There may be more Latin American Studies in the U.S. than there are in Latin America. That is only a guess of mine – but I do know for sure that most Latinos know almost nothing about what is going on in their part of the world. And to be perfectly honest, most Americans do not either.
This has led to the situation in the Honduras elections described by the NACLA - another American organization. Which gets scant attention in the American Media.
I traveled in Honduras and Guatemala myself in 1979 – just as the genocide against the Maya Indians was beginning. I greatly admired the Mayas – and was shocked by the behavior of the Guatemalan Military – who were killing them right in front of the tourists in the mountain cities.
I met Americans then who thought Rios Montt was wonderful – because he was a Christian! And he was, an evangelical preacher, in fact. He was also a cold-blooded murderer – but they were able to overlook that.
The statistics in the article are startling – 200,000 deaths, almost all of them caused by the military – who were trained and supplied by the American military. Whole villages disappeared – including women and children – who were buried in mass graves.
When my father visited Guatemala City in the late Forties – he thought it was one of the most beautiful cities he had ever seen. Now it is just the opposite – ugly and full of crime. But I still meet American tourists who have noticed nothing wrong in Guatemala – because, I suppose, they can see it is friendly to Business. Which it certainly is – much to its detriment – as the article describes in some detail.
I can only share an insight I had in Thailand, after a trek through the Hill Tribes “When the original people are gone – we are finished!” These people knew how to live – and we have forgotten how to do that.