Friday, September 08, 2006


The wife of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet says he asks victims of his government to forgive him, “if he did anything wrong.” The “if” is ridiculous, but even too much for pinochetistas, who immediately said this was just her own interpretation, as Pinochet himself has often declared he has no reason to ask anyone’s forgiveness.

This also comes precisely at a time when there is renewed debate over the death of former President Frei—an initial supporter of the coup who quickly soured on the dictatorship-- in 1982. He died during surgery, and many supporters maintained he was killed by the military government. A doctor who attended to him recently came out and said he believed that as well. I think this is the sort of thing that will never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.


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