MISSING (1982)

Sound Bites

The men who run our government are like early Oriental potentates playing chess with live figures.  They sit back and manipulate the pieces without ever realizing the cost in human lives.
(Elizabeth Horman, qtd. in Hauser 252)

I’m trying to do things as I feel.  Little by little you discover that there is no one truth, no one ideology which brings you to some kind of Utopia.  You become more suspicious of every kind of ideology that presents itself as the only good one.  (Costa-Gavras, qtd. in Ansen 69)

His picture is a mixture of caution and irresponsibility.  He cautiously names nothing and no one precisely; he glibly implies deep guilt, making empty heroic gestures of protest without foundation and without risk.  It’s thus a perfect Hollywood liberal picture, playing to a gallery of trained seals and to another gallery of the gullible, for the happiest kind of Hollywood profit—big returns plus big ego-satisfactions.  (Kauffmann 25)

What I’m sure they did to Charles Horman was do nothing to save him.  Of that I’m absolutely sure.  They didn’t give a shit about his life, for absolute sure.  And this is why there must be a trial.  Not so much to punish Pinochet—he’s too old for punishment to be effective—but so we can all finally get the truth about that period, to understand better why and how what happened, happened.  (Costa-Gavras, qtd. in Vest 57)

The powers that be have to have an enemy.  This enemy is “the culture,” and, of course, the larger “the culture” is, the bigger the enemy seems.  It is difficult for people to accept change from one day to another.  The empire has its own myths, its machismo, its autosatisfactions.  Now Americans have to learn not to be so macho, not to be the biggest, the strongest, the number one.  Because you cannot stop history.  (Costa-Gavras, qtd. in Kopkind 467)

Every so often a careful examination of conscience is good for the soul.  It can lead to a deeper appreciation of the self and those subtle forces that influence one’s relationships to the world, to other people and to God.  (Blake 263)

News is a show.  Performance is the event.  The line between fact and fancy is the line of passion.  The image is the reality.  (Lewis 26)

It took me quite a while to realize that Charles would never come home.  The day my brother told me he was dead, it seemed very unreal.  Nobody rolled drums; nobody fainted; nobody went hysterical.  It was as though…You know, Charles wore a gold wedding band on his left hand.  Someone stole it off his body.  I wanted the ring for Joyce, but it wasn’t returned….That’s the type of recollection I try to avoid now.  I won’t destroy the memory of a whole beautiful life by dwelling on a few tragic days.  Bitterness is an ill-fitting memorial.  (Elizabeth Horman, qtd. in Hauser 253)

I tried very hard not to indulge in sorrow.  Certainly, my hopes had dwindled, but I was committed to pursuing every last chance that Charles might still be alive.  When the plane took off, I sat back, relaxed, and tried to think about what I could do to help.  Maybe I fantasized a little about where our relationship would go if Charles were rescued and brought home alive.  Fortunately, I had the satisfaction of knowing that, while we suffered the wear and tear that was normal between members of our respective generations, the bonds between us were strong.  (Ed Horman, qtd. in Hauser 144)

We have no more right to accuse ourselves than to accuse others.  Guilt feelings are like fear—given us for survival, not destruction.  (Charles Horman, qtd. in Hauser 176)

Let me take the opportunity at the outset to restate that the United States government, the Central Intelligence Agency, had no role in the overthrow of the regime in Chile.  (James Schlesinger, qtd. in Michalczyk 228)

I can say quite flatly that we did not [finance the activities that brought down the Allende government]…we had nothing to do with the political destabilization of Chile, the U.S. government had nothing to do with it.  (Harry Shlaudeman, qtd. in Michalczyk 228)

…there’s no doubt in my mind, our government had no involvement in any way whatsoever in the coup itself.  (President Gerald Ford, qtd. in Michalczyk 228)

Copyright (c) 1999 by Terry Su, Undergraduate at Lehigh University.

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