Keiko-ño…de su Padre!

Keiko walking out of court ahead of her dad's massacre survivors' testimony.

No, Juan. En serio, no. No way. Some things are beyond lesser-of-two-evils thinking. We’re talking really about some rock bottom, basic stuff here. Really bedrock human values.

Keiko Fujimori is running proudly, aggressively on the legacy of a guy who ordered the army to murder innocent people on suspicions that turned out to be false. If she doesn’t know it, that’s only because she walked out of the trial where these charges were proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

But of course she does know it. Hell, she’s campaigning on it! All that stuff about “Security” is pure Dog Whistle Politics. A buen entendedor pocas palabras: her followers know what’s between the lines. Vote for me because I won’t be scared to “get tough” on the bad guys.

Listen, I don’t think it makes me an irredeamable comeflor to say we have a right to demand very, very basic, very rudimentary standards of decency from the people we entrust with the monopoly to the legitimate use of violence. Nothing fancy. Just the bare bones minimum. Things like:

  • No death squads.
  • No nudging and winking and playing on supporters’ nostalgia for the good old days…of death squads.
  • No euphemistic celebrations of the golden era when Peruvians “security” was guaranteed…by death squads!

Is that so much to ask?

Peruvians are collectively crazy. I could not in good conscience vote for a leftist militaryman calling for a constituyente. I could not in good conscience vote for a woman who can’t bring herself to say death squads are, y’know, wrong.

If I was Peruvian, I think I’d be choosing between two far more realistic options: hardcore alcoholism to blot out the next five years and emigration. Either one would do more to preserve my dignity than pulling a lever for Keiko friggin’ Fujimori.

#14…oh gawd, I’m rocking again…

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  1. Loving these frequent posts. Have to agree with Quico on this one, Juan. Really, impossible to vote for her.

    If I were Peruvian I’d….start some kind of None of the Above movement? One of them would still win, but would enter public office weakened by obvious public disgust (as evidenced by fewest votes ever in support of victor), making the military less likely to carry out abhorrent policies.

    Or not.

    • To me what is happening in Peru is a catastrophe. Two terrible options. But to close your eyes and run away with your principles won’t help matters. The nature of whats coming it’s still to be decided. Of the two Keiko is obviously the better option for Peru in the long term. Most probably she wont perpetuate herself or the Fujimori dinasty. Possibly the economy wont do terribly. Most probably there wont be death squads during her term. After all she is not her father (who will probably go free).

      The problem with “unacceptable” is that like it or not, vote or not, you either accept Keiko or Humala as next president of Peru.

  2. Much of the blame has to be placed on Alejandro Toledo, for letting his ego get in the way of any common sense. That is…if he had any to begin with.

  3. Note the difference in Quico’s wording:
    “the legacy of a guy who ordered the army to murder innocent people on suspicions that turned out to be false.”

    From the previous posting: “Keiko is absolutely unacceptable as president until she makes one simple statement: my dad was wrong to order the armed forces to murder people falsely suspected of being members of Shining Path.”

    The phrasing from the previous posting implies a previous knowledge of innocence that Fujimori most likely didn’t have.

    There is no doubt that innocents were killed in the civil war. Sendero Luminoso killed innocents as a matter of policy. The army also killed innocents, most on issues of false identification, of killing people suspected of being of Sendero Luminoso who turned out to not to be of Sendero: innocents caught in the crossfire of a cruel civil war.

    When are government forces most likely to kill innocents ? I would wager when soldiers are losing and facing increasing numbers of armed members of groups like Sendero Luminoso, they are more likely to panic and shoot innocents.

    When Alan García
    was President from 1985-1990, the war with Sendero Luminoso was increasing, and the government was losing.

    I wager that the record will show that there was more government killing of innocents during 1985-1990, when Alan García was President, than when Fujimori was President and winding down the war.

    Quico, please show us where you have pointed out your disgust for the bloody hands of Alan García.

    I would also say that even if there were no innocents killed during Fujimori’s term, Fjuimori’s record a wannabe/actual caudillo is reason enough to be wary of his daughter’s becoming President. Like voting for Juan Domingo Perón Jr. – if he existed.

