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Book ✓ The Massacre at El Mozote Í 320 pages Download ↠ Johnscyclingdiary Ë ❰Reading❯ ➾ The Massacre at El Mozote Author Mark Danner – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk In December 1981 soldiers of the Salvadoran Army's select American trained Atlacatl BattalionN foreign policy establishment Now Danner has expanded his report into a brilliant book adding new material as well as the actual sources He has produced a masterpiece of scrupulous investigative journalism that is also a testament to the forgotten victims of a neglected theater of the cold war This book chronicles the worst atrocity that has occurred in Central America the massacre of 767 non combatant civilians in December 1981 by the Salvadoran army in the village of El Mozote and likely many victims whose remains did not permit counting Not a dramatic narrative the author focuses on telling the facts preceding the situation the event and the denial and obfuscation by both the Salvadoran regime and the US government that poured six billion dollars into supporting the regime and its oppressionI'd already visited the site and heard the story of what happened told with a lot emotion by people who lived the Salvadoran conflict What I found most interesting in Danner's book is the materials he includes Intentionally or not the source materials embassy cables interviews US government hearing transcripts etc show how the truth is destroyed not by denial but through dilution misdirection small lies semantic games it dies from a thousand cuts It is a cautionary lesson to me as I process the news from conflicts military actions and other atrocities small and large that continue unabated

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Es the Reagan administration uickly dismissed them as propaganda In the end El Mozote was forgotten The war in El Salvador continued with American fundingWhen Mark Danner's reconstruction of these events first appeared in The New Yorker it sent shock waves through the news media and the America A little under two years ago I witnessed the first ever change of government in El Salvador as the people voted in the leftist FMLN party over ARENA the rightest who had ruled the country for its entire existence At the time I believed that the threat of a leftist Chavez type victory would be dangerous here in El Salvador I also believed that the left would bring little of the promised change Now I can say that only one of those was actually true The government has made little changes but now I believe that even if the left had intended to become Chavez esue that they would not have succeeded The people of El Salvador are not ideologues and change comes painfully slow The idea of an extreme left takeover of this country seems laughable now The most important findings of this book includes the atrocious behavior of the American government as they supported an Army that clearly lacked control or discipline They continued to fund a war on civilians so because they feared a communist takeover As in other ridiculous situations with the same storyline of this time it seems the American government had this deep seeded fear of a shadow named Communism that might one day turn into a person and try to kill them Oh how wrong they were Several times throughout this book it uotes American government officials as saying that the killing of a few hundred civilians was preferable to a communist victory Because apparently a communist victory by definition meant doom for MORE civilians later Some other points I noted during my reading were The military officers had a distinct system whereby they became kin and sheltered each other and supported each other NO MATTER WHAT This meant anything from shielding their companions from illegal acts they may have committed to supporting and even handpicking the next president There was a little mentioned faction of progressive military officers who favored centrist policies and working with the agitated left Some of these officers later defected and joined the guerrilla fighters In many cases civilians who were sympathetic to the left were killed simply because the left did not have the resources to protect their own people They waged guerrilla war and the only way to protect their own was to have them flee This is hard when you have lots of children etc Many of the arms the guerrillas used were bought from the Salvadoran Army via soldiers looking to make a buck Most reminiscent of the AfghanIra war If we don't kill them the children now they'll just grow up to be guerrillas We have to take care of the job now When trying to downplay the massacre the US govt used as evidence the way the guerrilla army was pushing news of the massacre The govt said that was proof that it was propaganda Just the fact that it was being pushed meant it probably wasn't true Knowing what I know now after reading this book and spending two years here in El Salvador it is pretty incredible that people are able to get on in a very civilized Democratic way Lots of blood was shed I went to a cemetery just outside Mozote last Day of the Dead with a family in my community who saw an uncle and two brothers killed during the war It's not like it was that long ago but yet people have been able to maintain a civilized way of dealing with each other It is truly impressive

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The Massacre at El MozoteIn December 1981 soldiers of the Salvadoran Army's select American trained Atlacatl Battalion entered the village of El Mozote where they murdered hundreds of men women and children often by decapitation Although reports of the massacre and photographs of its victims appeared in the United Stat the depravity of the US during the Cold War The US had one objective in the Cold War Stop Communism It did not matter what tactics the governments we gave billions of dollars to used to secure that objective it only mattered that countries in Latin America and Africa fell into non Communistic hands Sign the check and don't ask uestions Don't worry about the death tolls or who has gone missing Ignore intelligent reports from El Salvador that say an entire village has been destroyed all because rebels were supposedly in the area No fund the war achieve your objective and don't ask about the atrocities that were committed to get it done In 1981 and entire village in El Salvador was erased by an US fundedtrained Salvadoran army They marched into El Mozote and wiped out an entire village in one of the most heinous stories I have ever read Compared to stories out of the Rwandan Genocide and the Rape of Nanking this book made me shudder and uestion the true depravity of man It is amazing the hatred that can fill a human life and the ability man has time and time again to see their neighbor as somehow not human and worthy of such treatment The trust of the massacre lay hidden for 11 years before Rufina Amaya Máruez the sole survivor of the attack managed to tell anyone her story For a bit information on one of the heroes of the situation look at