Argentine Dictator Defends His “Dirty War”

Former Argentine president and dictator Jorge Videla took the stand earlier this week to defend his regime. He took full responsibility for the “Dirty War” of 1976 to 1983 that resulted in the disappearances of tens of thousands of dissidents, calling it an “internal war against subversive forces.” Videla is on trial for the murders of 32 political prisoners and the abduction and torture of six others. He is is also scheduled to face trial in September for stealing 33 babies of political opponents, and faces charges in Spain, France, Italy and Germany for the murder of their citizens in Argentina.

Videla was sentenced to life in jail in after his regime ended, but his sentence was overturned when President Carlos Menem pardoned him in 1990. In 2007 Argentina’s parliament declared the pardon to be unconstitutional, which the Supreme Court confirmed in April.

The BBC points out that since 84 year-old Videla is already serving a life sentence, a new conviction will not result in any more years in prison. However the trial has brought justice, as a number of prominent figures in the Dirty War were convicted on Thursday. General Luciano Menendez and former police intelligence chief Roberto Albornoz were given life in prison for crimes against humanity, and former police officers Luis Armando de Candido and Carlos Esteban de Candido were sentenced to 18 and 3 years in prison respectively. One victim’s mother declared that the sentences finally gave her a sense of “enormous tranquility.”

About 20 human rights cases stemming from the Dirty War will go to trial this year.

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Janice P.
Janice P7 years ago

In my estimation, it does not matter if another trial would add more years to his prison sentence. There is a principle at stake - one of right and wrong. If the justice system does not stand for that principle, it stands for nothing. Ask any victim, and he/she will tell you the same thing.

Dave Tohunga
Dave te tohunga7 years ago

Videla is a small time operator compared to the killers in the USA who set up 911, invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and continue to murder people with predator drones, depleted uranium ordinance etc etc etc, who still haven't been charged with torture. Both Bush presidents were found guilty at International War Crimes Tribunals, but it would seem Yanks only have contempt for the law and justice despite the lies they recite so loudly!
That no American citizens have restrained these international criminals (like Murder Squad McChrystal) it is clear that the USA is a rogue state, spends twice as much on warfare as the rest of the world combined, as is the biggest sponsor of state instituted terrorism on the planet.
America sucks.
Any who claim patriotism to such evil are either deluded numbskulls or aiding and abetting.

Charles Lucas
Charles Lucas7 years ago

How could you pardon a sub-human man like Videla? He should be long gone, executed for crimes against humanity ,without humanity. By all that is right this animal should be put out of our misery by execution of any slow and painful method.

Nellie K A.
Nellie K Adaba7 years ago

He needs to be punished like Pinochet.

Alamzeb Akhund
Alamzeb Khan7 years ago


John C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Learn more about this and other 'dirty wars':

Piers G.
Piers G7 years ago

He should be behind bars, and not see the light of day again

Jessie M.
Jessie M7 years ago

Thanks, it is important these war criminals get punished!

nobo dy
nobo dy7 years ago


Kerrie G.
Kerrie G7 years ago

Thanks for the info.