Game Without End: State Terror and the Politics of Justice by Jaime Malamud-Goti

By Jaime Malamud-Goti

An insider’s sincere review of Argentina’s human rights trials

During the “dirty conflict” of the Nineteen Seventies, the army junta that managed Argentina used to be answerable for the abduction, torturing, and killing of millions. In 1985, democratically elected president Raul Alfónsín decreed that former commanders of the dictatorship be attempted for human rights abuses. In Game with out End, Jaime Malamud-Goti argues that, by means of scapegoating a couple of former leaders and prosecuting basically definite violations, the rigors helped politicize the nationwide judiciary, whose responsibility it was once to enforce democratic principles.

As senior adviser to President Alfónsín and as solicitor of the ideal court docket, Malamud-Goti used to be one in every of architects of the 1984 trials of the Argentine generals. during this infrequent insider’s account of a pivotal second in Argentinian heritage, he demonstrates that the rigors did not deal with all voters as equivalent sooner than the legislations and therefore perpetuated the us-versus-them mentality that enabled the junta to set up authoritarian rule within the first place.

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Y, por supuesto, para Hugo y Soledad. Page vii Contents Foreword by Libbet Crandon-Malamud page xi Preface xv Introduction: Why I Became Involved in the Human Rights Trials 3 How the Trials May Have Eroded Democratic Authority 4 Why Try State Criminals? 8 Political Contingencies vs. Structural Constraints 20 Misconceptions about When the Violence Began 22 The Role of Blame in Rewriting History 24 Page viii Rewriting History and the Perpetuation of Terror 26 Chapter 1. Tragic Argentina 29 Two Main Groups: Montoneros and the ERP 30 The Army Enters Antiinsurgency Operations 40 The Cultural War 51 The Inevitability of the Military's Demise 54 Argentina's Brief Spring: Nunca Mas 59 Chapter 2.

It sets the political scenario in which, for an authoritarian logic, implanting terror becomes the right approach. It briefly describes insurgency, ultraright-wing violence, and the trials of military officers indicted for their role in torturing and assassinating thousands of victims, most of whom were alien to violence. It also discusses the aftermath of the trials and the military revolts staged to protest the indictment and convictions of military officers. The second part (chapter 2) exposes the conspiratorial logic that leads to state terrorism.

There are indeed powerful objections even against the victim-centered justification I espouse here. The Question of Impartiality For advocates of corrective punishment, like human rights activists, the criminal sanction is essential to citizens' democratic learning. A rights-based community is unlikely to emerge spontaneously where individuals have adapted to dictatorial violence by giving up their personal values and ideals. Two reasons to punish those responsible for this adaptation seem self evident.

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