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Reply #3: All those countries are relatively peaceful and have been so for some time. [View All]

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gbscar Donating Member (283 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-11 08:41 AM
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3. All those countries are relatively peaceful and have been so for some time.
Edited on Sat Aug-27-11 08:49 AM by gbscar
Despite having certain moments of internal crisis, none of them have had to deal with ongoing armed conflicts for the past few decades, even before their current administrations rose to power. In other words, their recent "socialism" isn't exactly what has made them avoid conflicts that fuel and permit such abuses.

I would even argue that leftist governments may help prevent their situations from deteriorating further, by promoting social equality and reducing poverty, but that's a long term benefit. It doesn't fully explain how their currently peaceful status quo came to exist in the first place.

What's more, the suggestion that they have completely avoided this is also technically incorrect. Evidently nothing has happened on a remotely similar scale or under the exact same conditions, of course, but you can certainly dig up both historical and occasionally contemporary cases or extra-judicial executions or forced disappearances carried out by their army and police forces, including circumstances where the victims may have been falsely accused of being criminals. Logically enough, most of them would date back to the time when those countries had some active armed insurgencies, which provide a lot of fodder for military brutality, but even today they aren't perfectly peaceful.

Once again, none of those situations have ever reached the shameful numbers seen in Colombia, which is something we must all be thankful for, but the differences in context certainly run much deeper than the simple existence of progressive governments during the past decade.
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