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People in Latin America and South American countries claim the Americans are great champions of independence movements, except in their own back yard.
It seems that one of the most decorated soldiers in US history Marine Major-General Smedley Butler gave credence to this belief.
Butler had this to say about his own career:
“I spent 33 years in active service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class thug for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers.
“In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism, I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American Republican countries for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the banking house of Brown Brothers. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American Sugar interests, I helped make Honduras right for the American Fruit Company.
“Looking back on it I might have given Al Capone a few hints.
“The best he could do was operate his rackets in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
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