A Letter From An Argentinian Father

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Dear Students of the United States, I am not writing to you as a politician, nor as a mere politically- minded person, rather I am speaking to you as a husband and a father. In the middle of the Dirty war, 1978, my wife Agustina was taken from our home while in labor. Up to that point, it was the most devastating moment of my life. That was until I heard what had happened while she was retained there. She had given birth to her baby, and was murdered. Later the day of the execution, her name arose with the status of “disappeared” in the local paper. My baby boy or girl was somewhere unknown and the mere thought of my child without a mother became a nightmare for years to come. I am not here to mourn further, or to ask for sympathy, but allow me to explain my experiences living in Argentina during the Dirty war, and more specifically, under the rule of Jorge Videla.
Above all, Videla’s rule was the cause for negative effects on Argentina and it’s people. This I experienced first hand. Although the baby kidnappings were cause for some people's grief, many more were affected by Videla’s strong opposition of leftist groups. In fact, he was known to torture and murder anyone who opposed his right-sided ideas, especially those associated with the government. Similar to my wife, government officials would be kidnapped and mysteriously dubbed “disappeared” the next day. But that was just the start. Videla opposed any diversity when it came to political ideas. The slightest mention of being a left- side thinker, and you would often face the same fate as my wife. This fate was, in essence, the method in which Videla avoided a rightist future, by raising kidnapped children to abide by the same ideals and political views he believed to be true. These are just some examples of Videla’s negative effects on Argentina. What he did changed the country’s atmosphere. To sum it up, the country turned into a place where foreign ideas were prohibited, and when acted upon, were suppressed with beatings, torture, kidnappings, and murder.
Admittedly, when Videla began, there were some aspects of his rule that could be seen as positive to the country. In the early 1970’s leading up to the time when he took control, the streets of Argentina were riddled with death...

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