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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 18, 2006 / 27 Kislev, 5767

The good die young: Augusto Pinochet dead at 91

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | He started off as a loyal army officer dedicated to his country's constitutional order and democratic freedoms.


General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte would lead the coup in 1973 when Chile seemed on the verge of becoming another, bigger version of Fidel Castro's sordid little gulag in Cuba. But then one thing led to a cruel, homicidal other. And in the end, he would make "disappeared" the past tense of the verb "to murder."


Soon his network of thugs, in uniform and out, spread out in all directions, in Chile and beyond. However elegant he looked in uniform, behind those dark glasses was just another brute — and not the first to use anti-Communism for cover.


Patriotic causes tend to lend themselves to such abuse, just as today Vladimir Putin is resurrecting the methods of the KGB in the name of Mother Russia.


In 1973 our CIA had encouraged General Pinochet and bemedaled company to seize power, but Washington would soon have reason to regret what the general did with it. Instead of saving democracy in Chile, he stifled it.


The general may have started as a liberator, or so he claimed, but he soon became a tyrant in every way. Well, almost every way. He did free the Chilean economy, introducing reforms inspired by Milton Friedman's Chicago school of economics. The results were astounding. The country went from being a Marxist basket case to the most prosperous and stable in Latin America. Over the past 20 years, Chile's gross domestic product has grown at an average rate of 6 percent a year.


It was a case of Friedmanism in action: Free trade replaced protectionist barriers, exports grew, stagnant state-owned bureaucracies became productive private companies, and a central bank as independent as our own Federal Reserve kept the currency stable — a basic requirement for any growing economy. It may now need reforming itself, but there was a time when Chile's extensive system of personalized pensions made this country's Social Security system look precarious.


The whole free-market thing was a big mistake on the general's part if political survival was his goal — because over time a free-market economy would lead to demands for political freedoms, too. In 1988, El General staged a plebiscite in order to extend his rule still another eight years, but the voters didn't cooperate. They rejected his proposal, and in a free election the next year, the candidate he'd chosen as his successor lost. Decisively.


Even though the general had taken the precaution of writing himself into Chile's "reformed" constitution, justice began to close in. For a long time he was able to thwart it by blocking the prosecutions of his accomplices. He certainly didn't want to pursue any cases that might lead to him.

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General Pinochet made a rare exception when two of his subordinates in the secret police were connected to the 1976 car bombing in Washington that killed Orlando Letelier, the foreign minister of the government the military had overthrown. Both the accused were convicted and sent to prison for several years. It's doubtful General Pinochet acted out of shame or conscience in that notorious case, but rather to preserve good relations with the United States.


Justice, it is said, is lame and comes slowly, but it does come. In October of 1998, while the general was recovering from an operation in London, a Spanish magistrate issued an international warrant for his arrest on charges of, among other crimes, murder and torture. (In 2004, a government-authorized study in Chile would put the number of people tortured by his minions at 28,000.) After a protracted legal battle in the English courts, he managed to make it back home by pleading illness — physical and mental.


But then the authorities in Chile took up the chase. Soon enough the dictator would turn out to have been a thief, too. American investigators found some secret bank accounts and, after a commission began investigating, his and his family's haul was estimated at $26 million — at a minimum.


Not just the law was after the general. In the end, Death took him into custody after he'd been battered for years by Disgrace. By then Augusto Pinochet was 91 — another proof that the good die young. And his country had moved on, first to prosperity, then democracy, and, now, with his death, perhaps even reconciliation.


Meanwhile, another cruel dictator still evades justice. Cuba's maximum leader doesn't have any international warrants pending, such is the world's double standard. Fidel Castro's record may be even more replete with murder and torture than that of his opposite number in Chile. But ideological fashion being what it is, he is defended by those who saw through Augusto Pinochet from the first.


A cagier caudillo than the general, Comrade Castro never made the mistake of freeing the Cuban economy — despite an occasional gesture in that direction when he found himself short of hard currency. At 80, he yet lives, if barely, and Cuba, once the Pearl of the Antilles, was reduced to penury long ago. Today it is a society in which perhaps the most common ambition is to leave. If only one could.


Now an ailing Fidel Castro holds on as long as Franco did in Spain, where the death watch must have lasted months; it seemed like years. But the great leveler, the same one who finally caught up with Augusto Pinochet, is closing in.

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