"LEFTIST PROPAGANDISTS LIKE NAOMI KLEIN GLAZE OVER THE VIOLENCE THAT WAS GOING ON IN CHILE..."
THE CHILEAN COUP - SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
PUBLISHED: 19th March, 2018 | By Richard Heathen
On September 11th 1973 the Chilean military put down an attempted communist revolution, by physically removing a regime declared unconstitutional and illegitimate by the Chilean parliament known as the Chamber of Deputies. It’s likely though, that you’ve heard a largely revisionist and propagandized version of these events, one that paints the Marxist revolutionaries as either righteous heroes of the people or victims of a fascist rightwing military regime bent on preserving American colonialism and oppressing the people. This is the version of history repackaged by the left, taylor made to fit their ideological agenda. This version completely ignores the context of the coup as well as the Allende regimes attack on the Chilean constitution, private property, and free enterprise. This included seizure of factories and land, the nationalization of entire industries, implementation of insane economic policies such as price fixing, massive debt, monetary inflation and a ban on imports, as well as a collaboration with communist terrorists as well as other militants, who routinely lashed out violently with terrorist acts.
Leftist propagandists like Naomi Klein glaze over the violence that was going on in Chile, perpetrated by communist terrorist/paramilitary groups, as well as the abuses of power by Salvador Allende. Klein focuses on amplifying and exaggerating both, the brutality of the Pinochet regime by removing the coup from it’s historical context (which was an attempted communist revolution), and American involvement in the coup. Instead of dealing with the situation in Chile that happened in the early 1970’s honestly, Klein uses her soapbox to preach to her choir about the evils of capitalism, completely ignoring the mess left by Allende’s disastrous policies, and the resulting boom in economic prosperity known as the ‘Chilean Miracle’, which transformed the economically devastated Chile in to one of the greatest economic powerhouses in Latin America.
Salvador Allende was elected President of Chile on September 4th 1970, leading a coalition called “Popular Unity” which comprised of several far leftwing parties including: The Socialist Party, The Communist Party, The Radical Party, as well as other smaller leftist parties. Allende was an avowed Marxist and campaigned on a “democratic road to socialism”. Where other Marxist revolutions were chaotic and blood-soaked, Allende envisioned his road to socialism could be done in a peaceful and orderly fashion, through following a plan and strategy established and implemented by his government. This came to be known as the “revolution from the top”.
Allende’s victory was very narrow, paper thin in fact. He won 36.3% of the votes while his nearest competitor, Jorge Alessandri of the National Party, nipped at his heels with 34.9%, because of this the Chilean Chamber of Deputies, which had the power to choose between either of the two leading candidates, had to confirm the election. The Chamber of Deputies knew that Allende was an avowed Marxist who promised a “democratic road to socialism”, because of this fact they made him sign a “Statute of Constitutional Guarantees”, promising that he wouldn’t violate or attempt to change the Chilean constitution, a vow he never had any intention of keeping. Stating:
“I accepted it as a tactical necessity to assume power. At that moment the imperative was to take control of the government”
Allende also intentionally divided Chile into “the people” and “reactionaries” going so far as to say:
“I’m not the president of all Chileans”
But instead only for Popular Unity, his political coalition, along with the political class it represented. Allende made this statement at a public rally on January 17th 1971, as reported by the El Mercurio newspaper, although Allende later denied making that comment.
Much is made about the support the United States Federal Government gave Allendes opponents in the months and years leading up to the coup, and indeed, there was some, (not nearly what is purported to be) but what is rarely talked about is the support the Soviet Union gave Allende and his government. During the 1970 election Moscow gave The Communist Party $400,000 and $50,000 to Allende personally. Allende continued to receive tens of thousands of dollars from the Soviets after his election. In fact Allende was a Soviet asset for years going by the code name “LEADER”, and was known to the Soviets as early as the 1950’s as leader of the Chilean Socialist party and received the International Lenin Peace Prize in 1972 for his efforts in forwarding the communist agenda. In the 1960’s Allende was in regular contact with the KGB and according to a book written by former Soviet intelligence officer Vasili Mitrokhin, Allende:
“…stated his willingness to cooperate on a confidential basis and provide any necessary assistance, since he considered himself a friend of the Soviet Union. He willingly shared political information. . . ”
Soon after being sworn in, Allende nationalized the copper industry. On February 10th 1971 The New York Times reported that Allende’s plan for a constitutional amendment to nationalize Chile’s copper industry was approved by the senate. This was but the first step of his plan towards turning Chile in to a Marxist state. Soon after, Allende began seizing factories, beginning with the Yarur textile factory.
