Former Chilean Dictator and Criminal Pinochet Dies at 91

Pinochet dies peacefully at a ripe old age. The son of a bitch got off easy.

Perhaps we did, too.

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Sting said:

Hey Mr. Pinochet You’ve sown a bitter crop

It’s foreign money that supports you

One day the money’s going to stop

No wages for your torturers

No budget for your guns

Can you think of your own mother

Dancin’ with her invisible son


Former Chilean Dictator Pinochet Dies at 91 - washingtonpost.com

EXCERPT: Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who overthrew Chile’s democratically elected Marxist president in a bloody coup and ruled this Andean nation for 17 years, died Sunday, dashing hopes of victims of his regime’s abuses that he would be brought to justice. He was 91.

Chile’s government says at least 3,197 people were killed for political reasons during his rule, but after leaving the presidency in 1990 Pinochet escaped hundreds of criminal complaints because of his declining physical and mental health. But when it came to his regime’s abuses, Pinochet , saying any murders of political prisoners were the work of subordinates. Then on his 91st birthday — just last month — he took “full political responsibility for everything that happened” during his long rule. The statement read by his wife, however, made no reference to the rights abuses.

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He disbanded Congress, banned political activity and started a harsh anti-leftist repression. At least 3,197 people were killed, more than 1,000 others are unaccounted for, and thousands more were arrested, tortured and forced into exile.  

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On another occasion, he drew criticism by saying the discovery of coffins that each contained the bodies of two victims of his regime’s repression was a show of “a good cemetery space-saving measure.”

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Key to the economic recovery was a group of mostly young economists known as the “Chicago Boys” for their studies under University of Chicago professor and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman. They lifted most state controls over the economy, privatized many sectors and strongly encouraged foreign investment with tax and other guarantees.

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“I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.” — Henry Kissinger

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