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  •  Thanks for mentioning the Chaco War. (4.00)
    Another case of US economic imperialism. From Wikipedia:
    The Chaco War (1932-1935) was fought between Bolivia and Paraguay over control of the arid Chaco Boreal region of South America, which was incorrectly thought to be rich in oil.

    Though the region was sparsely populated, control of the Paraguay River running through it would have given one of the two landlocked countries access to the Atlantic Ocean. This was especially important to Bolivia, which had lost its Pacific Ocean coast to Chile in the War of the Pacific (1883). Furthermore, the discovery of oil in the Andean foothills sparked speculation that the Chaco itself would be a rich source of petroleum. Two large oil companies were involved in the exploration: Standard Oil (later Exxon), which backed Bolivia, while Shell Oil was on Paraguay's side.

    It's worth reading the rest of this article (link).

    Do not feel safe. The poet remembers.
    You can kill one, but another is born.
    The words are written down, the deed, the date.

    Czeslaw Milosz

    by Chris Kulczycki on Mon Dec 19, 2005 at 06:44:08 AM PST

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