Re: Wall Street Journal Says Egypt needs a Pinochet
posted at 7/7/2013 7:13 AM EDT
In response to andiejen's comment:
"I agree in part. What I see is that in times of uncertainty, people tend to ask for things that Eliminate thbun certainty. I don't think this is a right wing thing, but a fear thing."
It should be a fear thing. How many dead now and how many injured with the count rising. Americans urged to leave now.
But another Pinochet is not the answer. I cannot believe most on the right or any on the left would want that for Egygt.
The United States simply cannot support what is in our interest...acorrding to some...or in the interst of the global economy...and condemn the citizens of Egypt to what the citizens of Chile endured for 17 years.
I think you are narrowingthe scope too far. Put Pinochet in proper context. Chile has had a bad history. Lately better. To pick Pinochet out of a line of brutal dictators, from the left and the right, and say THAT'S the bad one, well, just not right. they are all bad. The left has failed consistently for decades to pooh hooh the crimes of Allende, who destroyed the Chilian economy and put millions into poverty. In many ways, the programs and policies pursued by Allende track with those of the Obama administration. I guess we have some bad times ahead of us.
As far as the WSJ: WSJ, though it appears to lean right, and it does at times, is corporatist. They like what is stable, not what is right, at least not all the time. They value results over rights, generally speaking, so their view on Pinochet is expected. That is why they reference Pinochet. They are looking for stability, not looking out for the Egyptians. A dictator gives them that corporatist stability.
So, I am agreeing with you, but also pointing out the hypocricy of the left in not looking at the whole of the Chilean experience.
I would also point out that, today, the Chileans enjoy relative freedoms (ranked higher than the U.S.!)and economic stability because they pursued the very economic policies I talk about here, ie. the Austrian and Chicago schools of economic thought.