Allende, Pinochet and a Yugoslav policeman


On an answer I intended to the list but wrongly sent to Chris Burford, I retorted to his convoluted argument on whether Serbia was socialist or not with a simple question:

Is the NATO more socialist than Serbia?

Now, I have a coda to that question. This has been published today in the Argentinian newspaper _Clarin_, a mainstream commercial and bourgeois newspaper that shares in the generalized condemnation of the Yugoslavian state.

The journalist who wrote what I am extracting isn't a friend of Yugoslavia, either, being a colorless bourgeois centrist who has managed to quit this sad country and work from Madrid, Julio Alganaraz.

Alganaraz writes that, unlike his colleagues belonging to the 19 aggressors of the NATO, he and a Chilean journalist were allowed into Yugoslavia at the frontier post of Kelebia. His opinion on the Yugoslav government can be assessed by the romantic depiction of the moment when the two "privileged" Latin Americans parted company with their unlucky British, French, Hungarian, Italian and Danish counterparts: "The other journalists, who observed the scene [when he and the Chilean were awarded visas] with open mouths, could only attempt a question: 'And us?', only to receive a harsh glance and the cutting answer: 'You, out of Yugoslavia, you!'. There were embraces and some tears when we left our colleagues behind".

So that this is the guy, a lover of NATO journalists, decided to depict the Yugoslav scene with the darkest colors, determined to blame the government at Belgrade for all what befalls on the Yugoslavs.

But sometimes truth slips itself into the chronicles.

"One crosses only three police control posts before one gets to Belgrade [three posts in a besieged "Fascist" country along 185 kilometers?]. Our passports awake the passion for football. One policeman pays hommage to Zamorano and Salas, the two Chilean stars who are currently playing in Italy. Of the Argentinians, they like Javier Zanetti (playing in the Inter of Milano), but they do not like Batistuta that much. The heroes of the balloon extract smiles and handshakes from the policemen. We're lucky that this is so. Another policeman looks at the passport of my colleague, the Chilean: "Pinochet". Enrique gets angry, and answers: "No, Allende", recalling the last democratic Chilean president, ousted by the former dictator Pinochet in 1973. The policeman smiles, and answers: "Socialist!".

Then, Alganaraz and his colleague go ahead along their road to Belgrade.

Whatever can be said of a government like that of Milosevic, _the policemen of that regime respect Allende and hate Pinochet_. I would like to know how many NATO members can boast the same, and I particularly wonder if this small piece of everyday life does not go a long way into explaining why the USA, who were the instigators, funders and supporters of Pinochet from the very beginning and even before Allende got to power, are now trying to destroy Yugoslavia... Perhaps one may quote Peron here: "Our enemies are not our enemies due to the lots of mistakes and blunders we made, but due to the few good things we did".

Nestor Gorojovsky