Pinochet re-arrested, and during Human Rights Week, to boot
With Operation Enduring-The-Next-Four-Years wheezing along, it’s so cute that midway during the planet’s annual Human Rights Week (it began last Friday), General Augusto Pinochet was arrested on human rights charges.
The 89-year-old ex-dictator of Chile was made famous by Operation Condor, a conspiracy by South American dictators to kill leftists. He was a real-life Dr. Evil of the ’70s—and he could almost always count on strong support (especially behind the scenes) by our own Dr. Henry Kissinger.
After years during which Pinochet’s lawyers have staved off attempts to try him on murder charges, the enfeebled fascist has been found “mentally fit” to stand trial and he has been formally charged with murder and kidnapping. Elizabeth Davies of The Independent (U.K) quotes Judge Juan Guzman as saying on Monday:
This is one instance in which George W. Bush can be contrasted with Pinochet. I can’t help but think of the physically fit Bush’s August 5 speech, in which he said:
But maybe Bush really meant it the way it sounds. Last Wednesday, when Colin Powell announced the kickoff of Human Rights Week from Brussels, the exiting Secretary of State started out by saying all the right things in his statement:
Then, after noting Bush’s official proclamation, Powell’s statement added:
“The principles which have come to characterize our nation”? You mean the shit that we’re doing in the world now? Why do I keep sounding surprised about this? When am I going to stop asking such questions? (How about right now?)
Kissinger is the guy whom Bush originally wanted to head the 9/11 Commission. What a feast that would have been for ol’ Dr. Covert himself. But Kissinger loses his appetite when reporters want to sit down with him over a bowl of Chile con junta.
Kissinger’s been regularly ducking questions from Diana Jean Schemo of the New York Times on the topic. Why? Slate‘s Jack Shafer takes a wild guess: