...over the past 60 years, the U.S. has meddled frequently in the affairs of Latin American governments to serve U.S. interests and has also trained over 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, psychological warfare and interrogation tactics at the School of the Americas (SOA)/WHINSEC located at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Many of these graduates have been convicted of human and civil rights abuses against their own people upon returning to their home countries. President Obama must acknowledge the link between our nation’s history and the current realities in Latin America. If Obama wants to usher in a new era in Latin American relations, he should do all that he can to make sure that the SOA and other similar schools are closed.I bet most people, including Christians, don't know that their tax money goes toward such things as the School of the Americas (SOA) which amounts to the equivalent of a terrorist training camp. Among all the other problems there are with taxes, one is that we don't get to choose which systems we support... the State does. This makes taxation a problematic issue for Christians. In the case of the SOA, it is at very least bad stewardship for Christians to support such training. Jesus said, "give unto Caesar that which is Caesar's" but do the lives and bodies of people belong to Caesar? What should our response be to these issues?
Thursday, July 02, 2009
It's a couple days late but if you've been following what has been going on in Honduras here is an article you should read. School of the Americas Graduate Led Honduras Coup. Here's a quote from the article by Jennifer Svetlik: