June 11, 2012

A NECESSARY FASCIST INTERLUDE:

Pro-Pinochet documentary triggers clashes in Chile (Deutsche Welle, 6/10/12)

Simply entitled "Pinochet," the documentary portrays the Chilean dictator as a national hero who saved the country from communism. The Corporacion 11 de Septiembre organized the screening, which also hosted the biggest gathering of Pinochet supporters since his death in 2006. The group is named after date when Pinochet ousted socialist president Salvador Allende in a 1973 US-backed coup.

"We want to set the record straight on Pinochet," Juan Gonzalez, a retired army officer who leads the pro-Pinochet group. "We have stoically put up with the lies and cheating and seen how the story has been manipulated."

Pinochet supporters claim that his 1973-1990 dictatorship prevented Chile from becoming a failed socialist state and helped pave the way for the South American nation's current economic success.

Even had the regime not saved the country from communism and pioneered the Third Way, it would still be worth celebrating the Washingtonesque transition to liberal democracy the General led.
Posted by at June 11, 2012 6:19 AM
  

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