Archive for May 12th, 2007

“Patria, Socialismo o Muerte” becomes an official military salute.

May 12, 2007

Maybe many of you have seen the military order below which has been going around for a few days. Basically, it is an order to use “Patria, Socialismo o Muerte” every time an officer is saluted. I had not posted it because I doubted its authencity and did not know how general its use was. Well, on Thursday General Muller confirmed that this was now official policy. Muller’s arguments that this is fine “because in the past the military was policiticized anyway” simply does not wash, this is a political slogan, from a political party and by law, the military are not supposed to be involved in politics. This is simply illegal and a violation of the Constitution.This is just a step towards total control and is not much different from using the well remebered and infamous Heil! in thst certain place and time that you all know.

The saddest part is that the slogan is a poor copy of a Cuban one: “Patria, muerte, venceremos”. Except the autocrat’s grammar is not very good. The way it is used “Patria, Socialismo o Muerte”, makes it sound like a choice between the three words and obviously, given the choice, I and most people, would choose “Patria” every time.