looked at his own country:
In 1968, when kidnapping, brutal interrogations and political
assassinations of suspected Communists by state-sanctioned security
forces were rampant, [Deputy Chief of Mission in Guatemala Viron P.] Vaky wrote that it was morally wrong to ignore
the “violence of right-wing vigilantes and sheer criminality” of the
[...]The “most disturbing”
conclusion, in his view, was that “we have not been honest with
ourselves . . . Have our values been so twisted by our adversary concept
of politics in the hemisphere? Is it conceivable that we are so
obsessed with insurgency that we are prepared to rationalize murder as
an acceptable counter-insurgency weapon?”
Forty-some years on, the unfortunate answer is "yes". What good does it do a nation to have knowledge and fail to use it?
Godspeed, Ambassador Vaky.
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