Pinochet Saved Chile From Communism

Journal/Website: 
Macon Telegraph
Article Type: 
Letter to the Editor
Published Date: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The media's ecstatic jubilation over the death of Gen.Augusto Pinochet on 12/10/06, including the AP report "Death of Pinochet shakes the nation" by Eduardo Gallardo, does not surprise me. What still amazes me is not only the blatantly biased, one-sided reporting of his "brutal" 17-year rule, but also the lack of sensitivity for those who lived under and supported him, and now mourn his death. The elitism is also apparent: The Chileans, who mourn him, are not only given short shrift, but do not know for a fact that he saved them from communism, but only "believe" he did so!

With great reluctance, this same writer (who also reported and gloated over Pinochet's travails in England a few years ago) intimates that his government "laid the groundwork for South America's most stable economy." The fact is that Gen. Pinochet also saved Chile from becoming another Cuba by deposing Socialist President Salvador Allende, who was planning his own communist coup in 1973. Gen. Pinochet may have had the secret help of the US, but he openly had the support of the Chilean housewives, who went in the streets of Santiago protesting Allende's rule banging their pots and pans.

Once in power and after establishing stability and prosperity in Chile, Gen. Pinochet held elections, established the rule of law, and eventually handed over the reins of power to democratic rule. This is more than can be said for communist dictator Fidel Castro, who never held elections and still holds power (with his brother Raul) 47 years after the Cuban revolution.

As for statistics, despite media hype, Pinochet's rule was relatively bloodless, even by the conventional count of 3,197 victims, compared to the cost of communism in the 20th century at 100 million victims (The Black Book of Communism), including the 30,000-40,000 deaths in Cuba's island prison. (Where is the outrage for Cuban victims?)

Enemies, not to mention the victims, of totalitarian communism, like the great statesman, Margaret Thatcher, have ample reasons to be "greatly saddened by his death." De mortuis nil nisi bonum.

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Dr. Faria is the author of Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2001),

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Breaking news: Follow Up on Corrupt Judge Baltazar Garzon!

Spain's Judge Baltasar Garzon convicted for wiretapping! February 9, 2012

I will let the BBC tell the story of the corrupt judge, who was not only corrupt but abused his powers serving on the altar of left-wing ideology:

"Spain's Supreme Court has found the country's best-known judge, Baltasar Garzon, guilty of authorizing illegal recordings of lawyers' conversations.

"He has been banned from the legal profession for 11 years. The court said he could not appeal against the ruling.

"Mr Garzon is best known for helping to secure the arrest of the former Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet in London.

"He also faces two other charges, including exceeding his authority by investigating Franco-era crimes.

"Correspondents say the ruling by the Supreme Court effectively ends Mr Garzon's career as a judge..."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-16965790

Pinochet judge Baltasar Garzon goes on trial in Spain!

"Pinochet judge Baltasar Garzon goes on trial in Spain"

In today's BBC News 1/17/12. Remember the Spanish magistrate, who had tried to prosecute the late Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet for violations of civil rights?

Augusto Pinochet was the great, anti-communist general, then President of Chile, who had prevented a communist take-over of his country and brought true democracy, stability, and prosperity to Chile in the 1970s and 80s, following the disastrous years of Marxist president, Salvador Allende.

Well, the vindictive, sanctimonious, and prosecutorial Judge Garzon, who had indicted the then retired, ailing, old man Pinochet, when the latter had sought medical treatment in London, is now himself in the dock facing three separate prosecutions, for among other things abuse of and "exceeding his powers."

In the words of the BBC article, " [Garzon] went on trial at the supreme court in Madrid charged with illegally authorizing police to bug the conversations of lawyers with clients."

And Garzon, the man who attempted to act like Maximilien Robespierre, who presided over the reign of Terror during the French Revolution (1793-94), as "the Incorruptible" magistrate, is also accused of, guess what? In the words of the BBC, once again,"accused of taking bribes over payments he allegedly received for bank-sponsored seminars in New York."

But liberals, particularly his fellow socialist judges, who are already bemoaning the judges prosecution, should not dread his punishment, at least in his first trial; if Judge Garzon is convicted he "would not go to prison but could be suspended from the legal profession for 17 years." Conviction of the other charges may be another story.

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