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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Nukes, Hamburgers and Fear

Domitila Barrios de Chungara, long-time Bolivian social activist, feminist, and mine union leader whose 1978 hunger strike is credited with bringing down the dictatorship and changing the course of Bolivian history


By Eduardo Galeano
Memory of Fire: Century of the Wind

1970: Santiago de Chile
Landscape after Elections

In a display of unpardonabley bad conduct, the Chilean people elect Salvador Allende president. Another president, of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, offers a million dollars to whoever can put an end to this disgrace, while the president of the US earmarks ten million for the affair.  Richard Nixon instructs the CIA to prevent Allende from sitting in the presidential chair; or, should he sit, to see that the chair doesn't stay under him long.

General Rene Schneider, head of the army, rejects the call for a coup d 'etat and is struck down in an ambush: "Those bullets were for me," says Allende.

Loans from the World Bank and all other official and private banks are suspended, except those for the military.  The price of copper plummets.

From Washington, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger explains: "I don't see why we should have to stand by and let a country go Communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people."


1978: La Paz
Five Women

"What is the main enemy?  The military dictatorship?  The Bolivian bourgeoisie?  Imperialism?  No companeros.  I want to tell you just this: Our main enemy is fear.  We have it inside us."

This is what Domitila said at the Catavi tin mine, and then she came to the capital with four other women and more than twenty kids.  On Christmas Day they started their hunger strike.  No one believed in them.  Some thought it a ridiculous joke: "So five women are going to overthrow the dictatorship?"

The priest Luis Espinal is the first to join them.  In no time there are fifteen hundred people starving themselves all over Bolivia.  The five women, accustomed to hunger since they were born, call water chicken or turkey and salt pork chop, and feed on laughter. Meanwhile the hunger strikers multiply - three thousand, ten thousand - until the Bolivians who have stopped eating and working can no longer be counted, and twenty-three days after the start of the hunger strike the people invade the streets, and now nothing can be done to stop them.

The five women have overthrown the military dictatorship.


1984: Washington
We Are All Hostages

Nicaragua and other insolent countries still act as if unaware that history has been ordered not to budge, under pain of total destruction of the world.

"We will not tolerate..." warns President Reagan.

Above the clouds hover the nuclear bombers.  Farther up, the military satellites.  Beneath the earth and below the sea, the missiles.  The Earth rotates because the great powers permit it to do so.  A plutonium bomb the size of an orange would suffice to explode the entire planet, and a good-size discharge of radiation could turn it into a desert populated by cockroaches.

President Reagan says Saint Luke (14:31) advises increasing military funding to confront the Communist hordes.  The economy is militarized; weapons shoot money to buy weapons to shoot money.  They manufacture arms, hamburgers, and fear.  There is no better business than the sale of fear.  The president announces, jubilantly, the militarization of the stars.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Brother Jonah said...

There's a better quote from Luke. Chapter 4, verses 5 6 7 and 8. A sequential progression of numbers, easy to recall. Where Satan taketh Him to an high mountain apart, and in a moment of time sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the earth...

The upshot of that, is that Jesus never contested Satan's power to actually give all the kingdoms to Him. He never contested the statement that ALL the kingdoms were delivered to him and to whom he willed, he gave them.

Jesus replied with a commandment, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him alone shall thou worship. Really simple.

Jesus didn't call it a lie because it wasn't. It was a real and valid offer, and He rejected it.

7/5/16, 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Brother Jonah said...

And Reagan's hand was in the killing of Archbishop Oscar Romero as he was saying mass. He wasn't president yet. But he sure got all chummy with the one or ones who called the hit. Really quickly. The satanists were actually ready to proclaim him as Antichrist. other people would mention that he had 6 letters in each of his names, Ronald Wilson Reagan. They feared it, we feared it I should say.

The satanists rejoiced. I went to a party in 1986. June 6, in fact. A Friday and a full moon.
These dudes and dudettes were going wild. I was trying to score some drugs. They told me why they were celebrating. I left. I don't know and can't even speculate what they did with the rest of their evening. That's the climate then, probably is again.

7/5/16, 9:50 PM  

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