Though the Somozas were generally regarded as ruthless dictators, the United States continued to support them as a non-communist stronghold in Nicaragua. President Franklin D. Roosevelt supposedly remarked in 1939 that "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch."Source
Anastasio ("Tacho") Somoza García (1 February 1896 – 29 September 1956) was officially the President of Nicaragua from 1 January 1937 to 1 May 1947 and from 21 May 1950 to 29 September 1956, but ruled effectively as dictator from 1936 until his assassination.
Back in the 1980's--and much earlier--all some thug in Central America who wanted to rule by murderous decree was to pronounce that the indigenous people who were rising up against the thieves and murderers who had stolen their land--aided by the CIA, and Wall Street--and killed their families were 'Commies'' and the CIA would have their 'Ambassador' there in less than 24 hours, with a suitcase full of cash to bribe the thieving asshole into becoming America's bitch.
They would get an unlimited supply of money and weapons to annihlate the indigenous peoples who were exercising their right to freedom and democracy and all the people got was a face full of lead.
Now days, if some murderous asshole wants to keep living like royalty and stealing from the people, all they have to do is to say that the indigenous people who are rising up against terror, fear, murder and death are 'aL CIA Duh' types and it's 'Deja Vu' all over again.
When will Americans ever wake up?
In January 2012, after 30 years of legal impunity, former Guatemalan general and dictator Efraín Ríos Montt found himself indicted by a Guatemalan court for crimes against humanity. Against all odds, he was charged with committing genocide in the 1980s against the country's poor, Mayan people.
In 1982, a young first-time filmmaker, Pamela Yates, used her seeming naiveté to gain unprecedented access to Ríos Montt, his generals and leftist guerrillas waging a clandestine war deep in the mountains. The resulting film, When the Mountains Tremble (1983) revealed that the Guatemalan army was killing Mayan civilians. As Yates notes in her extraordinary follow-up, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, "Guatemala . . . never let me go." When the Mountains Tremble had re-entered her life 30 years later when a Spanish lawyer investigating the Ríos Montt regime asked for her help. She believed her first film and its outtakes just might contain evidence to bring charges of genocide under international law.
Comment left at this excellent video:
José Efraín Ríos Montt (born June 16, 1926) is a former de facto President of Guatemala, dictator, army general, and former president of Congress. He is one of the most controversial figures in Guatemala. Two Truth Commissions, sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church and by the United Nations, documented widespread human rights abuses committed by Ríos Montt's military regime, including widespread massacres, rape, torture, and acts of genocide against the indigenous population.
P.S. Usually, 'ZiotTube'censors information about the subject you're searching for, but not in this case. Wonder why?
Not a Holocaust™ approved mass murder?
Shoah™ sure seems like a good reason.
Guatemala’s mass graves ignored by mass media