Americans get an upside-down version of why we intervene in other countries. This American general was close enough to what was happening to be able to see through the lies we were being told.

http://www.fas.org/man/smedley.htm
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I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
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Here are some more articles and videos that go into more detail. I've lived abroad for 19 years and in most places outside of the US political discussions are based on this kind of info. I've lived in Mexico City and Madrid and in those two places there's nothing more amusing than a group of Americans discussing politics.

This one was written by a politically-informed Christian.
http://www.antipasministries.com/html/file0000133.htm

http://www.thismodernworld.org/arc/1...-Guatemala.gif
http://www.geocities.com/~virtualtruth/guatemal.htm
http://www.globalpolicy.org/empire/h...0413angola.htm
http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/42a/127.html
http://www.namebase.org/scott.html

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/WTI062405V.shtml
http://www.informationclearinghouse....rticle4377.htm
http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/CIAtimeline.html
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Bl...Hope_page.html
http://michaelparenti.org/Imperialism101.html
http://www.chomsky.info/articles/19860409.htm
http://www.chss.montclair.edu/englis...skyin1282.html
http://www.michaelparenti.org/yugoslavia.html
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Ze...Boomerang.html
http://mtwsfh.blogspot.com/
http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/articles/l30iran.htm
http://www.scuttlebuttsmallchow.com/racket.html
http://www.informationclearinghouse....ticle13622.htm

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...292490&pl=true
http://video.google.es/videoplay?doc...31388742388243
http://www.informationclearinghouse....ticle11635.htm
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...56703536657423
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...25979024486145
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...27358238697503
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...58676035&q=oil
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...45499556832271
http://www.informationclearinghouse....rticle8171.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAqG5...elated&search=
http://www.informationclearinghouse....ticle14295.htm
http://www.jonhs.net/911/911_american_empire.htm
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.p...articleId=4245
http://www.ichblog.eu/index.php?opti...ectlink&id=375
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnYZV...elated&search=
http://www.informationclearinghouse....ticle17988.htm
http://www.informationclearinghouse....ticle13768.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Tn_oqOdQ4
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi5h3vZl6uo
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...40865741878159

For more, enter the words "Death squads", or "Torture" in this search engine.

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/htdig/search.html