Conservatives did not embrace Pinochet the way leftists continue to embrace Che and Mao to this day. (Pinochet t-shirts and flags? Is Benicio Del Toro going to play Pinochet in a 4 hour biopic?) If you’re America which would you rather have in your backyard, a capitalist totalitarian state or a communist totalitarian state that’s actually a satellite state of the USSR? Look at Chile today and you’ll see that conservatives were right with Pinochet. Conservatives understand that in politics, foreign policy especially, your options frequently range from the lousy to the horrific.
Read David Horowitz and Peter Collier’s “Destructive Generation” they talk about the issue that you’re bringing up — a view I once held when I was a leftist myself.
These quotes are from A People’s History of the United States:
In Professor Zinn’s view, Maoist China was “the closest thing, in the long history of that ancient country, to a people’s government, independent of outside control”; Castro’s Cuba “had no bloody record of suppression”; and the Marxist dictators of Nicaragua were “welcomed” by the people, while the opposition Contras, whose candidate triumphed when free elections were held as a result of U.S. pressure, were a “terrorist group” that “seemed to have no popular support inside Nicaragua.”
Now do you see how one who shills for Mao, Che, Castro, and the Nicaraguan Marxists could be called a Stalinist? Zinn was a supporter of totalitarian mass murderers and dedicated his life to slandering America as an entity not even worth acknowledging. How can you tolerate and celebrate this?
Your condescension is predictable and discouraging:
How can you expect to come in here and lecture we evil, warmongering neo-cons when you do so from a position of such arrogance? Why would we want to entertain your positions when you’re so disrespectful?
I’ve addressed your point about the US’s reliance on a real politik foreign policy during the Cold War. You ignored it. When I’m trying to discuss issues with a leftist friend and they start ignoring my arguments and just continuing their monologue then I know that they’re not worth my time.
I hope some day you’ll have the courage to challenge you political faith as I did. Best of luck.
Update: Robin continues to respond on the thread, ignoring that I’ve lost faith in the value of discussing the issue with them. If the discussion continues then the new subject will be their bad behavior and disrespect.