Pinochet Should Be Tried For Human Rights Abuses

It apparently escaped Robert J. Barro's notice that the superiority of the free-market system rests on a democratic government ("One Pinochet legacy that deserves to live," Economic Viewpoint, Jan. 17). Over time, dictators of all stripes have attempted to justify their authoritarian rule on the pursuit of some general good. Yet free people know otherwise. General Pinochet chose to use or allow the state apparatus and other far-right elements to terrorize and abuse his opponents. It is fair that he be held accountable before a court of law.

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