Those opposing Pinochet's extradition are, in the main, the Chilean middle- classes, the right-wing press in the UK and leaders, past and present, of the British Conservative Party. Part of the motivation inherent in this opposition is that in 1973 certain well-known right-wing international agencies were involved in the conspiracy to ensure Pinochet's success. Without this aid and comfort, Pinochet might well have lost the game. There are those who advocate Pinochet's return to Chile to face the music. If he is permitted to return home, one thing is certain: there will be no trial.
It could of course be said that "people in glasshouses should not throw stones." The history of many former colonial powers would not bear truthful scrutiny in this regard. Notwithstanding this, whatever the outcome of this affair, it will have an enormous effect on the global perception of what is right and proper regarding the government and governing of any community. If we fail in our task to bring Pinochet to justice, then God help us.
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