(WMR) -- WMR�s
sources in earthquake-ravaged Chile report that Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton has angered Chileans with a photo-op visit just days before President
Michelle Bachelet is due to leave after newly-elected
billionaire Sebastian Pi�era is inaugurated.
With recovery and relief efforts underway, Clinton�s visit
with her heavy security detail has interfered with disaster response operations
in Santiago. The word from Santiago is that some members of the outgoing
Chilean government did not want Mrs. Clinton to visit Chile at the present
Mrs. Clinton brought with her 25 satellite phones for
Chileans with the �promise� of additional aid, including more �communications
equipment.� Clinton was quoted as saying the quake was a �real doozy.�
Mrs. Clinton�s husband, former President Bill Clinton, has
made it a business to collect massive amounts of funds for earthquake and
tsunami stricken countries like Indonesia and Haiti. Mrs. Clinton may be
testing the waters in Chile to see if the stricken country is ripe for another
Bill Clinton relief funding scam.
Mrs. Clinton also met with Pi�era, a prot�g� of the former
fascist dictator General Augusto Pinochet. Pi�era sees the quake as having a
silver lining having stated that he sees post-quake construction creating more
jobs, a thought shared by the neocon-controlled International Monetary Fund,
which sees potential profits in reconstruction efforts.
There is some belief that the military is refraining from
using the Navy to get food, water, medical aid, and tents to remote coastal
towns hit by tsunamis and devastated by earthquakes to help set the stage for
a return to Pinochet-style �emergency rule.� The government is also using
a heavy hand on people who are salvaging water, baby formula, food, batteries,
and flashlights from collapsed grocery stories and shops because many of the
absentee owners of the stores have fled the area and have made no attempt to
re-open. Pi�era, using his Pinochet playbook, has pledged to send more
troops into desperate cities like Concepcion to �restore order.� Hillary
Clinton pledged her support for Pi�era after he assumes office next week.
By contrast, after the Kobe quake in Japan in 1995, the
Lawson convenience store chain set up operations without power and cut prices
in order to distribute to the public food, water, clothes, ropes,
flashlights, tarps, and batteries to the public. In Chile, the spirit of
disaster capitalism is alive with Pi�era and the IMF looking forward to
maximized profits for construction firms and unscrupulous U.S. west coast
exporters of fuel and food waiting for inflation to spiral upward in Chile.
However, if the past is prologue, many unscrupulous building
contractors will be chomping at the bit to land lucrative reconstruction
contracts. Chile, which has a history of devastating earthquakes, is
discovering that there was shoddy construction with several apartment complexes
that totally collapsed from the recent quake. Inspectors have discovered
inferior concrete and walls with single reinforcing rebar reinforcements
in collapsed walls.
Throughout Chile, collapsed apartment buildings with a
number of dead, 50 in one apartment building alone, have been found to
have been built with sub-standard materials. Some of the poorly-built collapsed
apartment buildings were completed as recently as two years ago. Survivors are
demanding that the contractors be held criminally responsible.
WMR has been informed from Chilean sources that government
inspectors are now making their rounds of damaged apartment buildings and are
declaring some relatively new apartment complexes to be uninhabitable. Hundreds
of people are currently standing in the front of their buildings, with police
blocking their re-entry.
published in the Wayne
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