This probably proves that I’m sexist pig in the mold of our despicable leerer-in-chief, but Jeanne Kirkpatrick and Margaret Thatcher are closely linked in my mind. I remembered that at least one of them was a great lover of Pinochet. Turns out both were great lovers of Pinochet! Here’s Margaret Thatcher eulogy for the wise Chilean defender of freedom. And if you want to make yourself sick, here’s the Washington Posts’ Jeanne Kirkpatrick-quoting, hippie-punching love letter to Pinochet:
The contrast between Cuba and Chile more than 30 years after Mr. Pinochet’s coup is a reminder of a famous essay written by Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, the provocative and energetic scholar and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who died Thursday. In “Dictatorships and Double Standards,” a work that caught the eye of President Ronald Reagan, Ms. Kirkpatrick argued that right-wing dictators such as Mr. Pinochet were ultimately less malign than communist rulers, in part because their regimes were more likely to pave the way for liberal democracies. She, too, was vilified by the left. Yet by now it should be obvious: She was right.
This is why I can’t go along with the don’t-speak-ill-of-the-dead stuff. Pinochet murdered thousands and tortured many more. But because he hated teh communism, he’s still a great man to the very serious people.
If liberals extol Che or Castro (personally, I’m not a big fan of ether), it proves that they’re unserious moral monsters of course. But revering a mass murderer who in some demented sense was “on our side”…that’s par for the course in establishment media.