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Viggo and the Revolution

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Found By: Gaby

Our thanks to Gaby for sending us the info on documentary TV mini series The Revolution Televised, narrated by Viggo.

More info here at IMDb and at The Revolution

Be sure to catch the entire series.

© The Revolution Televised.

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Thoughts on Unrest in Africa and the Middle East from Viggo at Perceval Press

Source: Perceval Press

Ben Ali of Tunisia and Mubarak of Egypt are the most recent viciously corrupt dictators who are finally coming to the end of their reigns of terror as a result of courageous popular uprisings by their long-oppressed citizens. These despots are but two in a very long list of totalitarian leaders that United States presidents and their administrations have backed with military and financial assistance right until the bitter end, regardless of how morally untenable and diplomatically embarrassing American taxpayer-funded support for such dictatorial regimes has consistently proven. The Obama administration, including in particular his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice-President Joe Biden, have sadly proven to be no closer to upholding their country's much-trumpeted democratic and human rights principles than any of their predecessors. Just for the hell of it, here is a partial list of some of the other savage repressors who have been upheld as best friends and allies of the government of the United States of America over the years, the rest of humanity be damned:

    > Abacha, General Sani -------------------------------Nigeria
    > Amin, Idi --------------------------------------------Uganda
    > Banzer, Colonel Hugo -------------------------------Bolivia
    > Batista, Fulgencio -----------------------------------Cuba
    > Bolkiah, Sir Hassanal -------------------------------Brunei
    > Botha, P.W. ------------------------------------------South Africa
    > Branco, General Humberto -------------------------Brazil
    > Cedras, Raoul ---------------------------------------Haiti
    > Cerezo, Vinicio --------------------------------------Guatemala
    > Chiang Kai-Shek ------------------------------------Taiwan
    > Cordova, Roberto Suazo ----------------------------Honduras
    > Christiani, Alfredo ----------------------------------El Salvador
    > Diem, Ngo Dihn -------------------------------------Vietnam
    > Doe, General Samuel -------------------------------Liberia
    > Duvalier, Francois ----------------------------------Haiti
    > Duvalier, Jean Claude-------------------------------Haiti
    > Fahd bin'Abdul-'Aziz, King --------------------------Saudi Arabia
    > Franco, General Francisco --------------------------Spain
    > Hitler, Adolf -----------------------------------------Germany
    > Hassan II--------------------------------------------Morocco
    > Marcos, Ferdinand ----------------------------------Philippines
    > Martinez, General Maximiliano Hernandez ---------El Salvador
    > Mobutu Sese Seko ----------------------------------Zaire
    > Noriega, General Manuel ---------------------------Panama
    > Ozal, Turgut -----------------------------------------Turkey
    > Pahlevi, Shah Mohammed Reza ---------------------Iran
    > Papadopoulos, George ------------------------------Greece
    > Park Chung Hee -------------------------------------South Korea
    > Pinochet, General Augusto -------------------------Chile
    > Pol Pot-----------------------------------------------Cambodia
    > Rabuka, General Sitiveni ---------------------------Fiji
    > Montt, General Efrain Rios -------------------------Guatemala
    > Salassie, Halie --------------------------------------Ethiopia
    > Salazar, Antonio de Oliveira -----------------------Portugal
    > Somoza, Anastasio Jr. -----------------------------Nicaragua
    > Somoza, Anastasio, Sr. ----------------------------Nicaragua
    > Smith, Ian ------------------------------------------Rhodesia
    > Stroessner, Alfredo --------------------------------Paraguay
    > Suharto, General -----------------------------------Indonesia
    > Trujillo, Rafael Leonidas ---------------------------Dominican Republic
    > Videla, General Jorge Rafael -----------------------Argentina
    > Zia Ul-Haq, Mohammed ----------------------------Pakistan

Hitler?! Yes, him too. Even while his government was committing atrocities against its own citizens and those of other European nations, the U.S. government knowingly allowed American businessmen to engage in lucrative deals with the Nazi regime and its German financial associates -- and sent U.S. soldiers to fight and die in the Allied effort to defeat Hitler.

"As German bombs fell on London and Nazi tanks rolled over US troops, Sosthenes Behn president and founder of the US based ITT corporation, met with his German representative to discuss improving German communication systems. ITT was designing and building Nazi phone and radio systems as well as supplying crucial parts for German bombs. Our government knew all about this, for under a presidential order, US companies were licensed to trade with the Nazis. The choice of who would be licensed was odd, though. While the Secretary of State gave the Ford Motor Company permission to make Nazi tanks, he simultaneously blocked aid to German-Jewish refugees because the US wasn't supposed to be trading with the enemy. Other US companies trading with the Third Reich were General Motors, DuPont, Standard Oil of New Jersey, Davis Oil Co., and the Chase National Bank. President Roosevelt did not stop them, fearing a scandal might lead to another stock market crash or lower US moral. Besides, the same companies that traded with Hitler were supplying the US with its armaments, and some corporate leaders threatened to withdraw their support if Roosevelt exposed them. Henry Ford was a good friend of Hitler's. His book -- The International Jew -- had Inspired Hltler's Mein Kampf. The Fuhrer kept Ford's picture in his office, and Ford was one of only four foreigners to receive Germany's highest civilian award. As for Sosthenes Behn, at the end of the war, he received the highest civilian award for service to his country -- the United States of America." (Dennis Bernstein and Laura Sydell)

U.S. administrations, for all their talk of exporting democracy and being the "good guys", right up to Obama and his team, just do not seem to learn or care to learn that the moral cowardice involved in acquiescing to and often forcefully supporting known dictators always comes back to cost the United States of America dearly -- in terms of reputation, security, and the general prosperity of its citizens.

© Viggo Mortensen/Perceval Press.. Images © Perceval Press.

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