The Anti-Empire Report #114
By William Blum – Published March 11th, 2013
By William Blum, williamblum.org
Commemorative stamp honoring President Allende, by the much maligned German Democratic Republic. Kneejerk anticommunists, including the anticommunist “left” scoffed at such gestures.
I once wrote about Chilean president Salvador Allende:
Washington knows no heresy in the Third World but genuine independence. In the case of Salvador Allende independence came clothed in an especially provocative costume – a Marxist constitutionally elected who continued to honor the constitution. This would not do. It shook the very foundation stones upon which the anti-communist tower is built: the doctrine, painstakingly cultivated for decades, that “communists” can take power only through force and deception, that they can retain that power only through terrorizing and brainwashing the population. There could be only one thing worse than a Marxist in power – an elected Marxist in power. Continue reading »