Thanks to reader Mike for alerting us to this piece in the Swedish magazine Axess, in which Dalrymple offers a couple of explanations for the left’s highly selective disgust at dictatorial abuses:
Here is the real puzzle: why they do not hate the members of the Argentinian junta as much as Pinochet? Why do they not respond emotionally to the junta as strongly as they do (or did) to Pinochet? The scale of the junta’s repression, after all, was very similar to his; in this respect, there was not much to choose between them. They don’t like the junta, but they hate Pinochet.