Deportation of Former Salvadoran General

According to the BBC article linked below, the United States government has deported Eugenio Vides Casanova, a former general of El Salvador’s national guard, for committing human rights abuses. Casanova has lived in the United States (in Florida) since 1989. Unfortunately, one has to admit that this decision is riddled with hypocrisy on the part of the U.S. government. The abuses cited by the U.S. refer to the late 1970’s-1980’s, when the Salvadoran government began a regime of oppression against potential dissenters in the country. At that time, anyone who spoke out against the government was eliminated; thousands of innocent Salvadorans were murdered by death squads dispatched by the government, and thousands more “disappeared” under mysterious circumstances; to this day, thousands of Salvadoran families do not know what became of their family members. What many fail to realize, however, is that the U.S. government, afraid of rising Soviet influence in Latin America, helped support the Salvadoran regime because it was anti-communist. The U.S, together with Argentina, helped train and organize death battalions and also funneled money into the Salvadoran government’s crackdown project. At one point, the U.S. public became extremely outraged because four of the victims in El Salvador were American nuns who were in the country doing missionary work. Because the U.S. was cooperating with the Salvadoran regime, it attempted to cover up the murders; when Americans found out, they were angered that their government had bypassed justice in order to promote its own agenda with a government that blatantly perpetrated human rights abuses. To this day, true justice for the murders of the nuns has not been brought. It is also vital to understand that the U.S. government had full knowledge of the human rights abuses that were occurring in El Salvador in those tumultuous times. At the time, because it was convenient for the U.S. government, these abuses were overlooked; today, the government deports a 77-year old ex-general for human rights abuses. While it is true that better late than never, the hypocrisy of the situation cannot be missed.


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