Galtieri, Leopoldo Fortunato

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Galtieri, Leopoldo Fortunato

(lā'əpōl`dō fôr'to͞onä`tō gältyĕ`rē), 1926–2003, Argentine general, president of Argentina (1981–82). Army commander and a member of the ruling military junta, when president he ordered the invasion of the British-held Falkland IslandsFalkland Islands
, Span. Islas Malvinas, group of islands (2012 pop. 2,563), 4,618 sq mi (11,961 sq km), S Atlantic, c.300 mi (480 km) E of the Strait of Magellan. The islands are a British overseas territory; the capital is Stanley.
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, which Argentina occupied in Apr., 1982. After the British recaptured (June 14, 1982) the islands, he was forced to resign, convicted of negligence, and imprisoned (1986–89). In July, 2002, he was arrested on charges of human rights abuses during the so-called dirty war against Argentine leftists during the late 1970s and early 1980s, but he died six months later.
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Or General Galtieri, the ogre of that memorable summer of 1982.
Then up pops General Galtieri and the Conservatives were back in the game.
Argentine dictator General Galtieri had underestimated the lady.
He added: "Since the days of General Galtieri there is a very definite separation between the civilian government and the armed forces and certainly it does not appear, although one should never be complacent, that their armed forces are well equipped at the moment.
Above all, I remember the footage of the sinister Junta - General Galtieri, Brigadier Lami Dozo and Admiral Anaya, names that still make me shiver and think of the misery and oppression they imposed on the Argentinian people.
It had nothing at all to do with the Argentine invasion, in fact General Galtieri is unlikely to even have known about it, but Labour was in a difficult position in 1982.
The admiral said the military junta, headed by General Galtieri, believed that invading the "Malvinas" Islands would boost their fading popularity.
Mr Macdonald refers to a "senseless and unnecessary war" in the Falkland Islands - may I remind him this was a war started by the dictator General Galtieri, when he invaded the islands completely unprovoked in an attempt to divert attention from his domestic economic problems.
Critics say the Church did little to oppose the government led by General Galtieri.
Clausewitz's deductions about war being subservient to politics were the product of rational thinking and intense human experience as opposed to the surrealistic mode demonstrated by Argentinean general Galtieri in the Falklands War.
But the actions of General Galtieri, in ordering the invasion of the islands, were the primary responsibility.
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