10 December 2006

He may Have Been a Brutal Dictator and Sponsor of Terrorism on American Soil, But He was OUR Man in Santiago

Augusto Pinochet, shown (center) in this Associated Press photograph from 1973, shortly after the September 11 coup d'etat he orchestrated against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende, is dead. Read the press reports here and here and here.

According to reports Pinochet died of heart failure, but that seems quite implausible to me since it presumes he had a heart in the first place. Pinochet was a Dictator. He was guilty of crimes against humanity. He sponsored terrorist attacks in several countries including the United States. He is also was the darling of American Conservatives and Free-Market Ideologues. In the wake of his coup, which was actively supported by the Nixon Administration, 3000+ Chileans were execcuted or disappeared, an estimated 30,000 were tortured, and as many as 100,000 were forced into exile.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, the world know the horror and evil in 9/11 but many years ago, there was another horror in another 9/11.

The mass media power and the reality of the american backyard.

best regards,
Roberto.

Montevideo,Uruguay.

Montevideo, Uruguay.

11 December, 2006 11:42  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Roberto, Thanks for the comment. I purposefully added the date to my post as well as the numbers of victims - precisely because the date is the same and the numbers dwarf those of our own tragic 9/11. Perhaps they will offer some perspective.

I hope all is well in Montevideo.
Jim

11 December, 2006 12:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pinochet was living proof of Chomsky's comments about the sins of our secret foreign policy. Now he's dead proof.

He was monstrous and corrupt.

11 December, 2006 16:44  

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