Guatemala and Prosecuting Crimes Against Humanity in Latin America

250px-Guatemala-CIA_WFB_MapThere has been, lets say, a “shady” relationship between the U.S. and Latin American leaders in the past, some resulting in crimes that may be classified as nearly unspeakable (“Operation Camelot” and Pinochet’s support in Chile; the United Fruit Company in Guatemala; the “Bay of Pigs” and the Cuban Missile Crisis in Cuba; support of the Nicaraguan Contras; the Colombian right-wing with their crimes against leftist rebels [FARC, mainly]). But since 2000, I would estimate, Latin America has begun holding its own in terms of resisting unbridled U.S. interference. A good example is illuminated here in this NYT op-ed on the genocide trial of the former Guatemalan dictator (who Reagan said was getting a “bad wrap”) Efraín Ríos Montt. Hopefully this trial will be successful, with due limitations, and will become an inspiration for other nations who have protected war criminals amongst their citizens.

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