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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:46 PM

New Documents Show Reagan Gave Go-Ahead To Mayan Genocide

New Documents Show Reagan Gave Go-Ahead To Mayan Genocide
By Susie Madrak

Robert Parry on a newly-released document that spells out how President Ronald Reagan promoted genocide in Central America:

Soon after taking office in 1981, President Ronald Reagan’s national security team agreed to supply military aid to the brutal right-wing regime in Guatemala to pursue the goal of exterminating not only “Marxist guerrillas” but their “civilian support mechanisms,” according to a newly disclosed document from the National Archives.

Over the next several years, the military assistance from the Reagan administration helped the Guatemalan army do just that, engaging in the slaughter of some 100,000 people, including what a truth commission deemed genocide against the Mayan Indians in the northern highlands.

Recently discovered documents at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, also reveal that Reagan’s White House was reaching out to Israel in a scheme to circumvent congressional restrictions on military equipment for the Guatemalan military.

In 1983, national security aide Oliver North (who later became a central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal) reported in a memo that Reagan’s Deputy National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane (another key Iran-Contra figure) was approaching Israel over how to deliver 10 UH-1H helicopters to Guatemala to give the army greater mobility in its counterinsurgency war.

According to these documents that I found at the Reagan library – and other records declassified in the late 1990s – it’s also clear that Reagan and his administration were well aware of the butchery underway in Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America.


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http://consortiumnews.com/2013/02/21/how-reagan-promoted-genocide/

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Reply New Documents Show Reagan Gave Go-Ahead To Mayan Genocide (Original post)
kpete Feb 2013 OP
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #1
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #7
Myrina Feb 2013 #16
dreamnightwind Mar 2013 #31
Comrade Grumpy Mar 2013 #32
DCKit Mar 2013 #35
datasuspect Mar 2013 #36
jwirr Feb 2013 #2
Tierra_y_Libertad Feb 2013 #3
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #8
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #4
Blanks Mar 2013 #33
Ichingcarpenter Feb 2013 #5
ck4829 Feb 2013 #6
frylock Feb 2013 #9
Berlum Feb 2013 #10
benld74 Feb 2013 #11
robbob Feb 2013 #12
hue Feb 2013 #13
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #14
malaise Mar 2013 #34
drm604 Feb 2013 #15
Octafish Feb 2013 #17
G_j Feb 2013 #18
bvar22 Feb 2013 #19
Ichingcarpenter Feb 2013 #21
BainsBane Feb 2013 #22
bvar22 Feb 2013 #26
Arctic Dave Feb 2013 #29
bvar22 Feb 2013 #30
BainsBane Feb 2013 #20
Jeff In Milwaukee Feb 2013 #23
BainsBane Feb 2013 #24
indepat Feb 2013 #25
formercia Feb 2013 #27
Fantastic Anarchist Feb 2013 #28

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:01 PM

1. St. Ronnie was responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in Central America.

Maybe a quarter million killed in Guatemala.

About 75,000 killed in the Salvadoran civil war.

About 75,000 killed trying to overthrow the Sandinistas.

Hundreds, if not thousands, killed in Honduras, which became our aircraft carrier for the Contra War.

I saw frightened young men dragged off buses in Guatemala. I saw handcuffed bodies in the streets with bullet wounds in their heads in San Salvador. I saw burned out villages in Nicaragua. US funds were paying for all of it.

Oh, and those scary Salvadoran gangs like Salva Maratrucha? Another gift from Reagan. These guys or their parents fled the violence in El Salvador, went to the US, learned how to be gang-bangers, and now have a nifty little international network.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:28 PM

7. And who was his VP? Poppy Bush, "former" director and long-term member of the CIA....

....whose area of expertise in the was Central America, South America, and the Caribbean Basin.

Poppy was the REAL decision-maker in the Reagan Administration, make no mistake about it.



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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:01 PM

16. ^ This ^

Ronnie was a nasty old fuck, but Poppy Bush and his mini-me Darth Cheney are Satan incarnate (if such a thing could exist).

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:48 AM

31. Great post, CG.

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Response to dreamnightwind (Reply #31)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:52 AM

32. Howdy, neighbor, thanks. It brought back some ugly memories.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:48 PM

35. What you said. In spades.

 

The S.O. is from El Salvador. I laugh at those who speak of "illegal immigration" out one side of their mouths, and laud Raygun out the other.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:55 PM

36. yeah, but they're brown people

 

so they don't count. we're supposed to be killing them. it's what Uhhhhmerica does best.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:03 PM

2. Disaster capitalism.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:04 PM

3. No doubt the culprits will face trial....won't they?

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:34 PM

8. Well, Ollie North faced a career as a Fox News broadcaster.

And that evil fuck Elliot Abrams, he's now doing penitence as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

They should have both gone before the Hague.

There is a Salvadoran general on trial in Miami now, I think. Thirty-five years later.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:05 PM

4. This isn't one I am going to talk about with RWers.

I am afraid it will make them like Reagan even more.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 07:06 AM

33. That's among the scariest things about this story. eom

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:17 PM

5. I meet a Salvadoran that described the torture in the 80s

He has fled the country after his brother and sister were killed and worked with us as a illegal laborer who we hired as a carpenter''s helper.

