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December 25, 2006

Merry Stereotypical Dictator Christmas!


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 during his long rule inevitable...

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

"But it was necessary to act with maximum rigor to avoid a widening of the conflict," Pinochet wrote...

"How I wish the Sept. 11, 1973, military action had not been necessary!" Pinochet wrote.


"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves."
—William Pitt, House of Commons, November 18, 1783

Posted at December 25, 2006 01:41 PM | TrackBack

"How I wish the Sept. 11, 1973, military action had not been necessary!" Pinochet wrote.

This brings to mind an old Midwestern slogan my pappy used to tell me in order to bring the harsh reality of life back to the forefront whenever I got to feelin' all Jimminy Cricket-like:

"Wish in one hand and shit in the other, little boy. We'll see which one fills up first."

Posted by: JLaR at December 26, 2006 03:13 AM

Some people believe that although there is no justice in this life, there is in the next - or the one after that.

May the Creative Forces of the Universe have mercy on all our souls - even that of our brother Augusto (if it exists).

Posted by: mistah charley at December 26, 2006 07:52 AM

St. Pedro was not impressed.

Posted by: Jesus B. Ochoa at December 26, 2006 10:02 AM

How I wish the little woman wouldn't get me so mad. I feel real bad when I have to hit her so hard to get her back in line.

Posted by: blondie at December 27, 2006 12:12 PM