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Hitler & Allende

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Submitted by Frank K. Bello (United States), Jan 28, 2006 at 06:09

Dear Mr. Pipes

I especially appreciated you putting Adolf Hitler and President Allende side by side, when describing the two foremost totalitarian regimes of the XX century that took power (ab)using the democratic process.

I suppose a majority of people would be at a loss when asked to describe the similarities between the Nazi and the Chilean regimes. Where were Allende's concentration camps, total control over his subjects' life, tortures for his political opponents, and aggressive nationalism ? Surely, the more naive would rather see a stronger resemblance of Hitler not in Allende, but in his successor Augusto Pinochet.

Thankfully, we know better ...

Best regards,
Frank K. Bello
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