Uruguay’s President Mujica: Avatar of all things Latrine
If you want to know why so many countries in Ibero-America deserve to be called Latrine American rather than Latin American, read this article below.
The article tries to explain why one of the vilest of the Castro idolaters in Latrine America has become a "cult figure."
The title of the article tries to evoke a comparison with Thomas Jefferson ("The sage of Monticello").
It would have been much more appropriate to entitle it "The cretin of Montevideo."
As you read, ask yourself: what kind of treatment would any head of state receive from the press if his/her office walls were festooned with photographs of Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering? Or if this head of state proudly posed for photos with top Nazis?
From The Economist:
The sage of Montevideo
José Mujica, guerrilla turned president, is Latin America’s most original leader
Uruguay, a small country wedged between Brazil and Argentina, has never been much given to ostentation. But in a world of political junketing and of bland, focus-grouped equivocation, Mr Mujica’s simple lifestyle and penchant for speaking his mind have turned him into a cult figure abroad.
Another ingredient in the mystique is his extraordinary personal history. In the 1960s he was a leader of the Tupamaros, an urban guerrilla movement. He was wounded by six bullets when he and three comrades engaged in a firefight with police who had found them in a bar. He twice escaped from custody, only to be recaptured. Of his 14 years’ imprisonment, ten were in solitary confinement, two at the bottom of a well with only ants and rats for company.
“A lot of what came afterwards was the fruit of how much I thought, thought and rewound,” he says. “I wouldn’t have developed the political persona that I have if I hadn’t lived such tough years.” That political persona is more complex than it looks. Contrary to leftist myth, Mr Mujica did not fight a dictatorship. The Tupamaros bombed, kidnapped and murdered in a bid to turn democratic Uruguay into a version of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. They succeeded only in helping to precipitate a right-wing military takeover (after Mr Mujica was jailed).
It is troubling that he has never apologised for his past efforts to subvert democracy and the rule of law. In his study he keeps a photo of Mr Castro and a plaque of Che Guevara. But most Uruguayans seem to think he suffered punishment enough for his transgressions. Asked to define his politics today, he avoids labels but says that “my heart is libertarian” and, echoing Guevara, that he dislikes “the exploitation of man by man”.
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