Først Pinochet – snart Castro

I søndags døde Chiles diktator igennem 17 år Augusto Pinochet, 91 år gammel. Hans eftermæle er noget diffust: For ganske vist gennemførte han under sit styre nødvendige økonomiske reformer, som dagens Danmark ville have godt af; men dertil kommer også den grusomme kendsgerning, at der under hans styre forsvandt over 30.000 (socialistiske) medborgere.

Pinochet ended up like Spain’s Gen. Francisco Franco, with a series of deathbed farewells that were obscenely protracted and attended by numerous priests and offerings of extreme unction. By the end, Chileans had become wearily used to the way in which he fell dramatically ill whenever the workings of justice took a step nearer to his archives or his bank accounts. Like Franco, too, he long outlived his own regime and survived to see his country outgrow the tutelage to which he had subjected it. And, also like Franco, he earned a place in history as a treasonous and ambitious officer who was false to his oath to defend and uphold the constitution. His overthrow of civilian democracy, in the South American country in which it was most historically implanted, will always be remembered as one of the more shocking crimes of the 20th century.
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Med Pinochets død får Chile en mulighed for at komme videre.

Lad os så håbe, at Fidel Castro, der har lige så mange mord på sin samvittighed, meget, meget snart vil lide samme skæbne.

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