Operation Just Cause was not the capture of a man; it was the genocide of a country
On December 20 of 1989, 26,000 U.S. troops invaded Panama in ‘‘Operation Just Cause’’ to expel and capture the country's strong man, the former general Manuel Antonio Noriega and destroy his military. No honest Panamanian, no human being can be indifferent to the horror of war, one can justify the thousands of dead innocent civilians. ‘‘Forget Prohibited’’ as many Panamanians says for this day, the world's most powerful country United States of North America, economic and military power was the right throw unwarranted. No declaration of war, to attack and invade a small country of 2 million inhabitants in that time. At 21 years of this momentous event in Latin American history, its consequences are still manifest in Panamanian society, especially among the thousands affected by psychological and physical wounds of war. This gets worse to the extent that various governments and institutions, which must ensure the general welfare of the population, have thrown a blanket of forgetfulness and sustained plan to erase the tragedy of the invasion, leaving victims with no chance to confront what happened and overcome their trauma through truth: loss of relatives, spouses, children, parents, grandparents, friends, homes, careers, business, social, lifestyle, and neighborhoods. Does not even know for certain the number of deads and missings from this military intervention, in which civilians were the most affected and the perpetrators put the victims as the perpetrators. Our deads are still demanding justice to such a brutal and unjustifiable action. Burned and destroyed neighborhoods in the capital, and left a death toll that was never known with certainty. The invasion began after midnight on December 20, 1989, the U.S. Army, the world's most powerful country, invaded on the pretext of overthrowing a dictator. Since then Panama City became a battlefield. Panama became a testing ground...
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