The meeting of the Foreign Policy Committees on the policy of Tram administration regarding Venezuela this week has come to a farce when controversial freshman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Tried to direct the debate for 30 years in other Latin American countries.
In a cheap attempt to discredit the special envoy Elliott Abrams, a longtime foreign policy specialist who served in the Reagan administration, Omar began to read from a set of trends that were apparently written with the same tendentious article that came out on the website of Al Jazeera Web site:
Omar: "On February 8, 1982, you testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on US policy in El Salvador. In this hearing, you rejected as a message of communist propaganda about the massacres in El Mosoth [sic, Abrams did not deny it in his testimony, the discrepancy in the immediate, confusing aftermath was the number of victims] in which more than 800 civilians, including children under the age of 2, were brutally killed by US-trained military men. "During this massacre, some of these troops boasted that they were raping 1
Abrams: "Since the day the President [José Napoleón] Duarte was elected in free elections to this day, El Salvador was a democracy.
Omar: "Yes or no, do you think that the massacre was a fabulous achievement that happened under our watch?"
Abrams: "This is a ridiculous question,
Omar: " So or not? "
Abrams: " No – "
Abrams: "I'm sorry, Mr. Chairman, I'm not going to respond to such a personal attack."
It is said that those who on the left never forget, and it will never be more true when it comes to the United States and Latin America, for them the total amount of US relations with our southern neighbors is a caricature of unjustified interference, revolution, and economic exploitation, and in the Reagan era,
At that time, with the support of the Soviet Union, Cuba helped organize at least 27 different partisan groups in the Western Hemisphere, the total number of which was about 25,000 armed and trained members until 1987. The United States estimated that at least 20,000 people , including more than 10,000 Latin Americans, have been trained in one of over 50 courses in guerrilla warfare guerrillas. At the same time, almost every country in Latin America was led by a military junta, which was largely conducting violent struggle against rebels against Marxist rebels, especially in Central America
. In this whirlpool, the Reagan administration took a step. But even when Reagan's people sought to train and arming the military, they had at the same time a political and diplomatic strategy to strengthen democratic institutions. It was time for the generals to go, said Abrams.
This is exactly what happened in El Salvador in 1984, when millions of Salvadors challenged the partisan threats of the election to elect Christian Democrat Duarte as a candidate for the right. and in 1986 in Guatemala with the election of another Christian Democrat, Vinicio Serezou. In neighboring Honduras in 1982, Roberto Suazo won a military candidate, replacing another general.
No, this has not always been good; rarely go guerrilla warfare. In fact, they have the habit of being brutal and inexorable, because they want the guerrillas to deliberately hiding behind innocent civilians who are trying to provoke such crimes that took place in El Mosot to use them for propaganda purposes, both inside and outside the country. 19659002] They failed in Central America, largely because of US policy to strengthen security during the promotion of elections, which promoted democracy.
Today, throughout Latin America, democracy and free elections have become the norm. Ironically, which evidently eschews Omar, the only restraining parties are the left-wing authoritarian regimes in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, where human rights are systematically violated.
Elliott Abrams document by itself. His only sin never fell into the radical left of the left, especially in Latin America. And the most optimistic irony is that the bullying that they try to face with him is not due to his failures, but his successes.
Jose Cardenas served in the administration of George Bush, focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean.