91 years ago, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the Great War ended.
WW1 was supposed to be the war that ended all wars, but of course it only set the stage for WW2, which in turn marked the beginning of the so-called “Cold War” that shaped much of Latin America’s bloody history.
When I was a kid a handful of WW1 veterans in my hometown were still around to hold a memorial every Nov 11. They are long gone… but here’s to hoping young men and women will never again be sent to war by delusional egomaniacs.
Adding on to my recent post about LatAm media coverage, where I said:
“…Hugo and Evo are hugely popular in Latin America because they’re good for Latin America”
Apparently Otto agrees in his recent post about the Bolivian economy, saying:
“A once and future coca leaf grower runs countries better than teams of dumbasses in suits (you know them by the name ‘economists’) with multisquillon dollar eddycations…”
My only issue with that is that Otto narrowed it down to economists, instead of the more general rich old guys in suits. Whether it’s Alan Garcia or Jack Welch or Al Gore, be leary of rich old guys in suits who profess to know what’s good for average Joe. Far too often said rich old guys in suits have made big bucks robbing said average Joe blind.
After writing my last post, I noticed this chart showing Latin American Presidential approval ratings. Thanks to Otto on Inca Kola News.
I wrote a previous post about the positive perception US media has of Peruvian President Alan Garcia, and the typically negative perception of anything left-leaning.
Seems like people in Latin America don’t always agree.