Jul 11, 2013 -- 7:42AM, Eeternaloptimist wrote:
tobermoryThat's your prerogative. My prerogative is to point out that the history of communism is littered with examples of far bigger monsters than Pinochet and I feel confident to assert that when the beans ran out the scapegoating would have begun with Allende as well.
Yes, it's true that Communism produced dreadful dictators, several worse than Pinochet, but any dictator (Left or Right) will usually establish the rule of force very rapidly after taking power.Allende had been in office for 3 years; he was governing lawfully as far as i can tell .The dispute with Parliament was a constitutional crisis which could be argued either way, he never used force other than against the failed coup that preceded the successful one (as any elected government would be justified in doing ) .I can't see it as being credible that he was going to turn into Stalin at some point.....It may be that the Pinochet economic policies were better in the long term but to me that is a minor point .I don't support Socialism at all but i think the most important and essential thing is being able to freely criticize the powers that be. I would rather have Harriet Harman as PM and be able to openly laugh at her and vote her out at the next election than have a Government that had the same view as me on economics,crime,immigration etc but that i would never be able to criticize without fear of being 'disappeared' .