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Tuesday, December 12, 2006 

Washington Post Praises Chilean Dictator Pinochet

I may be ill after reading an article in the Washington Post that praises Augusto Pinochet, former military dictator of Chile:

"AUGUSTO PINOCHET, who died Sunday at the age of 91, has been vilified for three decades in and outside of Chile, the South American country he ruled for 17 years. For some he was the epitome of an evil dictator. That was partly because he helped to overthrow, with U.S. support, an elected president considered saintly by the international left: socialist Salvador Allende, whose responsibility for creating the conditions for the 1973 coup is usually overlooked. [...} To the dismay of every economic minister in Latin America, he introduced the free-market policies that produced the Chilean economic miracle -- and that not even Allende's socialist successors have dared reverse. He also accepted a transition to democracy, stepping down peacefully in 1990 after losing a referendum."

Washington Post

Isn't it interesting that the economic boom started 15 years ago and Pinochet stepped down in 1990,hmmm.

There is so much nonsense in that editorial, I am simply amazed.

Basically, here is their argument as to why Augusto was not so bad a guy after all.

Frist of all, we have the Washington Post, openly declaring that, 'uh the United States has assisted in the overthrow of democratically elected governments'. Okay.

Leftist totalitarian governments are much more evil than Right wing totalitarian governments are because the Right sometimes give power back after only 17 years of brutal murder, torture and terror in the particular nation. Oh Good!

When Castro, one day, passes on, the right wing will go nuts with celebration - they will be completely over the top.

But with the death of Right wing Pinochet, not so much.

Don't forget that Allende wasn't a communist dictator, either.

Good point!

wow...that's crazy.

Eventually (after many more years of unneccessary KIA's in Iraq) we will eventually settle for a Pinochet solution to resolve Bush's un-provoked, unnecessary, largely unilateral invasion and unplanned occupation of Iraq (UULUIUOI.

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