The Tyrant’s Timely Death
It is fitting that Augusto Pinochet died yesterday, Dec. 10, on International Human Rights Day. The Chilean dictator, backed by the Nixon administration, took power in 1973, overthrowing a democratically elected socialist government. The torture and murder of dissidents marked his 17-year rule. After leaving office, he told an interviewer for CNN, “Human rights? That’s an invention of the Marxists.” For the United States, the Pinochet dictatorship stands as a case in point for those who believe American imperial arrogance is a major cause of international conflict in the modern world.
— Gregory Flannery