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Engdahl's original article claims that the CIA and the U.S. Defense Department are using "nonviolence" as a form of warfare against China, among other countries.  But anyone who thinks that the CIA knows anything about nonviolence is either crazy or so mesmerized by his own conspiracy theories that he needs to get some fresh air and sunshine. Here's one example of the Engdahl article's fabrications:  He names a single U.S. army officer who he says trained the Chinese students involved in the Tiananmen Square protest in 1989, later allegedly trained the Falun Gong in nonviolence at some unspecified time, and even later supposedly advised protesters in Tibet.  The officer in question, who retired in 1991, is on record as saying that he never had contact with any of these people, and in any case there isn't a shred of evidence anywhere to substantiate such claims. Engdahl either made all this up, or channeled it from other purveyors of disinformation about nonviolent struggle like Michael Barker and Jonathan Mowat.  The fact is that nonviolent resistance boils up from within societies where basic rights are suppressed; you can't manufacture or manipulate that rage from Washington.  The U.S. government could never figure out how to contain the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam war movement, which were notable internal nonviolent struggles directed against U.S. policies and institutions.  After failing to comprehend nonviolence in the 1960s and 1970s, it could hardly turn around and use nonviolent action to manipulate discontented Chinese students or Tibetans frightened about losing their cultural identity.  This article is simply laughable.
by Tom Paine on Thu Apr 24th, 2008 at 05:25:20 PM EST
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