Wednesday, December 01, 2010
The Sadness of All That
I have been reading American State Department cables and my overall impression is sadness. I still have the memory of the million strong demonstrations in Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, when the descamisados mass shouted and jumped at the slogan "Braden o Peron". The American Ambassador in Argentina, Braden, had openly intervened in the elections, demanding from the Church and the military to oust Peron (for being a fascist sympatizer). Peron was elected by the unwashed masses but then duely thrown out and exiled to Panama bordellos. Those were the days when American ambassadors were received in world capitals as "high commissioners" and proconsuls, did not hesitate to make it absolutely clear to the greasy natives who was the real ruler of Latin America, Asia and the rest of the world.
Those days are long since gone. The diplomats who wrote the WikiLeaks documents are powerless bureaucrats: Nobody rises in their honor and clicks their heels when they enter a room. They spend their days taking dictation in tachygraphy of the native dictators's mongolic chit-chat, never daring to remind them who is the superpower and who the banana state.
Maybe it is no longer clear even for them.