Chile's Military Crimes Must Be Redressed

Paul Craig Roberts' commentary "How Chile may lose all the ground it has gained" (Economic Viewpoint, July 17), which argued against investigation into crimes committed in Chile by General Pinochet's government, was notable both for its lack of economic understanding and its extreme amorality. Roberts seems to advocate the expedience of public ignorance where exposing the military's felonies is concerned, but he questions the intelligence and judgment of officials and the public who believe that civic standards of morality cannot permit such crimes to be forgotten or obscured. He should attempt to limit his column to economics and stay away from discoursing on ethics, for which he is clearly unqualified.

David E. King

Tel Aviv

I cannot describe my outrage over Paul Craig Roberts' column. To describe the military as defenders of the constitution and the left as its natural opponents, given the military's ascension to power by way of a military coup against a democratically elected government, is utterly contemptible. This shamelessly one-sided reinterpretation of history demeans your magazine.

Christopher Selth

Sydney, Australia

Editor's note: Roberts responds that the democratic constitution under which Chileans live was drafted and implemented by the military.

    Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.