Posted by Jonathan Rosenblum on December 11, 2006

General Augusto Pinochet, 91, died on December 10, 2006, after nearly a decade of fighting prosecution on charges of gross violations of human rights. The charges stemmed from murders, tortures and disappearances of thousands of Chilean and other opponents during his 1974-1990 rule. In one of the general's most enduring images, he posed for a photograph in which he set a stark, sinister image behind sunglasses after a coup against the elected president Salvador Allende. In an interview for a 1999 biography, he explained the pose that obscured his eyes: "It was a way of telling things. Lies are discovered through the eyes, and I lied often."