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THE U.S.A. IN SOUTH AMERICA CHEDDI JAGAN THE LATE Aneurin Bevan in his book, In Place of Feat, wrote that fear of communism caused Americans to have a distorted view of the world and the forces at play in modern-day society. This observation is borne out by a Congressional Report prepared by Congressman Armistead Selden and William S. Mailliard, two members of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, who visited Guyana last November as a part of a Latin American study mission. The Congressmen remarked that "Guyana's ability to pursue development schemes and attract international private and public capital will depend in large measure upon resolution of the racial issue which plagues the country," and that Guyana's political problems stemmed from "the maneuvers of professional Marxist Cheddi Jagan and his wife." From this report, one would come the conclusion that we were the fomenters of racism and were the stumbling blocks to development and progress. Actually, the root cause off our present racial and other problems is Anglo-American cold war conspiracy to destroy the People's Progressive Party (PPP). Today, U.S. dictated fiscal, trade and economic policies are the main reasons for the stagnation, dissatisfaction and unrest. U.S. intervention in our domestic affairs was brought out into the open in the 1967 exposé of the CIA. The London Sunday Times, on April 16, in a story headlines How the CIA Got Rid of Jagan, said: "As coups go, it was not expensive: over five years the CIA paid out something over £250,000. For the colony, British Guiana, the result was about 170 dead, untold hundreds wounded , roughly £10 million-worth of damage to the economy and a legacy of racial bitterness." 24
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