December 04, 2006

It´s Taken a While – But He´s Almost Dead Now!

The newspapers this morning write that former Chilean dictator Pinochet is close to death.

When I read it, I was quite pleased. I generally do not wish anybody harm so let the hand of God help us a bit. The world in my opinion will be a better place without the cruel sadist that was Pinochet as a dictator.

People lament the fact that they have never been able to put him to justice, well, so be it. The fact is that his crimes will follow him into his grave, as they are stains of history that cannot be washed off. So let him die of old age, a sad man who loses in the end. If not the courts, history will punish him anyway. And maybe it befits to remember a few lines from a Milosz poem here, this time not against communists but against fascists:

Do not feel safe. The poet remembers.
You can kill one, but another is born.
The words are written down, the deed, the date.


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  1. I get rather annoyed when I hear phrases such as “He’s too old to put on trial”, “The trail was abandoned due to his ill health”.
    If, in cases such as this, the man/woman on trial is being accused of murder etc. then I don’t see why the trial should not be conducted while they aren’t there. Witnesses etc can still make it.
    The old age argument annoys greatly. It reminds me of the OAP who, when it was revealed a couple of years ago that she sold secrets to the Russians and was still glad about it, wasn’t arrested.

    04 Dec 2006, 13:52

  2. Yes, it irritated me a lot as well when images went around the world of a smiling Pinochet getting up from his wheelchair after escaping near-arrest in the UK a few years ago. But what I´m trying to say is: the moral shame of his conduct in past times is too great for him to ever be remembered fondly or as a great man (excluding the odd radical antidemocrat I suppose). The crime against humanity punishes itself over time.

    04 Dec 2006, 16:11


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