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Post We Left Out Some Latin American Dictators
Created by John Eipper on 03/05/19 2:51 AM

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We Left Out Some Latin American Dictators (Nigel Jones, -UK, 03/05/19 2:51 am)

Surely the big Latin American dictator that Eugenio Battaglia leaves off his list (the "goat" opposed to the elephant in the room) is Trujillo of the Dominican Republic?

There were several others--eg. Hugo Banzer in Bolivia, the Generals who ruled Brazil after the deposition of Jango Goulart in 1964, and indeed Getúlio Vargas in 1950s Brazil, and what about Perón in Argentina? The Castros in Cuba?

Indeed dictatorship, whether of Left, Right, populist or military, was the Latin American norm until recently.

Eugenio's hatred of the US blinds him to the hideous suffering of Venezuela under the Marxist Maduro. I am also puzzled: He denounces US attempts to depose this monster, but was happy to toast the US-backed Pinochet coup against the Marxist Allende.

JE comments:  Eugenio did say it's impossible to remember them all!  I also had the question about the Chilean coup of 1973.  If Eugenio applauds the overthrow of Allende, which had ample support from the US, why is he opposed to similar (probably lesser) US meddling in Venezuela?

(To Eugenio's defense, he reserves his criticism for US bullying and imperialism abroad, not the country per se or especially its people.)

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