Monday, February 29, 2016

A RIVETING ACCOUNT OF THE CHILE OF PINOCHET

There is absolutely no comparison between alleged human rights violation in Cuba and the atrocities committed by the Pinochet government as a result of the 1973 U.S.-backed coup in Chile.
 
This New York Times article is a moving account of a Chilean 18-year old who was drafted into the army just months before the coup and the atrocities that he witnessed and engaged in. Now almost 50 years later he has come forth with his story in an attempt to overcome the nightmares and emotional stress, in spite of the threats he receives and pleas from his wife. The man is obviously desperate, even though none of the conscripts of that era have been jailed for human rights abuses.  Can the execution of Batista thugs in Cuba in 1959 or the jailings of Cuban dissidents (whether they were justified or not) be placed in the same category? Obviously not. Yet the U.S. corporate media has published 10 or 20 times more (or is it 50 times more?) articles about the jailing of Cuban dissidents than the atrocities committed by military governments in Latin America in the 60s and 70s. This article in today‚Äôs New York Times is an exception.




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