Virtual Bourgeois

Just An Analog Guy Trying to Upgrade For a Digital World

Where the Mighty Are Now

Posted by Gerald on August 2, 2007

According to the Washington Post a member of the board of Chiquita International Brands told a Justice Department official that the company has been violating anti-terrorism laws because it has been paying protection money to Colombian paramilitary groups that are on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations.

To me, there just seems to be something ironic about this.  Chiquita was, once upon a time, the United Fruit Company.  They had their own fleet.  If they needed their own troops they could generally just whistle and the US Marine Corps was ready to oblige.  These guys overthrew governments in Central and South America – the classic story being their role in getting the Eisenhower administration to overthrow the democratically elected government of Guatemala.  Now they are paying protection money to terrorists.


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