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Guatemalan genocide got assist from US, Christian Right, and Israel

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The conviction of Rios Montt for genocide in Guatemala during his short rule (1982-1983) has brought that episode back into the news. The death toll during the Guatemalan civil war was estimated at 200,000 by a UN commission, with the overwhelming majority of these casualties (93 percent) committed by the army, though only a portion during the reign of Rios Montt. The record is one of mass slaughter, mass rape, and possibly the worst human rights violation in the Western Hemisphere in the last 50 years.
 
As anyone who followed human rights issues back then knows, the Reagan Administration supported the Guatemalan regime, with Reagan personally defending the dictator, claiming that he had “great personal integrity and commitment.” Elliott Abrams also claimed that the human rights situation was improving–precisely when it was at its worst.
 
The Guatemalan regime had many supporters–the Reagan Administration, the Christian Right, and several other countries, including Israel, Taiwan, and the fascist regimes in Argentina and Chile (see the NYT).
 
Politics makes strange bedfellows: the Argentinian regime was notoriously anti-semitic, and yet Israel and Argentina both played a role in supporting the murderous rightwing forces in Central America.  Israel supported Somoza*  and the contras,  and notably, the Guatemalan military.  
 
The history here seems to support the notion that during the Cold War Israel did serve as a “useful” ally to the US, if one considers military aid to some of our most murderous allies “useful”. 
 

*For Somoza: (“Our Own Backyard: The US in Central America, 1977-1992 ” by William LeoGrande, page 24)

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i had previously linked to a great article by cheryl rubenberg of the middle east research and information project detailing israel’s military role in guatamala and the genocide there.

http://www.merip.org/mer/mer140/israel-guatemala

central america has been one of the sites for neoliberal laboratories for social and economic innovation. see also honduras, with its recently aborted experiment in the 21st century ‘company town’, rationalized of course with high-tech, entreprenurial mumbo jumbo.

http://www.cryptogon.com/?p=31166

This is all par for the course for Zionists. They fought tooth and nail for the world to agree that only Jews really suffered during WWII, irrespective of all the other victims of Nazism, denied the Armenian Genocide (until they got upset with Turkey) and supported South Africa’s oppression of the native majority. To a Zionist it can’t be genocide if the victims aren’t Jewish. To a Zionist it can’t be a crime unless the… Read more »

Israel sold plenty of arms to the “notoriously anti-Semitic” Argentinian junta. The Zionists don’t really care about anti-Semitism, and don’t even pretend to except when they can use it as a political tool. Remember that Israel owes its existence to the aid it received from another “notorious anti-Semite” — Stalin.

ISRAEL SAID TO AID LATIN AIMS OF U.S. By PHILIP TAUBMAN, Special to the New York Times (The New York Times); Foreign Desk July 21, 1983, Thursday Late City Final Edition, Section A, Page 1, Column 2, 856 words [ DISPLAYING ABSTRACT ] Israel, at the request of the United States, is sending weapons captured from the Palestine Liberation Organization to Honduras for eventual use by Nicaraguan rebels, according to senior Reagan Administration officials. The… Read more »

Gen. Videla, head of the Argentinian junta, just died in jail. His obituary is in today’s Washington Post.