Sunday, December 17, 2006

In Defense of Pinochet

When Augusto Pinochet died a week ago, I was reading obits from news organizations all over the world. Left-wing rags described him as one of the worst dictators of the 20th century, while right sources called him the savior of Chile. The truth seems to be somewhere in between as is shown in this article.

The bizarre arrest of Augusto Pinochet in London is a logical development in a long, implacable and frequently violent campaign by the international left.

For the utopians and dilettantes among them, the purpose is to avenge the death of an idol, Salvador Allende, who killed himself only hours after having been ousted by Pinochet on Sept. 11, 1973. For the cynics, the goal is to punish the man who denied the Soviets a strong beachhead on the South American continent to match their Cuban bastion in the Caribbean.

And for the ideologues, it is a way to discredit the man who led the transformation of Chile from the second-most statist regime (after Cuba) in Latin America, into the most robust free-market economy in the regiona true-rags-to-riches phenomenon deeply menacing to keepers of the Socialist flame.


Tonto said...

How did you feel about that movie Missing with Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek about the real father's son killed over there in the coup?? It was one of my favorites growing up.

Lone Ranger said...

I've never seen it. When it comes to popular culture, I'm practically a moron.

Tonto said...

well you wouldn't like it but it was a good movie. Very one sided of course. Basically a true of sotry of one leftist killed during the coup and the Father thinks that the US conspired to do it or at least didn't stop it. But Jack Lemon won and academy award I think for that. Loved him in Odd Couple the movie.