“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana
If the facts of history are not made common knowledge, the citizens of the world, especially those living under imperialist administrations, will likely be more susceptible to manipulation. Feeling that they have been informed fully, they may feel confused at the amount of violence or hatred against their nation.
Why do nations like Cuba, Iran, or North Korea express so much anger at ‘US imperialism’? Are they simply states run by lying, hate-filled demagogues, as FOX News (or the majority of the mainstream media, for that matter) may want Americans to believe? Or is there logic behind their opposition to the US government?
The fact is that the USA relies on a misinformed or partially informed majority in order to continue its aggressive foreign policies. Most Americans would probably oppose US foreign policy if they knew about the damage caused to innocent people. And with the revelations of Bradley Manning and others, the truth has seeped out into the popular domain, making it even harder for the US to justify military intervention in other nations. However, these disclosures only expose recent abuses, and do not place international relations in a historical context. Analysing current resistance to US and Western interference must not ignore centuries of imperialist aggression and exploitation waged on poorer nations by these colonial military powers.