    • Sorry, guy, but the list is much bigger with Fujimori. Our AI group when I was at university had to deal, among a small set of countries, with Peru and I was translating the letters and petitions to Peru or about Peru as I speak Spanish. The list of attrocities during Jurimori’s period was huge compared to those under the Alan García periods.

      And then there was the coup.

      • It seems to me that you have read a biased list.

        It is well known in Peru (and I have been in Ayacucho), that the worst part of the kyllings were done under Garcías first government. In 1986, a penitenciary in Lima was bombed, with the army into it, around 200 kyllings.

        On human rights respect, Belaunde was not much better.

        If murdering in Peru was so atrocious: Why Fujimori is sentenced for 25 (not a thousand) kyllings?. And there isn’t another trial regarding this. You make it sound like Mugabe, and this is not true.

        All the folks of AI, should from time to time, go to the streets, read to what people have to say, and not rely barely on written reports.

        • “Why Fujimori is sentenced for 25 (not a thousand) kyllings”

          Because even assuming every single killing could be conclusively proven, it would simply take forever, so the prosecution picks cases where the evidence is undeniable.

          Besides, it’s not like it would make a difference. At Fujimori’s age, he’s going to spend the rest of his days in jail.

          • You can see my comment below, regarding the “evidence”. More guess than another thing, united to a biased judge.

            There are no more cases in trial, but I understand that prosecution in Peru seeks to charge Fujimori for another charges, that counts less that actual sentence.

            Sentences in Peru does not accumulate. You take the higher. Release date depends on interpretation of a comission, and penitentiary benefits, job by time, and another things, so some sentences get reduced from 20 years to 10 or less.

            This does not apply to terrorism, anyway.

      • Sorry, guy, but the list is much bigger with Fujimori.

        Let’s read what Human Rights Watch stated on the question of whether more innocents were killed during Fujimori’s term or before Fujimori’s term.

        “The violence peaked in 1983 and 1984 in Ayacucho, one of Peru’s poorest provinces. Both guerrillas and security forces massacred civilians indiscriminately. Three-quarters of the victims named in the report were Quechua-speaking Indians, the poorest and most exploited sector of Peruvian society.”

        According to Human Rights Watch, the killing of innocents peaked during the term of Belaunde Terry. Not Fujimori.

    • Kekio is right wing, Alan García is left wing. Ergo, García is more tolerable to Quico than Keiko…

      I think there’s a little bit of that going on here, people. Let’s not kid ourselves.

        • I appreciate the honesty! I think it cuts both ways, btw (i.e., I may be more willing to cut Keiko some slack than I should)

        • From my previous posting
          Quico, please show us where you have pointed out your disgust for the bloody hands of Alan García.
          Say what?

  4. If i was Peruvian i’d go for Fujimori.
    Whatcha want? 5 years of Fujimori wich may or may not be like her father, but shitty nonetheless, or Ollanta Humala, who’d want to sit in the throne till they get back to the time of discovery?

    2 sad choices:

    -Stay put
    -Go back

    Progress,development and propsperity wont come with either,so i choose the lesser evil,Fujimori.

    Who knows,maybe she really will change.There’s congress.

  5. “Keiko Fujimori is running proudly, aggressively on the legacy of a guy who ordered the army to murder innocent people on suspicions that turned out to be false. ”

    COMMENT: Murder is murder, and I don’t agree on that. But regarding “La Cantuta Case”, I must see that, after the trial, a man called RPP radio in Peru, to say that some of the students that were murdered has taken her girlfriend apart and raped her. And they WERE terrorists, without doubt. The judge tried to clean their face, but this is not true.

    “If she doesn’t know it, that’s only because she walked out of the trial where these charges were proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

    COMMENT: The main statement in the trial was that he should known all. There was no single piece of paper, or testimony that says he actually gave an order. He should know of the first case, in Lima, but the second case, “La Cantuta”, speaks more on improvisation than on planning and his responsibility possibly lies in the hiding of the truth.

    Ricardo Uceda followed and uncovered “La Cantuta” case. And he said that the had declarations that this was decision of Martín Rivas, alone. One more, covering up was possibly Fujimori’s responsibility.

    Last year, it was heard that the judge in charge, was making enquiries on which legal doctrine he could use to sentence Fujimori, names included. And telling how the prosecutor should plan his case. So much for neutrality.

