Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Talking to the Left
from the mind of  ME=mc^2.

Since arriving at LLNL, I've avoided discussing politics with the people in the ajoining offices for the past nearly two months. But today, another new hire arrived, and in the course of realizing we had a mutual acquaintence at Purdue, the conversation slowly decended into the politics of the war on terror and specifically the war in Iraq.

This particular fellow was like so many on the left: He wasn't capable of discussing just one subject. His comments about the present war in Iraq were constantly laced with gratuitous and rhetorical slurs against the United States regarding, for example, the coup which toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende, or the U.S. support for the Contras against the Sandinistas.

In order to keep the discussion on track, I left those extraneous indictments against the United States unanswered.

Mary Anastasia O'Grady, writing in the Wall Street Journal on April 25, 2003, sets the record straight: "Allende was elected in September 1970 but by the autumn of 1973 a combination of economic incompetence and arrogant abuse of power had destroyed his legitimacy. The country was polarized, paralyzed, fraught with street violence and on the brink of a bloody civil war. This truth is of course anathema to international socialists and communists who have been pumping out propaganda for three decades to deny the failure... Allende's victory in 1970 came with only 36% of the vote. That meant that congress held power over his win. The Christian Democrats who despised Chile's right but clearly distrusted the radicalized leftist agreed to clear his way only if he accepted a 'Statute of Guarantees' to ensure the democracy and the rule of law. Allende consented so as to get into office but he had no intention of containing his militant constituents, backed by Fidel Castro, and their appetite for power... Sharp political divisions helped Allende get and hold power for three years despite his radicalism and his reckless
economics. He cleverly used the law to shield himself while he consolidated that power. There were assaults on the press, extensive nationalization of businesses and a methodical effort to build a shadow army, which produced mounting violence throughout the period. The weapons for his informal army were coming from Cuba, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. By 1973 the country was in shambles and housewives were banging empty pots to protest Allende economics. Early that year the government announced rationing... On May 26 all 14 Supreme Court justices signed a document complaining that 'an open and willful contempt of judicial decisions [by the executive]' threatened an 'imminent breakdown of legality.' On Aug. 22 came the resolution from the Lower House declaring a 'grave breakdown of the legal and constitutional order' and placing the responsibility for restoring 'legal paths' with the military. On August 25 the Medical Association asked the president to resign and the Bar Association followed suit on Aug. 31. Yet experts say that more than any one single event it was Allende's proposal for a national education curriculum, a la East Germany, that drove the military to its final decision. The Pinochet dictatorship was difficult for everyone. Yet as Cuba shows it could have been far worse. Chileans went with the lesser of two
evils, broadly supporting an unprecedented military coup to save the country, not only from economic ruin but also from the shackles of communist repression."

And obviously Danny Ortega and the Sandinistas were died in the wool commies. They lost the election held on February 25, 1990 despite, for example, Sandinista mobs attacking supporters of Violeta Chamarro with machetes. And never mind that as soon as Chamarro's victory was sealed, the Contras as an organization disappeared.

Ann Coulter once remarked that "When arguments are premised on lies, there is no foundation for debate. You end up conceding to half the lies simply to focus on the lies of holocaust-denial proportions." Such was the case today....

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