Posted by lex, on November 18, 2020
Down in Nicaragua, ex-Sandanista Daniel Ortega has won through the ballot box that which he last gained through the gun: The Nicaraguan presidency.
There were a number of people quite happy about the news. Some, like dKos diarist “Rojas” apparently because Ortegas victory was seen as a slap in the face of the Bush administration – this means that the election is an unadulterated good, regardless of other considerations: What hurts Bush helps Rojas, somehow.
Others, like My Left Wing poster Chris “Can I buy a vowel” Kulczycki, are esctatic because Ortega’s election is seen as part of a larger “progressivist” swing in the southern hemisphere:
(T)he tide is turning. The spirit of Che Guevara, the charismatic revolutionary leader who is still a hero and an inspiration to many Latin Americans, is gaining strength. Our neighbors to the south are again rejecting US interference, telling Bush and the neo-cons to go to hell. They are turning to the left and telling the gringos “adios”.
Ah, the spirit of Che Guevara. I suppose it’s possible that he’s still a hero and inspiration to many of those Latin Americans whose families he didn’t slaughter, back in the day. And yet I do find it a little strange that people with last names like “Kulczycki” could keep a candle burning after all these years for a collectivist mass-murderer:
In April 1967, speaking from experience, he summed up his homicidal idea of justice in his “Message to the Tricontinental”: “hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine.”
There are all kinds of kinship, it seems.
But this does complicate matters a bit, doesn’t it?
Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos has signed into law a ban on all abortions, even in cases when a woman’s life is judged to be at risk.
Previous legislation from a century ago allowed an abortion if three doctors certified that the woman was in danger.
Abortion was a central issue for November’s presidential election in mainly Roman Catholic Nicaragua.
President-elect Daniel Ortega once favoured abortion rights but changed stance after re-embracing Catholicism.
It almost makes you see what advantages some people see in armed revolutions and murderous thugs – none of your democratic compromises.