Re: September 11, 1973
posted at 9/11/2013 4:51 PM EDT
In response to DamainAllen's comment:
Allende may have been a poor head of state with a terrible track record for economic reform but he was no murderous thug. In fact Pinochet who is credited with torturing nearly 30, 000 people and killing over 3000 more was the real monster. He took over the country backed by the military in order to save it, then forgot to give power back to the civilians. How odd that a conservative like CLC would defend a man whose name is often times mentioned along side of Stalin, and histories other notorious monsters. That Allende was a communist, or at least tinkering with installing socialistic elements in his country isn't particularly important since he was elected and presumably would have to stand in front of the people again to apply for his job. Pinochet simply took power by force, then abused it, while amassing an ill gained fortune in the process.
It is telling that CLC would defend Pinochet, it is instructive of how his little authoritarian narrow mind works.
Allende wasnt "tinkering" , he was destroying the country and turning it over to communism. Yes, it was "particularly important" that he was a totalitarian Stalinist.
Upon Stalin's death in 1953, Chilean Communists held a "Homage to Stalin" in Santiago's Baquedano theatre where Salvador Allende could hardly contain himself: "Stalin was a banner of creativity, of humanism and an edifying picture of peace and heroism!" he gushed while choking back the tears. "Everything he did, he did in service of the people. Our father Stalin has died but in remembering his example our affection for him will cause our arms to grow strong towards building a grand tomorrow-- to insure a future in memory of his grand example!" *
After assuming power in 1970 (with roughly the same percentage of votes that Hitler garnered in Germany in 1933), the Allende regime's true colors soon manifested. In January 1971, Allende's minister Carlos Altamirano boasted: "We're following the example of the Cuban Revolution and counting on the support of her militant internationalism....represented by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Armed conflict in continental terms remains as relevant today as ever!"
"Hear me loud and clear!" Salvador Allende himself boasted the following month. "We will employ revolutionary violence!"
This was more than an idle boast by Allende. Among the myriad unreported aspects of the Chilean coup were the dozens of "guerrilla" schools being set up throughout Chile by Soviet bloc agents shortly before that coup. Marxist death squads were also roaming Chile, murdering "bourgeois elements" with impunity or with the tacit support of the regime. When Salvador Allende visited Moscow in December 1972, his longest meetings was with Boris Ponomariev, the Kremlin's head of "Irregular Warfare" for the Western Hemisphere.
By 1973, 60 percent of Chile's arable land had been confiscated by the government, often with the aid of these death squads. Rolando Matus and Jacinto Huilipan were among the many farmers who protested Allende's "Agrarian Reform" and wound up kidnapped and murdered.
"In the final analysis only armed conflict will decide who is the victor!" added Allende's governmental ally, Oscar Guillermo Garreton. "Without the complete destruction of the bourgeois character of the state we cannot march on the path of Socialism! The class struggle always entails armed conflict. Understand me, the global strategy is always accomplished through arms!"
Allende's deputy Economic Minister, Sergio Ramos, didn't mince words either: "It's evident," he proclaimed in mid-1973, "that the transition to socialism will first require a dictatorship of the proletariat." "We have no choice," declared Chilean Communist Volodia Teitelboim, "but to act with resolution and a civil war is not a careful affair. It draws targets on both the political and the apolitical." His Communist comrade Luis Corvolan followed up with: "We have never considered the path of the Chilean Revolution to be exclusively an electoral one."
In September of 1973 Pinochet's men weren't out to score debating points on some fatuous think-thank panel or to win applause on some asinine chat show. They knew their nation was looking up the locked and loaded muzzle of a Stalinist takeover. So they marched into the Chilean OK Corral loaded for (Soviet) Bear. That they managed the messy business with just 3,000 dead, including all collateral damage, will amaze anyone fully informed of what they went up against.