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Henry Kissinger: more revelations

Issue No. 1881

YET MORE evidence emerged this week of how the US is harbouring one of the world's greatest war criminals.

Newly declassified official US State Department documents show that Henry Kissinger gave his and the US government's backing to Argentina's 'dirty war' in the 1970s. Over 30,000 people were killed as a military junta which seized power in 1976 unleashed terror against all opposition. Thousands of people simply disappeared, as socialists, trade unionists, community activists and many others were targeted for murder by the regime.

Kissinger was US Secretary of State at the time. Argentina's foreign minister Admiral Guzzetti came on a visit to the US in October 1976, amid calls for sanctions to be imposed on the regime. Even the Argentinian junta expected the US to impose some sanctions.

Instead a verbatim note of a meeting between the admiral and Kissinger shows that the US gave the junta the green light to go on with its killing. 'Look, our basic attitude is that we would like you to succeed,' Kissinger told the admiral. 'The quicker you succeed the better. We won't cause you any unnecessary difficulties. If you can finish before Congress gets back, the better.'

Guzzetti returned home in a 'state of jubilation' after talking to Kissinger.

Kissinger's responsibility for the tens of thousands of dead in Argentina adds to the indictment against him. This already includes inciting and backing coup attempts and assassinations in Chile in the 1970s, and murderous policies in south east Asia.

Yet today Kissinger is an official adviser to the US government-appointed by George W Bush.

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Sat 13 Dec 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1881
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