Talkin' trash to the garbage around me.

24 December, 2006

Cry me a river

Cue the world's tiniest violin, playing "My Heart Bleeds For You":
In a letter to Chileans written to be published after his death, Gen. Augusto Pinochet said he wished he hadn't had to stage the bloody 1973 coup that put him in power, and called the abuses under his long regime inevitable.


The former dictator, who died Dec. 10 of heart failure at age 91, insisted the military takeover avoided civil war and a Marxist dictatorship, and said his 1973-90 regime never had "an institutional plan" to abuse human rights.

So instead of a civil war and a Marxist dictatorship, Chileans got state terrorism and a right-wing dictatorship. I'm sure the families of the thousands your regime outright killed and the tens of thousands imprisoned, tortured, or banished are glad they dodged that particular bullet.
In the six-page text, Pinochet wrote that "I have left no room for hatred in my heart."

"My destiny is a kind of banishment and loneliness that I would have never imagined, much less wanted," he added.

Poor murderous bastard. Your punishment wasn't even a fraction of what you deserved.

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