Wednesday, May 18, 2005

This item, about possible anti-Semitic leanings of the young Salvador Allende, I found interesting. Like the murder of Kennedy ( and Rabin, and many other murders and other events in history ), Allende's death provides people who have an active imagination - and for whom history itself is not exciting enough - with a basis for so-called imaginary or alternat(iv)e history. What would have happened in Chile in the last thirty+ years if not Pinochet but Allende had ruled the country after 1973? Whereas we know many of the crimes committed by Pinochet's regime, it remains a guess what kind of ruler Allende would have been. This article does not give us a real clue about that, but the study mentioned in it could help to refine the almost sacrosanct image of the man that has been created after his violent death.

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