December 10, 2006

He is gone. He is dead.
I cannot be sad. I cannot be happy.
He has escaped judgement once again. Once again, he was allowed what his victims were not. His relatives have the peace of mind to know where his remains are, to know how he died. His death is even on the front page of the newspaper. That his death is even acknowledged is an affront to those whose lives he ended, whose lives he altered.
We should go about our lives and say nothing of his death, or his life. There are others who must be remembered, who must be talked about. This changes nothing, for them, for their families. Only a fool could find joy in this news of his passing.
His legacy still lives on, in the laws that shackle our government and in the pain that shackles our country. I must admit, it causes me some small satisfaction that the news of his secret bank accounts was a source of humiliation, and caused the loss of some of his supporters. But at the same time, it makes me angry, although it does not surprise me, that it was only his economic crimes that disgusted his supporters, and not his real crimes. It might disgust me, but it still does not surprise me, because that attitude, those priorities, are what drew his supporters to him in the first place. Until we can learn to value our brothers, our sisters, our children, our neighbors, and complete strangers, over the things we possess, there will always be another Pinochet, and plenty of people to support him.

2 thoughts on “December 10, 2006

  1. ssvolk says:

    I don’t know, Fernando. I think there is some joy in seeing this man gone, and in knowing that at the end he was a hunted man, with his lawyers not just one step ahead of the courtroom, but having to portray him as a sick, feeble-minded old geezer. That must have really grated on him. OK, so I don’t believe in an afterlife, but if I did, I would at least get some pleasure in knowing that he will spend an eternity in the lowest level of Hell. And now our job is insuring that there won’t be another him, another Pinochet.

  2. Fernando says:

    This is very true. Sometimes I find it difficult to focus on what I am given when there is so much that I have lost. It is some small respite to think that he could not spend his last years in the spotlight the way he would have wanted to, as a hero, as a symbol of power.

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