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October 11, 1974
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Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207RO01000020013-9 lip,_` 'I J 0 iJi L 1: f. OCT 1974 t aa' current flap in this Country over CIA operations in C h.!c is not an isolated incident. In global liarspcCtivC, it rather, as the U.S. contribution to an inter- pageant coinciding v: ith the first anniversary of the overthrow of the Allende government by the mili- ta:ry Junta. The left had a bin stake in Allende. Chile's Coln- niunist Party was the largest in I.;ltin America, and has always remained faithful to the Kremlin. For the Soviet Union and for the Chilean Party, the Allende regime promised to be the highroad to the first Communist state on the Latin American continent. The non=Communist Left was no less closely involved with Allende, though as usual it saw Chile through its resc-tinted glasses. :Allende was going to show the world how to achieve "democratic socialism" peacefully. The Junta's takeover thus Struck a devastating blow at the strategy of the Communists and at the illusions of the non-Communist Left. Both, ever since, have been trying to re-form and counterattack. In Fsnopc the Left's propaganda and mass actions on the Chile issue have been more conspicuous than in this country. There are all sorts of committees to save the victims of the Junta, restore democracy to Chile, help the Chilean refugees, and so on. In the U.S. as well as in Europe, there has been an enormous quantity of articles, columns, and editorials expended on the crimes of tlic Junta and the virtues of Allende. On the September 15 annivversary, 10,000 leftists .fathered in London's 'fra fal"ar Square to denounce the Junta and the U.S. as its Sv engali, and many thousands marched and nlacte speeches in the other Luropean capitals. And at just ;;bout the same tinge, Representative Michael Harrill gton Iral:eci the secret Colby testimony about the CIA in Chile, the New Yurk Tinte.s and the l'rrslri,, utt Post p ulblished it for the world audience, the U.S. Congress ccV.l+liuLi an attack of hysteria on the :ubject, and tile UN critics and enemies of the U.S. prepared to mare the C;~ner,+l Ass+enlbty resound with Chilean echoes. ~'ti ll;!t is go ttg on, tllris, is a powerful ~?lehal pohLCal 1vat are camp;l_I tl, directed nog finally w ainst the Cllll gill Junta but basically against the U.S., in v;hick `ioscovi, the Communist parties, and some sections of the Left are conscious participants, and the rest of the Left, many liberals, much of the media, and too many members of Congress are sincere or opportunistic dupes. We do not clean to suggest that there are not serious issues involved in this dispute, concerning which intelli- gent Americans can have honest and objective differences of opinion. There are many such: Can-and should a democracy conduct secret operations? Is the CIA the right sort of agency to conduct them? Cwi operations be kept secret in a democracy? Granted the propriety of secret operations in the abstract, were those conducted in Chile justified? Ilow: can a democratic society super.- vise secret operations without blowing them? We h vc discussed these questions in the past and shall often return to them. But in this world v;e live in, it is always also prudent to note who is doing what to whole. 00593 Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207RO01000020013-9