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September 13, 2013

“You should have been killed”

Cameras taken off their shoulders, made to stand with their hands against the wall.
For two hours they were kept at gunpoint there, as the screams of the tortured bounced down the concrete walkways. They were told not to talk, not to look around. But David remembers one thing more than any: a single drop of sweat, forming on the crown of Sherman’s head, forming and then slowly sliding down his forehead, across his brow, down his nose, and then falling free. “You should have been killed,” says Campaña to this story, and she’s right. Foreigners were not immune to the violence and murder of the coup. David and Daniel | Roads & Kingdoms

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 13, 2013 6:10 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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More communist propaganda. Oh, that sainted Salvador Allende -- nationalizer of private property, runier of ecomomy, shill for Fidel. If only mean old Pinochet hadn't ruined the big plan to turn Chile into Cuba del Sur!

Pinochet did what he had to do to save his country for being turned into a Soviet client state. He had to get his hands dirty in the process. It's easy for us to sit here forty years later with our clean little paws and judge him. Yes, he was a dictator, a torturer, an imprisoner, and a executioner. He had to be. You cannot allow communists to take over your country, even if the majority of the people votes for communists. Marxism is like AIDS: once a body politic gets it, that body politic is doomed.

Only strong medicine can keep AIDS -- and Marxism -- at bay. A coup is strong medicine. A true patriot does what he must to fulfill his duty to defend his nation, even if what he must do is ugly and unpleasant.

Like Franco before him, all Pinochet did was save his country. And like Franco, he is hated for it. Why? Because they committed the unpardonable sin: they fought the communists and won.

At least Pinochet and his fellow coup participants had the guts to act instead of letting the pee-pul vote his country into Hell.

Posted by: B Lewis at September 13, 2013 6:51 PM

The elected government of Allende was ordered overthrown by the elected legislature on account of Allende's violation of the constitution. The army was required to do so. Chile lucked out, they could have been Cuba.

Posted by: chuck at September 13, 2013 9:01 PM

Fascinating, thanks

Posted by: Cletus Socrates at September 13, 2013 10:03 PM

What chuck said. That means it wasn't a coup, but merely a nation saving itself.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at September 16, 2013 11:05 AM

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