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

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4 Comments on “The Tyrant’s Timely Death”

  1. WestEnder Says:

    It is fitting that Augusto Pinochet died yesterday, Dec. 10, on International Human Rights Day.

    Oh, that’s rich. That’s like Bush dying during Ramadan.

  2. Gauleiter Says:

    Latin America has lost another hero who stood up against the vicious tyranny of communism. Chile was years ahead of her neighbors in adopting market reforms that ultimately stabilized her economy and placed her in a good position for the 21st century. Viva Pinochet!

  3. Gregory Flannery Says:

    Gauleiter, your name is just right. The Nazis were anti-communist, too.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Privatization of all the countries resources, tens of thousands tortured, thousands disappeared and murdered. He was Latin America’s first NeoCon. Latin America was the Empires workshop and now we have brought these policies to “democratize” the Middle East.


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