The Panama Deception (1992)
The (untold) story about the U.S. invasion of Panama
A few years ago I met this guy from Panama (City). Eventually we became good friends and one day, while just sitting around, he began to tell me this story: – You know, I had to serve the army in Panama. I and practically all my friends were in the same casern, we were all of the same age, you know. Friends with whom I grew up, from the same neighbourhood, with whom I went to school. It was 1989. And then I left the service. Few weeks later they bombed the casern! Everyone dead! Can you imagine that, to loose all of your lifetime friends in just one day? – and he began to cry. I wasn’t aware of the reason of the bombing he was talking about, so I had to ask – But who bombed the caserns? – The gringos! – he answered – When they invaded our country…
And why? Well, I think a good part of the answer is this documentary: ” The Panama Deception” by Barbara Trent and David Kasper. It does not only describe the reasons for the US invasion, but also the way they have carried it out. Although the movie was made in 1992, three years after the invasion, almost everything shown and told in this movie seems to me like a “Dejá vu” – I just have to think about Iraq, the excuses by the the Bush Administration (father and son) to invade a country, and so on and so forth…
This is a sixteen years old movie that could have been filmed yesterday: its contents is more actual than ever.
This post is dedicated to my Panamanian friend: Cheers from the other side of the Atlantic.
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