Dec 11, 2006

Pinochet: The Death of a Fascist Thug

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Left: Image of Pinochet courtesy of Britannica Online

It was with little joy that I read of the death of Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte, former dictator of Chile. While there is one less tyrant in the world, the wily Pinochet managed to slither and dance long enough to avoid a conviction on the numerous charges of torture, murder, illegal detention, and tax evasion he faced around the globe.

The number of people who were tortured, killed, or "disappeared" under the Pinochet regime may never be fully known. At least 3,000 documented killings of political opponents occurred at the hands of Pinochet's aptly-named Caravan of Death, and conservative estimates put the number of torture victims at 30,000.

Pinochet remained resolute in his defiance to the end.

"Today, near the end of my days, I want to say that I harbour no rancour against anybody, that I love my fatherland above all," he said in a statement read by his wife Lucia Hiriart. "I take political responsibility for everything that was done."

Political responsibility. Let the lawyers argue over what this means, but ambiguous rhetoric cannot change the fact that Pinochet went to his grave with bloody hands. If there is a Hell, may Augusto Pinochet be assigned an especially bitter, tortuous, and eternal corner of it.

9 comments:

microdot said...

He will be tried posthumously. I heard that tonight on France24. The socialist president of Chile was a victim of Pinochets brutal regime. Her father was killed and she was tortured as a teenager.
The real revenge is that despite the Kissinger/Nixon inspired coup against Allende, today Chile is a country with a socialist president again and well on its way to healing the wounds of its brutal past.
Alzheimer addled Maggie Thatcher was the only world figure to send her condolences.

Sergej said...

"Alzheimer addled Maggie Thatcher was the only world figure to send her condolences."

Bitterly remembering she was "the only" 'cause the great friend Karol's already gone...

historymike said...

Would that be Karol Wojtyla, Sergej?

Kathleen Marie said...

Amazing how much he looks like Hilter doesn't it? I mean, he could easily be his son don't you think?

Anonymous said...

The war against communism and hunger in Chile left aproximately 3000 dead.
US war versus terrorism, how many?
Consider facts within context, please.

historymike said...

What, anonymous friend, is your point?

Are you advocating that we should we murder our political opponents because they happen to be leftists?

By the way - Salvador Allende was a popularly-elected socialist, not a Communist.

Sergej said...

"Would that be Karol Wojtyla, Sergej?"

Of course.
The travel Wojtyla did in Pinochet Chile was the "holy blessing" of the idea Chile was saved from the deadly communism of Allende, depicted as a second Castro (not only here in Italy, as I read)

I fear that idea seems nowadays as strong as it was in the 70s or 80s
(and maybe stornger)

Hooda Thunkit said...

I could think of a more fitting death for Pinochet, like cutting 30,000 slices out of his worthless hide with a dull knife.

May he get his REAL reward with his passing on to a higher authority with a more fitting form of eternal punishment...

d said...

Clearly, Pinochet's body should be flown by helecopter and tossed into the Pacific Ocean, where it can be eaten by the descendants of the sharks who consumed his victims.