It's being reported that General Pinochet has been given the last rites by a priest.
I wonder how much of what he did or ordered to be done as dictator of Chile he ever confessed and sought absolution for?
And how many of the socialists, trade unionists and democrats who were his victims had the consolation of receiving the last rites as they were bombed in Allende's presidential palace, tortured to death in the national stadium or military barracks or thrown to their deaths into the Pacific from military aircraft?
There are very few thoroughly evil personalities in world politics, but Pinochet was one of them. During his 17 year rule, which overthrew a previously stable democracy, he is thought to have had 3,000 political opponents killed, about 30,000 tortured and another 70,000 detained.
And this was a regime that many British Tories openly praised ...