…farce? ¿o, meterse en honduras?…Posted: 2013-08-23
The power of power to surpass its own hypocrisy. From a post at firedoglake.com
Compare and contrast… The post suggests that the police force of St. Lucia incurred the wrath of the US government, and will not benefit from the superb training the US provides the local police force; this, because of alleged egregious, extra-judicial behaviour of some members of the force.
Then, again, if we consider that US$1.0 billion or so of that approx US$1.3 billion in ‘aid’ (weapons, etc.) to Egypt flows annually to the military industrial folk – most in the US and the balance to the elites of the Egyptian military, then it makes sense? And that thing of having a regional enforcer of fearsome and facilitating reputation, slight difference from St Lucia…
Irony just keeps dripping, and becomes a torrential downpour. An article on FAIR examines a documentary with one segment on Guatemala and the other on Honduras. That documentary presented on This American Life was sufficient to win a prestigious journalism award. But like Caesar’s Ghost, egregious omissions would command the stage. The FAIR excerpt of an article from NACLA:
Given Reagan’s collaboration with and defense of Rios Montt, along with a Guatemalan judge’s finding of “sufficient evidence tying Rios Montt to the Las Dos Erres massacre” (Reuters, 5/21/12), one would expect an acclaimed public radio show to make this obvious connection in the course of an hour-long episode titled “What Happened at Dos Erres?” (This American Life,5/25/12).
Reached by phone, one of Glass’s in-studio interviewees—Kate Doyle of the National Security Archives—said she and Glass had had a wide-ranging discussion in which she highlighted the active U.S. role in Guatemala’s conflict. The show ultimately aired a greatly shortened segment with Doyle, which excluded that content.
[Montt would be convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity in Guatemala on 10 May, 2013 with the verdict being overturned on 20 May, on questionable grounds.]
And on Honduras:
This American Life also excluded any reference to the fact that after appointing Sánchez, Honduras’s post-coup leader Lobo designated Juan Carlos “El Tigre” Bonilla, accused of past ties to death squads (AP, 7/1/12), as the national chief of police. And, naturally, the show’s breathlessly favorable treatment of charter cities avoided the 2012 death-squad-style murder of human rights lawyer Antonio Trejo, Honduras’ most prominent charter-cities opponent (NACLA, 2/19/13.
And from elsewhere, The Guardian, would come evidence to put the role of policy and its forceful implementation in context:
It was a role made for Steele. The veteran had made his name in El Salvador almost 20 years earlier as head of a US group of special forces advisers who were training and funding the Salvadoran military to fight the FNLM guerrilla insurgency. These government units developed a fearsome international reputation for their death squad activities. Steele’s own biography describes his work there as the “training of the best counterinsurgency force” in El Salvador.
[One accused merchant of death, Col Inocente (sic!) Orlando Montano, would be discovered working in the US as his extradition to Spain was sought. Instead, he may be charged in the US with immigration violations, less embarrassing to both parties.]
So then. Is it that the accused St. Lucian police officers were guilty of being insufficiently ‘fearsome’? After all, we now have as regional role model, Honduras…