Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Evaluating Pinochet's Chile
I find myself torn as I write about Pinochet, largely because historians and Chileans also do not know what to make of him. While thousands of Allende supporters were tortured, murdered, and some merely "disappeared" when Pinochet took power, Chile's economy did eventually stabilize, and the country most of the Cold War conflicts that seriously afflicted countries like Nicaragua and El Salvador. How do we evaluate a leader who thought so little of human rights, but did well for the economy? How do you think the US perspective of Pinochet might have changed over the years as we distance ourselves from the Nixon administration?