Monday, December 11, 2006

Augusto Pinochet: We hardly missed ye

Pinochet demonstrators Posted by Picasa

Reflecting on the regime of former Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet, on this the occasion of his passing, I am moved to say that I’m glad I live the United States of America, where our government sets up the coups against other democratically-elected governments and establishes dictatorships for those countries... because it would pretty much suck to be on the receiving end of that.

Hey, Chileans! Let the memory of the dead shame themselves; save your protest for the living!


Blogger Jim Blynt said...

Very few Americans are aware of the US role in putting the dictator Pinochet into power. Ironically, it was on SEPTEMBER 11, 1973 that the United States-backed coup overthrew the legitimately elected government of Chile and put the right-wing dictator Pinochet in power. Pinochet had the support of every subsequent Republican administration throughout the remainder of his long rule. As the friend of a Chilean now living in the US, I can attest to the tortures and civil liberties violations that the US supported in Chile. Sadly, our country still supports such activity, through the operation of the "School of the Americas," which is run out of the US army base at Fort Benning, Georgia, and which has trained many Latin American military figures and dictators at the expense of US taxpayers. If you want to learn more about the SOA, visit the School of the Americas Watch website at When the American people become educated about our country's role in supporting terrorism, perhaps we can start to get some clarity around the current issue of terrorism. Until that time, we will simply be viewed as the world's greatest hypocrites.

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