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  •  I believe Romero was a great man (none)
    but I have trouble with romanticizing the war in El Salvador to the point a lot of people are. Not just here in DailyKos, but in general.

    The war did not start in 1980. It started way before that although the violence did reach a crescendo after that.

    I remember the kidnappings of foreign and local business people in the 70s. I remember the way they were tortured and killed.

    I also remember the torture and killing of students and those thought to be "terrorists". The nuns and the Jesuit priests.

    I'd like to think it was a civil war in which the poor and oppressed were fighting for justice and freedom. I'm sure most of them really thought they were. And that is the sad part.
    While they thought they were doing that, I believe they were just pawns in a much larger stage. While they were giving their lives for that, the intellectuals lived lives of luxury.

    The US supporting the government, and the Soviet Bloc and other countries like China supporting/arming the guerrillas. (You do realize the guerrillas got arms and training in such places as Angola, Cuba, the USSR right? Not to mention used mercenaries from those countries aswell. I doubt the Soviets, the Cubans, the Chinese  just happened to be -for- "helping the poor.")
    Both just needlessly pushing death, fighting to a stalemate.

    I lost friends, and relatives on BOTH sides during the war. I sympathize with the poor who truly believed they were fighting for justice and equality, but I also sympathize with the hard working "middle class" ( the not so poor) who got what they had through hard work. Unfortunately they were lumped up with the rich, the oligarchy.

    I grew up in ES in a middle class family. Class hatred was so intense that as a kid I was once told by a young guy walking by , no older than 18, that when "they" won(the guerrillas), they were gonna kill my family and take over our house. WTF. I was a little  11 year old kid! . Who planted that bullshit in that guy's head? Who planted that hatred in his head?

    I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't believe everything you hear about ES. Disinformation campaigns ALWAYS painted a different picture obviously. Historians love to make martyrs and romanticize a story.

    The guerrillas (leadership) weren't right, and neither was the oligarchy/government. People fighting for the poor don't blow up bridges, kill cattle, burn plantations, burn buses, threaten to kill people who dare go out to stand in line to exercise their right to vote whether the elections are rigged or not. Give me a f-ing break.

    On the other hand, everyone who disagrees with the government, or is in his heart truly fighting to change a corrupt and abusive and oppressive system is not a "terrorist".

    The rich and the military were a minority. The FMLN were a minority. You know what most of the people in El Salvador, the majority,  wanted? To work. To be fucking left alone. By both sides.

    Demonized by one side, used by the other. I believe Romero was a great man. A hero. Maybe even a modern day saint. I will honor him as someone who truly loved and cared and was willing to fight for the poor.  

    •  hello xsal (none)
      are you here in DC?  So many of your fellow countrymen are that I was wondering.

      DCDemocrat: Higher editorial standards than The New York Times.

      by DCDemocrat on Fri Mar 25, 2005 at 07:40:25 AM PST

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