After months of agitation and collaboration behind the scenes between the newly formed unions at the factory and the members of Allende’s Ministry of the Economy, the Yarur textile factory was seized on April 28th 1971, using an old law called Decree Law 520 which allowed the government to take control of a factory or mill in a time of crises or extraordinary circumstance. This provision was written into the law as a temporary measure, but Allende intentionally misused this law, under the justification that the factory was being mismanaged. At first Allende was skeptical and even opposed seizing the factory as he feared this would put his slow incremental Marxist revolution in danger by moving too fast, he eventually signed off on it and used this strategy to seize other factories.
Allende came into conflict with the Chilean Supreme Court for his abuse of executive authority, which included non-compliance with the courts orders when those orders clashed with his agenda. The high court made a unanimous statement to Salvador Allende, on May 26 1973, condemning him for his governments’ repeated refusal to comply with the decisions of the Supreme Court:
"This Supreme Court is compelled to represent to Your Excellency for the umpteenth time the unlawful attitude of the administrative authority in its illegal interference in judicial affairs, as well as for placing obstructions upon the execution of orders from a Criminal Court by the uniformed police, which orders, under the laws in force, must be carried out by the said police force without obstacles of any kind; all of which implies an open and willful contempt of judicial decisions, with complete disregard of the alterations that such attitudes or omissions produce in the judicial order; which attitude further implies not only a crisis in the state of law, as was represented to Your Excellency in a previous despatch, but also a peremptory or imminent disruption of the legality of the nation"
Allende was intentionally and willfully subverting the existing political, judicial, and social order of Chile. He was disregarding both the constitution and the rule of law, while actively upsetting, and undermining the balance of power with institutions he was not in control of, or that weren’t on board with his “revolution from the top”, such as the judiciary. It’s not hyperbole in the least to say that Salvador Allende, along with his administration and his ultra leftwing militant allies, were engaged in a literal Marxist revolution.
It wasn’t just the Allende regime that was instigating a full on revolution, but his election emboldened militant leftwing groups that soon started seizing not only factories but private property in the rural area’s as well, this was known as the “revolution from the bottom”. Between November 1st 1970 and April 5th 1972, 1767 farms were seized by the armed communist terrorist group known as the MIR. The MIR occupied farms and organized a rural labour force made up of natives called Frente De Campesinos Revolucionarios or the FCR. Allende was complicit in these act as he refused to have his government step in and restore the illegally seize land to it’s rightful owners. This of course only emboldened the MIR. Allende had specifically ordered the national police to leave the MIR alone. In 1972 the MIR tried to infiltrate the armed forces including the counterinsurgency “Black Berets”. Allende’s nephew Andres Pascal Allende was a leading member of the MIR.
On June 8th 1971 a political rival of Allende, Edmundo Pérez Zujovic a prominent member of the Christian Democrat Party who was the Minister of the Interior and Vice President to former President Eduardo Frei Montalva, was murdered by an MIR splinter group, calling itself Vanguard of the People (VOP). In an account by his daughter, who was with him that day, she recalls the events that lead to her father being assassinated in front of her:
“…I saw a red car getting closer and closer. They were following us. They were three young people with the tension reflected in their faces. A few days ago my dad was aware of a plan to assassinate him. I looked in panoramic: there were people in the street, about ten people, a children's school, cars that circulated. No, they would not dare to act. The car that followed us was placed on the left side. The copilot peeked out the window and watched my dad carefully, as if to confirm that it was him. There he decided to stop, to see if they were ahead of him, but the car crossed in front and blocked our way. We were trapped…. Two of the men got off fast while a third got behind the wheel. One approached with a machine gun and with rifle butts he broke the window. My dad tried to move forward. Less than half a meter away, the assassin began to shoot while his face contracted with hatred shouted: "Die, you miserable dog!"
Two of the assassins were the Calderon brothers, Arturo and his older brother Ronald, the founder of VOP. Arturo Calderon was one of 43 extremists (referred to Allende as “young idealists”) released from prison and pardoned by Allende earlier that year. The MIR had paramilitary training camps three of which were in the city of Santiago. These paramilitary camps intentionally encircled industrial zones where factories that had been seized by the government were located. These areas also included residential areas that were controlled by the MIR and other left wing paramilitary groups. Various ultra-left paramilitary groups operated from these zones.
The MIR had an ongoing relationship with Salvador Allende. Despite being a revolutionary Marxist organization that disavowed political action, they acted as Allende’s personal security during his presidential campaign, and maintained a strategical alliance with this group of communist terrorists, even enlisting them to be his personal guard.
On November 10th, 1971 Fidel Castro along with a large entourage of militant communist revolutionaries came for a diplomatic trip to Chile, which lasted 25 days. However, when Castro left, many of the ‘comrades’ that accompanied him remained behind. Castro and Allende knew of each other previously, when Allende, then a prominent senator used his influence to allow six communist terrorists under the command of Che Guevara, safe passage out of Chile. It wasn’t just militants from Cuba, but militant communists came from all over Latin America to Chile, finding jobs with the government, or otherwise engaging in revolutionary activity.
