Will US interference ever end?

By Leon J Williams

As you may or may not be aware there is a dispute over some islands in the East China sea the dispute is between China and Japan over the legal ownership. Of course, as per usual, the US has to get involved, this time by angering China the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the islands belong to Japan and that the US would oppose anything to the contrary.

Why does the US insist on getting involved in other countries business, whether that country is on their doorstep (like Cuba) or the other side of the planet (like VietNam or Iraq)?

There are countless examples of US interference, be it militarily, economically, verbally or a combination.

Some of the most notable examples of US interference since the end of WW2 include:

1950-53 – The Korean war – North & South Korea go to war, US sends in the troops to support South Korea to keep the country divided.

1959-75 – The VietNam war – North & South VietNam go to war, US sends in the troops to support South VietNam to keep the country divided.

1961 – Cuba – Failed invasion of Cuba.

1962-75 – Laos – Military support against Communist forces.

1965 – Dominican Republic – US back military dictatorship against popular forces.

1983 – Grenada – US invades.

1988-90 – Panama – US sends in the troops.

1991-96 – Iraq – Iraq and Kuwait go to war, US supports Kuwait.

1992-95 – Somalia – US sends in the troops, famous for the disaster at Mogadishu.

1994-95 – Haiti – Embargo and US troops sent in.

1999 – Serbia – Bombing campaign of Serbia

2001 – Afghanistan – Invasion, ongoing.

2003-2011 – Iraq – Invasion and overthrow of government.

There are almost countless examples of US interference and these are just the more notable ones, the US has been to war more times than any other country on the planet since the end of WW2.

Will it ever end?

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