The U.S.: An Empire of Democracy?

  The U.S. and International Democracy: Incompatible?

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This map details the places where the US historically has assisted in either the overthrow of a democratically-elected government or in keeping a violent dictator in power against the wishes of the populace. 

There are a lot of gray areas insofar as drawing this map is concerned.  For instance, should America’s military and financial support for the Csar’s White Army to help them put down a popular uprising (ie. The October Revolution) constitute support for a dictator?  Should the U.S. invasion of Canada in 1812 count?

 I open this thread up for discussion.   Are there any countries you think should be included?  Any countries on there that shouldn’t?  Keep in mind I’m focussing on direct intervention through either financial or economic support, military support or diplomatic support.  As such, I’d like to ignore the coercive ability of organizations like the WTO or the IMF, otherwise the whole map would be yellow.


5 Responses to “The U.S.: An Empire of Democracy?”

  1. 1 Matt 23 December, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    It shows that the US has never had the real intention to democratise the world; all spin, no track record.

    When will we learn from history?

  2. 2 Charles 23 December, 2009 at 5:36 am

    My comment & view about the American Empire

    American Empire must be the most young,advanced & the most powerful empire among all which existed.British was fallen down because, they did it in some kind of unacceptable way toward the world.But Americans are not like that.They introduced a popular culture & the world seems to like it accepted it. In the future America could be a massive land over the world. Only a few will reject it.

  3. 4 .- 25 December, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    The U.S. imperialists who think themselves the “guardians ” of human rights, legalize torture, invade and destroy sovereign nations; finance bizarre attacks using weapons of more advanced weapons technologies, which sacrifice themselves to lives of thousands of people.
    The tyrannical regime of U.S. imperialism, with its expansion, influence, or even territorial and economic domination of the world, with use audacity, cunning and strategy of domination, the two magic words that are considered key, or “Freedom”and “Democracy, “which are used with subtlety just sophistry to conceal their real purposes of possession of the free world.
    And for that, as a truism perspicuity of his intentions empire installs and maintains military bases on every continent, and, likewise, promote invasion to overthrow legitimate governments of nations free, sovereign and independent, opposing the policy of expansion and domination Imperial.
    Moreover, the imperialists devastate entire countries, playing their populations in poverty, to promote bloody occupation and destruction. Similarly, establishing puppet dictatorships that murdered hundreds of thousands of men, women and innocent children, besides the economic and social devastation, and all this simply to satisfy the interests of monopoly capital.
    “Democracy is for the American empire, as the U.S. rule, dictate the rules, and subjugate the people undergoing the condition and position of passivity, dependence, obedience, submission, subservience and control, but when people surged and try to put or to oppose against the interference, greed, domination, tyranny, or will U.S. interests – then this is considered a dictatorship to the U.S. empire. ”
    Leaving from praying on the book of the United States, these people are persecuted, and their free and fair elections are considered by the empire of irregular or fraudulent, because the U.S. imperialists will only accept elections regimes harmless, helpless, puppets, subservient, supportive and minions of the Empire. Moreover, the government elected by those free peoples who do not accept being subject to the whims of the United States of America, are always labeled or buffeted of totalitarian tyranny, dictatorship and its enemies.
    And conflict with U.S. interests, so ready, comes from the U.S. empire, open treatment, hostile and unfair, animosity inflicted with the free nations – disappeared in this way, the much vaunted and touted extensively words “Liberty” and “Democracy “who hypocritically used by the empire as a strategy, the masses of people to undergo a terrible brainwashed, mesmerized and conditioned to believe or accept the U.S.; by mistake and so false, as the sole, legitimate, true real or “representative”and”defender” of these ideals.

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