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Creek Running North
January 17, 2006
Michelle Bachelet, a socialist single mother who was tortured by Pinochet's thugs, has been elected president of Chile.
The people of the South are rising.
In Bolivia the first clear electoral victory in that country's history went to a leftist former campesino.
There are places in the world where the greatest army in the history of the world does not frighten people overmuch.
Morales may turn out to be another thuggish Chavez, Bachelet another accomodationist Lula, though neither Chavez nor Lula entirely deserves such opprobrium. Working for justice through electing new government has its drawbacks. And there remains the chance that some nefarious outside interests will undo that for which people have fought.
How ironic it would be if a free and democratic South America started welcoming political refugees from the North.
Posted by Chris Clarke at January 17, 2006 08:03 AM
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Referring to Chavez as thuggish is entirely incorrect, to be honest. The thugs are in the putschist opposition. Pinole Creek, in the Coast Range? I'm in Oakhurst. Nice to see you here.Posted by: Robert Lindsay at January 17, 2006 09:22 PM
That was loose use of language, I admit. I'm troubled by the violence of 2004, and it seemed at the time to be going in both directions, but then the "compared to who"? question comes up and I am forced to admit I don't know enugh to have an informed opinion.Posted by: Chris Clarke at January 17, 2006 09:41 PM
I thought we were the only ones paying attention to Latin American politics. My daughter's model UN team is Bolivia, and yesterday she met with the Bolivian ambassador, who may be losing his job soon. Still, it's pretty neat to hear her get all excited about this.Posted by: KathyF at January 18, 2006 01:08 AM