Wasn't like that here in Argentina. After the (obviously U.S. supported) dictatorship was over, and democracy returned, they put the military leaders of the Junta on trial. Yes, it's true that the military made noise about possibly trying to launch another coup if the court trials didn't stop, and eventually the democratic government negotiated a final deadline, when supposedly nobody else would be tried for crimes against humanity. And then Spain tried and convicted a guy who had escaped Argentina's justice system because so many Spanish citizens died during the dictatorship. You have to understand how closely linked the two countries are in terms of huge swaths of the population only a couple generations apart.
After that, Argentina passed new laws that revoked the final deadline, and the last decade has seen a lot of ex-dictators (known as 'represores') get court trials and go to jail. And it's been damn good for the people who didn't support t he right-wingers. And there has not been any dragging through streets or public hangings and civil war hasn't broken out again and it makes sense that the huge population of Spanish descendants, many of whom lost family to Franco's regime, would look to this court system to try criminals who aren't being tried over there. It was good when Videla (Argentina) died in prison. Even though everyone knew he was more comfortable in there than the average street thug. Even though he was defiant to the last, flaunting his Vatican connections during his trial. It made people feel better that he went to jail, and died there. No public hanging, no civil war. A rule-of-law society which deals with murderers in a civilized manner.