Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Beginning in El Salvador?

Today is Wednesday, 18 March 2009.

Until Sunday past, every president of El Salvador elected beginning in 1989 was a member of the neo-fascist Nationalist Republican Alliance party, or ARENA, which serves as the latest front for the oligarchs who have dominated the country since its independence from Spain, and have long been coddled by USA/USE regimes.

(In the spirit of FDR, who said of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, military dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961: “He’s a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch”.)

ARENA was founded in 1981 by former army intelligence major Roberto D’Aubuisson, who had previously served the oligarchs by creating and running death squads responsible for the torture and extermination of tens of thousands of Salvadoran civilians. His victims included Archbishop Oscar Romero, whom he assassinated while saying Mass.

D’Aubuisson was known as “Blowtorch Bob”, for his favoured instrument of interrogation and argumentation. A typical quote: "You Germans were very intelligent. You realized that the Jews were responsible for the spread of Communism, and you began to kill them." D’Aubuisson was a darling of the Reagan regime and the American right.

On Sunday past, a majority of Salvadorans repudiated ARENA, electing as president Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena, of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (F.M.L.N.). Funes is a journalist, a moderate leftist, and will take office on 1 June.

The Museum of the Bourgeois congratulates the people of El Salvador and Sr. Funes, and hopes that this victory will mark the beginning of the birth of a just and peaceful Salvadoran society.


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