USA and South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia. The King, Norodom Sihanouk, is deposed in a USA-backed coup by Lol Nol.
The King had refused USA requests to participate in the Vietnam-USA War. The new leader immediately commits troops to this conflict. This unpopular policy strengthens minor movements like the Khmer Rouge, who would eventually become powerful enough to cause chaos in the country.
The USA resumes air raids in North Vietnam.
The USA government bans the use of Agent Orange (a defoliant containing dioxin) on American farmlands. The USA military continues to use the chemical in Vietnam to remove the jungle cover form its enemies. It is sprayed over large areas of the country by C-130 aircraft.
|The USA uses chemical warfare against Vietnam when Agent Orange is sprayed to defoliate vast areas of the country. The USA has since failed to abide by the terms of treaties controlling the use of chemical weapons.|
Dioxin is a poison that causes miscarriages, foetal death, chromosome damage, deformities and cancer. In Vietnam the chemical has produced babies born without eyes, with deformed hearts, with mis-shapen heads, with small brains, and with missing limbs. Over 2 million Vietnamese are affected as well as thousands of American soldiers. Over 50,000 children have been born with these types of deformities in Vietnam. Cases of chorioncarcinoma (cancer of the pregnancy) are common.
Dr Pham Viet Thanh of the Tu Bu hospital reports that requests for help to Germany, UK, Japan and the USA in dealing with these medical conditions are ignored or refused.
|Over 50,000 children are born deformed after the USA uses Agent Orange over Vietnam. Agent Orange contains the poison Dioxin which causes mutations in fetuses. No compensation has ever been paid.|
The USA sprays CS Gas into Vietnamese tunnels and caves causing thousands of people to choke to death on their own vomit. Women and children are among the victims. Other symptoms include destroyed eyeballs, blistered faces and scorched skin.
Cyrus Vance, the USA Secretary of Defence, admits that cyanide and arsenic are also being used along with napalm (which sticks to the skin while it burns) and naphthalene flame throwers.
USA forces use sarin nerve gas when attacking a village in Laos. Over 100 people are killed including a number of American military defectors. Sarin gas kills within minutes when inhaled or from a drop on the skin. The chemical inhibits muscle movement causing convulsions and vomiting. One unprotected USA soldier suffers creeping paralysis, permanent damage from the nerve gas.
When the USA television company, CNN breaks the story in 1998, USA government pressure produces a retraction and the sacking of staff.
In the USA, six unarmed students are shot by police while demonstrating against the war in Vietnam.
Guatemala uses death squads to kill opponents of the regime. The West says nothing and does not report the atrocities committed.
Israel, Egypt and the Palestinians
Jordan attacks and destroys Palestinian bases. Israel and the USA prepare to intervene on side of Jordan if Syria backs the Palestinians.
Israel bombs Cairo (Egypt) causing many civilian casualties, including 30 school children.
Israel and Jordan are both supported and armed by the West.
Coup in Bolivia
A military coup overthrows the government of Bolivia. The coup is led by USA trained officer and Gulf Oil beneficiary, Hugo Banzer with direct support from the USA. During the coup, Banzer’s forces have a breakdown in radio communications; USA Air Force radio is placed at their disposal.
The previous president (Juan Jose Torres) had nationalised Gulf Oil properties and tin mines owned by USA companies.
Within two years, 2,000 people are arrested and tortured without trial. The native Aymara and Quechua people are ordered off their land and deprived of tribal identity. Tens of thousands of white South Africans are enticed to immigrate with promises of the land stolen from the indigenous people. Catholic clergy who aid the victims are harassed and killed.
USA and Uruguay
Alejandro Otero, the former Chief of Police Intelligence of Uruguay admits that the USA trained Uruguayan police officers to torture political prisoners in the 1960s.
In an interview in the Brazilian newspaper, Jornal do Brazil, the former Chief says that Dan Mitrione (from the USA Office of Public Safety) built a soundproof room in the cellar of his house in Montevideo. He assembled a group of police officers and had four beggars rounded up as subjects. Mitione demonstrated the effect of different voltages on different parts of the body. All four died. Mitrone is quoted as telling the officers: “When you get what you want, and I always get it, it may be good to prolong the session a little to apply another softening up. Not to extract information now, but only as a political measure, to create a healthy fear of medling in subversive activities.”
Mitrone had previously been assigned in Brazil where he taught police how to use electric shock to torture victims without killing them.
In 1998 retired Uruguayan naval admiral, Eladio Moll, would explain: “The guidance that was sent from the USA was that what had to be done with the captured guerrillas was to get information, and that afterwards they didn’t deserve to live”.
The USA helps and directs a secret invasion of Oman by Iran.
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