Sunday, December 10, 2006

The horrible life and welcomed death of General Augusto Pinochet

Augusto Pinochet died today. The only regret following that news is the certainty that his suffering didn't even approach that of his countless victims. How many people that were killed and tortured during and after the coup d'├ętat in Chile September 11. 1973 will probably never be known, but they were many. History (and Wikipedia) and some people, particularly unfeeling right-wingers, has been far too kind to this man. There is no justification, except the hunger for Power (and him being the puppet of the United States government) for what he and his helpers did. He destroyed something that was good, and supplanted it with a reign of horror lacking precedence in history. Chile under the elected President, Salvador Allende had its problems, sure, inevitably (mostly because remains of the old, capitalistic regime kept sabotaging everything), but it was a place of true growth and creativity. Artists and freethinkers from all over the world came there to take part in its wild freedom.

So, cheers, good people, let's drink to the death of Augusto Pinochet, and to the hope that his new life won't exactly be painless.


Anonymous said...

See, I am still too surprised by all this. The man was 91 so it shouldn't be a surprise that he died, but now that he has it doesn't quite sink in.

Amos Keppler said...

He did indeed seem immortal, that inhuman asshole.