Forwarded from Carlos Rebello

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Sat Jun 10 13:17:53 MDT 2000

In this matter, I think that, yes, historical knowledge about the
network of information- exchange and "operatives" that the military
dictatorships of Latin American developed during the '70s is important,
but... The problem is that bashing of the military dictatorship has
become an important tool of legitimacy for all neoliberal bourgeois
government that sprouted in LA during the 80s, who portray the greatest
political issue ahead as the opposition of a timeless "democracy" (that
is, with a Congress and periodical elections, although such elections
are almost entirely meaningless, and the Brazilian Congress ressembles
evermore a gathering of common criminals; in the best hypothesis,
bourgeois nurturing their private interests through suitable
legislation) as against "totalitarianism", such as in the wretched
amalgam made by the governor of São Paulo Mário Covas, who called the
striking teachers demosnstrating against him "fascists".

Last Sunday, the mainstay of the bourgeois midia in Brazil, _O Globo_,
began a piece of investigative journalism about the Brazilian army
killing under torture 7 Colombian gold-diggers after an attack of the
FARC to a Brazilian  frontier post in 1991. We were offered gruesome
detail on the Brazilian punishing expedition across the border, from
crucifixion to rape followed with murder. Well, of course I believe that
the Italians were right when they coined the tag about things that, even
when not true, are well found - _se no é vero, é bene trovatto_. But the
fact was that the general in command during the described border
incident was also the opposition candidate to the presidency of the
Military Club, who proposed to make the Club a platform for agitation
about nationalist  ideas - albeit from a right-wing viewpoint - as
against the passive acquiescence of the anti-national policies of the
Cardoso government, an acquiescence that has been supported by the
present octogenarian president of the Club - BTW, a well-known torturer
that was photographed in the aftermath of the 1964 herding a half-naked
and rope-tied communist leader across the streets of Recife, who was
thus exposed  before hving the stuffing beaten out of him in the open by
two sargeants. The crowding of all major Brazilian newspapers with "the
headlines of 25 years ago" in the expression of a satirist, reminds me
ever of a paragraph in Josephus's "Jewish War" about the necessity of
writing the history of the *present*, better than that of the past...

Carlos Rebello

Louis Proyect
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