Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain in the Autumn for a month or so
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot
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.