The Rat in an iron Box, heated with a blowtorch on someone's stomach who is tied down.

I know this torture out dates
any movie until the late 90s. He hadn't seen many movies anyway as being a Mayan peasant.

The story effected us all at the time.... and this was the time of Reagan's early term.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:21 PM

6. There was no insurgency by the Mayans.

Rios Montt truly believes that he was hunting 'demons' when he was murdering Mayans.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:47 PM

9. sit down, enjoy our ethnic meal

dine on some charbroiled nuns
try a medal on
smile at the mirror as the cameras click
and make big business happy

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:57 PM

10. Another vicious, lie-cloaked profiteering Republican campaign of evil

done by Republicans acting OCCULTLY, as usual, and against the express will of the citizens of the United States of America.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:05 PM

11. Gee new documents,,,

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:21 PM

12. Another forgotten chapter

In Americas long and brutal campaign of violence and terror against 3rd world nations. How many proud citizens of the USA even KNOW about these things?

God Bless America....

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:23 PM

13. Will these "new revelations" actually bring anyone to justice??

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:26 PM

14. How shocked should I pretend to be?

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 07:10 AM

34. I'm afraid to write it but the best I can come up with is

LOL

You see the US has been killing people at will (including Americans) long before drones. There's nothing new here.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:00 PM

15. Am I supposed to be surprised by this?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:05 PM

17. Capitalism's Invisible Army

Overthrowing the democratically elected government of Arbenz in 1954 was their first Big Event after overthrowing the democratically elected government in Iran for BP in 1953. Glorious Freedom!



Ah. Freedom. Who doesn't believe they wouldn't use the same, eh, tactics in the Homeland?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:12 PM

18. Indigenous "counterinsurgency"

same old, same old "manifest destiny" of the chosen, which certainly cowboy Ronnie could relate to.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:13 PM

19. Is the USA currently funding any Right Wing Death Squad Governments in Latin America?

If we knew, maybe we could stop it?


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Response to bvar22 (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:43 PM

21. Wikileaks' just released

our antidemocratic actions in the destruction
of Venezuela democracy.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:43 PM

22. Latin America has undergone democratization

since the 1990s. I wouldn't be surprised in the US wasn't up to nefarious activities in the region, but they need different allies now.
The National Security Archive is a great source for information, both primary documents and analysis: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #22)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 05:59 PM

26. The democratization of Latin America gives me hope for The World.

"The worst enemy of humanity is U.S. capitalism. That is what provokes uprisings like our own, a rebellion against a system, against a neoliberal model, which is the representation of a savage capitalism. If the entire world doesn't acknowledge this reality, that nation states are not providing even minimally for health, education and nourishment, then each day the most fundamental human rights are being violated."
----Bolivian Reform President Evo Morales


The above statement by Morales is not so very different
than FDR's Economic Bill of Rights in 1944 where he stated much the same thing.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:56 PM

29. Most likely all our focus is in Middle East and African death squads.

 

That's where all the new money is.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #29)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:48 PM

30. Now that Qaddafi has been "taken care of" by the IMF and Global Banks.....err., ah..NATO,

...North Africa is WIDE OPEN for some Good Old American Disaster Capitalism!!!

” For all his dictatorial megalomania, Gaddafi is a committed pan-African - a fierce defender of African unity. Libya was not in debt to international bankers. It did not borrow cash from the International Monetary Fund for any "structural adjustment". It used oil money for social services - including the Great Man Made River project, and investment/aid to sub-Saharan countries. Its independent central bank was not manipulated by the Western financial system. All in all a very bad example for the developing world.”

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MD27Ak01.html




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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:42 PM

20. Again, I'll point out this began in 1954

and spanned many administrations, Democratic and Republican alike. Reagan waged relentless war on Central America, but American hands were blood-stained long before he came to office.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:45 PM

23. The only possible difference...

Is that by the time Reagan came along, the American people were become (a little) more enlightened on the subject. A lot of cultural evolution went on in this country between 1954 and 1984.

Sadly, it seems our evolutionary transmission is stuck in neutral these days.

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Response to Jeff In Milwaukee (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:48 PM

24. well in fact aid to the Contras

who sought to overthrow the govt of Nicaragua was banned by Congress, so the Reagan administration found ways around the ban through Iran-Contra. Aid to the Guatemalan military was linked to "human rights," something Carter has imposed. I would need to look up how exactly that affected aid to the military government and for which years.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 05:59 PM

25. A book on the pre-presidential Reagan was entitled, if my recollection is correct, "One Swell Fella"

This episode is but one of a gaggle of incidents in which the Gipper showed himself being one swell fella as president.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:18 PM

27. Don't forget Poppy Bush

He was the real driving force behind the War in Central America.

St. Ronnie just signed off on it.

Don't allow Poppy to be Rehabilitated by putting the blame on Ronnie.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:26 PM

28. Wow, that was illuminating.

Thanks for posting.

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