JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, Volume 24, Number 2, 2004 Page: 339
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I ask here: What remains other to this legal hermeneutical dialogue that
strives for the progressive enlargement of discursive solidarity? Unrav-
eling the discursive threads and so exposing the tears in the fabric that
weaves the claims of the law's "educative dialogue" allows us to
appreciate the fragments and traces that unwork the congruence of a
tidy narrative order. What remains other to an orderly protocol of
annotating the event? What remains on the way to edifying and
reconciling the social? I offer a brief consideration of how the
narrative of the trial of the nine commanders in Argentina is inextri-
cably tangled and constructed against an excluded other when it is
read as an educative dialogue that accomplishes social unanimity and
Unraveling the Links in the "Educative Dialogue"
As the Argentine military's legitimacy disintegrated, and democracy
began to situate itself, the discourses circulating about how to come to
terms with the past were replete with the need to "uncover knowledge"
that could once and for all exorcise the "national spirit" of its ghosts
(Donghi 14). The public rituals of producing and deliberating on the
"evidence"/ "facts"/ "truth" about the past trauma became a key means in
the will to disinter "the true identity ofthe nation." As Santiago Kovadloff
claimed, "The trial is founding the Republic. We, through this trial... are
founding the Repulic" (qtd. in Brysk 225 n. 81). The longing for the absent
imagined community ("who we really are") was linked with the will to
"know." Of course, the initiation of the trial of the military in Argentina
was and should be broadly welcomed; however, the legal means of
coming to terms with the past tended to feed into the national longing for
a reverential precept that would synthesize the exposed differences,
subduing them within an all-encompassing process that would deliver
resolution and conciliation. The "treacherous assault on the law" was
invoked repeatedly as the explanation for what promoted the "dirty war":
the law was the victim of "terrorisms" from both the left and from the
right.' Although caught in the middle of the senseless violence the law
inevitably endured and was able once again to establish normalcy to the
nation. For most Argentines who remained quiet and passive during the
horrors committed by the state, the presentation of the law as being
"caught in the middle," as being unable to convince "the two violent
groups" of its decency, provided powerful tropes for identification, for it
bespoke their desires to appear righteous while being absolved of any
implications with this period: their morals were "held hostage by rival
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