Reliable Sources
In Sweden, as elsewhere, it often happens that those who refer to the USA’s many crimes against international law and hu

man rights are dismissed as leftists, communists, radicals, etc. By applying such labels, it is possible to avoid disturbance by disagreeable facts.

There is another label that is often used in Sweden to stigmatize disagreeable messengers: ”America-hater”. The concept seemsto presume some sort of duty to love the superpower, or at least to refrain from criticizing it. A remarkable behaviour pattern, to be sure, but it can be used to identify the USA’s leading allies in Sweden. Those who shout ”America-hater” the loudest are presumably those who follow the superpower’s lead, and who strive to increase its influence over the Swedish people.

In any event, it is not necessary to rely on Swedish America-haters to document the USA’s violent, imperialistic history. There are plenty of readily accessible sources which relate various aspects of that history. A remarkably great deal has been disclosed in Congressional hearings, and by virtuous government officials who have resigned or leaked secret documents to the press. (See, for example, the remarks of Congresswoman Cynthia L. Mckinney.)

The question is why Swedish media do not avail themselves of, or even know about, these valuable sources, but instead gladly help to spread the official propaganda which time and time again has been shown to be misleading or outright false.

Liberating intelligence

For those who wish to liberate themselves from the mental occupation that now grips Sweden, there is any number of useful sources to draw upon. Among the most useful are the following:

Killing Hope by William Blum, a former official of the USA’s foreign ministry who resigned in protest over the Vietnam War. His book is an encyclopaedia of all the intrusions and attacks of especially the CIA against a large number of countries around the world between World War II and the end of the Cold War. The sequel, Rogue State, covers the period since then. (Both published by Common Courage Press, Maine, USA.)

”Defense Planning Guidance”, the USA’s blueprint for securing and further extending its world hegemony. Excerpts and an analysis were published in the New York Times on 8 March 1992 (”U.S. Strategy Plan Calls for Insuring No Rivals Develop”) and 10 March 1992 (”Lone Superpower Plan: Ammunition for Critics”). After that disclosure, the most offensive formulations were removed. But this version was approved by several high officials, including current Vice-President Cheney and foreign minister Colin Powell. The behaviour of the superpower since then has been faithful to the principles laid down in this document.

Propaganda, Inc.: Selling America’s Culture to the World by Nancy Snow, former official of the U.S. Information Agency. This slender volume provides an overview of the USA’s worldwide propaganda apparatus, including its history, methods and enormous resources. The author describes how the USA systematically labours to infiltrate and influence other countries’ media, educational systems and other cultural institutions. (Seven Stories Press, USA)

Wag the Dog, feature film with documentary aspects directed by Barry Levinson which demonstrates how the media are manipulated and misled by clever spin doctors in the service of the White House. Based on and anticipates ”real” events staged by the U.S. government.

Hidden Agendas by John Pilger, an exceptional journalist who reveals the devious manipulations of England and the USA in such places as Burma, Indonesia, South Africa and Vietnam. Also includes valuable observations on the media’s often mindless complicity in the ”new world order” dominated by the USA. (Vintage)

National Security Archives, web site with large volume of released documents that confirm what is written in the books of William Blum, John Pilger and others. Includes official documents which disclose how the U.S. government successfully opposed any effort by the U.N. to prevent the Rwandan genocide, Henry Kissinger’s co-operation with various Latin America dictatorships, and how the USA’s highest military leaders seriously proposed a terror campaign against their own country-- including the shooting down of a commercial airliner-- which would then be blamed on Cuba in order to justify an invasion of that country.

Z-Net, web site that covers a broad spectrum of subjects relating to U.S. foreign policy. Includes links to other interesting sources, and articles by numerous experts who in Sweden would be labelled ”America-haters” if they did not happen to be citizens of that country.

Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War, documentary film by George Bogdanich and Martin Lettmayer which offers a very different picture of the Balkan conflict than the one transmitted by SVT. Includes long, unedited interviews with such well-informed individuals as British diplomat Peter Carrington and U.N. General Michael Rose. A devastating alternative to the propaganda image disseminated by Swedish media and politicians.