The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Chilean Widows Sue Communist Leader For Botched Assassination Attempt

Recent developments in Chile remind us how really violent the Communists really were. The BBC reports that the families of Chilean soldiers killed in a botched attempt to assassinate Gen. Augusto Pinochet are taking legal action against the head of the Communist party:

In an interview with the Chilean newspaper La Tercera in April, Mr Teillier said his party had approved the failed attempt against Gen Pinochet’s life and other armed operations in the 1980s [...]

The women taking legal action say they want him jailed for the deaths [of the five soldiers who died in the attack]

“We want justice and equality before the law, that’s all we want,” one of the widows told Chilean Radio Bio Bio.

Before they became inert hacks and crooked opportunists, Communists were a mix of murderous fanatics and starry eyed nincompoops. This legal action reminds us that right wingers weren’t the only Chileans with blood on their hands at that time. Fortunately communism is largely reduced to a joke these days, but we should never forget that the reds and their apologists were the greatest mass murderers in the history of mankind. Pinochet’s crimes were both appalling and real, but without the fear and loathing that communism stirred up, he, like a great any other right wing dictators, would likely have never seen power.

Published on October 26, 2013 3:15 pm
  • crocodilechuck

    “Fortunately communism is largely reduced to a joke these days, but we should never forget that the reds and their apologists were the greatest mass murderers in the history of mankind”

    In Chile?

    Laying it on a bit thick, Walt, even by the pedestrian standards of this site.

    Let’s go to the data:

    “Five troops escorting the leader died and 11 were injured in the ambush.

    Around 3,000 people disappeared or died in Chile between 1973 and 1990 and 30,000 are believed to have been tortured by the authorities.”

    (snip)

    So five troops were shot and killed, versus 3,000 innocent people dying/tortured to death and another 30,000 tortured and surviving.

    “Recent developments in Chile remind us how real violent the Communists really were”

    Really? I’d call that a straw man of epic proportions.

    Do you really write this stuff yourself?

    • BrianFrankie

      >> “Fortunately communism is largely reduced to a joke these days, but we
      should never forget that the reds and their apologists were the greatest mass murderers in the history of mankind”

      In Chile? <> Let’s go to the data:

      “Five troops escorting the leader died and 11 were injured in the ambush.

      Around 3,000 people disappeared or died in Chile between 1973 and 1990 and 30,000 are believed to have been tortured by the authorities.”

      (snip)

      So five troops were shot and killed, versus 3,000 innocent people dying/tortured to death and another 30,000 tortured and surviving. <> “Recent developments in Chile remind us how real violent the Communists really were”

      Really? I’d call that a straw man of epic proportions. <<

      You can call it what you like. But denying the violence and crimes of the FPMR is silly. Denying that this took place in the context of worldwide Communist movements that had proven in dozens of locations to be extraordinarily violent is ridiculous. The fact that the FPMR was not successful in their efforts is due to lack of means and ability, not lack of intent. If one wishes to speculate an alternate history where the FPMR was successful, it is not at all hard to imagine results that resembled Cuba, or even Cambodia.

      • Anonymous This Time

        Mm hmm. And who defeated the Wehrmacht? Who inflicted 80% of the military casualties on the armed forces of the Third Reich? The Red Army.
        No one else could have.
        The Soviets suffered the equivalent of ten thousand 9/11s in WWII, on a much smaller population. Were they crazed after that? Indeed. Who wouldn’t be?
        See what we are like after just one?
        They achieved quite a lot, considering.
        The reality is that no peoples’ army has ever lost a war. Not a single one — not even the Viet Cong. I only hope I’m long dead for the next go around, though. There is no one left who could possibly stand up to fascism. Finding new hitlers to “prove” that we could has become nothing more than a sad farce. The sagging empire protests too much.

        • Tom

          The Soviets started in on the killing before World War II even happened. There were numerous massacres during and after the civil war, and the 1930s saw things like the Holodomor that led to Ukrainians welcoming the Nazis with open arms–at least before the Nazis proved themselves to be worse than the Soviets.
          For that matter, had Stalin not purged his military of some of his best officers, it is entirely possible that Russia would not have had to suffer all of those casualties.
          Going even further, plenty of people’s armies have lost wars–every peasant revolt in Europe being an example.