The New York Times published on Thursday an editorial in which the newspaper referred to president Barack Obama’s visit to Argentina next week and the role played by the United States in the country’s 1976-1983 civil-military dictatorship, saying the president of that country “should make a pledge that Washington will more fully reveal its role in a dark chapter of Argentine history.”
“When President Obama visits Argentina next week during the 40th anniversary of the coup, he should make a pledge that Washington will more fully reveal its role in a dark chapter of Argentine history, the NY Times said and pointed out that the State Department has already declassified around 4,700 documents from the “Dirty War” period. However, it adds, much of that record remains obscured.
“Declassifying a more extensive set of documents would also bring into sharper focus a shameful period of American foreign policy, during which Washington condoned and in some instances supported the brutal tactics of right-wing governments in the region. It is time for the American government to do what it still can to help bring the guilty to justice and give the victims’ families some of the answers they seek,” the editorial reads.
It also highlighting the struggle of Argentine human rights groups in seeking the truth about the country’s darkest period when “military officials abducted thousands of civilians” and “hundreds of babies, who were stolen from Argentines who were arbitrarily detained, were raised by military families.”
The title of the article is America’s Role in Argentina’s Dirty War.”