
As part of that partnership, U.S. officials even instigated the violent kidnapping of the commanding general of Chile’s armed forces, knowing full well that he was likely to be murdered in the process, which he was. Further, as part of their partnership with the Pinochet dictatorship, U.S. national-security state officials played a role in the murder of two innocent American citizens, Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi.
There was also the U.S. national-security state’s participation in Operation Condor, the international kidnapping, torture, terror, and assassination ring run by Pinochet’s goons. Its innocent victims range in the tens of thousands.
We can also point to all those right-wing death squads in Latin America run by pro-U.S. military dictatorships that served as Cold War partners with the U.S. national-security establishment.
For that matter, we can look at places like Egypt today, which has long been governed by one of the most brutal military dictatorships in history, one that might well rival that of Augusto Pinochet. It is an active partner of the U.S. government in its modern-day “war on terrorism,” and continues to be flooded with U.S. taxpayer-provided weaponry and other support.
And it’s all justified under the rubric of “national security,” just like the partnership with those Afghan police officers who insist on maintaining their long custom of child molestation.
Americans can certainly be outraged over the U.S. military’s partnership with evil in Afghanistan. But surprised? No way! As long as Americans continue to permit their Cold War-era national-security state apparatus to be grafted onto their federal governmental system, no one can legitimately claim to be surprised about anything.
Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation.
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