Thursday, May 19, 2005

Chilean Presidents Racist Dissertation


From Front Page Magazine:


Salvador Allende, the socialist president of Chile who was killed during a CIA-backed coup in 1973, was an anti-Semite who held fascist ideas in his youth about race and crime, it is claimed in a book which has split Chile.

The book, Salvador Allende: Antisemitism and Euthanasia, will shock many who still revere him as a martyr who was deposed by the right-wing Gen Augusto Pinochet, with the backing of Washington and big business.

The disclosures come from Allende's 1933 doctoral dissertation which has been kept secret until now. In it he asserted that Jews had a disposition to crime and called for compulsory sterilization of the mentally ill and alcoholics.

Allende also wrote: "The Hebrews are characterized by certain types of crime: fraud, deceit, slander and above all usury. These facts permits the supposition that race plays a role in crime."

Among the Arabs, he wrote, were some industrious tribes but "most are adventurers, thoughtless and lazy with a tendency to theft".

"The southern Italians - in contrast to the north Italians - and the Spanish have a tendency to barbaric and primitive crimes of passion and are emotionally unpredictable." The book's Chilean-born author Victor Farias said he had evidence that Allende tried to turn his ideas into reality as Chile's health minister from 1939 to 1941.

Only determined opposition from medical associations prevented him introducing a compulsory sterilization program harsher than that in Nazi Germany, said Farias.

The Allende family accused Farias of "manipulating documents".

Supporters said such views were common in the 1930s, and insist he should be judged on his political record, not early writings.


Yeah, pay no attention to the murderous fasicst behind the curtain.

I'll give his supporters one thing. They are right that such ideas were definately de riguer back in the first part of the 20th century.