I should elaborate, in case you doubt the accuracy of the quote in the title: The good (Victor Jara) die young (murdered in 1973 at the age of 40), assholes (Augusto Pinochet) live forever (died peacefully today at the age of 91). Fortunately "forever" doesn't really mean forever, and today would be a day to rejoice, were it not for the fact that Pinochet, like the Spanish dictator Franco, was never held accountable for the crimes committed by his regime.
Today's news also serves as a reminder to those who think that American foreign policy was all peaches before George W. Bush took over. I am talking about people like John Kerry who said in his 2004 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention: "And as president, I will bring back this nation's time-honored tradition: The United States of America never goes to war because we want to; we only go to war because we have to. That is the standard of our nation." Apart from the fact that he should know better as a Vietnam vet, the US foreign policy in many parts of the world, and especially in Latin America, was based on "counterinsurgency" and "low-intensity conflict" against supposedly communist regimes, at least since the 1960s. (The time-honored tradition of inventing new words to make people believe that there is no war.) It certainly included overthrowing democratically elected governments, and endorsement of torture and assassinations. The involvement of the US government in the Chilean military coup in 1973 was pretty obvious from the start, and now you can even read the official CIA and FBI documents which prove it.
Sorry for the political rant, but I had to get this off my chest. And I will leave you with Victor Jara's classic Vietnam song El Derecho De Vivir En Paz (The Right To Live In Peace), first the original (MP3), and then an amazing instrumental cover version of it (MP3) by Ground Zero, who mashed it up with the song "Shinoshin 3/4". And here is a YouTube video of Jara singing that song in Lima, Peru, in 1972, with guest appearances of Ho Chi Minh.
At least Victor Jara will be remembered for his songs, while Pinochet will mainly be remembered for being an asshole. Not historical justice, but a little bit of solace.