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22 Of course, this was not just a Colombian phenomenon. The most famous case of murder of a political leader was that of Salvador Allende in Chile, though it should be included with qualifications. It is widely accepted that Allende likely committed suicide as the Chilean army attacked the presidential palace, but to exclude him would be letting Augosto Pinochet and his comrades off on an unreasonable technicality. In a court of law, Allende’s death would be manslaughter at least, or more likely felony murder.
It was thus understandable that his elevation to Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977 would be less than welcome to such churchmen. Yet his consciousness was ripe for raising. ” Archbishop Romero began denouncing poverty and social injustice, as well as political murder, bringing him international notoriety. He also chided the United States for its role. Predictably, on March 24, 1980, the day after he delivered a sermon calling on members of the Salvadoran defense forces to act like Christians and cease carrying out repressive and murderous orders, he was himself murdered as he celebrated mass at a hospital chapel.
To this end, Chapter 1 examines the victims, namely, who gets killed (as a matter of course) and why. The similarities between victims through time and across Latin America definitively tie the phenomenon of political murder together as a regional trend. Chapter 2 lays out the mechanics of individual assassination and mass-directed dirty war. While the victims are consistent across the region, the practice of political murder has been as varied as the different countries themselves. Each country or period has its own styles and methods—its own particular route to the common destination of killing the messengers of change.