CHAPTER 7 James Madison versus the Business of War

On a 2002 visit to Argentina, I found myself in a pleasant, middle-class home, sitting across the table from a woman who had been tortured and electro-shocked by the police for protesting, exactly twenty years earlier, the war between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. I never would have guessed. She was soft-spoken, middle-aged, middle-class, and fashionably dressed. But she was one of “the disappeared"—and among the lucky ones who were released.

“The war covered up the dark side of the government and the corruption of the politicians of the time,” another woman in a Buenos Aires restaurant told me. “It was a good way of putting the attention of the people somewhere else, ...

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