Monday, December 11, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Infamous Dictator Augusto Pinochet Passes Away

If there is anything positive to be taken from the passing of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, it's the fact that suspected human rights violators seem to live extremely long lives, which means that the courts will have plenty of opportunities to put them on trial. Yet unfortunately, most of these individuals are so difficult to convict that not only does it explain the need for all those opportunities... but also the fact that they end up living extremely long lives.

While Pinochet accepted "political responsibility" for everything that happened during his 18 years in power, including the disappearance of at least 3000 Chileans and the siphoning of $27 million to secret offshore bank accounts; to me, there really didn't seem to be any reason for it, considering that there were no political "consequences" for him to accept as a result. I mean, it's not as though the guy was still in office. Instead, it would seem that "legal" responsibility was the more appropriate term, which was most likely why Pinochet decided to go with "political" in the first place.

Although Augusto Pinochet may have ultimately escaped criminal prosecution in life, I'd imagine that if there is such a thing as purgatory, it would probably include a gavel, instead of a pitchfork.

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