Monday, June 19, 2006

Pinochet's problems

The NYT has a good report on the continued investigation into Augusto Pinochet’s efforts to enrich himself illegally (to the tune of at least $28 million) while in power, which includes having people killed—even after the transition--if they appeared to be on the verge of talking.

The crumbling of Pinochet’s image has been remarkable. He had portrayed himself as different, a heroic Cincinnatus figure who could not be compared to corrupt dictators elsewhere. Now it’s clear that he can’t even pretend to make that claim. Not only was he brutal, which everyone already knew, but he was a two-bit thief as well. The right has long since distanced itself from him.


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