Dr. Menges, I Apologize for My Fellow Brazilians

     Dr. Menges, I Apologize for My 
Fellow Brazilians

    The "new axis
    of evil," which late American scholar Constantine
    Menges predicted and all others denied is a consummated
    fact. The hard earned Brazilian workers money, extorted
    by taxes, gushes
    in Havana and in Caracas to prop-up a
    dictatorship in decline and fortify a dictatorship in the making.
    by: Olavo
    de Carvalho

    Constantine
    Menges

    When American analyst Constantine C. Menges wrote an article in the Weekly
    Standard in 2002 predicting that Lula’s election to Brazil’s presidency
    would create a "new axis of evil" between Lula, Venezuela’s Hugo
    Chavez and Fidel Castro, Brazil’s journalists knew that he was right.

    If the Brazilian media
    refuted Menges’ claims with insults at the time it was because they knew that
    his warnings could cause alarm in Washington and jeopardize the realization
    of a prophecy in which they deposited their highest hopes.

    Lula’s election
    was such an attractive perspective, that many, in the anxiety
    of waiting, lost their judgment, bestowing the candidate virtues
    that bordered the sublime. One Brazilian journalist came to
    write that Lula was a national savior announced in the prophecies
    of John Bosco, an Italian saint of the 19th century who foretold
    many good things for Brazilian people.

    An ideologically intoxicated
    journalistic class can create an even greater barrier to truth than any kind
    of official government censure.

    Nothing in the universal
    history of trickery compares with the Brazilian media’s job in hiding Lula’s
    connections not only to Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, but to all the revolutionary
    movements on the South American continent—including criminal organizations
    like the Colombian FARC, Chile’s MIR—all members of the São Paulo
    Forum, which was founded and run by Lula.

    On the eve of the election,
    the general effort to polish the image of the Brazilian "messiah"
    received a powerful reinforcement from the US Ambassador to Brazil Donna Hrinak
    who declared that Lula was the "embodiment of the American dream".

    She did this without receiving
    any criticism from the usual nationalist circles for this foreign meddling
    in our elections. Of course, certain foreign meddlings, like certain animals,
    are more equal than others.

    All was going well, until
    Menges, the spoiler, said what was forbidden but obvious. The reaction of
    our journalists was immediate. Even though they had never heard of the columnist,
    they labeled him as a coup mongering CIA agent, assigned with interfering
    in Brazil’s electoral process.

    Without perceiving the
    contradiction, they also attacked in the opposite direction. They explored
    the casuality that this regular contributor to the New York Times,
    Washington Post and Commentary’s article was also reproduced
    in the Washington Times.

    They took advantage of
    that fact to create a tie between the highbrow intellectual and the corporate
    misdeeds of Reverend Moon, owner of the Washington Times paper, insinuating
    that this was all a plot by the Korean guru to dodge an investigation that
    was underway against him in Brazil.

    Forgotten years ago in
    an archive of the Federal Police in Brasilia, the investigation returned to
    the papers as if it were an impressive scoop until it completely drowned out
    the "São Paulo Forum" issue.

    What is the professional
    trustworthiness of journalists who are capable of a cover-up of such proportions?
    I, for my part, complied with what should have been the obligation of us all,
    I wrote to Dr. Menges asking for more information.

    I discovered that the
    man knew a thousand times more that he had written. He spoke based on the
    facts. He was a serious scholar being questioned by a troupe of clowns and
    charlatans.

    Today, the axis which
    he predicted and all others denied is a consummated fact. The hard earned
    Brazilian workers money, extorted by taxes, gushes in Havana and in Caracas
    to prop-up a dictatorship in decline and fortify a dictatorship in the making.
    And until now the voters don’t know that they were fooled precisely for this
    purpose.

    But it is not just for
    this reason that it is too late to re-visit past events; it’s also late because,
    Constantine C. Menges passed away on the morning of the 11th, of bladder cancer.

    A son of parents who fled
    to America from Nazism, he dedicated his life and formidable intelligence
    to the defense of freedom, be it for the civil rights of blacks or against
    communist oppression.

    He was a Professor at
    several universities and wrote important books. All the news stories on Latin
    America written in Brazil over the past decade are not worth a single one
    of his reports that he distributed monthly to a circle of friends and admirers,
    of which I had the honor to be included, albeit it at the bottom of the list.

    Goodbye, Dr. Menges. And
    while it is late, please accept an apology for my compatriots. They do not
    know what they do.


    Olavo de Carvalho is a philosopher and the author of several books, including
    O Imbecil Coletivo: Atualidades Inculturais Brasileiras (1996) and
    O Futuro do Pensamento Brasileiro – Estudos sobre o Nosso Lugar
    no Mundo (1997). He writes for three very influential dailies in Brazil:
    Folha de S. Paulo, O Globo (from Rio) and Zero Hora (from
    Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul). His articles can be found at
    www.olavodecarvalho.org
    and www.midiasemmascara.org.
    To reach him write to olavo@olavodecarvalho.org.

    This article appeared
    originally in the Rio daily O Globo.

    Translated from
    the Portuguese by Gerald Brant.

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