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The US and the UK are indeed the world's beacons of democracy and free speech. In fact, the amount of politically sensitive information that has been allowed to be published in these two countries is amazingly high. There are books covering everything the government tries to cover up... but the fact that the majority of the populations in both countries remains ignorant about what their governments are doing in other parts of the world is just as equally amazing. Again, how do they keep the people NOT interested in learning certain facts and getting access to certain information? They do so by carefully manipulating the "freedom of speech" in the media by offering incentives to/not to discuss any piece of information. The west has learned that in a materialistic world, sometimes economic incentive alone is enough to manipulate the people.|
With all this said, there are numerous well-documented books and journals out there on how the US and the UK have supported terrorist regimes across the world. I'm sure everyone already knows the US was the biggest supporter of Al-Queda; the CIA helped smuggle of arms through Pakistan into Afhganistan, including thousands of AK47s. The CIA also paid the Taleban 50 million dollars to burn 90% of their opium plants, 80% of which was demanded by drug addicts in the UK.
Speaking of terrorist ties, the UK and the US have more terrorist friends than anyone else. In 2003, the last year for which full information is available, the United States transferred weaponry to 18 of the 25 countries involved in active conflicts. From Angola, Chad and Ethiopia, to Colombia, Pakistan and the Philippines, transfers through the two largest U.S. arms sales programs (Foreign Military Sales and Commercial Sales) to these conflict nations totaled nearly $1 billion in 2003, with the vast bulk of the dollar volume going to Israel ($845.6 million). In 2003, more than half of the top 25 recipients of U.S. arms transfers in the developing world (13 of 25) were defined as undemocratic by the U.S. State Department Human Rights Report: in the sense that "citizens do not have the right to change their own government" or that right was seriously abridged. In 2004, the UK sold 995 million pounds worth or arms to Saudi Arabia, again an undemocratic regime (also a major source of funding for "terrorist organizations). From 1998 to 1999, 51 separate arms export licences have been granted to Indonesia by the UK Government; these arms were used to massacre innocent unarmed East Timor civilians. UK's arms sales to Eritrea, Ethiopia, Algeria, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Namibia and Somalia occur under similar circumstances. What I mentioned above is just the tip of the iceberg, similar cases can be found in South America, Central America, the Middle East, and South Asia.
The west supports tyrants because they tend to use violent means to achieve what they want, and the tools they use are supplied by these advanced, civilized, democratic and developed countries of the west (including France, Italy, UK, US, Canada, Germany). http://web.amnesty.org/web/web.nsf/pages/ttt3_africa
[ Last edited by twchinese at 2006-2-17 09:39 AM ]