A Peruvian supporter of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori holds a picture of him during a protest in front of the Chilean embassy in Lima November 10, 2005.
Mutantfrog had this to say:
Make no mistake, though: Fujimori is not a demon in his home country. Peru is sharply divided over him. His supporters see him as a hero for liberalizing Peru’s economy and shutting down terrorist groups that made life difficult in the eighties. His opponents, including President Toledo, see him as a tyrant who stole from the people, handing back just enough to keep his popularity up.
This got me to thinking: is Alberto Fujimori the Park Chunghee of Peru?
What do los Presidentes Park and "El Chinito" (as Fujimori was affectionately, if inaccurately, once called) have in common?
Both helped revitalize extremely troubled economies.
Both dealt harshly with a military threat.
Both used extralegal means to stay in power.
Both are supposedly directly responsible for the disappearance of opponents.
Both have ruled a country that is now sharply divided over their legacy.
Both have been Japanese citizens at one time.
One other thing to ponder. Oranckay mentions the apparent enthusiasm that convicted Korean-American spy Robert Kim received upon arriving in his "fatherland" recently, something which Korea critics cite as a sign that Korean nationalism will be the undoing of ROK-US relations (why don't people say this when Israeli spies are convicted for spying activities against the US?). As I asked at Coming Anarchy, does anyone else see a parallel between the welcoming of Robert Kim in Korea and the welcoming of Alberto Fujimori in Japan a few years ago?