In the series on left-leaning governments in South America (see previous post), NPR presented a piece on Chile which was problematic to say the least. At one point Julie McCarthy states that, "now age 90, Pinochet has faded from the public scene, but the memory of his rule has not." She notes that over 28,000 were victims of torture during his dictatorship, but fails to mention that one of the proud parents of the dictatorship was the CIA which maintained a close working relationship with its murderous offspring.
Also disturbing is when McCarthy asserts, "the dictatorship ended in 1990; it was brutal; it also laid the foundation for Chile’s remarkable growth today." I think not! Greg Palast has an excellent critique of this canard. His analysis is born out by the reporting on NPR which mentions that much of Chile's economic growth can be attributed to the high price that Chile's copper fetches on world markets. Even a writer for the Miami Herald in 1998, concluded that much of the Pinochet economic moves were disastrous for Chile.
After spending much of the 1980s studying the Chile tragedy, it is really heartbreaking to listen to NPR's silent coverup of the US' prominent role in creating and sustaining the torture state of Pinochet's Chile, and perhaps even worse to hear the dictatorship (and its eager economists from the University of Chicago) lauded for whatever economic successes Chile may be having.