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A bit Chile in Canberra

By Kerces - 14 July 2005 28

I assumed there was someone important for Chile deigning to visit our humble town when I noticed all the flagpoles in the Parliamentary Triangle had sprouted alternating Australian and Chilean flags. (Confession: I didn’t know they were Chilean flags until later on in the day)

And driving back home from Woden, I spotted a four-strong protest standing in the middle of Commonwealth Ave opposite the Hyatt. There was a lady with a large flag matching those sprouting on every second flag pole, a man with a sign proclaiming something along the lines of “Chile is not for sale” and two others with a banner that I read the first line of and didn’t understand on account of it being in what I assume was Spanish. I was too far past them when I realised the second line was an English translation and so couldn’t read it.

Anyone know who’s in town and why would Australia be wanting to buy Chile?

What’s Your opinion?

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28 Responses to
A bit Chile in Canberra
Maelinar 11:16 am 15 Jul 05

GuruJ, who are the other 9 ?

Ralph 11:13 am 15 Jul 05

Look at all those google ads for American flags.

GuruJ 11:10 am 15 Jul 05

Hey johnboy,

I agree that shakedown’s comments were inflammatory, but I’d still be interested to know your response to the substance of his critique.

That is, do you really consider Pinochet to have had a positive impact on Chile? While I don’t know a great deal about him, he has a reputation as one of the “top 10 despots” in the past 100 years.

Do you know something I don’t?

Maelinar 10:58 am 15 Jul 05

Now there is no official record of Americans getting involved within the politics of other nations. – (well at least within any documentation avaliable within America anyway).

And you’ll have to disregard the fact that the US have publicly announced that they have scrapped their policy not to interfere with the machinations of other countries in order to invade Afghanistan and Iraq because when questioned the response will be ‘I have no firm recollection of making that statement’, or words to that effect.

Did USA actually even invade Afghanistan and Iraq ?

I bet any amount of money that there are Americans out there who think that there has always been a US military presence there, just like helping the South Koreans guard their border against the vile Northerners..

Now we know that there was a light skirmish in Korea because they made a long running TV series out of it (M*A*S*H), which went longer than the actual skirmish, but since they’ve been in constant reruns we don’t really know how long the original skirmish went for so it can’t have been that long and anything more than a light border incursion.

Vietnam was also a slightly bigger border skirmish, however the real problem was renegade commanders doing their own thing, or rival Sergeants vying for supremacy, if there were any Viet Cong in the area, they were only ever background characters in the main plot. Infact I can’t think of one movie where a VC got even remotely close to a starring role, so they can’t have been that important.

Cambodia – Never heard of it.
Granada – Where ?
Panama – Oh there’s a canal there right ?

All minor.

Since I’m Right of Centre, I want to know why fuel prices are so high when we went in there and apparently won.

Thumper 10:37 am 15 Jul 05

I’m slightly left of centre, but I totally concur with beer, music, books and tropical weather…

And I too am quite ignorant of Chilean politics. Except to know that Pinochet and his military junta took over in the 73 coup by getting rid of a democratically elected government, and was backed by the CIA and the septics.

Nuff said…


Spectra 10:35 am 15 Jul 05

AD: Now there’s an ideology I can get behind.

Absent Diane 10:30 am 15 Jul 05

Im extreme centre…. so I pretty much believe in the extermination of everyone – infact my ideal society would consist of everyone f**king off and me having access to copius amounts of beer with an unlimited collection of books, music and movies in a climate that is 40c plus everyday…. back to the topic… im pretty ignorant to chilean politics so I can’t really comment

Thumper 10:21 am 15 Jul 05

Its a circular argument. The further left you go, the closer to extreme right you get.

Absent Diane 10:13 am 15 Jul 05

mm left vs right…. always arguments of well thought out illogic

Maelinar 8:35 am 15 Jul 05

Sounds quite like the current weekly Dr Who story..

Thumper 8:23 am 15 Jul 05

Yeah, I was wondering about that as well K. I drove out of work and down Commonwealth avenue and saw the Pinochet banners, or anti Pinochet banners, and couldn’t work out what they were on about.

Pinochet ousted the democratically elected Marxist government in about 1973 from memory, in a bloody coup and was backed by the US, and Britain because they didn’t want Chile to become Communist.

All the country’s teachers, high civil servants, uni lecturers, in fact anyone with intelligence was either killed, or left the country which basically left the place with no-one smart enough to run the government except the military.

It was pretty much a crime whether you vote left or right because in the end it was an attack on democracy, even if the West didn’t like the result.

As for selling Chile, I have no idea? Are they going to sell us the surplus of Patagonian Toothfish that they illegally take?

Odd state of affairs.

bloodnut 7:55 am 15 Jul 05

When I as a young tacker, I used to make my money busking (best money I ever made). I used to have an ongoing feud for the corner outside centrepoint plaza with the lefties selling those magazines.

I didn’t like them.

In later life I put a lot of time and money into solourful and well presented promotions, only to have them covered by poorly presented rambling socialist photocopies.

I didn’t like them either.

johnboy 7:34 am 15 Jul 05

Oh Shakedown, I’m so flattered to be the subject of your forensic examination.

I particularly like the implication that not being on board with your ideology is, of itself, proof of being a facist.

shakedown 3:05 am 15 Jul 05

Those “dickhead lefties” that weren’t murdered, that is.
A selection of your own statements from this very site:
“…I consider socialism to be a great crime against humanity…”. A greater crime, presumably, than the systematic extermination of political opponents (and, let us not forget, the erstwhile supporters of a democratically-elected government) by a facist military junta which assumed power via a CIA-backed coup?
“At the last Federal election I voted 1 for the Socialist Democrats, but only to encourage them.”
And also, one infers, because their brand of sub-Trotskyite “socialism” is so politically correct and anaemic that they could never seriously be a threat.
With this remark, you’ve exposed the entire petit- bourgeois ‘small-l liberal/libertarian’ schtick for what it really is – a few short ideological steps removed from fascism. Or maybe you’re just taking the piss…

johnboy 11:17 pm 14 Jul 05

It was the president of Chile

The greaqt legacy of Pinochet is that the dickhead lefties all left the country, thed downside of that is that they pursue successive chilean leaders when they tour the world.

Australia has little desire to buy chile, but we have done some migrations deals with them through this visit.

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