Argentina a National Exorcism

Trying to punish the military without unsettling the country

Day after day on the front pages, night after night on television screens, Argentina is reliving -- and hoping to redeem -- a bloodstained past. Confronting the country are full and grisly accounts of the "dirty war," the years between 1976 and 1981, in which at least 10,000 Argentines either were killed or disappeared as a succession of military governments fought against what they considered to be leftist subversion. Those were years of unbridled terror, of torture, abduction, rape and execution, of victims being dropped from helicopters, of the dreaded night-time knock on the door. One citizen last week recalled how...

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