The Impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff Plus the US Role in the Crushing of Democracies in Brazil, Chile, HondurasLeave a comment
May 18, 2016 by Alfred
This brief video reflects the Argentum Post perspective on the corporate coup in Brazil.
Journalists Without Borders produced it. It is a cleverly narrated video which includes touches of humor in a narrative of a very sad moment in the history of Brazil when 58 million people who voted for the second term of President Dilma Rouseff see themselves robbed of the leadership of their President and that of the her Workers Party.
Dilma Rousseff did not commit any crime and yet was bizarrely impeached and that means suspended for 180 days until her trial. She moved some government funds around to fund popular and badly needed social programs. This did not sit well with her right-wing enemies.
This writer, lived in Brazil until the last the democratically elected government of popular and populist President of João Goulart was overthrown by the military in 1964, with U.S. support. General Vernon Walters had readied U.S. naval vessels including an aircraft carrier docked at the U.S. naval base on the island of Fernando de Noronha, in order to intervene on behalf of the Brazilian military coup plotters in case the coup had was in danger of failing.
The pretext used to precipitate the coup was the initiative President Goulart took to visit the People’s Republic of China, something which prompted his right-wing enemies to tag him as a communist, and hence, a “threat” to the nation…
The U.S. was involved in the overthrow of many countries in Latin America.
One of the most dramatic ones occurred on 9/11 of 1973 when two Chilean Air Force jets bombed the presidential Moneda palace. President Dr. Salvador Allende, a refined, loved, democratically elected president was killed. He was a social democrat.
This coup, as well as the murderous General Augusto Pinochet who lead it, were supported by President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, as the U.S. became involved in the violent crushing of democracy in Chile.
Tens of thousands of innocent people died or were “disappeared” or were tortured afterwards by General Augusto Pinochet, the man responsible for the first and only act of state terrorism carried out in the U.S. when a bomb on Sheridan Circle was planted under the automobile of Ambassador Orlando Letelier was detonated. The bomb killed the ambassador and his American secretary Rene Moffit and severely injured her American husband. His assassin, Townley, was in contact with the same General Vernon Walters who was involved in preventing the Brazilian coup from failing.
National Security Archives researcher Peter Kornbluh, unveiled an erroneously declassified memo which indicates that Secretary Henry Kissinger wrote a letter to the criminal General Pinochet expressing that he must not worry about the Congressional criticism of the military junta’s human rights violations because, as Kissinger put it, “…we like what you are doing down there…”
Most recently, and most noteworthy, is that in 2009 another popular and gentle democratically elected President, namely President Zelaya of Honduras, was abducted in the middle of the night and overthrown. He escaped into the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa which offered in asylum.
It so happened that while this was a heinous criminal act which required as an ethical and political imperative the strong condemnation by the United States, as a result of the hawkish undue influence of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over President Obama, she incredibly prevailed in her odious decision that the United States should not call this coup a what it was, namely a coup. Had the coup designation been properly and civilizedly applied, the economical sanctions mechanism which this would engender would probably have succeeded in reversing the coup and in the arrest of the coup plotters.
It so happens that we have a military base in Honduras, the Palmerola base, and given that interest and other sinister interests, Hillary Clinton declared the coup in Honduras a “mute” subject.
It is incomprehensible that this is the person we now have as is thought of as an alternative to Donald Trump. An example the corrupted state of our mainstream media and of our Congressional neocon and neolib politicians.