Who is strangling the desaparecidos? – World times


Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: City of Buenos Aires website

Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Every Thursday a group of grannies have used to gather around the square since 1977. They don’t talk and don’t protest much. Instead, they wear white scarves and wave white banners, on which embroidered names and published photos instantly plunge people into the shadows of the past.

They are the mothers of the desaparecidos – “The Missing Ones” during the dirty war, which is an unbearable trauma in Argentine history.

After a coup in 1976, a military junta led by General Jorge Videla overthrew the administration of Isabel Peron, the world’s first female president, and launched a vicious dictatorship and bloodbath of left-wing workers and others. It is estimated that up to 30,000 young people would be labeled as “left” terrorists, and were kidnapped and tortured, and ultimately went missing. Among them, 9,000 were reportedly killed by the junta, a horrendous human rights violation committed with the support and connivance of the US government against a backdrop of the Cold War.

The United States has long viewed Latin America as its backyard since the release of the infamous Monroe Doctrine in 1823. The existence of massive left-wing power in Latin America was certainly an emphatic no for the United States. United, especially given the fact that Cuba’s existence had been extremely stifling.

This is why the United States, on the one hand, preached peace and democracy and, on the other hand, strongly supported the vicious acts carried out by the junta government. According to declassified national security records, a senior US diplomat met Argentina’s Foreign Minister, Admiral César Augusto Guzzetti in 1976 and told him: “We wish the new government good luck … We understand that you have to establish authority … If there are things that need to be done, you should do it quickly.

It reminds me a bit of some sort of decades-old mafia movie: when a bunch of thugs whispered, “Boss, should we shoot him?” A gritty voice came from afar – “Better clean it up.” “

Certainly, in addition to the connivance, the American government had done much more to help the junta through the administrations of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. In 1976, the International Monetary Fund granted a loan of 127 million dollars to Argentinian activists. That same year, the US Congress approved $ 50 million in military aid to the junta government. During the Carter presidency, the US Department of Defense spent $ 700,000 training Argentine military personnel in intelligence gathering on the left.

When President Reagan took office, the fight against communism became his priority, which resulted in an increasingly close partnership between Washington and Buenos Aires. An agreement was signed between the two that Argentina would help train Nicaraguan anti-government personnel with America’s backing. In return, a secret aid of 50 million dollars would be given to the anti-Communist ally of the South. It is fair to say that behind all the desaparecidos America was pulling the invisible strings and strangling them to death.

Years have passed like the rapids of the La Plata river, but going back to Plaza de Mayo, the voice of famous folk singer Mercedez Sosa, witness and protester against the dirty war, could still circulate in the heart of Buenos Aires.

“Who said all was lost?

I’m here to offer my heart,

So much blood carried by the river,

I am here to offer my heart … “

That’s why desaparecido moms are there. As long as the scarves, many of which were made from the diapers of the desaparecidos when they were infants, the photos, names and their devastated hearts are there, the bloody stains caused by the shameless complicity between the United States and the junta will never be able to be erased. Of the history.

Simon Bolivar, “the great liberator”, could be far too conservative in saying that “America is spreading poverty in the Americas in the name of freedom”.

Well, we have seen the American subversion in Bolivia, the American sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela, the American invasions in Grenada, the American assassination against the president in Chile, the American surveillance in Brazil, the American exploitation of Panama. and Mexico … and, as mentioned above, the U.S. sponsored dirty war in Argentina. Uncle Sam was not only strangling the desaparecidos, he was strangling the inhabitants of the ancient land of Latin America.

The story can sometimes be satirically similar. Shortly after, in 1982, the United States stabbed their Pampas ally in the back while supporting their Anglo-Saxon friend in a sort of maritime military competition, the Malvinas War.

Did any of you learn your lesson the hard way?

Oops, I saw France sob in silence.

The author is a commentator on international affairs, writing regularly for the Global Times, China Daily, etc. He can be contacted at [email protected]


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