While United States is in no imminent danger of becoming a dictatorship, the totalitarian tendencies of an increasingly authoritarian President is worrisome.
The US rendition of dirty war is not a war against internal aliens, as in Argentina, but a dirty war against migrants and refugees seeking asylum.
These events bring to mind aspects of Argentina’s Dirty War during the military dictatorship when parents and their children, including infants, were confiscated from suspected “radicals” who were arrested and interrogated (sometimes to the death) as alien enemies to the neo-fascist order.
During the Dirty War (1976-1983) some 500 infants and children were separated from their parents and given to right wing military families and their friends who could raise them as good Christian fascists.
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The Argentine Dirty War is an extreme example, but it began with a declaration of a state of emergency by Mrs.
Perón in November 1974 who was leading a civilian government that was besieged by rampant inflation, corruption, and violence by university students, unions, and leftist organizations.
More than 40,000 were families travelling together.
Children and newborns continue to be taken from their parents even as the Administration claims to have rescinded the order to forcibly separate migrant families.