Yesterday General Augusto Pinochet died at the age of 91. (BBC article)
I never met the man, nor am I any way connected to Chile. Yet I admire his resolve and daring.
He stood up to Communism and the Soviet Russian empire. He did this at a time, when no one except the superpowers dared to. From what I see, many Chileans are grateful for his expulsion of communism and agents of the Soviet Union. I admire his patriotism, and his desire to make a strong and free Chile. He sent a clear message to Havana and Moscow, “We don’t want you.”
That said, I disagree with some of his methods. No one should of disappeared or died. There was no need to dispose of his opposition that way. I think Greece, also under a military junta took a far better gentler route. Anyone who sympathized with the murderous Soviet Union and naively believed in a better life in Communism, was sent to the Warsaw Bloc. Many Greeks ended up in Poland, enriching it, and returned back to Greece, more radically opposed to Communism than their deporters were. Maybe Pinochet should of sent Chilean communists to that beautiful, island prison utopia of Communism run by Senior Castro.
History is full of many answered ifs, great deeds and dispecible crimes. What I horrifies me, is the whining, cringing leftist, “rich white kids” who wailed for Pinochet’s life. Ironically, these same people filled with blood lust, never called to bring to justice the Khmer Rogue. Maybe the death of “hundreds” of potentially well-armed, well-financed Communist rebels, is more significant in the lefts mind, than the brutal massacres of thousands of innocents by the word of that raving sociopath Pol Pot.
The world has lost a great man in General Augusto Pinochet. I doubt that his critics would of handled the looming danger of Marxism and bloody revolution in 1970’s Chile, any better. I wish more leaders had Pinochet’s resolve against the overbearing, imperialistic, demonic machination called the Soviet Union. With his death, an era ended. Lets not speak ill of the dead, learn from their successes and not repeat their mistakes.
Still not convinced? Take a look at what Mr. David Horowitz wrote about Pinochet.