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Amnesty Vs. Justice: The Dirty War

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Rebekah Sheridan
12/16/15
Amnesty vs Justice

Ernest Hemingway once said, “Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” There has been many wars throughout history that innocent people or victims have suffered from. A well-known example is World War II, where the Jews or anyone who helped the Jews got tortured and killed in the concentration camps, because Adolf Hitler and the Nazis blamed Jews for everything like losing World War I and economic crisis the country faced. Hitler scapegoated them for the country’s issues and made them “pay” for it. In my opinion, this is the kind of war that are extremely inhumane and “dirty”. The Dirty War of Argentina and Chile was a very dark time in Latin American history.
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