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US role in El Salvador conflict

Excuses about stopping communism in Central America were just a coverup for a policy of repressing demands for decent wages, housing, education, and human rights. We have been told that El Salvador is a "fledgling democracy." Apparently, democracy means freedom of choice with a gun to the head.

The media seems suddenly willing to reveal the barbarism of a US client state. Yet the evidence has been available all along. Perhaps the media chose to ignore it for political reasons.

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Supporting foreign oligarchies, rather than regarding them as aberrations or necessary evils, is deliberate. When brought to light, specific abuses come across as episodic - perhaps attributable to corrupt individuals in high places and not the result of overall domination. L. Gagnon, Belchertown, Mass.

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