Saturday, 13 December 2008

Chile: Would be funny...

...if it wasn't so damned offensive as well.

Others have picked up on this before me, but I could hardly neglect mentioning that the charming Cardinal Medina, who remembers Pinochet so fondly, has a problem with Madonna. Well, you can see his point can't you? I mean taking over a country in defiance of its democratically elected government, wholesale torture and murder is nothing in comparison with causing impure thoughts is it?

And if that wasn't bad enough, there is a new museum about Pinochet in Santiago. Run by his fans*, for god's sake.

"I am happy because this is a way of doing some justice to what he represented and what he did," said Lucia Hiriart, his widow, flanked by family and some former ministers and retired military. The event was low-key.

Oh dear, oh dear.

Chile museum aims to boost image of Pinochet

Museum to Chile Pinochet sickens victims (Reuters)

*The Pinochet Foundation; their Spanish-language only website has not been recently updated, but a second's glance at the pictures of a smiling Pinochet cuddling small children, with the Pope, etc. tells you all you need to know.

1 comment:

Daniel Saver said...

I went the FundaaciĆ³n Pinochet to speak with the director for a project that I was trying to organize about 5 months ago, and they mentioned that they were working on opening this museum. I saw the space, and it is really incredible small, with just a few glass cases lining several rooms in the main building of the FundaciĆ³n. Definitely not going to be a very impressive showing...I think it will mainly serve as a new place of worship for the personality cult that still persists in certain segments of the upper-class Chilean population.