March 18, 2013

While it is important to scrutinize Pope Francis’s clerical life during Argentina’s “Dirty War” [front page, March 16], it remains equally important to examine the United States’ role in supporting the brutal Argentine junta.

If skeletons are being brought into the light, then the extent of U.S. support for the junta through economic and military assistance, silence at human rights violations by a Cold War ally and the turning of a blind eye to “the disappeared” during years of repression is a similarly relevant subject — one that should be addressed and helps provide broader context to the discussion of the era. 

Paul Rockower, Washington