posted on Dec, 10 2006 @ 03:39 PM
General Augusto Pinochet has died. Pinochet was a dictator who came to power in Chile when he overthrew the left wing government in 1973. He left
office in 1990.
Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who overthrew Chile's democratically elected Marxist president in a bloody coup and ruled the 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.
Pinochet suffered a heart attack a week ago and underwent an angioplasty, and the brief announcement by the Santiago Military hospital said his
condition worsened suddenly on Sunday.
The CIA tried for months to destabilize the Allende government, including financing a truckers strike that paralyzed the delivery of goods across
Chile, but Washington denied having anything to do with the coup.
In the days following Pinochet's seizure of power, soldiers carried out mass arrests of leftists. Tanks rumbled through the streets of the capital.
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Pinochet was just another dictator who the US supported thou out the cold war because he adopted an anti communist stance. Pinochet was also smart
enough to stay on side with the US government as the cold war came to a close. No doubt Reagan must have approved of his free market economic
Pinochet used the old means of defending himself against legal action he claimed that the murder of political opponents was committed by the lower
ranks without his knowledge. He also claimed that he wasn't in good enough health to face justice.
Up until recently one wonders just how much Pinochet was using his ill health to his advantage. I have no doubt that due to the fact he stayed on side
with the US government there was no concrete effort to bring him to justice.
Also by avoiding the issue the US government has avoided certain issues that have or would arise to do with a certain torture scandal in Iraq but
thats another topic.
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