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Communist Guerrilla Leader ‘Wins’ El Salvador Elections
frontpage magazine ^ | 3/21/2014 | Humberto Fontova

Posted on 03/22/2014 10:21:17 AM PDT by Dqban22

Communist Guerrilla Leader ‘Wins’ El Salvador Elections

Posted By Humberto Fontova On March 21, 2014 In Daily Mailer,FrontPage

A former Communist guerrilla commander linked to various butcheries during El Salvador’s savage civil war in the 1980s won that nation’s Presidential elections this week by a squeaker.

Nowadays this former FMLF (Faribundo Marti Liberation Front) commander is accused of partnering with murderous Salvadoran drug-smuggling and human-trafficking gangs that operate in 40 U.S. cities, have been declared “international criminal organizations” by the U.S. Treasury department, and have had members convicted of multiple murders, rapes and tortures within sight of the U.S. capitol. One of these rape-murders was of Washington intern Chandra Levy.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren is the “former” Communist guerrilla declared winner of El Salvador’s presidential elections this week by 6,600 votes. Since 2009, he had served as El Salvador’s Vice President. Ceren’s electoral opponents of the center-right ARENA party alleged blatant Venezuelan-mentored electoral fraud. But the Salvadoran “Supreme Electoral Tribunal” (staffed and controlled by Ceren’s party) overruled ARENA.

Roger Noriega, a former assistant secretary of state for Western hemisphere affairs with many high-level contacts in the region warns that El Salvador’s FMLF is linked, not only to the Communist leadership of the Castro-Venezuela axis, but to the biggest and wealthiest narco-traffickers in the hemisphere, along with their distributors and retailers in the U.S. Chief among these U.S.-based retailers are the Salvadoran MS-13 and MS-18 gangs.

These are not your father’s “gangs,” by the way. Latin gangs have come a long way since the Sharks of Westside Story. And “street gangs” in general have come a long way since the Cripps and Bloods. In 2012, the Obama administration declared MS-13 an “international criminal organization,” quite a distinction for a “street gang” and the first case of such an “honor” for a gang operating in the U.S. Some background:

In the 1980s the Cuba-Soviet backed FMLF waged a terror campaign trying to Cubanize the small and impoverished Central American nation of El Salvador. The government fought back and tens of thousands of Salvadorans perished in a variety of ways on both sides of what became a full-fledged and—as usual for such conflicts– brutal civil war. The U.S. media habitually pegged all resulting deaths on “right-wing death squads”—often spicing up the description with “U.S.-backed” or “U.S.-trained.”

It’s an old story for anyone who fights Communist terror. “If rape’s inevitable” goes the joke, “lay back and enjoy it!” Same apparently goes for Communist revolution. Any resistance will only make things worse and get one demonized by all “respectable” academic and media precincts. There are no historical exceptions to this rule. From Pilsudski and Horthy in Eastern Europe, through Franco in Spain, to Pinochet in Chile— all violently (and successfully) resisted the violent communization of their nations. And all sport horns and a tail in media/academic depictions.

After being crushed militarily thanks to help from the Reagan administration in the 1980s, the FMLF renounced violence and went respectable as a political party in the 1990s. Now they steal and buy elections. Chicago politics will get you what Bolshevik terror couldn’t, seems like the new motto for Latin American socialists.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: elsalvador

1 posted on 03/22/2014 10:21:18 AM PDT by Dqban22
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To: Dqban22

the rest of the

2 posted on 03/22/2014 10:22:25 AM PDT by Dqban22
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kerry and harkins would be so proud.

3 posted on 03/22/2014 10:42:17 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, border)
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In the days before Obama if someone had told me that the United States would allow, permit or even condone a communist to be elected to lead a nation in Latin America, I would have thought they were crazy. But here we have it, a communist elected to lead El Salvador and Obama has done and will do nothing to stop the FMLN from imposing their will on the Salvadorian people and threatening their neighbors.

4 posted on 03/22/2014 11:26:35 AM PDT by Oliviaforever
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Get ready for more Salvadoran refugees to come here via Mexico.

5 posted on 03/22/2014 11:27:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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The War on Drugs is America's Achilles Heel. Castro takes full advantage of that. The Bolivarian Alliance is a disgrace to el Liberator's name. It might as well be called the Drug-Running Alliance.

Sanchez is just more of the same.

6 posted on 03/22/2014 12:44:29 PM PDT by Praxeologue
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"kerry and harkins would be so proud."

Harkin's wife might as well.

7 posted on 03/22/2014 1:08:02 PM PDT by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: Oliviaforever

Reagan brought the Salvedoran Army Officer Corp to Fort Benning, GA in 1982 where we armed trained them for 6 months, then flew them home with their weapons and equipment. They offloaded and immediately and successfully executed combat operations against the communist guerrillas.

8 posted on 03/22/2014 1:16:45 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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W should have dug this picture up in 04.

The gop should also use this against harkins as well....that is if they really wanted to win.

9 posted on 03/22/2014 2:25:17 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, border)
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I agree with you Eagleone, but it seems the GOP has been content for some time to be the Washington Generals of American politics. In a lot of ways I have less respect for them than I do for the Rats.

10 posted on 03/22/2014 6:29:12 PM PDT by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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El Salvador’s Dance with the Devil

Posted By David Paulin On March 24, 2014 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage

Some leftists have smartened up. Guerrilla insurgencies are passé for them. So are AK-47s from Cuba or the Soviet bloc or China.

They saw an easier way to seize power; so they got shaves, put on suites, and ran for office claiming to be left-leaning pragmatists. But after their election wins, they took advantage of a polarized citizenry and weak institutions to tear the system apart – more or less legally – from inside out.

The stealth approach worked well for Hugo Chávez in Venezuela where Cuban agents and goons are now pitching in to put down anti-government protesters fed up with Venezuela’s “21st Century Socialism.” During his first election campaign, Chavez denied he was a socialist and portrayed himself as a moderate despite having led an aborted coup against a democratic government.

Now, El Salvador seems poised to follow that same path after a former Marxist guerrilla leader – 69-year-old Salvador Sánchez Cerén – was elected president by a razor-thin margin and amid allegations of voting irregularities, which included claims that gang members were recruited to intimidate voters who opposed him. Sánchez Cerén had been El Salvador’s vice president — a hardliner in the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, named after a legendary Salvadorian rebel leader, Farabundo Martí, from the 1930s.

Sánchez Cerén had an uneasy relationship with President Mauricio Funes, a 54-year-old former television reporter who had never been a guerrilla but identified with the left.
Five years ago, the two teamed up in a union of political convenience that drew voters from across the political spectrum – and they won. Their election victory ended nearly two decades of conservative rule by the center-right National Republican Alliance (Arena). But President Funes’s political strategy was a pact with the devil. During his 5-year-term, his relationship with Sánchez Cerén and other FMLN hard-liners become increasingly strained, according to political observers.
Arena has yet to accept the outcome. But barring unexpected developments, Sánchez Cerén will take office on June 1. He will be the first guerrilla leader to govern the Central American country, where an atrocity-filled civil war raged nearly 13 years, killing at least 75,000 people and sending tens of thousands of refugees to the U.S. A peace accord was signed in 1992 between the military-led government and leftist groups that had fought under the FMLN umbrella. They were subsequently absorbed into the FMLN political party....

If Sánchez Cerén lives up to his reputation, expect to see El Salvador descend into Venezuela-style political chaos and economic decline, and for another wave of Salvadorian refugees to flee to America. President Funes must be regretting his pact with the devil right about now.

11 posted on 03/24/2014 11:39:11 AM PDT by Dqban22
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