Ronald Reagan: Accessory to Genocide
May 11, 2013

Exclusive: More than any recent U.S. president, Ronald Reagan has been lavished with honors, including his name attached to Washington’s National Airport. But the conviction of Reagan’s old ally, ex-Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt, for genocide means “Ronnie” must face history’s judgment as an accessory to the crime, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

The conviction of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide against Mayan villagers in the 1980s has a special meaning for Americans who idolize Ronald Reagan. It means that their hero was an accessory to one of the most grievous crimes that can be committed against humanity.

The courage of the Guatemalan people and the integrity of their legal system to exact some accountability on a still-influential political figure also put U.S. democracy to shame. For decades now, Americans have tolerated human rights crimes by U.S. presidents who face little or no accountability. Usually, the history isn’t even compiled honestly.

President Ronald Reagan.

By contrast, a Guatemalan court on Friday found Rios Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced the 86-year-old ex-dictator to 80 years in prison. After the ruling, when Rios Montt rose and tried to walk out of the courtroom, Judge Yasmin Barrios shouted at him to stay put and then had security officers take him into custody.

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2 Comments to “All that Mayan blood in Guatemala is on Ronald Reagan’s head”

  • Silly, people who idolize Ronald Reagan do not consider the murder of innocent Mayans in Guatemala a crime.

  • Being Mayan, I would think the bigger problem is with the Spanish who wiped out two civilizations and treat Mayans as second class citizens and claim the Mayan culture as their own. When you consider the millions of natives the Spanish killed, raped, enslaved and stole from, whatever Reagan did or didn’t do is rather inconsequential. Worry about the enemies on your land now and then worry about those in other lands.

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