24 December 2010

Merry Christmas Mr Videla Ho Ho Ho!

The Telegraph reports that Argentine dictator Jorge Videla, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Videla, 85, ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1981 and was the architect of the "dirty war" during which around 30,000 people were murdered. However, he was convicted for the murder of 31 prisoners who were pulled from civilian jail cells and "shot while trying to escape" in the period after his regime toppled president Isabel Peron.

"Videla ... is a manifestation of state terrorism," judge Maria Elba Martinez said as she handed down the sentence in the central Argentine city of Cordoba.

The former dictator remained unrepentant, telling the court the day before his sentencing that Argentine society had demanded the crackdown to prevent a Marxist revolution and claiming that the country was now run by "terrorists".

Videla also defiantly told the court that he was a political prisoner and denied human rights violations despite saying he accepted "full responsibility" for his actions as his subordinates were only following orders.

He was ordered to be detained for the rest of his life in a federal jail under civilian rather than military rules, denying him any special privileges.

Videla was previously tried and sentenced to life in prison in 1985 but was pardoned five years later by the then-president, Carlos Menem. Three years ago a court ruled that the pardon was unconstitutional, paving the way for the latest trial.

It is a shame that Videla isn’t repentant. That would have made his incarceration all the more miserable. However, that he has been sent to prison is will just have to be good enough..

Perhaps his cell should be decorated with a life size photograph of Dgmar Hagelin (above), the 18 year old Swedish girl who was murdered in the ESMA torture camp.

One thing that irritates me is that while fellow leftists screamed blue murder (quite rightly) about the scumbag Pinochet, there was hardly been a peep about the murderous regime in Argentina.

Oh well. I look forward to reading his obituary in at least 15 years time


Francis Sedgemore said...

I wish SeƱor Videla a long and unhappy life in prison, and hope never to read the bastard's obituary.

jams o donnell said...

If only he was immortal Francis! I will settle for him living to 100 but longer would be good too

Carver said...

Nice to see a monster like that at least in part paying for his crimes.

Wishing you and yours a very happy, peaceful Christmas!

jams o donnell said...

Absolutely. I hope his Christmas is stark and very unpleasant.

But for you I hope it is a happy and fun filled day. Best wishes!

Alice Cook said...

A bad man, to be sure...

A link exchange, maybe?

Alice Cook

jams o donnell said...

He certainly is an evil bastard! Will do

Kay Dennison said...

He personifies evil as have so many in history.

jams o donnell said...

Perhaps it is the way that history is written but the Stalins seem to outnumber the Mother Theresas

beakerkin said...

Ah Jams

However, the sound of those on the left demanding that Castro and Chavez get similar treatment for their crimes is deafening.

Other than Michael Ezra, yourself and a few others its is hypocrisy 24/7 on the left. Will those on the left not named Michael Ezra and Jams please step away from the communists.

jams o donnell said...

Must be that we're both from Romford

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Make it 35 years(till 120 and all that jazz, you know).

jams o donnell said...

Now that would be good Snoopy!