In fact Cuba’s communist government was secretly sending weapons to Chilean revolutionaries, as came to light in what was known as the ‘Cuban packages scandal’. In March of 1972, thirteen crates were stopped at the airport by Chilean customs. These crates contained ‘gifts’ from Fidel Castro to Salvador Allende, and entered the country with the Director of the Investigation Service, Eduardo Paredes, who refused to disclose the contents of the crates to customs agents. The Minister of the Interior had to come to the airport to stop the contents of these crates from being revealed, and immediately arranged transport of the crates to Allende’s home. These crates contained over a ton of weapons and ammunition. This was only the tip of the iceberg, as weapons were routinely smuggled in to the country at that time, as well as being stolen from the armed forces, as at this point the communist revolutionaries were gearing up for a confrontation with the military.
As Allende’s presidency entered it’s second year, unrest grew as his socialist economic policies wrecked havoc on the nation. Price fixing, monetary inflation, and mounting debt created a perfect storm of economic catastrophe. Investment slumped due to Allende’s communist assault on private property and free enterprise, such as seizing factories, and nationalizing entire industries. This climate made it nearly impossible for entrepreneurs to invest in new enterprises, why bother when your property could be taken from you by the state tomorrow? This is on top of the other disastrous yet completely predictable consequences of Allende’s socialist economic policies, which play themselves out time after time in socialist and communist nations, the most recent example today is Venezuela. Inflation rose to 286% by 1973. According to a former Chilean Minister of Finance:
When some people complained about the excessive increase in the money supply that was causing high inflation in 1973, the Central Bank president at the time said that money supply was a "bourgeois variable," irrelevant in the construction of Chilean socialism.
This gives us a glimpse into the level of economic ineptitude of those who took it upon themselves to reshape the economy of Chile from the top down. Reading this, it’s little wonder that the Chilean economy was in crisis during this time.
In October of 1972, a general strike was organized by the upper and middle classes, which according to an article in the Los Angeles Times was funded by the CIA. The US Federal Government under Richard Nixon had taken a careful approach during the Allende regime. They worked to undermine the rising communist revolution, as Chile was another theatre of the Cold War, but didn’t want the US Government implicated in any intervention in Chile. Before Allende’s election, nervous that he would seize the companies assets in the country the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (ITT) approached the CIA offering to finance an operation or preemptive coup against him, which the Nixon Administration declined.
Although, the Nixon government did work to undermine his regime by funding his opposition. A policy which was completely valid given the existential threat of communism and the fact that Allende was seizing the assets of American companies. As stated by globalist gremlin Henry Kissinger:
“I don't see why we need to stand by and watch, a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people.”
A sentiment I find great sympathy with, as I watch the escalating subversion by neo-Marxist agitators happening in Western nation after Western nation. While I loath Kissinger, and have a general distaste for foreign intervention in the domestic affairs of other nations, this has to be seen through the geo-political context of the day. This is one time that American intervention probably helped save lives. Communist revolutions are notoriously bloody, and along with the rule of communist regimes have killed over 100 million people in the 20th Century.
The Great Leap Forward, and Cultural Revolution under the brutal communist regime of Mao Zedong claimed the lives of some 80 million Chinese, that’s more than 15% of the population of China in 1958, the year the Cultural Revolution began. To contrast, during the Chilean coup and subsequent reign, the highest estimates of Pinochet’s death toll is under four thousand. To put things into context the population of Chile in 1973 was over 10 million. If the communist revolution in Chile was allowed to take it’s course it would have likely resulted in a comparable level of death and suffering, considering the bloody history of communism and the fact that Chile was on the brink of civil war. If the attempted revolution in Chile was successful and the same percent of the population were killed in Chile as in the blood drenched regime of the Chinese communists, 1.5 million people would be dead. Four thousand dead pales in comparison, most of which were likely participants in the attempted Marxist take over, which would make them far from innocent.
At the end of the day, the military junta that overthrew the government didn’t do so because President Nixon, Henry Kissinger, or the CIA directed them to. The coup happened because Allende routinely broke his oath to follow the constitution, defied the courts and undermined the Chilean Chamber of Deputies, over stepping the powers of his office at every opportunity in order to wage his Marxist revolution. On August 22nd 1973 the Chilean Chamber of Deputies passed a resolution declaring Allende’s regime unconstitutional, which also urged military action. On September 11th, 1973 the Chilean military under the command of General Augusto Pinochet, ended the communist revolution that was being waged in Chile over the previous 3 years. Under the leadership of General Pinochet, the Chilean government took the demolished economic situation left by Allende, and implemented free market policies which lead to an economic boom known as the Chilean Miracle.
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