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Monday, November 22, 2004

Chile

I'm following a conversation between Bill of Peoria Pundit and a Chilean about the role America played in Chile's history (post). Very interesting. I'm reminded, that while we're so consumed by the Middle East and Iraq, we shouldn't forget the grave errors made by past administrations in other parts of the world. I know there are big difference between what happened in Chile and what is happening in Iraq, and I'm no expert on either, but maybe there are some lessons there that should be applied to Iraq.

Bill is temporarily blogging at TypePad while he's trying it out:

Posted by Marie at November 22, 2004 12:44 AM

Comments

Hindsight is certainly 20/20; but I'm not sure (aside from keeping Communism out of Chile) what we could learn from it. That's just me.

Chile's hardly third world (I spent a week in Valpariso this past Summer/Winter [June, take your pick]), and it doesn't look like they're suffering for it. They have the same Euro-style protestors that want us out of Iraq, and in fact told me that I wasn't welcome in Chile -- but that's to be expected when you have people who loathe the US and/or the military. Overall, a very polite people and definitely a civilized well-to-do nation.

Posted by: ben at November 22, 2004 1:58 AM

Maybe I went a little too far out there. But, I was thinking of what Colin Powell said on BET about America's regrettable actions in Chile, or something like that, and thought there might be something we could learn there. True on 20/20. But, of course one would have to admit to one's mistake to gain from 20/20.

Posted by: Marie at November 22, 2004 2:41 PM