The US-Latin America 'Special Relationship' and its 'Fundamentally Repugnant Philosophy'


State-sponsored assassinations, kidnappings, torture and disappearances –
Operation Condor, an anti-Communist intelligence and operational
network involving the governments of Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia,
and Paraguay – was responsible for many high-level political crimes in
the second half of the 1970s. The network’s scope was to capture and
eliminate political enemies in Latin America. Subsequently, the
organization expanded its activities to reach also Europe and the United
States, where prominent political activists or former political rivals
had sought refuge. The chapter traces these ramifications on the basis
of recently declassified documents from the archives of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. Moreover, the
study inserts the activities of Operation Condor within the Cold War
context and analyses the degree of US tacit (or open) involvement with
an organization which, though repeatedly and openly abusing of basic
human rights, served the purpose of eliminating the potential expansion
of Communism in the Western hemisphere.

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(in Italian)