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Compare And Contrast

By any rational measure, Castro is a much worse dictator than Pinochet ever attempted to be, but as Jonah Goldberg points out, when he dies, keep an eye out for the contrast in news coverage, and the silence from the left about his depredations against human liberty, relative to the cheering brought on by Pinochet's death.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 11, 2006 07:59 AM
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Pinochet was implicated in a terrorist
bombing in Washington DC.

I don't recall Castro being listed in any
terrorist actions in the US.

Castro isn't a great guy, but, frankly, the
US has spent far too much energy worrying about

Posted by anonymous at December 11, 2006 02:04 PM

The left resents Chile's economic success, which -- like that of South Korea, Taiwan, etc, etc -- was obtained at a tiny fraction of the oppression occurring in left-wing dictatorships, who of course besides killing many more people failed to deliver material progress. Thus attempts at misdirection like the one above.

Posted by Jay Manifold at December 11, 2006 04:00 PM

anon, again you show your stupidity in very few words. You must practice alot. Castro killed or imprisoned 10s of thousands to keep power and exported revolt to countries in C and S America, gave the Soviets a platform to spy on us and supported other Communist dictators at the U.N. You ARE an idiot.

Posted by Bill Maron at December 11, 2006 06:04 PM

The cuban people need to deal with Castro.

As an american, I need to focus on America.

If Castro was blowing up cuban exiles in Miami, i'd be
more concerned.

to quote from Amnesty International :
Prisoners of conscience
There are currently 72 prisoners of conscience in Cuba, 60 of whom are from the March 2003 crackdown. Although during 2004 and 2005 a total of 22 prisoners of conscience were conditionally released, mainly for medical reasons, imprisonment of government critics continued."


Posted by anonymous at December 12, 2006 03:00 PM

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