USA-ARGENTINA-UK – Robert Cox-Tex Harris-Manfred Shoenfeld // Malvinas War y La Constitucion Argentina 1853 (I)

Por Gastón Saint Martin – (https://argentinasalvajiza2.wordpress.com)

Esta no es una nota mía, disidente sino mas bien complementaria a la nota sobre Robert Cox, y Ted Harris publicada ayer por Germán Piran y Corn Woman (Sue). – Está conectada también con varias notas publicadas en el pasado sobre ambos. (R. T. Cox por un lado y Harris por el otro) – Nuestros blogs (Argentina Salvajizada y Argentina Savajiza2” no son blogs de información (no tenemos los medios para verificar la veracidad de lo que nos envían, pero respetamos y dependemos de la libertad de opinión y publicamos las opiniones disidentes que corrijan errores o falsedades. Estos son blogs de “OPINION” Opinamos sobre hechos o criticas que ya han sido publicado por otros medios o que circulan por internet. Así se forma la “OPINION PUBLICA” (cosa muy diferente a “propaganda”).

Comenzare con una confesión y autocritica. Soy culpable de ejercer la “autocensura“, de haber sido perezoso (lazy) descuidado, injusto, y hasta timorato por no haber publicado notas que me tome el trabajo de escribir, pero retuve sin publicar.

Hecha mi confesión, me queda anunciar en que –en este momento- me siento culpable de haberme autocensurado. – En primer lugar hemos publicado varias notas alabando al Buenos Aires Herald y a su dirección Como el diario más crítico y valiente de Argentina. No niego que Buenos Aires Herald  fue “UNO” de esos; Yo mismo era uno de sus lectores. Pero aceptar eso sin rendir un HOMENAJE al Diario La Prensa, con especial mención al aguerridisimo periodista Manfred Schonfel, me parece sumamente injusto y de eso me siento culpable. Sin intentar quitarle merito al Buenos Aires Herald (BAH), no debemos olvidar cierta ventajas, protecciones, seguros o semi-inmunidades que El BAH tenia pero La Prensa Y Manfred Schonfel NO. Me refiero a:

  1. Disponer de doble nacionalidad (o simplemente contar con un pasaporte de Inglaterra o de USA, no es en Argentina “moco de pavo” (como dice el dicho campero) Nuestros “infames” Gobiernos (No menciono “infames” como un insulto gratuito, sino como mención al artículo 29 de La Constitución Nacional Argentina 1853)… sigo … nuestros “infames gobiernos – civiles y/o militares” se cuidan mucho de atacar ilegalmente a extranjeros de prestigio…  Manfred Schonfeld NO tenía ese escudo, el escribía poniendo “el pecho…”
  2. No es lo mismo criticar y dar noticias “prohibidas” en idioma Ingles para lectores limitados y altamente seleccionados culturalmente, que hacer lo mismo en Castellano en un país de habla Hispana para un público más “popularizado..”  
  3. Confieso que a mí, me gustaba más La Prensa que BAH y muchisimo mas que La Nación. Era un diario más aguerrido, principista, indomable, por eso fue tantas veces atacado, hasta llegar a eliminarlo…
  4. Conocí a Manfred Shoenfeld en sus últimos tiempos. La Prensa publicaba sus notas (¡todas DURISIMAS!) Todas en Primera Plana, y concluían en la segunda página. Tenía yo una noticia importantísima, que estime solo La Prensa y en especial el Sr. Schonfel podían publicar. Viaje  desde La Patagonia a Bs. As. para verlo.  Me presente sin cita ni carta de presentación. Me costo “horrores” conseguir que me reciba… Confieso que al principio me trató   muy  mal. Estaba trabajando en el edificio del diario La Prensa en Avenida de Mayo, (Ya casi abandonado) Cuando después de inistir mucho, y diciéndole que venia de la Patagonia a darle esa noticia importante, con mal humor, a regañadientes y mal humor me dejo pasar. Recuerdo me impresiono su “escritorio”: una sala enorme, techos altos (seguramente lujosa en sus tiempos) completamente a oscuras salvo la luz de una lámpara de escritorio sobre sus papeles. El escritorio !enorme!, lleno de papeles aparentemente desordenados…. De a poco… a medida que fui relatando la noticia y contestando sus preguntas y referencias que me pedía se fue “suavizando” algo. Estoy seguro que verifico mis referencias antes de publicar esa nota. La publico “exactamente como yo se la di (pero relatada en primera persona) sin dar información alguna de “su fuente” cosa que yo NO le pedí, pero lo aprecie, por las razones que (lo prometo) explicare en una nota detallada sobre aquel episodio. Prometo hacer una nota especial testimoniando eso, como una especie de homenaje personal a ese extraordinario periodista.  Por esa nota el gobierno “radical” (del ‘abogado” R. Alfonsin) lo quisieron triturar… destruir, le dijeron de todo, trataron de desacreditarlo, lo trataron pesimamente, pero Manfred estaba acostumbrado a eso;  al final MUY de a poco (mas de tres meses de guerra personal despiadada) fueron aceptando que todo lo que Schonfel publico era absolutamente cierto… No debemos olvidar que pese a lo muy criticado que fue Carlos Menem por su Presidencia, CM respeto a La Prensa , cosa de la que el “galleguito cabezadura” (como llamaba Ricardo Balbin a raul Alfonsin) NO puede vanagloriarse. RA proceso al menos a DOS periodistas por publicar informacion y criticas contra el.   —    ¡Cosa extraña!… ¿será “una coincidencia” mas? Aquel tema se relacionaba (indirectamente a Las Malvinas y a Inglaterra…  como podrán ver…  (si no me olvido de hacer esa nota…)

