"Dirty" Documents

Friday, December 18, 2009


A dispute over whether to release Argentina’s most famous political prisoner of the “Dirty War” almost fractured the country’s military regime in the early 1980s, according to declassified documents released this month by the National Security Archive. NSA senior analyst Peter Kornbluh talks about the jailing of journalist Jacobo Timerman. Timerman’s son, Hector, the Argentine ambassador to the United States, also discusses his father’s legacy.

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Philip Spiegel from Menlo Park, CA

Peter Kornbluh's comment about Ronald Reagan's preference for "soft diplomacy" with regard to Argentina and its human rights abuses seemed to imply that in contrast with Jimmy Carter, Reagan was indifferent to human rights as an issue in international diplomacy. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Together with Secretary of State George Shultz, Reagan crafted a four-part agenda for dealing with the Soviet Union. The four parts were arms control, regional issues, bilateral trade AND human rights. During the Reagan administration far more refuseniks and prisoners of conscience achieved freedom than during any other previous American president.

My comments above have been documented in my book, TRIUMPH OVER TYRANNY: The Heroic Campaigns that Saved 2,000,000 Soviet Jews, (Devora Publishing, 2008, www.triumphovertyranny.com).

Dec. 20 2009 06:29 PM

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