OK, so here’s one case where we probably should have been a little more careful what coup we supported. The interesting part of the Reuters take is the “dilemma” that the current “center-left” President, Michelle Bachelet had in deciding how to manage the funeral. Her father had been captured and tortured by Pinochet and she had actually been exiled. Here’s what they came up with:

The government decided on a middle road — military honors without a state funeral for Pinochet — so as not to anger his supporters or his victims.

Government spokesman Ricardo Lagos Weber said Pinochet would be cremated and Bachelet’s defense minister would attend the funeral.

Since Pinochet had adjusted the Constitution to make himself “Senator for life” maybe that would have made it awkward to just ignore his death, but I think that would have been a better way to go.

Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet dies at 91 | Reuters.com

Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet dies at 91 | Reuters.com
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  • What a conundrum! S. America is riddled with these ironies. Think about Argentina’s awkwardness in trying the leaders of the juntas, which still progresses. BTW: Pinochet ascended to power with the help of Nixon.

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