Saturday, January 03, 2004

Henry the K, Argentina, and Iraq

Newly released documents now show that Henry Kissinger and U. S. Under Secretary of State Charles Robinson gave an explicit green light to plans of the junta in Argentina to use torture, murder and other human rights violations to eliminate leftist political opposition. Kissinger shows what a bastard he is in instructing the Argentine Foreign Minister Cesar Guzzetti on the conduct of the war against the 'terrorist organizations':

"Look, our basic attitude is that we would like you to succeed. I have an old-fashioned view that friends ought to be supported. What is not understood in the United States is that you have a civil war. We read about human rights problems but not the context. The quicker you succeed the better.

The human rights problem is a growing one. Your Ambassador can apprise you. We want a stable situation. We won't cause you unnecessary difficulties. If you can finish before Congress gets back, the better. Whatever freedoms you could restore would help."

The Americans made it clear to the Argentinians that they could do whatever they liked but they should do it quickly and as quietly as possible. This is interesting in and of itself, and Henry the K should be tried for crimes against humanity and imprisoned, but it is also interesting because of the continued importance of Henry the K to the current American junta. We are seeing a continuation of the same policies in Iraq today, and the reality is that the horrifying realpolitik expressed by Kissinger and other American officials continues to be official American policy. We should not forget that the neocons are really Kissinger's intellectual children, and their protestations that they are acting on some sort of moral principles is complete nonsense.