Tengo también comentarios importantes sobre Tex Harris, que también me quedaron en el tintero… que espero hacer tiempo para publicarlos. Por ahora adelanto mi opinión Tex podría ser un exelente  embajador the USA en Argentina, sobre todo si no ha perdido la bravura e idealismo por lo correcto que tenia hace ya varias décadas; y sobre todo si ayuda a aclarar “intríngulis de los tres gobiernos USA, UK y Argentina de hace 30 años. Después de todo este gobierno actual (Al de USA me refiero) es muy distinto a aquel, en el que aquí estábamos mas preocupados con el avance comunista en Latinoamérica que con el buen funcionamiento de las democracias latinoamericanas militares, legalizadas (Por lo menos en Argentina por la corporación de abogados. En especial Las Cortes Supremas de Justicia que Constitucionalizaron a TODOS los (pseudo) Gobiernos de Facto (civiles y militares).

Por ahora les paso un link del actual Presidente  de paso por Latinoamerica.

El Presidente Obama habla sobre la investigación que ordeno sobre el comportamiento del Servicio Secreto Norteamericano en ColombiaL http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/15/secret-service-prostitution-scandal_n_1427232.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D152252 )

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Re: ROBERT COX

by Germán Rafael Pirán

De: SUE LITTLETON mujermaiz@yahoo.com
Enviado: domingo, 15 de abril de 2012 17:36
Asunto: Bob – Thanks.. How important of you to remind readers of the horrors of that terrible time on the same day as the Junta Leader’s Random House book is published. Thanks, friend.. Tex.  Makes me proud to be a friend of Tex Harris!

Sueo

— On Sun, 4/15/12, Tex Harris <afsatex@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Tex Harris <afsatex@gmail.com>
Subject: Bob – Thanks.. How important of you to remind readers of the horrors of that terrible time on the same day as the Junta Leader’s Random House book is published. Thanks, friend.. Tex
To: bobc59@gmail.com, “Robert Cox” <maudbob@hotmail.com>
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 11:24 AM – buenosairesherald.com Original ArticleTex Harris and the writing on the wall

By Robert Cox (former Editor of the BsAs Herald)

In the 1970s when anti-US demonstrations swept Latin America, a familiar sight was the graffiti “Yankee Go Home.” On the road to Ezeiza Airport the words were painted on a bridge spanning the highway. But to “Yankee Go Home” someone had added: “By PanAm” (the once dominant but now nonexistent Pan American Airways).

In 1979 I saw a variation of that putdown of “anti-Americanism” in the communal showers of a cell block in the prison of the Central Police Headquarters. On the wall was written in neat and unobtrusive handwriting the words: “Yankee Get Me Out Of Here.”

I was reminded of that plaintive cry, when I began checking facts for this column, which is about a man, retired diplomat F. Allen “Tex” Harris, who is both an icon and a legend in the cause of human rights. I came across three minutes of video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWQ86X3PwVU

In the video, journalist Jacobo Timerman, who was saved from torture and probably certain death because the United States put pressure on the military to free him, expresses his gratitude.

Timerman makes this statement:

“This is the first time that the United States is not accused of being the main support of the military dictatorship. It is the first time that the United States is identified with our hopes.” Timerman goes on to refer to an inscription he saw on the wall of one of the prisons he was in. He recounts a different version of the message that I saw. He remembered reading the words in this way: The phrase “Yankee Go Home” had been altered by crossing out the word “Go” so that it read “Yankee Take Me Home.” He went on to say that in remembering the words written on a prison wall he recalled the reports that he heard about Tex Harris, whose work in Argentina as a young political officer saved lives and established human rights as a concern that transcended national sovereignty.

