Wednesday, October 10

Americans Abroad: Recyling William Blum's Murdered Hope

Since few Americans bothered to concern themselves with the damning revelations of William Blum (right), a former IMB executive and U.S. State Department employee, into their government's antipathy to democracy abroad, let's take a short trip down memory lane.

Lest we forget, Webster Tarpley's 2004 bestselling book 9/11 Synthetic Terrorism convincingly argues that long-practiced American-grown terrorism of the kind Blum chronicles essentially was a dress rehearsal abroad by the American Shadow Government brought back home on 11 September 2001 for an extended engagement.

For those who find Tarpley's thesis absurd, who still believe in the US "war" on Iraq and who remain unmoved after reviewing Blum's assessment of U.S. imperialism, know that you have passed 95% of your background check for employment here.

Blum's homepage is excerpted below.--editor


Anti-Empire Reports
and other essays by Blum
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If you flip over the rock of American foreign
policy of the past century, this is what crawls out

invasions ... bombings ... overthrowing
governments ... suppressing movements
for social change ... assassinating
political leaders ... perverting
elections ... manipulating labor unions ...
manufacturing "news" ... death squads ...
torture ... biological warfare ...
depleted uranium ... drug trafficking ...
mercenaries ...

It's not a pretty picture.
It is enough to give imperialism a bad name.

Read the full details in:

Killing Hope: US Military and CIA
Interventions Since World War II.

by William Blum

"Far and away the best book on the topic."
Noam Chomsky

"I enjoyed it immensely."
Gore Vidal

"I bought several more copies to circulate to
friends with the hope of shedding new light
and understanding on their political outlooks."

Oliver Stone

"A very valuable book. The research and organization
are extremely impressive."

A. J. Langguth
, author, former New York Times Bureau Chief

"A very useful piece of work, daunting in scope,

Thomas Powers
, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

"Each chapter I read made me more and more angry."
Dr. Helen Caldicott
, international leader of
the anti-nuclear and environmental movements

Table of Contents

1. China - 1945 to 1960s: Was Mao Tse-tung just paranoid?
2. Italy - 1947-1948: Free elections, Hollywood style
3. Greece - 1947 to early 1950s: From cradle of democracy to client state
4. The Philippines - 1940s and 1950s: America's oldest colony
5. Korea - 1945-1953: Was it all that it appeared to be?
6. Albania - 1949-1953: The proper English spy
7. Eastern Europe - 1948-1956: Operation Splinter Factor
8. Germany - 1950s: Everything from juvenile delinquency to terrorism
9. Iran - 1953: Making it safe for the King of Kings
10. Guatemala - 1953-1954: While the world watched
11. Costa Rica - Mid-1950s: Trying to topple an ally - Part 1
12. Syria - 1956-1957: Purchasing a new government
13. Middle East - 1957-1958: The Eisenhower Doctrine claims
another backyard for America
14. Indonesia - 1957-1958: War and pornography
15. Western Europe - 1950s and 1960s: Fronts within fronts within fronts
16. British Guiana - 1953-1964: The CIA's international labor mafia
17. Soviet Union - Late 1940s to 1960s: From spy
planes to book publishing
18. Italy - 1950s to 1970s: Supporting the Cardinal's
orphans and techno-fascism
19. Vietnam - 1950-1973: The Hearts and Minds Circus
20. Cambodia - 1955-1973: Prince Sihanouk walks the
high-wire of neutralism
21. Laos - 1957-1973: L'Armée Clandestine
22. Haiti - 1959-1963: The Marines land, again
23. Guatemala - 1960: One good coup deserves another
24. France/Algeria - 1960s: L'état, c'est la CIA
25. Ecuador - 1960-1963: A text book of dirty tricks
26. The Congo - 1960-1964: The assassination of Patrice Lumumba
27. Brazil - 1961-1964: Introducing the marvelous
new world of death squads
28. Peru - 1960-1965: Fort Bragg moves to the jungle
29. Dominican Republic - 1960-1966: Saving democracy
from communism by getting rid of democracy
30. Cuba - 1959 to 1980s: The unforgivable revolution
31. Indonesia - 1965: Liquidating President Sukarno ...
and 500,000 others ...... East Timor - 1975: And 200,000 more
32. Ghana - 1966: Kwame Nkrumah steps out of line
33. Uruguay - 1964-1970: Torture -- as American as apple pie
34. Chile - 1964-1973: A hammer and sickle stamped
on your child's forehead
35. Greece - 1964-1974: "Fuck your Parliament and your
Constitution," said the President of the United States
36. Bolivia - 1964-1975: Tracking down Che Guevara
in the land of coup d'etat
37. Guatemala - 1962 to 1980s: A less publicized "final solution"
38. Costa Rica - 1970-1971: Trying to topple an ally -- Part 2
39. Iraq - 1972-1975: Covert action should not
be confused with missionary work
40. Australia - 1973-1975: Another free election bites the dust
41. Angola - 1975 to 1980s: The Great Powers Poker Game
42. Zaire - 1975-1978: Mobutu and the CIA, a marriage made in heaven
43. Jamaica - 1976-1980: Kissinger's ultimatum
44. Seychelles - 1979-1981: Yet another area of
great strategic importance
45. Grenada - 1979-1984: Lying -- one of the few growth
industries in Washington
46. Morocco - 1983: A video nasty
47. Suriname - 1982-1984: Once again, the Cuban bogeyman
48. Libya - 1981-1989: Ronald Reagan meets his match
49. Nicaragua - 1981-1990: Destabilization in slow motion
50. Panama - 1969-1991: Double-crossing our drug supplier
51. Bulgaria 1990/Albania 1991: Teaching communists
what democracy is all about

