Scott Peter Dale - Drugs oil and war

Author : Scott Peter Dale
Title : Drugs oil and war The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina
Year : 2003

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Preface. This book, Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina, explores the underlying factors that have engendered a U.S. strategy of indirect intervention in Third World countries through alliances with drugtrafficking proxies. This strategy was originally developed in the late 1940s to contain communist China; it has since been used to secure control over foreign petroleum resources. The result has been a staggering increase in the global drug traffic and the mafias assorted with it, a problem that will worsen until there is a change in policy. The book also traces some of the processes by which covert interventions have escalated into war. Parts I and I1 include lengthy new chapters on Afghanistan and Colombia. Part I11 consists of five updated chapters from my 1972 book The War Conspiracy: The Secret Road to the Second Indochina War. This book explores ongoing causal patterns that have helped shape U.S. foreign policy, sometimes at a deeper level than was recognized even by bureaucrats in high places. Under pressure from interested outsiders, decisions were made by the United States, after World War I1 in Burma and again in Laos in 1959-1965, to back armies and governments that were supporting themselves through the drug traffic. This has led to a linked succession of wars, from Vietnam to Afghanistan, which have suited the purposes of international oil corporations and U.S. drug proxy allies, far more than those of either the U.S. government or its people. Those decisions were also major causes for the dramatic increase in drug trafficking over the last half century. ...

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