By Marguerite Feitlowitz
Tanks roaring over farmlands, pregnant ladies tortured, 30,000 contributors "disappeared"--these have been the horrors of Argentina's soiled warfare. A New York Times extraordinary publication of the yr and Finalist for the L.L. Winship / PEN New England Award in 1998, A Lexicon of Terror is a delicate and unflinching account of the sadism, paranoia, and deception the army junta unleashed at the Argentine humans from 1976 to 1983.
This up-to-date version incorporates a new epilogue that chronicles significant political, felony, and social advancements in Argentina because the book's preliminary ebook. It additionally maintains the tales of the contributors considering the soiled struggle, together with the torturers, kidnappers and murderers previously granted immunity below now dissolved amnesty legislation. also, Feitlowitz discusses investigations introduced within the intervening years that experience indicated that the community of torture facilities, focus camps, and different operations accountable for the "desaparecidas" used to be extra frequent than formerly concept. A Lexicon of Terror vividly conjures up this stunning period and tells of the enduring results it has left at the Argentine tradition.
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Extra info for A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture, Revised and Updated with a New Epilogue
The Armed Forces went on the offensive. And there, in the northwest [referring to Tucumán, the 1975 defeat of ERP], our valiant comrades of the Army began a risky and patient war . . the most moving in our memory. Then, the Armed Forces began the Republic’s process of reorganization and now with political [as well as military] responsibility, the offensive became more integral, efficacious— the Air Force and the Army have also suffered the wounds of this shameless war, they have contributed with their heroism to the enemy’s defeat.
We are fighting against nihilists, against agents of destruction whose only objective is destruction itself, although they disguise this with social crusades. That is why we see their inexplicable alliance, their inexplicable victims. . Just as centuries before the world was attacked by plagues, we today are seeing a new and hallucinatory epidemic: the desire to kill. . We are not going to fight unto death, we are going to fight beyond death, unto victory. For love of life, for respect of those who have fallen and will fall .
They looked as well to the French, who had fought “subversives” in Algeria and Indochina. In fact, la guerra sucia is a direct translation of DeGaulle’s la sale de guerre, or Dirty War in Algeria. Like the Argentines, the French military insisted in Algiers that “we’re defending the West here . . ” The CONINTES plan had also been adapted from the French efforts to control this colony. In 1957, the Superior War College engaged two French Lieutenant Colonels, Patrice J. L. de Naurois and François Pierre Badié, both of whom had served in Indochina, to give instruction in the development of Marxism around the world and how best to lay it waste.
A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture, Revised and Updated with a New Epilogue by Marguerite Feitlowitz