Evo recovers the political initiative; the coup plotters regroup.
Heinz Dieterich, October 13
Why did the coup fail?
We won the battle of October 11. Now we need to win the war. As a starting point it is useful to comprehend what were the reasons for the defeat of the coup plotters. There are three factors. 1) The democratic counteroffensive completely surprised the conspirators and had such a global impact that it succeeded in concentrating the world’s interest on
The regroupment of the pinochetistas and the scenarios of a new coup
The civil and military coup plotters have undertaken a tactical retreat that has allowed them to redefine their scenarios for a new uprising. At this moment they have two scenarios: scenario “A” anticipates, that the coup will be carried out in the week of October 23 to 29; “B” plans that the prefects of the four insubordinate states declare in a few months their independence and that the Armed Forces refuse to suppress them.
Plan “A” is now very unlikely and the almost certain electoral triumph of Rafael Correa in the elections in
A Great part of the military high command has reservations in the government of Evo
Bolivians who know well the internal situation in the Bolivian Armed Forces (FAB) estimate that around 90% of the high command are not in agreement with the government of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) of Evo Morales. High officials from other Latin American Armed Forces share the opinion that the general officer personnel do not identify with the president’s historic project.
The early passing into retirement of 28 generals and admirals by the president (January 24) has not qualitatively changed this situation. On September 23, the ex-commander of the army, Marcelo Antezana, a general in the active reserves, declared to the newspaper La Prensa that the Armed Forces are concerned by the supposed intentions of the president of installing a “dictatorial and absolutist” regime and its adhesion to the “Cuba-Venezuela axis”. He assured that the army could intervene in the case that the subscribed promises were not abide by: “if the politicians do not comply, the Armed Forces will act”.
As far as the signalled out “axis”, that “deals with a Cuba-Venezuela alignment. This decision is worrying the Armed Forces. From a neoliberal power we are passing over to a clearly socialist power as part of the Cuba-Venezuela axis” he added. On the president he stated his opinion was that Evo Morales is a campesino leader, “initially of excellent conditions, but badly orientated. Evo has allowed himself to be captured by an international current… integrated by the mulattos from the
The Chilean subversion
Whilst the high ranking Bolivian military figures do not like the mulattos, they do however like the white pinochetistas from the murderous Chilean army. On August 17, the current General Commander of the Bolivian army, Freddy Bersatti, accompanied by a delegation of high ranking officials, were invited by the Chilean army to receive “the replica of the Sword of Bernardo O’Higgins, a distinction handed over by the Chilean army to illustrious visitors”. “Together with this sword, receive the offer from the Chilean army of it opening its schools to the Bolivian army and its members” said the Chief Commander of the Chilean army, General Oscar Izurieta, “so that with your presence in our courses you can contribute towards giving certainty to the strengthening of peace”.
It will be the certainty of the “peace of the cemetery” that the Chilean military will teach its counterparts from the altiplano, just as they learnt alongside Pinochet. It was probably during this civilising “peace” mission that two generals of the Chilean army travelled from La Paz to Santa Cruz three weeks ago, to meet with the civic committee and with the factious prefect of Santa Cruz. It would be good if President Bachelet asked for an investigation into this mission by her military.
The new spring between the pinochetista generals and the Bolivian generals was prolonged by one extra week in the country of O’Higgins. On the other hand for military cooperation with
The subversion by the Chilean inheritors of Operation Condor, in
With the disintegration of
The godfather appears: Mr Goldberg
Within this scenario appeared only two weeks ago (September 29) the new ambassador for the
The destabilser Alan Garcia
It did not take long for the empire to cashing in its favour owing from Alan Garcia for putting him in the presidency in Peru via electoral fraud, an electoral campaign designed by a specialist in psychological dirty war, Dick Morris, ex-chief of Bill Clinton’s election campaign, and an ominous attitude towards Ollanta Humala.
On leaving a meeting with George Bush, on October 10, Garcia attacked Evo Morales just as his godfather had waiting for: “In
The reverberation box of the White House
A recent agreement for financial and logistical support between Venezuela and Bolivia for the construction of some military bases (Riberalta, Puerto Guijarro), necessary in order to guard the strategic routes of this Andean country, has been used by the Paraguayan government, the press and the political right in Peru and Chile to create a matrix of hemispheric opinion against the Bolivian government.
The oligarchic Chilean newspaper, El Mercurio, which played a key role in the destruction of the Allende’s Popular Unity, is once again participating in the campaign, as well as the Peruvian foreign minister, Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde, who affirmed on October 11 that the government of Alan Garcia is worried by the convention of military cooperation between La Paz and Caracas in order to construct military installations in Bolivia.
We ask the government to reformulate and strengthen its foreign policy with Latin America and that “it become aware of what it does not want to see, like the threat, that in one way or other, President Chavez represents for Latin America, and that finally this agreement with Bolivia, this military agreement… can be dangerous for the security of our country”.
How can we neutralise the coup plotters?
To win the war against the pinochetistas it is necessary for the Bolivian government to combine, in an urgent way, a generous economic and social policy for the majorities, with the search for internal political and military alliances, the improvement of its weak means of mass media and the construction of a powerful Latin American front, as much of peoples as of states.
The foreseeable electoral triumphs of Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Lula in Brazil, Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela indicate that this year can be the decisive year for the destruction of the Monroe Doctrine and the construction of the Latin American Regional Power Bloc and its Regional Popular Power Bloc, which will be constituted in Sucre, October 27-29.
“We call on the peoples and governments of
This is the strategic alliance with which we will win the war against the pinochetistas of the entire
Translated from Argenpress