March 21, 2009
Chalk One up for Ronzo

My old paper the Washington Post, since fully evolved into Fox lite, today ran this wonderfully wacky paragraph about the election of leftist populist Mauricio Funes as President of El Salvador:

If Mr. Funes as well as the election’s losers now respect the rule of law, the result could be the consolidation of the political system the United States was aiming for when it intervened in El Salvador’s civil war during the 1980s. At the time, the goal of a successful Salvadoran democracy was dismissed as a mission impossible, just as some now say democracy is unattainable in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the right-wing ARENA party, whose leaders were linked to death squads in the 1980s, proved during the last few years that it could embrace democratic practices. Its presidential candidate, Rodrigo Ávila, acknowledged his defeat on election night.

For those very few of you who don’t follow the news from Central America that closely, I provide this link to BoRev, who does. His Onion-worthy headline: Reagan's Dream of A Leftist El Salvador Finally Realized. The post also has great art work, which I would steal if I knew how to do it.


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 21, 2009 03:36 PM
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There's nothing like death-squads to support liberal democracies. Trust the Italian Mafia.

Posted by: Peter on March 22, 2009 1:01 PM

You inspired me to fulminate. My LTTE:

Who wrote this editorial? Dick Cheney? Why is an election victory for a leftist populist "lamentable"? How has Hugo Chavez "disregarded" "liberal democracy"? After all, it was the Bush administration that tried to overthrow the elected president of Venezuela, not the Chavez administration that tried to overthrow the less clearly elected President Bush. And you're giving credit for this election to Ronald Reagan, despite his support of the death squads, and ignoring the many thousands of deaths and the brutalization of the entire country that's spilled over into MS-13 gangs in our country?
And please don't order President Obama to follow President Reagan's bloody footsteps through El Salvador.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on March 25, 2009 12:34 AM
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