U.S. Crimes Against Humanity: a history

Fellow blogger Marc Immanuel has written an extensive history of the United States and its ongoing imperial crimes against humanity from beginning to present, from its earliest days as a settler colonial enterprise to its numerous massacres of civilians in Iraq in the 21st century. The article gives a detailed account of each of the most well-known massacres committed against the Indigenous peoples by bloodthirsty white colonists who conducted what can only be described as a campaign of extermination against the original inhabitants of this land. These include

  • The Gnadenhutten Massacre
  • The Bad Axe Massacre
  • Bloody Island Massacre
  • Bear River Massacre
  • Sand Creek Massacre
  • Skeleton Cave Massacre
  • The Wounded Knee Massacre

Immanuel’s research leads him to conclude that by the year 1900, the combined Indigenous population from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific stood at around 250,000, or “less than 5% of the original population prior to the beginning of the European invasion by Spanish colonialist forces in the early 16th century.” From there other forms of genocide against the Native peoples that were used are detailed and discussed, such as biological genocide and cultural genocide.

February 28, 1991 image from the Gulf War taken by Ken Jarecke showing the corpse of an Iraqi soldier who was burned alive in the U.S. blitzkrieg known as the “Highway of Death.”

Aside from the multitude of genocides committed against the Indigenous populations, there’s the horrific U.S. Army genocide against the people of the Philippine Islands, torture of Haitians during the 1915-1934 invasion and occupation, the CIA’s barbaric and sadistic MKUltra mind control program, Abu-Ghraib and GITMO warehouses of torture, state-sponsored and state-sanctioned brutality against people of color in the U.S., involvement in the ‘Opium Wars’ in China, the forced opening of Japan, financial and military support of brutal military dictator regimes all across the globe, crimes of aggression and massacres of civilians in North and South Vietnam, crimes of aggression against Cuba, invasion of Grenada, predator drone attacks on innocent families in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, and much, much more. This is an essential read and good reference point to be returned to again and again to combat the oft-repeated myth of supposed higher moral authority the U.S. claims to be in possession of.

Read CRIMES OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT: From the Trail of Tears to the Invasion of Iraq

Source: From the Trail of Tears to the Invasion of Iraq

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  1. Reblogged this on REBEL VOICE and commented:
    This gives additional information for anyone, from the US or not, who is open to the obvious reality that the Federal government of the US has been, and is, an Imperial entity in all but name.

  2. The timing of u. s. military power to venture beyond our shores, did not begin until after the so-called Manifest Destiny–when we controlled sea to sea. In the list of foreign atrocities, committed in our name, I would suggest one in Vietnam.

    In 1968, elements of the U. S. Americal Division attacked My Lai4, a tiny hamlet, and massacred 550 old men, women and children, even some suckling at their mothers’ breasts. The absence of any Viet Cong, let alone even younger men, was quickly obvious; however, the “Turkey Shoot”–a horrendous massacre, really–continued until every living Vietnamese was dead. Bayonet points completed the attrocity!

      1. Caleb, I do read quite a bit about Warfare, National Security Issues, and the geopolitical issues. Oftentimes the political intrigue behind our various deployments had been detrimental to tactical and strategic missions.

        I focus on books that often have a back-story. McNamara’s meddling in Vietnam, Rumsfeld’s in the Persian Gulf, and investigative books by Sy Hersh, among others.

        I do have a personal interest in Vietnam–my War–having spend two tours there. For context, I would suggest “Dereliction of Duty”, by current National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, about the RVN build-up, from 1963-65. The back-story, as I call it, provides some insight regarding advice, which may or may not effect Trump’s multi-faceted saber-rattling.

        I have never heard of Nick Turse; however, there are many books on the overall topic-area–with many authors.

        1. Indeed. I do recommend the book however, although I’m sure there is much you already know about. It basically tells about the many other My Lais” aside from the well known My Lai massacre itself. It draws from the work of Sy Hersch as well.

          1. Yes, the US continues to tout “Hearts and Minds” when it fails to recognize the more effective, preventative measures to prevent war. And then, it sends too many troops, with irrelevant firepower, and the local civilians lose. That drove them into the arms of the VC in Vietnam, as it does toward ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, in the Middle East today.

            1. I’d also argue that the VC had a moral authority on their side that was most certainly missing from the occupying power and it’s stooge in the so-called “Republic of Vietnam” aka South Vietnam. And the massacres, torture and napalm certainly didn’t help endear anyone to their cause!

              1. In fact, FDR had wanted to allow Ho Chi Ming to unify the two halves of Vietnam–pre-Dienbienphu; however,Congress stood in the way of our Wester Allies–Britain, France and Holland–each of which had wanted the re-assert control over their former colonies.

              2. WHo knows if FDR would’ve went through with it or not or just simply allowed his imperialist European friends to try and dictate the futures of their former colonies. After all the U.S. stepped into the role of the vicious colonizer by other means after the fall of the European imperialist powers.

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