Re: Breaking: Former U.S.-Backed Guatemalan Dictator Found Guilty of Genocide in Historic Trial
posted at 5/12/2013 10:31 AM EDT
Allende the Marxist thug is the hero to brainless American radicals....they dont know history..or much else..
The Chilean Marxist, Salvador Allende, was elected president in 1970 on only 36 per cent of the vote. He needed to govern in a moderate centre-left manner to carry the 60 per cent-plus who had voted for centre and right-wing parties. Instead, with the encouragement of his own hard-left and Castro agitators, he struck out in a Marxist direction.
Student revolutionaries and other middle-class trendies of the time rushed from all over the world to Santiago to help in the cause. A few went from Britain, many more from Spain, where the Franco regime did not tolerate their Marxist fantasies. The consequences for Chilean democracy (until his accession the most stable in Latin America), human rights and prosperity were disastrous.
The Allende regime set about implementing dogmatic far-left reforms for which he had no mandate, confiscating property, debasing the currency (inflation at one stage topped 1,000 per cent), seizing businesses, intimidating the opposition and bankrupting newspapers which dared to criticise him.
Within months of Allende taking power, armed gangs of leftist thugs invaded homes and took over factories. It was all done with the active encouragement of Castro, which saw Allende's Chile as the new beachhead for Cuban-style Communism throughout Latin America. By 1972, while the Soviet Union was awarding Allende the Lenin Peace Prize, Chilean society was in meltdown.
A relatively prosperous country was now gripped by food shortages and strikes. Farms taken over by Communist cadres discussed Marxist dialectics while crops failed. Factories in the grip of Soviet-style committees produced next to nothing. A relatively free society was on the brink of a Marxist terror as Allende's tanks took to the streets and military henchmen were shoehorned into a civilian cabinet.
"The task of the moment," claimed one of Allende's Marxist allies "is to destroy parliament." The hard left was now systematically arming itself for a full-blown Communist revolution - it had more guns at its disposal than the Chilean army. It was then that Pinochet and the generals seized power and their Fascistic reign of terror began.