52. Iraq - 1990-1991: Desert holocaust
53. Afghanistan - 1979-1992: America's Jihad
54. El Salvador - 1980-1994: Human rights, Washington style
55. Haiti - 1986-1994: Who will rid me of this
turbulent priest?

56. The American Empire - 1992 to present
Appendix I: This is How the Money Goes Round
Appendix II: Instances of Use of United States Armed
Forces Abroad, 1798-1945
Appendix III: U. S. Government Assassination Plots


Essays by William Blum
Other essays can be found in Blum's new book,
Freeing the
World to Death: Essays on the American Empire
(see below)
Feel free to disseminate any essay without permission,
but please mention
To subscribe to the Anti-Empire Report, send an email to,
with subject line "add". It's optional, but I'd also like your name and
city; the latter only in case I'll be speaking in that area.

*Anti-Empire Report, February 16, 2005 *Anti-Empire Report, January 20, 2005

*Anti-Empire Report, December 19, 2004 *Anti-Empire Report, November 19, 2004

*Anti-Empire Report, October 24, 2004 *Anti-Empire Report, September 17, 2004

*Anti-Empire Report, August 21, 2004 *Anti-Empire Report, July 14, 2004

*Anti-Empire Report, May 12, 2004 *Anti-Empire Report, April 2004

*Anti-Empire Report, March 2004 *Anti-Empire Report, February 2004

*Anti-Empire Report, January 2004 *Anti-Empire Report, December 23, 2003

*Anti-Empire Report, December 1, 2003 *Anti-Empire Report, November 2003

*Anti-Empire Report, July 2003 *Anti-Empire Report, April 2003

*Debate on US foreign policy, Trinity College, Dublin, 9 Oct. 2003

*The Warmongers' need for a justification for the
devastation of Iraq
(April 2003)

*What Do the Imperial Mafia Really Want? (Feb. 2003)

*Book review: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2002)

*Talk delivered by William Blum, Oct. 16, 2002:
"War against terrorism or expansion of the American Empire?"

*The September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks and the
U.S. bombing of Afghanistan -- Some observations
(Jan. 2002)

*How the US provoked the Soviet Union into invading Afghanistan
and starting the whole mess: Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski

*Cuban political prisoners ... in the United States (June 2001)

*Hiroshima: Needless Slaughter, Useful Terror (1995)

*Madeleine Albright, ethically challenged

*The United States, Cuba, and this thing called Democracy

*The U.S. vs Iraq -- A Study in Hypocrisy (1998)

*The Bombing of PanAm Flight 103 -- Case Not Closed (2001)

*Treason: None dare call it nothing. (1999)

*The myth of America's booming economy (2000)

*Die Berliner Post-Times, 1943

*Irreverent Observations

*A New Yorker trapped in Los Angeles (1996)

*Michael Parenti: a concise history of American imperialism


To order Killing Hope

Killing Hope is published by Common
Courage Press, Monroe, Maine
470 pages, fully documented and indexed
ISBN 1-56751-252-6

First published in 1995, with many
changes made to it since and a new chapter
on "The American Empire" added in 2003

For a copy signed to you personally, and
shipped immediately, send check to:

William Blum
5100 Connecticut Ave., NW, #707,
Washington, DC 20008-2064

Please specify to whom each book should be inscribed
and include your phone number and/or email address
in case a question arises.

The retail cover price is $24.95, but this is not
what you pay. The prices are shown below and are
in U.S. dollars or euros

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and/or any of William Blum's three other books

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Foreign editions of Killing Hope
A Swedish
edition is available in hard cover from the author:
$30 in North America, $35 in the
rest of the world, sent priority mail.

A French edition can be purchased from the
French publisher: ;
or a signed copy is available from the author.

An Italian edition can be purchased from the Italian
publisher. See (credit cards accepted)

An abridged Korean edition can be purchased from the
Korean publisher --; or a signed
copy is available from the author.


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To read about William Blum's other books on US foreign policy:
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower

published May 2000, with a new 2002 foreword

Freeing the world to death: Essays on the American Empire
published September 2004

To read about Blum's political memoir:
West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir

published 2002



William Blum's Speaking Engagements

State University of New York (SUNY)
New Paltz, NY
March 22, 7 pm
In the Lecture Hall

Readers are invited to try to arrange a speaking
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