Thursday, August 22, 2002

Kissinger's "realpolitik" in action.

For those of you not familiar with the word, it translates into: "The ends justify the means" that in turn translates into: If it is in our "national interest" we don't care how many innocent individuals must die.

Clearly, Kissinger never met a right-wing dictator he did not embrace. Not only did he close his eyes and ignored the incredible abuses being perpetrated in Argentina during the seventies, but...he became complicit in the assassination of Salvador Allende, a duly elected, left-leaning Chilean president, and replaced him with Gen. Pinochet who, inspired by the Argentine military, engaged in the same brutal actions.

"Argentine Junta Felt Safe From the U.S." by James Dao is an article published by the New York Times on August 23, 2002

Excerpts follow:

"Leaders of the military dictatorship that took control of Argentina in 1976 believed that the Ford administration supported their crackdown on leftist insurgents and would not penalize them for rights abuses, newly declassified State Department documents show"

"Repeatedly, senior Argentine officials brushed aside concerns raised by embassy officials, saying that Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and other top Ford administration officials supported their war against Communists and were not deeply worried about rights abuses, several documents show."

Since I lived in Argentina during that period of time, I can categorically state that that Kissinger's actions were always coldly calculated and the repercusions of actions taken by the U.S., particularly during the Nixon-Ford-Kissinger and Reagan-Bush administrations, continue to be felt to this day.

USING foreign nationals as proxies to wage war in what they viewed as in the U.S.'s best interests....was par for their course. What they failed to grasp is that callous actions have long-term consequences that, if ignored, come back to haunt us.

9/11 clearly demonstrated that when hatred reaches a crescendo, not even the mightiest nation on earth is immune.

To read the FULL article....



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