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Monday, December 11, 2006

Death of a Heroic Monster

Former Chilean dictator General Augosto Pinochet has died at the age of 91.

He was one of the most controversial and complex characters in modern Latin American history. Vilified and demonized by the Left (for good reasons) he was considered to be a hero, even a saviour (also for good reasons) by his many followers on the Right. He overthrew one democratically elected government and bowed to another. He saved Chile from communism and put in place a free market economy that made it the most prosperous nation in Latin America, but he also condoned the torture and political murder of thousands of communists.

He is one of those leaders whose impact on the nation he governed was immense but impossible to categorize. The Telegraph has a long and insightful account of this remarkable man and his amazing career through history here.

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