    Do you know, Francisco, that Toledo released around 500 terrorist, with Garcia Sayan as Justice Secretary?. Do you know that some of the have been caught again, after murdering soldiers, police officers or peasants?

    To finish, I must say that I sincerely hope that none of the writers or the readers meet a judge with the proclivity to sentence of this one….

  6. About Peru, Moody says:
    El Perú mantendrá el curso independientemente del resultado electoral

    Es poco probable que Perú se desvíe de la ruta económica actual, no importa quién gane la elección presidencial. Todos los candidatos apoyan la continuidad de política económica, con candidatos como Humala, que en el pasado dio una nota disonante e hizo campaña para romper con la actual combinación de políticas económicas, moviéndose más hacia el centro. Dicho esto, Humala sigue planteando algunas dudas entre los inversores. Hay preguntas pendientes sobre cómo va a conciliar las promesas de elevar de manera significativa el gasto social con su promesa de mantener un déficit fiscal manejable, mientras que su presión para una mayor regulación del gobierno sobre sectores estratégicos como los puertos ha suscitado algunos temores latentes sobre una mayor participación estatal.

    Más importante, quizás, incluso en el improbable caso de que Humala sea elegido presidente, endurezca su discurso y decida desafiar al actual marco de política macroeconómica, habría poco margen para hacer fuertes ajustes en la política frente a la fortaleza institucional, y las restricciones del mercado y de los votantes.

    El próximo presidente se enfrentará a un Congreso muy fragmentado y atomizado que hará que sea difícil conseguir una masa crítica de apoyo para modificar o desmontar el gasto y los límites de déficit o la independencia constitucionalmente protegida del banco central.

    Además, las restricciones del mercado y de los votantes jugarían un papel igualmente importante limitando la capacidad del gobierno para avanzar hacia un modelo de política heterodoxa, sin comprometer la inversión y el alto crecimiento económico, condiciones que los electores están esperando.

    Moody´s evalúa el nuevo escenario electoral del Perú

    Un informe de Moody’s confirma algunas tendencias que se vienen observando en el marco de las próximas elecciones presidenciales . Presentamos un resumen del mismo.

    La amenaza de que un candidato anti-sistema podría descarrilar al Perú de su trayectoria económica actual, una restricción de largo plazo para la calificación crediticia de Perú, ha disminuido significativamente en la contienda presidencial de este año, lo cual podría tener un impacto fundamental en las calificaciones de Perú.

    Las altas tasas de crecimiento y mejoras notables en los indicadores sociales han contribuido a generar un fuerte apoyo para el modelo económico actual entre los votantes peruanos, y, más importante aún, entre todos los principales candidatos presidenciales, entre ellos el ex candidato radical Ollanta Humala.

    En nuestra opinión, incluso en el improbable caso de que Humala sea elegido presidente, endurezca su discurso y el desafío al actual marco de política macro-económica, habría poco margen para hacer fuertes ajustes de política frente a las fuertes instituciones, mercado, y las restricciones de los votantes.

    Sin embargo, la contienda presidencial de este año se ha caracterizado únicamente por un fuerte consenso entre todos los candidatos presidenciales para apoyar el actual marco de política macro-económica.

    Los cinco principales candidatos, que incluyen al ex presidente Alejandro Toledo, a la diputada de centro-derecha Keiko Fujimori, el ex alcalde de Lima, Luis Castañeda, ex primer ministro y ministro de Economía, Pedro Pablo Kucynski e incluso el ex candidato radical Ollanta Humala, siempre han hablado de la necesidad de preservar los principios fundamentales del marco de políticas macroeconómicas actuales, que incluya una política fiscal responsable, un banco central independiente y la promoción de la inversión privada.

    Los temas de discusión que ocuparon un lugar destacado en el debate electoral de 2006, como una mayor intervención estatal, una revisión general del acuerdo comercial de EE.UU. libre y la promoción de una estructura laboral más rígida con los costes de despido más altos, apenas se han registrado en el debate de hoy y más bien se han sustituido por nuevos temas que reflejan mejor las prioridades de los votantes, tales como la necesidad de promover una mejor educación, lucha contra la delincuencia y la corrupción, y la mejora de la competitividad del país. Como resultado, en las plataformas de los candidatos son más notables las similitudes de lo que son sus diferencias.


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