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Sunday 10 December 2006

Pinochet dead - am I bovvered?

The old monster has finally died. Whilst I can't say I wished him dead, it would be hypocritical of me to pretend I am sorry that he has now succumbed to his recent heart attack. It would further be remiss of me not to record my view that whilst he was a vicious tyrant, he did allow the Chilean economy to be put on a much sounder footing than it had been under his predecessor, Salvador Allende (a crypto-communist); the nearest parallel I can find is with Franco in Spain - unpleasant methods, but which ultimately left his country in better ecomonic shape. Read world reactions here.

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