By (Eds.) C. Bachas, J. Maldacena, K. S. Narain, S. Randjbar-Daemi

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S. ’35 In 1864, General Sherman used terror to destroy the South’s will to fight. ’36 Similar terror tactics used by Colonel Chivington and the Third Colorado Cavalry included scalping and knocking out brains, ripping open women with knives, clubbing children and knocking their heads with guns, and other gruesome atrocities. In the Philippines, US commander General Bell used similar tactics against the Filipinos in the Philippine–American War (1899–1902). ’37 The carpet bombing of Dresden and Hamburg, the fire bombing of Tokyo, the use of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War, and the Phoenix Program in Vietnam all fit disturbingly but neatly into the pattern of terror tactics used by United States forces to destroy the enemy’s will to fight.

85 The US military presence in the region is also a major deterrent against any future oil embargos against the West. 86 The actual purpose, of course, was to provide a justification for NATO, which lost its raison d’être after the collapse of the Soviet Union. ’88 Without NATO, the stationing of American troops in Europe may not be easily justifiable. The fourth estate: a corporate poodle The influence of big business on the American political process has been considerably strengthened as a result of corporate takeovers of media and the increasing concentration and cross-ownership of the media conglomerates.

Chapter 6 compares human rights transgressions in China with those in America and shows that the progress on this front is going to be slow. Unless special effort is made to combat such tendencies, the transgressions continue even in democracies, as happened in the American South during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, where democratically elected executives and legislators aided and abetted gross human rights violations Why Does America Need Enemies? 27 against the Afro-Americans.

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