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Chile: Death In The South
Chile: Death In The South
By Jacobo Timerman
Knopf, 1987, 134 pp.

The noted Argentine journalist, one of the hemisphere's mightiest pens, takes aim at the horrors of the prolonged Pinochet dictatorship in what was once Latin America's strongest democracy. But he reserves his most passionate prose to scold the "infantile" and violent left, whose language and psychology account for the "dynamic that mobilized the military for a genocidal onslaught against their own people." He argues persuasively that Chile's democratic opposition needs to come to terms with "the contradiction between reason and emotion," recognize that a military defeat of Pinochet is impossible, understand the unviability of extreme leftist approaches and find a road to democracy through conciliation-even with those who supported the overthrow of Salvador Allende.