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Discuss instances where military regimes successfully developed 3rd World countries/economies. Where have these attempts failed? Are there circumstances where a military government is good for that country/economy? If so, explain.

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Military governments come into existence when the civilian legislatures have failed. In Spain in the 1930s, the Republic had failed to deal with the Depression, and parties only squabbled among themselves. In Chile in the 1970s, leftist violence had reached a fever pitch. The military coup was designed to put a stop to this. In Libya in 1969, young military officers overthrew the monarchy that was allegedly keeping the country's newly found oil wealth for himself. In Syria in 1966, Hafez al-Assad sought to reestablish the Arab nationalist Ba'ath party that had been recently dissolved. Afterwards, Syria saw substantial economic development in the 1970s under Assad's leadership.

In most cases, militaries have taken over when civilian organs fail to achieve important goals. Success stories are everywhere. In South Korea, the 1961 coup that brought Park Chung-Hee to power created modern Korea. Under Park, Korea went from a third world to a first world power in a few years. Taiwan is another example. After ...

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