One thing that differentiates Argentina from other countries that went through atrocious dictatorships is the relentless search for justice on the part of the victims. And I mean justice, not revenge. Despite obstacles and disappointments, groups such as Madres and Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo have always gone forward trying to bring those responsible for the atrocities in the 1976-1983 dictatorship to court. Yesterday, they achieve another victory, when an Argentinian court found two former dictators guilty of stealing dozens of babies. As a result,
Jorge Rafael Videla, who ruled as a dictator between 1976 to 1981, was sentenced to 50 years in prison.Sometimes, it is good to feel that justice was served.
Gen. Reynaldo Benito Bignone, who ruled the country from June 1982 until the nation's return to democracy in December 1983, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.