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June 28, 2004


Part of having good manners is knowing what not to do. And the New York Times has very good manners. So when they run a gigantic article about Lula, the President of Brazil, and the prospects for change in Latin America, they knew not to mention certain things. Like:

1. That the article was running fifty years to the day after the overthrow of the Guatemalan government by the U.S. Maybe that was the New York Times' own private joke. Funny!

2. Anything more than vague references to the 1964 military coup in Brazil. Really, you can't even tell there was a coup. There's no hint that Brazil ever had a non-military government pre-64. The article gives the impression that it had always been that way until recently.

3. The US involvement in the 1964 coup... which of course was modeled on the 1954 Guatemalan coup.

So, please do not bring up any of these subjects. You don't want to be rude, do you? No, you don't. Be polite like the New York Times, and there's no need for anyone to understand a single thing about life on Earth.

Posted at June 28, 2004 11:06 AM | TrackBack
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