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.
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.