Meanwhile, the following countries have marked the death of Alfonsín by declaring days of official nation mourning; Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Peru. Notably, the countries that suffered the most under far-right military dictatorships are those to step up and officially doff their caps to Alfonsín. It’s times like these that you realize how much South Americans understand and appreciate their own history. Be clear that all the above listed countries will be remembered by Argentinians for their gestures of goodwill.
Equally, it’s times like these that you realize just how little people outside the region know or care about South America, as the passing of a great democrat has caused hardly a ripple in the psyche of the wider world. So be it. That will surely be remembered, too.