It’s clear that the Holocaust Museum doesn’t consider the genocide of the indigenous in Central America to be on the same level as the genocide of Eastern European Jews. And make no mistake. Abrams was instrumental in enabling the deaths of tens of thousands of indigenous Guatemalans in the 1980s. In any just society, he’d be in prison.
In his positions in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, Elliott Abrams participated in and sought to cover up some of the most inhumane acts of recent US foreign policy history. Memos released after the war in Guatemala reveal that Abrams was unconditional in his support of the Guatemalan military led by General Efrain Ríos Montt, who killed thousands of Ixil and other indigenous peoples. Last September 26, a Guatemalan court declared that the U.S. policy promoted by Reagan officials like Abrams formally led to mass killings there that were defined as “genocide.” Mr. Abrams’ resume also includes providing support to Salvadoran military battalions and death squads responsible for the El Mozote massacre of over 900 civilians, including hundreds of children. He also supported Salvadoran governments responsible for countless other massacres of tens of thousands.
Anyway, here’s a petition to sign.