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Wall Street Journal Openly Calls for Pinochet "Solution" in Egypt
by Steven Argue
Sunday Jul 7th, 2013 11:01 AM
Photo: Popularly elected socialist president Salvador Allende speaking to supporters in Chile. He was elected in 1970 and overthrown in the U.S. backed coup of General Pinochet in 1973. Pinochet rounded-up thousands of leftists and labor leaders torturing, raping, and murdering them. The use of terror against the people was the only way Pinochet could re-install a pro-imperialist and pro-capitalist government on Chile.
Wall Street Journal Openly Calls for Pinochet "Solution" in Egypt

by Steven Argue

On July 4th the Wall Street Journal, in an article titled. "After the Coup in Cairo, The U.S. shouldn't cut off aid to a new Egyptian government", said:.

"Egyptians would be lucky if their new ruling generals turn out to be in the mold of Chile's Augusto Pinochet, who took power amid chaos but hired free-market reformers and midwifed a transition to democracy. If General Sisi merely tries to restore the old Mubarak order, he will eventually suffer Mr. Morsi's fate."

General Pinochet came to power in Chile in a CIA organized coup on September 11th, 1973 that overthrew the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende. After seizing power, Pinochet began a rampage of rape, torture, and murder of leftists and workers. Thousands of people were murdered after terrible torture. This CIA / Pinochet program of pacification was of course part of destroying all resistance to Pinochet’s capitalist tyranny. As a result of terror, Pinochet was then free to carry out a program of massive privatization that drastically hurt the working class and caused the economy to collapse. It was only after the re-nationalization of the banks and other emergency measures that the economy under Pinochet began to recover from Pinochet's free market policies.

That a major mouth piece of the American ruling capitalist class is openly calling for the program of Pinochet again in Egypt should be a warning of the deadly threat posed by the continued existence of the capitalist state in Egypt. That capitalist state, at its heart, consists of the military, police, and torture prisons. A fundamental error of Salvador Allende in Chile was that he made no effort to smash the capitalist state that eventually overthrew him. He also worked to disarm the working class, so when the military coup happened in Chile, the working class had no defense from brutal capitalist terror.

As with Chile, many reformists today repeatedly praise the “revolution” in Egypt, ignoring the deadly threat of the Egyptian military which receives $1.5 billion dollars in aid from the U.S. every year. Revolutionary Trotskyists understand the deadly threat posed by Egypt’s imperialist backed military, a military that has repressed the Egyptian working class for many decades. The Egyptian military has removed two hated dictators that it once supported, Morsi and Mubarek. It did this because in the face of mass mobilizations of millions of people, the military brass new full well that they could easily lose command of their military rank and file to the revolutionary upsurge. Yet, the military brass were only forced to take this action in order to save the capitalist state. Their future moves to defend that capitalist state will undoubtedly include continued repression of the working class and the left.

Now is not a time to be satisfied with celebrations over the departure of Morsi, nor is time to dissolve into Egypt’s left unity formations that oppose proletarian revolution. Now is the time to build a revolutionary workers party.

No Support to the Islamist Fanatics!

No Support to the Military!

Build a Revolutionary Workers Party Toward Proletarian Revolution In Egypt!

End U.S. Military Aid to Egypt and Israel!

End the Israeli and Egyptian Economic Blockade of Gaza!

End U.S. Imperialism through Socialist Revolution in The United States!

-Steven Argue of the Revolutionary Tendency

For more, see my previous article:

Egypt: A Coup Is Not a Revolution
No Support to the Military, No Support to the Muslim Brotherhood
Toward Proletarian Revolution

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