A Strange Morality

For Pinochet, a case of justice tempered by cynicism

The United States, a nation born of rules and law--its Constitution written and revered--is forever perplexed by the jungle beyond the seas. We Americans are always looking for moral order abroad to parallel the moral order at home. Alas, we never find it.

General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, former dictator of Chile, is arrested in a London clinic on a human-rights warrant. For Americans, a conundrum. Instinctively we think this must be right. If in America you were responsible directly or indirectly for 3,000 deaths, you'd be on death row. But Americans are not arbitrary. All kinds of thugs, both former and...

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