Mon Dec 11th, 2006 at 04:54:49 AM EST
It is all over the airwaves in Spain now.
In Spain he was indeed an important figure. Probably, after Chile, Spain is the country where Pinochet had more.. let's say relevance.
It was a spanish judge, B. Garzon, the one that started the prosecution against Pinochet and ordered the arrest in England.. the now oh-so fmaous arrest...
I guess a lot of you have a lot to say about his death.. at least I have.
From the diaries -- whataboutbob
The reason why I post this diary is the constant narrative I have been hearing around here in Spain.. and around Chile claiming:
"he must not die without being formally declared guilty...." because of world justice, or because of pure justice, or because we must send a signal to future dictators...
I have heard this argument from different NGO, Amnisty International first among many.
Well, it seems he has died with prosecutions behind him but with no formal declaration of guilty standing.
Actually, there have been a lot of indictments and resolutions which could be read as such.. and a lot of defense pleas that could be read as such.
But he never got to prison, never...some would say he was close...but at the end of the day, he did not end in prison.
Was it important? Is it important now?
He has a good deal of supporters in Chile.. and in the US and Great Britain. It is even more true now than ever that the UK government rule that liberated him stating that he would receive a fair trial in Chile was just plainly false..they were lying .. and they knew it.
But again, was, is itreally important? Chile's judges tried to prosecute him... people knew about his dollar accounts from Chile prosecutors (judges there).. and his deadly past plans.. does it matter then?
I still do not know... I am actually not sure. I am quite positive that some time in prison would have been great... but so important?
I guess, the question is not about prison but about humilitiation, some people want him humiliated.. for revenge, as a signal to future dictators, or for the victims or..
But regarding the important and cold issues that we in this community care about, namely, about whether we are closer to a real international criminal court which could prosecute Bush, Cheney and Rummy.. and about whether we are close to destroy the right-wing radicals in Chile that are trying to undermine Bachelet... would the image of Pinochet entering a Chilean prison have changed the odds of success in both counts?
I am still wondering... and I would prefer to think that no, it does not really matter... but I am not sure.