In a remote corner of El Salvador, investigators uncovered the remains of a horrible crime — a crime that Washington had long denied. The villagers of El Mozote had the misfortune to find themselves in the path of the Salvadoran Army's anti-Communist crusade. The story of the massacre at El Mozote — how it came about, and hy it had to be denied — stands as a central parable of the Cold War.
[Mark Danner] The Massacre at El Mozote Read Any Book
In the case of the Massacre at El Mozote, the need for the Reagan administration to uphold the appearance of being aloof from foreign conflict in the end undermined any effort they might have put forth to save innocent lives at the hand of what is still so often ambiguously referred to as “rebel forces.” Danner shows how turning a blind eye to what was really happening in Latin America for the sake of trying to spread democracy and defeat radical communist rebel forces is really where the blame should lie in the case of the massacre. While it is easy for any one party to place blame on another, it is more apt to say after reading Danner’s account in The Massacre at El Mozote is that anyone who subscribed to the Red Scare political tactics as an immediate symptom of the Cold War were left susceptible to blame for ignoring the warning signs of a derelict military regime under the guise of democracy, which succeeded in committing one of the most gruesome atrocities in recent history. Like any good journalist, Danner doesn’t outright blame any one particular party, as it is clear the army that attacked the village is accountable above all else, he allows us to see a bigger picture in which the strength of the United States, particularly at this time of Cold War-centered international policy making, makes it responsible for how and whom it aids for the sake of saving its own face.
∶⊛ The Massacre at El Mozote [Mark Danner]
Danner’s analysis of the unfortunate set of circumstances arrived at by U.S. involvement in the political turmoil of El Salvador is an apt point of focus for the series of events that led to the Massacre at El Mozote. El Salvador’s provisional President, the once overthrown Jose Napoleon Duarte, was more or less at the mercy of the United States, which the country was reliant on for aid to combat the guerillas. Duarte publically denied the massacre took place at quite a crucial time in relation to securing continual support from the U.S. government. As Danner explains,
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