Pero~Pero~Peronisto ni naru [Shimoneta]
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Anna Nishikinomiya by Shimizu
The Japanese are known for their honesty, diligence, and respect for the law. It is because of these admirable qualities that they have endeared themselves to the Argentine people.
President Juan Domingo Perón of Argentina, 1952
Dirty Terrorism Benefits Whom?
Faced with Perón who displayed a choirboy’s candour, Braden evoked ‘the German and Japanese assets’ that the Argentinean government could seize. He added, with raised eyebrows inpired by Groucho Marx, ‘But Colonel Perón, you know that if we work these affairs out, the U.S. will not get in the way of your future presidential candidacy’ ‘Alas! Perón cried, opening hi arms, ‘there is still a small problem’. ‘What problem ?’ ‘in this country, he who enters into this type of scheme with a foreign power is a son of bitch’.
When Perón bases his 1946 presidential campaign on the slogan ‘Braden or Perón’ this expressed a sgnificant factor at work in the fight for Argentina and the doctrine of Peronism. Braden as a representative of U.S. plutocracy was connected with the highest echelons of international finance : Harriman, Rockfeller, Warburg. This international banking coterie, which has a firmer grip over the world than ever, was challenged by Peronism. it was little wonder that Braden and his colleagues hated Perón with such vehemence.
The USA attempted to demonize Perón and isolate Argentina in a manner similar to the tactics pursued up to the present against resistant states such as the Afrikaner Republic, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Assad’s Syria, Milosevic’s Serbia, Hugo Chavez’s venezuela, and Putin’s Russia. What Braden had prepare was a ‘Blue Book’vilifying Perón. Although their were allusions to ‘consultation’ among American Republics, this was not the case. The document was an ultimatum to Latin American states. The State Department released the Blue Book two weeks before the February 1946 Argentine presidential elections in a flagrant effort to thwart a Perón victory…
1946 Rally for Peron
The Blue Book was adopted by the Unión Democrática in the electoral fight against Peron, and it was widely cited by the Argentine press.
Its is clear, particularly in the final paragraph above, that the USA was using the defeated ‘Nazi’ bogeyman to scare the American Republics into an alliance that would ensure U.S. control over the entire region. The tactic is familiar. The USA was soon using the USSR, when it fell out with its wartime ally over the issue of a United Nations world government and American control of nuclear technology, to scare state into its fatal embrace during the ‘Cold War’; Today it is the ‘Islamist bogeyman and the ‘war on terorism’ being used for the same purpose in what President George W. Bush called the creation of a United Nations-based ‘new world order’. Perón and Argentina stood as the obstacle in the way of U.S. hegemony over Latin America. However, the U.S. campaign, led by Braden, in alliance with oligarchs, communists and socialists in the Unión Democrática, only strengthened the resolve of the Argentines. Perón was victorious.
Kerry Bolton, Peron & Peronism, 2014, p.14
The Saying Goes… Love Is Justice
When Juan Perón took control of Argentina, the country was one of the richest nations in the world. Perón was in a unique position in that his government had plenty of money to spend. With Eva’s strong encouragement, Peron hose to spend much of that money on social programs for the poor…
World War II left Argentina in a powerful position. Not only was the country undamaged by the war, but it also had many riches to offer the rest of the world. Europe needed beef and grain to feed its people, and Argentina had plenty of both for sale. Argentina also had enough money to lend billions of dollars to EUropean nations. At one point, Great Britain alone owed Argentina almost $2 billion.
Perón came to power during a time of unprecedented riches for his country. There wa so much money coming in that he once boasted that “walking through the Central Bank’s cellars was difficult because of all the gold ingots on the floor”.
Perón had a clear idea of how to spend some of Argentina’s fortune. He wanted to make conditions better for Argentina’s working class. Perón had two major reasons for this decision. He genuinely wanted to help people, and he knew that this aid would build even more political support fot himself from the labor unions and the descamisados.
Under Perón’s leadership, the government began nationalizing, or taking control, o many industries. The railroads were one of the first industries to be nationalized, and others soon followed. Perón also encouraged workers to form more labor unions. These unions gave the workers a voice and helped them unite into a strong force that could demand higher pay and better working conditions. Not surprisingly, most workers adored Perón fot making their lives better.
Joanne Mattern, Eva Perón (The great hispanic heritage), 2010, p.37
Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner greets Japan’s Prince Akishino and his wife Kiko, during a meeting at the Eva Peron salon in the Casa Rosada, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 31, 2014.
Cristina recibió al Principe Akishino de Japón
Palabras del príncipe Akishino de Japón en su visita a la Argentina