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New book exposes CIA’s slaughter in Indonesia, Latin America during Cold War

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A coup attempt in Indonesia on Sept. 30, 1965, triggered a series of events that led to the ouster of President Sukarno and unleashed violence against communists in the country that killed one million people. (File Photo)

American journalist Vincent Bevins has in his new explosive book The Jakarta Method laid bare mass murders orchestrated by the American spy agency CIA in Indonesia, Latin America, and around the world during the Cold War. 

Bevins builds on his years of reporting for the Washington Post, using documents that have been recently declassified, archival research and eye-witness testimonies collected across several countries, to expose the wanton slaughter carried out by Americans. 

The Jakarta Method reveals that the ruthless extermination of unarmed leftists was an integral part of Washington's winning strategy in the Cold War.

In an interview released on Youtube, the author pointed to the change in behavior towards neutral anticolonial anti-communist countries during the Cold War.

He emphasized that the rulers in Washington gave the notorious spy agency money and authority to kill millions of unarmed people in order to extend the American hegemony around the world. 

"Indonesia becomes the axiomatic case of a nation which is anti-colonial, left-leaning, yet not a communist. It had suppressed communism enough after World War 2 to be accepted as a friend of America," he said in the interview. 

Bevins called the Jakarta axiom the idea that neutral countries can be acceptable to the United States as well as stay away from communist power.

However, the tolerance era ended soon in 1953 when Dwight Eisenhower became the president as he saw the CIA-managed coup in Iran, followed by the coup in Guatemala in 1954, as successful in overthrowing neutral governments and bringing to power American puppets.

"The CIA flipped neutral countries into pro-American pro-capitalist countries through a free pass without committing overt intervention and without getting troops engaged," he said in the Youtube interview. 

It was from this point on that the CIA took to different methods and used the accumulation of techniques and tricks and every rhetorical device during the Cold War with different methods and modes of interference, both direct and indirect.

The CIA used Hollywood to make a fake tape to destroy the founding father of the country, carried out assassination plots, fabricated lies, and used every other method to crush leaders in Indonesia.

The US agency helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians, eliminating the largest communist party outside China and the Soviet Union and inspiring similar terror programs in countries including Brazil and Chile.

But these events were overlooked, precisely because the CIA's secret interventions were so successful. There was no accountability on the American side as more than one million people were estimated to have been killed during the Indonesian coup.

The book reveals that the mass murder of communists had a specific and lasting effect on how the world was shaped after the Cold War.

"It would be impossible to kill one million people in such a short time if they had been violent or preparing for some conflict with the military," the author noted.

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