In its last strategic document, The 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America, the Pentagon claimed "after the Second World War, the United States and their allies installed a "free and open international order in order to safeguard the freedom of the people from aggression and coercion", but that "this order is presently undermined by Russia and China, who are violating the principles and rules of international relations". This is totally inconsistent with what has happened since 1945.
Professor Michel Chossudovsky, director of the Center for Research on Globalization, points to a documented study by James Lucas on the number of people killed by the US since 1945. This covers wars, coups d'etat and other subversive operations estimating 20 to 30 million victims. This is around twice the number of deaths from World War One alone.
Aside from the deaths, there are the wounded. very often find themselves crippled for life. For every person killed in war, it is often estimated ten others are wounded. This means that the number of people wounded by US wars should be counted in the hundreds of millions. To this can be added hundreds of millions by the indirect effects of wars - famine, epidemics, forced migrations, slavery and exploitation and environmental damage.
The study documents the wars and coups d'etat executed by the United States in 30 Asian, African, European and Latin-American countries. It reveals that US military forces are directly responsible for between 10 and 15 million deaths, caused by the major wars - those against Korea and Vietnam and the two wars against Iraq. Between 10 and 14 million other deaths have been caused by the proxy wars waged by the allied armed forces trained and commanded by the USA in Afghanistan, Angola, Congo, Sudan, Guatemala and other countries.
The Vietnam War, which spread to Cambodia and Laos, caused a number of deaths estimated at 7.8 million plus a huge number of wounded and genetic damage affecting generations due to the dioxin sprayed by US aircraft.
The proxy war of the 1980's in Afghanistan was organised by the CIA, which trained and armed - with the collaboration of Osama bin Laden and Pakistan - more than 100,000 mujahideen to fight the Soviet troops who had fallen into the "Afghan trap". Zbigniew Brzezinski later said the training of the mujahideen had begun in July 1979, five months before the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
The bloodiest coup d'etat was organised in 1965 in Indonesia by the CIA - it handed over the list of the first 5,000 Communists and others marked for death to the Indonesian murder squads. The number of people assassinated is estimated at between 500,000 and 3 million.
That is the "free and open international order" that the US has persisted in pursuing to safeguard the people from aggression and coercion.
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