Alternately called the greatest statesman that ever lived and a blood thirsty war criminal, Henry Kissinger is no stranger to controversy. In newly released memos it is made perfectly clear that in 1976 the former Secretary of State gave his approval for a campaign of political repression and assassinations in Argentina’s Dirty War.
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Depending on your source, Henry Kissinger’s approval for the Dirty War suppression, imprisonment and murder lead to the deaths of around 9,000 to 30,000 activists, and suspected socialists. The Dirty War of Argentina was only one part of a larger plan known as Operation Condor. Condor was a campaign of political repression and terror involving assassination and intelligence operations implemented in 1975 by the dictatorships of South America. The former Secretary of State was heavily involved in Operation Condor.
That Kissinger influenced Argentina’s decision to move forward with their repressive campaign has been suspected for years and confirmed since at least 2004 when the National Security Archive released a secret memo recounting a conversation between assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, Patt Derian, and the US ambassador in Buenos Aires, Robert Hill. The two met in April 1977 and discussed a meeting between Henry Kissinger and Argentine Foreign Minister Cesar Augusto Guzzetti. Kissinger gives Guzzetti explicit permission to move forward with whatever they must do to repress “terrorism”.
In 1987 Martin Edwin Andersen reported that Kissinger had given the Argentine Generals permission to carry out their state sponsored terrorism. However, the latest memo released by Andersen is even more clear than the National Security Archive file. The memo contains the conversation between Ambassador Hill and Secretary Derian discussing Argentina’s fears of lecturing from the United States.
“The Argentines were very worried that Kissinger would lecture to them on human rights. Guzzetti and Kissinger had a very long breakfast but the Secretary did not raise the subject. Finally Guzzetti did. Kissinger asked how long will it take you (the Argentines) to clean up the problem. Guzzetti replied that it would be done by the end of the year. Kissinger approved.
In other words, Ambassador Hill explained, Kissinger gave the Argentines the green light.”