oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Revolutionary war, human rights and incomplete truths

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



The defiant appeal to God made by the counsel of former commander Emilio Massera during the poorly concealed his impotence. At that time the figure of war, as making sense of the drama lived in Argentina, was being categorically rejected by the majority of society who in a climate of democratic "awakening" was discovering the massive nature of the crimes perpetrated by the State, and was fervently siding with democracy and law. Perhaps what was most irritating to those who had carried out the "fight against subversion" was the fact that within that wide spectrum one could not only find their "enemies of yesterday" - ex-militants and combatants enrolled in the revolutionary war now "posing as victims" - but also a heterogeneous chorus of political actors who not so long ago had spared no effort in reaching political agreements and setting up legal dispositions in order to "annihilate the action of subversive elements". After the storm, these actors would have "washed their hands openly" of all responsibility for the past, and the hierarchs of the Armed Forces, "unjustly condemned", would from that moment on affirm that they were "the scapegoat" of a society that had found a way to be able to rinse itself of "collective guilt" and "silence its conscience".

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