A Bit of Closure for Letelier/Moffitt

06/09/2006 10:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet laid a wreath at Sheridan Circle in Washington, D.C., yesterday, to honor the memories of Orlando Letelier & Ronni Karpen Moffitt, blown up in their car by General Pinochet's agents three decades ago. President Bachelet also honored the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) at the ceremony, for believing that international human rights were worth pursuing, year after year, no matter how small the odds seemed of success.

Sarah Anderson of IPS has put her comments about President Bachelet's historic-making life on the IPS web site, along with her photos of the event. I can't improve on her comments, but I would like to add a quote from Ariel Dorfman, award-winning author, forced to go into exile by Pinochet's 9/11/73 coup:

"That is the lesson that Pinochet's punishment ultimately offers us: At times it is right to dream the impossible, to ask for the impossible, to shout for the impossible. History might happen to be listening. History just might happen to answer."

(disclosure notice: I am a Fellow at IPS)