Stephen Colbert first became a fan of El Pino in 1973 during the violent coup in Chile that brought him to power. (Thanks, CIA!) He was concerned that the Communists would take over in Chile. If the Communists took over they would have suspended the constitution and civil liberties, tortured and killed thousands of civilians and plundered millions from the country's treasury. Luckily, he prevented any of that from happening.
After God called him home, he lay in state, guarded by soldiers, in Devo hats and wearing Ghostbusters proton packs, who were there presumably to capture the General's ghost as it left his body.