Imperialism today - Ruthless Criticism

- The forces that seem to have carried out the Trade Center attack may not have currently been under American imperialism's control, but they certainly were known to the American security apparatus and indeed originated as agents of the CIA. To counter Russian imperialism's invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the CIA recruited, trained, armed, and supplied thousands of Islamic fundamentalists to wage a holy war, a jihad, against the Russians. The concept of jihad had largely been dormant in Islamic theology, until American imperialism resurrected it for its own purposes two decades ago. Islamic militants were recruited from throughout the Muslim world, including Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. This is where Osama Bin Laden first came into the picture, as an operative of American imperialism. Following the Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989, and the collapse of the government in Kabul in 1992, American imperialism walked away from Afghanistan, shifting its focus to the Middle East and the Balkans. When they fought the Russians, these Islamic fundamentalists were hailed as freedom fighters by Ronald Reagan. When they use the same ruthlessness against American imperialism today, President Bush says they are uncivilized fanatics who have to be destroyed. In much the same way as Timothy McVeigh, the American right-wing fanatic responsible for 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, who was raised on the cold war ideology and imbued with hatred of the Russians, and recruited to the US military, the young men recruited to the CIA's jihad knew only hatred and warfare their entire adult lives. Both felt betrayed by American imperialism after the cold war had ended, and turned their violence against their former masters.

It is also an unstated premise of the “spreading democracy” thesis of American imperialism today

Philadelphia. N.d. (ca. 1914): John C. Winston Co. Red blind-stamped decorative cloth, gilt titles, decorations. 252 pp., 4 half-tone illus. Binding split at first gather, one loose leaf, ink inscr. on f.f.e.p., "George Bullock. Scout Section. 159th Bn. North Bay" (Canada), paper browning, else well-preserved in an attractive binding. The exploits of Kitchener, as described in this little biography (intended for young minds!) are not a far cry from the experience of American Imperialism today: paranoia toward Muslims, divide & conquer strategies, subjegating masses of starving citizens in the Third World, etc. Ripping good stuff, eh, chap?! The e.p. inscription by a Canadian soldier dates this copy to WWI. . Unknown Printing. Blind-stamped Cloth. Good/No Jacket. Illus. by I. K.. 12mo. Military Biography.

What are some examples of imperialism today ..

that has the potential to change the way readers view the men and women of the military, war, and the global reach of American imperialism today. A worrying report about American imperialism today. An American judge has ruled that Russia must hand over documents which have never left Russia and have no connection to America to an organisation in America.

Today's Imperialism - Uniquely American

Another of the major themes of Wright’s book is the imperialist nature of the U.S., from its expansion across the North American continent and its grabbing of half of Mexico, to its more modern imperialist adventures in Hawaii, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and more recently in Iraq. But Scott says that the curious thing is that while American imperialism today is at least as virulent and genocidal as it ever was, Wright eases way off in his description and criticism of U.S. imperialism the closer we get to the present day! He even touts the generosityof the Democrats in “granting” the Philippines their independence after World War II,though in reality they only did so because they knew they couldn’t hang on to the countryin the form of an old-style colony and that they stood a better chance of controllingand exploiting the Philippines in the form of a (where the U.S. sets up and controls things through client regimes).

Afghanistan and American imperialism Glenn Greenwald