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it has been with little surprise that I have read articles coming out of Washington in recent weeks, with US officials talking about a "Salvador Option" in Iraq, not only for democracy-building, but also for a more aggressive campaign to eliminate Iraqi insurgents and their supporters.
For decades the US propped up brutal dictatorships. But repression created fertile ground for Marxist guerrillas.
So in the 1980s, the US belatedly switched to democracy-building to stop the revolutions sweeping the region.
There followed a bloody 12-year stalemate between the US-funded and organised Salvadoran army, and Cuban-backed guerrillas.
The shield which stopped a guerrilla victory in El Salvador was in reality a reign of terror.
Constituent assembly elections, like those taking place in Iraq, were held in 1982.
The suffering the Salvadoran people experienced is still felt today But the war continued for another decade with the rebels rebuilding their strength.
The failure of US strategy in El Salvador is perhaps measured by its inability in 12 years to capture or kill a single top guerrilla commander in a country only the size of Belgium.
In the end, years more bloodshed and a potentially humiliating US defeat were only prevented by the Soviet collapse, which pulled the rug from under the guerrillas' feet.
Ah yes, we always love left wing prop presented as history. Come on, junior, present a real link to facts. This does not constitute evidence of anything other than that it was written. Editorials are not facts. Show me facts.
Get your own 'facts' and present them here oh mighty senior. Maybe you have something to prove to us all?
All I did was present a story for discussion. A story that certainly holds water.
I note you have no actual rebuke.
This was no 'left wing prop' by the way - it never fails to amuse me how some of you condemn anything vaguely critical of immoral practice perpetrated by the far right automatically as 'damn commies'. Must be a cold war hangover?
The US's favourite 3rd world government is a dictator subservient to it, if this gets out of hand they endevour to create a puppet democracy bound to the US economically and therefore under the US thumb. Nice. The US has no genuine interest in fostering the 'natural rights' of its constitution anywhere.
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