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In 1954 the CIA deposed a democratically elected Guatemalan president and replaced him with a dictator to save investments in a banana company. Was it the right basis for this decision?

In 1954 the CIA deposed a democratically elected Guatemalan president and replaced him with a dictator to save investments in a banana company. Was it the right basis for this decision?
  • Yes, this was the right decision.

    Democracy is messy. Sometimes the best leaders and governments do not come from democracies. In those cases, a dictator might make a better leader, and a stronger ally for the United States. The CIA is tasked with looking out for American interests. There is nothing wrong with the CIA trying to influence foreign governments to help America.

  • No, of course not

    For the love of money many unspeakable things have been done and most all with an unquestionable eye, hand or mouth. Pertaining to exactly that, why bring the subject up? It is done on a wide and highly-spread scale. Things along this nature always has been done, is being done and will continue to prosper in the future and all for the love of money.

    I do not mean to confuse anyone but there is no way to deny it happens.

  • No, saving investments in a foreign country is no reason to interfere with democracy in a sovereign nation.

    If the US wants to be a leader among democracies in the world and push for the benefits of a democratic political system, it is undermining its own message by deposing democratically elected leaders when they do not align with US business interests. I think it is one of the worst examples of US interference in an independent state.

  • They should allow democracy.

    George W. Bush spent most of his administration fighting wars on the principle that people will embrace democracy i they are only given the chance. Then we turn around and do things like get rid of the Guatemalan president over banana investments. The United States get a bad reputation when they behave this way.


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