By Marguerite Feitlowitz
Tanks roaring over farmlands, pregnant girls tortured, 30,000 members "disappeared"--these have been the horrors of Argentina's soiled battle. A New York Times amazing booklet of the 12 months and Finalist for the L.L. Winship / PEN New England Award in 1998, A Lexicon of Terror is a delicate and unflinching account of the sadism, paranoia, and deception the army junta unleashed at the Argentine humans from 1976 to 1983.
This up-to-date variation encompasses a new epilogue that chronicles significant political, felony, and social advancements in Argentina because the book's preliminary booklet. It additionally keeps the tales of the contributors occupied with the soiled warfare, together with the torturers, kidnappers and murderers previously granted immunity less than now dissolved amnesty legislation. also, Feitlowitz discusses investigations introduced within the intervening years that experience indicated that the community of torture facilities, focus camps, and different operations chargeable for the "desaparecidas" was once extra common than formerly concept. A Lexicon of Terror vividly conjures up this stunning period and tells of the enduring results it has left at the Argentine tradition.
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He reinforces this call for unquestioning dependence with his plague analogy—epidemics, after all, can be solved only by experts, who must act urgently and without impediment. The messianism of the speech (“we will fight beyond death, unto victory”) goes beyond proselytizing: It was intended to dwarf rational questioning and critique of the disappearances, to make logic seem not just petty, but fettered, unfree. Massera compulsively plays mirror games with the “enemy,” now from one side of the glass, now from the other.
There are several reasons: they have disappeared in order to live clandestinely and to dedicate themselves to subversion; they have disappeared because the subversive organizations have eliminated them as traitors to the cause; they have disappeared because in a shootout with fire and explosions, the corpse was mutilated beyond identification; and I accept that some persons might have disappeared owing to excesses committed by the repression. That is our responsibility and we have taken steps to ensure that it not be repeated; the other factors are beyond our control.
He knew a great deal about anatomy, and so was able to direct both the placement and intensity of his blows for maximum pain. He was extremely focused and absorbed; the information he obtained he reserved for himself. He concentrated on “his” cases. . The efficacy he had as a torturer did not extend to psychological action; his function was simply to terrorize. Even the other officers resented him. 25 As these survivors have testified, Texas and other repressors periodically left the camps to act as instructors at training seminars in Buenos Aires.