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Kissinger and Latin AmericaIntervention, Human Rights, and Diplomacy$
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Stephen G. Rabe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501706295

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501706295.001.0001

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Mass Murder and International Assassination

Mass Murder and International Assassination

Argentina and Chile

(p.118) Chapter 4 Mass Murder and International Assassination
Kissinger and Latin America

Stephen G. Rabe

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the grotesque policies of the military commanders of Argentina and Chile. Argentina emulated its South American neighbors when the military seized power in March of 1976. Argentina's military rulers thought it would be in the nation's best interest to eliminate 50,000 Argentines. Secretary Henry Kissinger was made aware of the Argentine military's campaign of mass murder by U.S. officials in Washington and Buenos Aires. His aides further warned him that Argentina's murderers and torturers targeted Argentina's Jewish population. The chapter then looks at Secretary Kissinger's response to Operation Condor, a conspiracy of South American military dictatorships that perpetrated international assassinations and terrorism.

Keywords:   military rulers, Argentina, Chile, Henry Kissinger, Argentine military, mass murder, Jewish population, Operation Candor, South American military dictatorships, international assassinations

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