I cannot vouch for my version of the message, although I have always felt that the words “Yankee Get Me Out of Here” had been seared into my memory because I was so surprised to encounter them written on a wall in a prison.

Timerman and I were both in the same prison, although at different times. This particular prison was known as the “Hotel Sheraton” because it housed VIP prisoners. Timerman was there because he had been rescued from one of the clandestine prisons of General Ramón Camps, the notorious mass murderer and enthusiastic torturer, by the so-called “moderate” wing of the dictatorship. Jorge Rafael Videla, the dictatorship’s craven figurehead, wanted to keep in with the Americans if he could.

I was there because the military wanted to get me out of their prison system before I saw too much of the conditions and treatment meted out in them. Of course, the vast majority of the thousands of people sucked up as desaparecidos were far, far worse off in the hundreds of secret prisons and torture chambers established throughout the country. Really, there was no comparison, although torture was routine and people were condemned to death without trial even when detentions were “legal.” In the jail across the road where I had first been taken I had heard the screams of people being tortured, read inscriptions on the walls in dark tomb-like cells which were heart-rending and had no touch of humour. I had seen the huge swastika with the proclamation “Nazi-Nationalism” that greeted all prisoners when they arrived at the cell block of the Security Superintendency prison.

The guests at the Hotel Sheraton prison were a distinguished crowd. It was where Gen. Albano Harguindeguy kept rich men he accused of “economic crimes” until they agreed to a financial arrangement that left them much poorer. It also housed odd birds like me or controversial individuals like Timerman. Conditions there, while not up to the standard of genuine Sheraton hotels, were surprisingly good. A bribery system ensured that meals were provided by relatives and friends of the prisoners. During my brief stay, a Spaniard who was not a political prisoner cooked a superb Spanish omelet, and we enjoyed slices of that tortilla with glasses of gin and tonic. Men who had been arrested and jailed because they were homosexual cleaned the cells and were referred to by the guards as mucamas (maids). Homosexual men and women were not known as “gays” in Argentina in the late 70s. It was impossible for them to be gay in the old or new sense of the word. They were persecuted.

I am including this description of the military’s specialized penal underworld because it might help readers understand the bizarre lunacy that, aside from the everyday brutality and murderous intent of the military, characterized El Proceso, as the Process of National Reconstruction was called. I have, I think, finally come to a conclusion about the nature of the 1976-84 dictatorship: the leaders of the armed forces were driven mad by their fear of Godless Communism and misled by their illusion that military rule would provide a solution to Argentina’s economic problems. For a while, the hard-line military chiefs believed that Argentina was a military power capable of invading Chile and also establishing hegemony over its neighbours to the north by military might.

In my search for more about Tex Harris, I came across the first part of the video which tells his story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3BC5phpyqw

Bill Moyers, who has been the conscience of US television for more than half a century, featured Tex Harris on CBS in 1984. The airing of the programme saved Harris’s career. His honest reporting of the disappearances had angered his peers and superiors, but when the facts about his courage became widely known, the black marks in his file were removed and he rose rapidly to the senior ranks of the Foreign Service, serving as Consul General in South Africa and in Australia. But the five years that he was on the black list for advancing Jimmy Carter’s human rights policy with sagacity and integrity prevented a deserved ambassadorship.

In a column I wrote for The New York Times that appeared on November 3, 1983 I described Harris as an “American Scarlet Pimpernel” an “incredibly brave and hardworking human rights officer in the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires whose office was a haven for relatives of disappeared people and whose secretary was a recording angel.” I suggested that it would be a good idea if President Reagan demonstrated his support for Argentina as it returned to democracy with the election of Raul Alfonsín to the presidency, by sending Tex Harris back to Buenos Aires as ambassador.

Tex and his wife Jeanie have only been able to return to Argentina twice in the past 33 years, but, as the song says, they never left her. I look upon them as permanent plenipotentiaries for US-Argentine relations, genuine Argentinophiles who were rewarded with the warmest of welcomes during their visit last month. They will never be forgotten.

Readers are warmly welcomed to write to me at bobc59@gmail.com

— Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. – – William Arthur Ward, college administrator, writer (1921-1994).

Germán Rafael Pirán | 15 abril 2012 at 9:17 PM | Categorías: FROM SUE … |

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