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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Those wacky dictators

Posted on Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 9:00 PM

The New York Times just posted an obituary under the headline "Gen. Alfredo Stroessner, Colorful Dictator of Paraguay for 35 Years, Dies in Exile at 93"

Here's a sample of what the piece says about Stroessner:

"Under General Stroessner, Paraguay’s security forces became so efficient at intimidating potential opposition figures that eventually fear itself — fear of arrest, torture, exile and murder — became one of his prime levers for staying in power.

The country became a haven for Nazis, with new passports and visas sold for a price. Among those sheltered was Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who selected victims for the gas chambers at Auschwitz and conducted medical experiments on humans. In addition, hundreds of political prisoners and their families were imprisoned at concentration camps like Emboscada, about 20 miles outside the capital city of Asunción, in the 1970’s."

It's grimly fascinating to know what standard America's paper of record uses to define colourful.

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