Kissinger Crosses Off Another Vacation Spot
MONTEVIDEO (AFP) - An attorney for a victim of Uruguay's 1973-1985 dictatorship has asked his government to request the extradition of former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger over his alleged role in the notorious Operation Condor.
Condor was a secret plan hatched by South American dictators in the 1970s to eliminate leftist political opponents in the region. Details of the plan have emerged over the past years in documents and court testimony.
The Latin American dictatorships of the time "were mere executors" of a "plan of extermination" hatched in the United States by a group led by Kissinger, said attorney Gustavo Salle, who represents the family of Bernardo Arnone.
Uruguayan prosecutor Mirtha Guianze has received the request and is studying the case, according to news reports.
A leftist activist, Arnone was arrested in October 1976 and flown to Argentina with a group of political prisoners that vanished and were presumably executed.
Kissinger played a dominant role in US foreign policy between 1969 and 1977, and was a strong supporter of right-wing regimes across Latin America.
The extradition request comes as the topic of rights violations during Uruguay's dictatorship is making headlines again, with Salle citing evidence from declassified US State Department documents.
Witnesses are set to testify in April in a case that began in September against eight retired regime officials over rights violations.
One of the reasons why our
hitmen statemen are so opposed to liberal and socialist democracies around the world is that they fear real justice. They are closer with it when they are here, lying to us about how we all have "rights" and "freedom," but when they are abroad the Old Imperial ways are right there for all to see. Brown non-American people are openly and blatantly murdered and disappeared, and every peasant on the street knows where the orders originated. So I have to laugh whenever one of our former satrapies gets with the program and becomes uppity enough to demand a little justice. I laugh because it's a big thumb in the nose to our SCLM and diplomatic corps, who continue to pretend that Kissinger and his ilk are "respectable human beings" instead of the mass murderers they are.
As an aside, let me say that I understand why some people don't like Hugo. There are some good reasons not to think he's the model leader and hope for Latin America's future. But here is a moment when you can work towards a better alternative- supporting Kissinger's extradition takes away the power of Chavez's critique of the West, and shows that there are moderate, democratic solutions to the problems imposing imperialism has caused. Not doing so only makes Chavez seem more correct in his assertion that radical action is the only response to injustice. Just sayin'.