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I am a high school Spanish teacher and I teach my students about the dirty war and disappeared of Argentina, as well as Pinochet's rule of terror in Chile. Every year I am amazed at their lack of knowledge of these events in their country's (USA) recent past. A few of them are troubled enough to question their history teachers, only to be told that they (the teachers) don't know much about what happened in Central and South America in the 1970s and '80s.

Articles and events like this photo exhibit serve to educate as well as keeping these issues alive. Nunca Más (Never Again) was the name of the official report produced by the Argentinian committee investigating the disappeared. Just as there are segments of our global community that deny the events of the Holocaust during WWII, there are people that, even when confronted with the evidence and the facts on the dirty war, deny that such a thing happened with the consent and assistance of the US--all in the name of silencing the voice of dissent.

Thank you Ms. Schlotterbeck. I just hope you can bring this exhibit to Chicago so I can take my students to see it.

Mari-Rosa Pont

Bolingbrook, IL

Aug 5 2007 - 9:57am

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Whenb I saw the headline, for some reason I thought it was about those Kuwaitis who "disappeared" after the Gulf War. I think of two of my friends and acquaintances who lost an uncle, a brother-in-law, and an uncle respectively--and didnt learn of their fate until 2004. Had the US had the same proportionate numbers of "disappeared" as Kuwait had in 1991 the number would exceed 250,000!

Of course, the UN had a resolution requiring Iraq to return/account for those "disappeared," and the UNSC did a great job of following up on that resolution, didn't they?

Think about it folks--its not all about WMDs if it's your friends and family who are affected!

Stephen Grabe

Seminole, FL

Jul 17 2007 - 10:14pm

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When I graduated from college, I went to work in Washington, DC, for a Congressman. I roomed with an Uruguayan lady, Chini, who worked for OAS. She was the daughter of a rich landowner who was able to get jobs in NY at UN and later in DC at OAS.

One evening I asked her about los Desaparecidos. Being of Mexican American decent, and a political science major, I wanted to know more about her country. I was 9, when I witnessed the 1968 Tlatelolco crushing of the students in Mexico City. Naturally, I became afraid of what any government can do in any country (including in the US) when a citizen questions power.

Chini had told me they deserved everything they got because they constantly presented a "problem" for Uruguay.

When I asked, if perhaps they wanted jobs, and opportunity for a better education, she became very upset, justifying the State's right to detain the protesters. Yet, when I asked what social standing her family had, she reveale a chilling proof: She was raised with servants and homes in Montevideo and in the country with horses. She was a daddy's girl who could get any job, including abroad, yet was oblivious to the plight of the poor peasant Native Americans who had nothing.

Susana Reyes

Henderson, NV

Jul 12 2007 - 7:38pm