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  •  The year and a half he spent under house arrest (2+ / 0-)
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    outside London is not nothing.  His later years were spent fighting all sorts of legal battles, from human rights charges to garden variety corruption.

    Never convicted, which causes tremendous pain, but forced repeatedly to confront the costs of his crimes.

    The image of the dictator forced to feign dementia in order to escape a Spanish prison brought a certain poetic justice.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 09:08:23 AM PST

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    •  He should've been held (3+ / 0-)
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      in one of his own dungeons. Seeing him squirm and feign illness was not enough. He was a murderer of thousands and should've never been allowed to get away. The world stood by and let it happen. There was no justice, poetic or otherwise.

      El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

      by mint julep on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 09:31:39 AM PST

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      •  Half empty or half full? (2+ / 0-)
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        A little justice is better than none, if you ask me. And none, really, was what he was facing before Garzon filed his charges.

        When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

        by litho on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 10:07:32 AM PST

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        •  It's not so easy for me (0+ / 0-)

          to think like you.  I hear 'Pinochet" and I see faces I will never see agin. I'm 61 yo but today I feel 22 all over again and I know  i won't sleep tonight.

          El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

          by mint julep on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 11:03:45 PM PST

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          •  Tomás Borge once talked to me (0+ / 0-)

            about reconciliation.  Would he be better off, he asked me rhetorically, if he tortured the men who had tortured him?  Or would he be better served by pushing forward the revolution he had fought for his entire life?

            My Chilean friends and relatives survived the regime, albeit with scars.  All of them (barring the few Pinochetistas) would have preferred to see the dictator brought to justice. Personally, I'd like to see the last vestiges of his regime brought down -- in particular, binomial representation and an economic model that has Chilean inequality among the worst in Latin America.  But Pinochet is dead and the Concertación that swept him out of power is close to it as well, and the right currently governs the country.

            I'll accept small victories.  La lucha sigue.

            When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

            by litho on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 04:25:58 AM PST

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