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Allan Nairn, "Behind the Death Squads," The Progressive, May 1984:

When D’Aubuisson officially left the army after the 1979 coup, he launched his political movement with a series of television speeches. He assailed the junta for abolishing ORDEN-"born in the bosom of the armed forces." D’Aubuisson declared. "ORDEN has ceased to function with that name," he said, "but its principles live and are newly serving the fatherland with the Frente Democratica Nacionalista [Democratic Nationalist Front, D’Aubuisson’s new political organization]."


Having established the principle, D’Aubuisson got down to specifics, marshaling charts, photos, videotapes, and computer graphics for a intricately detailed, name-byname, face-by-face tirade against "El Salvador’s terrorist conspiracy.

D’Aubuisson denounced union leaders, priests, academics, peasant organizers, students, professionals, government officials, and Christian Democrats. Among those he named was Archbishop Oscar Romero, who he told, "You still have time to change your ways." He also attacked Mario Zamora, a leading Christian Democrat and member of the government, who-like others identifies in the broadcasts-was assassinated in a matter of weeks.

"Unfortunately, when we mention a person, poom, they’d shoot them." Says Alberto Bondanza, a D’Aubuisson intimate and one of the founders of ARENA. "Then they started linking us with the Death Squads. If by chance the army arrived and happened to shoot one of these people in a battle, then everybody threw the blame on us."

Above: Screenshots of D'Aubuisson trying to link centrist Christian Democratic Party to the leftist insurgency

NYT, 12 Mar. 1989:

SAN SALVADOR, March 9—  After leading throngs of clapping supporters in a martial campaign song called ''Tremble, Tremble Communists,'' Roberto d'Aubuisson took a machete from an aide and sliced a watermelon in two. The fruit, he told the cheering campaign crowd, represented Jose Napoleon Duarte and the Christian Democrats, whose party color is green - green on the outside, he said, but red on the inside.

Glenn Beck Show, 17 Jun. 2009:

   Beck: You like watermelon?

   Kerpen: I love watermelon.

   Beck: I think this is a watermelon bill.

   [Begins slicing open melon.]

   Kerpsen: I think you're exactly right. This bill is green on the outside -- the thinnest green on the outside, and on the inside, it's deep Communist red.

   And, you know, Gorbachev actually runs an environmental group now. I don't know if everyone knows that. But this bill has only the thin sheen of environmentalism. Greenpeace said it will do nothing to help pollution. Even the EPA says it might increase greenhouse gas emissions.

   This is just an excuse for central planning, central control of our economy.

Yeah. I'll post more eerie similarities when I find them.

Originally posted to Daisy Cutter on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 05:22 PM PST.

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