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The Triple Alliance Hits Paraguay again.

Roberto Henry Ebelt


The Triple Alliance Hits Paraguay again.

With the recent nonsense promoted by the TRIPLE ALLIANCE trying to undermine the new government of Paraguay, an uncomfortable, uncanny question has come to light: WHAT IS GOING ON AT ITAMARATY?

The answer is difficult to find. All I can come across are other questions.

Is South America really trying to resuscitate communism? Is the debacle of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, due to its absolute lack of capacity to provide even food for its citizens, not enough to convince our PoliTicians about the undeniable incapacity of such system to produce any welfare to their fellow citizens?

Anyway, one coin always has two sides. There must have been a reason for the USA to reactivate their IV Fleet. Besides that, the communists are not so powerful anymore, despite of Putin's efforts to reestablish a system that has already died and has already been buried everywhere, except in an organism known as FORO DE SÃO PAULO founded by the squid et caterva, and at UNASUL.

The Paraguayan War (also known as War of the Triple Alliance was a military conflict in South America fought from 1864 to 1870 between Paraguay and the Triple Alliance of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.

It caused more deaths proportionally than any other war in modern history, and particularly devastated Paraguay, killing most of its male population.

Several theories exist regarding the origins of the war. The traditional view emphasizes the aggressive policy of Paraguayan president Francisco Solano López towards Platine matters. Conversely, the Paraguayan traditional view and Argentine revisionism since the 1860s give a preponderant role to the interests of the British Empire. The war began in late 1864 with combat operations between Brazil and Paraguay. From 1865 onwards, one can properly refer to the "War of the Triple Alliance".

The war's initiation is attributed to reasons such as the after-effects of colonialism in South America, the struggle for physical power over the strategic Río de la Plata region, Brazil and Argentine meddling in internal Uruguayan politics, British economic interests in the region, and the expansionist ambitions of Solano López. Paraguay had had boundary disputes and tariff issues with Argentina and Brazil for many years.

The outcome of the war was the utter defeat of Paraguay. After the Triple Alliance defeated Paraguay in conventional warfare, the conflict turned into a drawn-out guerrilla-style resistance that devastated the Paraguayan military and civilian population. The guerrilla war lasted until López was killed on March 1, 1870. One estimate places total Paraguayan losses — through both war and disease — as high as 1.2 million people, or 90% of its pre-war population. A different estimate places Paraguayan deaths at approximately 300,000 people out of its 500,000 to 525,000 prewar inhabitants. According to Steven Pinker, the war killed more than 60% of the population of Paraguay, making it proportionally the most destructive war in modern times.

It took decades for Paraguay to recover from the chaos and demographic imbalance in which it had been placed.

What had been by name one of the first South American republics, Paraguay only chose its first democratically elected president in 1993. In Brazil, the war helped bring about the end of slavery, moved the military into a key role in the public sphere, and caused a ruinous increase of public debt, which took one decade to pay, seriously reducing the country's growth. It has been argued that the war played a key role in the consolidation of Argentina as a nation-state. After the war, that country became South America's second wealthiest nation (Brazil being the first). For Uruguay, it was the last time that Brazil and Argentina would take such an interventionist role in its internal politics. (Source: Wikipedia)

Think about it and ask yourselves: what is the Brazilian government trying to do? Destroy Paraguay again?

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Roberto Henry Ebelt é professor, escritor, escreveu uma coluna semanal para o Jornal do Comércio de Porto Alegre entre 2001 e 2013, e é diretor do curso HENRY'S BUSINESS ENGLISH desde 1971.

Seu mais recente livro, O QUE VOCÊ DEVE SABER ANTES DE ESTUDAR INGLÊS, pode ser encontrado nas livrarias Disal, Cultura e SBS ou à rua Hoffmann, 728 em Porto Alegre.

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