PETER FROST looks back 45 years to an all-too-brief period of socialism in Chile – and its swift, bloody end.
The US, police force to the world, has always thought it had the divine right to decide on how the peoples of South America should be ruled.
Even before Salvador Allende was elected as the first ever Marxist president of Chile the CIA and its Chilean right-wing puppets were planning a coup.
In 1969, a year before Allende’s election, three Pentagon generals dined with five Chilean military officers in a private house in the suburbs of Washington.
When one of the Pentagon generals asked what the Chilean army would do if Salvador Allende, were elected, General Toro Mazote replied: “We’ll take Moneda Palace in half an hour, even if we have to burn it down.”
So who was this man who terrified the US and its Chilean lackeys?
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