Friday, September 22, 2006

Venezuela and Chile

I am sure the Bachelet administration will be relieved when the UN vote is finally done. The Venezuelan ambassador was rebuked for making comments about Christian Democrat opposition to Venezuela’s bid (which I’ve discussed before). The ambassador compared it to the Christian Democrats’ opposition to President Salvador Allende. At that time, the party played a shameful role in encouraging the 1973 coup. The party later regretted it, but when it comes to a military overthrow of a democratically elected government, there is no turning back.

There is obviously no useful comparison between the two cases. The Venezuelan government really wants Chile’s vote, but it should be very careful about invoking 9/11 (meaning the Chilean 9/11/1973). Hit the wrong nerve, and even the Socialist Party will back away.


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