The Balkans war and the Triple Alianza attack on Paraguay in the late 1860sLists,
During a stupid debate with a dull-brained Swedish rightist on a list centered around geopolitics, I perceived that the current drama of the Serbians reminds the drama of the Paraguayans under the attack of the Triple Alianza, during the late 1860s.
The analogy is deeper still. This I discovered today.
It dates back to, at least, the 1600s, and is rooted in the peculiarities of the Missions. Paraguay was, until the second half of the 19th. century, the heir of the Jesuitic Missions. These, though under a mild dictatorship by the priests, developed a self reliant (thank you Ulhas) community where there were no latifundia, and the traditions of the Mission farms were the point of departure of a system of State-owned farms in Paraguay. These state farms were, as the case had been in the Missions, the spinal chord of a community of free peasants and farmers.
The Guarani indians in the Missions were trained by the priests in the most advanced techniques of Europe, and this included military techniques because the encomenderos of the Spanish colonies but, mainly, the bandeirantes of Sao Paulo plundered the Missions and enslaved the Indians systematically. The Indians defeated the bandeirantes in very bloody battles, and behaved towards them in a humane way that may ashame many contemporary war criminals (in all but the name).
It is never more vivid the fact that History is the science of the past, the present, and the future than in moments like this one: here are the words of the Guarany Chief Andres Artiguaye to a gang of bandeirantes caught prisoners in 1613: "Who does not understand that this atrocity (barbaridad) is unworthy of a Christian? On which authority and power do you dare to perpetrate such crimes in another's country?"
Hey, Wesley, a pity you are not a Marxist. The episode of Varus (very adequately brought to us by Mark Jones) and the words of Artiguaye might be of some use to you... But you read different sources, don't you?
Nestor Miguel Gorojovsky