I am constantly amazed at what Americans do not know — and what our media seem disinclined to report to them. For example one cannot know why Iran held our embassy people hostage for a year without knowing that our C.I.A. and British oil interests drove out its elected head, Mosaddegh, in 1953 and replaced him with the brutal Shah who reigned for several decades until their revolt against him:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Mosaddegh

Our Monroe doctrine pronounced by our president of that name in 1823 claimed that the Americas were ours to control. We have been doing so — with disastrous effects upon the Latin American and island nations and particularly Haiti — ever since.

Not a few are now worried that we seemed to be concentrating more on sending in the marines than medical provisions which could have saved countless lives (and amputations) had we acted as efficiently as did Israel which started operating its hospital there almost immediately.

With corporations liberated to control our media more than they already do, our democracy is now at risk. Most Americans get their news in fragments from TV. It is a well known fact that frequent repetition of a lie at best raises doubts about the truth and at worst replaces it. We shall now see even more of this sort of thing used to deceive the public.

Unhappily we have a Supreme Court run by the Federalist Society with which our Chief Justice was associated even though we learned this only after his appointment:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_Society

G-d only knows what further changes we may see them make in our laws, e.g. reversal of Roe v. Wade?

As a retired legal philosopher, I cringe at what I am seeing. One could see this beginning with Reagan’s attacks on government regulation in general. Without limits corporations are free to run our country as their CEOs see fit.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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