[Does “Operation Just Cause” not sound awfully like “Operation Rah-e-Rast”? Well, no surprise as the authors are the same!!!]
With Noriega in the news once again (“US extradites Noriega to France“), it is time to revisit what went on in Panama. Yes, “before Saddam Hussein there was Manuel Noriega. Like Saddam, Noriega enjoyed US support until he turned into a wayward ally, then an embarrassment, and finally an “imminent danger” who had to be overthrown.”
But that is all for consumer consumption. In reality it was a practice run for Iraq. The real reason was that like Saddam, Noriega too had forgotten he was a House Negro. He had deluded himself to talk sovereignty (“Panama Canal for the Panamanians”) when he had himself sold it long time ago (trained by CIA and on their payroll throughout and forgotten that it was that selling-out that had made him what he was (he became the top dog due to ‘a mysterious plane crash’ in 1981). But like all deals made with the Devil, this one too cannot be reneged upon.
Below is the documentary “The Panama Deception”. It is a MUST WATCH if you want to understand how things work. Think of ‘Operation Just Cause’ as the pilot episode of the latest series ‘Wars of Imperialism’ that is still ongoing in a theater close to you (maybe, like me, in your very home country). The script is the same, the cast is the same, and same are the producers and directors (with guest appearances by locals as the location demands). You might not have known these characters in the documentary then but I am sure you became very familiar with them during ‘Operation Desert Storm’.
This film shows how the U.S. attacked Panama and killed 3 or 4 thousand people in an invasion that the rest of the world was against. (Sound familiar?) It won the Academy Award for best documentary.
The Panama Deception documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama; the events which led to it; the excessive force used; the enormity of the death and destruction; and the devastating aftermath.
The Panama Deception uncovers the real reasons for this internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of the invasion which widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S. media and exposes how the U.S. government and the mainstream media suppressed information about this foreign policy disaster.
The Panama Deception includes never before seen footage of the invasion and its aftermath, as well as interviews with both invasion proponents like Gen. Maxwell Thurman, Panamanian President Endara and Pentagon spokesperson Pete Williams, and opponents like U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY.), Panamanian human rights workers Olga Mejia and Isabel Corro and former Panamanian diplomat Humberto Brown. Network news clips and media critics contribute to a staggering analysis of media control and self censorship relevant to any news coverage today, particularly during times of war. (source)