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· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · December
· · · · 09 (1 entry)

Jara Indictment · The BBC has the news from Chile that one Col. Mario Man­riquez has been in­dict­ed in the 1973 ex­e­cu­tion of singer Vic­tor Jara. For those with­out the his­to­ry at their fin­ger­tip­s, in 1970 the Chileans elect­ed a so­cial­ist as pres­i­den­t, in the face of con­cert­ed Amer­i­can op­po­si­tion. The U.S. spent mil­lion­s, first to try to de­feat Al­lende at the poll­s, then to fund a gang of mil­i­tary mur­der­ers who staged a bloody coup on Septem­ber 11th 1973, in the pro­cess of ce­ment­ing which they killed a num­ber of Chilean cit­i­zens just slight­ly high­er than the to­tal Septem­ber 11, 2001 body coun­t. The mil­i­tary, al­leged­ly at Manriquez’ or­der­s, broke Jara’s hands to stop him play­ing, then killed him. But you see, Jara was a Com­mu­nist, which in the Seven­ties meant some­one that it was O.K. for U.S.-backed dic­ta­tors to kil­l. Since there aren’t any Com­mu­nists now, we use the word “militant” for the same pur­pose. You don’t have to have been an ad­mir­er of Jara’s mu­sic or Allende’s pres­i­den­tial record to still be an­gry, thir­ty years lat­er. Nixon is al­ready burn­ing in hel­l, for Chile if noth­ing else, and while there are seats re­served there for Pinochet and Kissinger, it’s nice to hear that there’s a chance for some jus­tice this side of the grave.
 
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