Sunday, 15 November 2009

Peña on Lagos and Piñera

Carlos Peña, my former boss and one of the most talented, of not the most talented, columnists in Chile, reacts in today's Mercurio to some comments former president Lagos made in El Pais. Lagos suggested something which should not come as a surprise: that those who surround Piñera are 'Pinochet's heirs'.

Peña reacts with extraordinary restraint, attributing to these politicians a sense of contrition for past acts that, at least in many cases, I honestly doubt exists. But Peña does make a point: that they react with such anger when they are reminded of their poor carreer choices, indicates that on some level they would rather forget them. An indirect recognition of error.

But very indirect.

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