From the mid to late 19th century, Guatemala experienced chronic instability and civil strife. Beginning in the early 20th century, it was ruled by a series of dictators backed by the United Fruit Company and the United States government. In 1944, authoritarian leader Jorge Ubico was overthrown by a pro-democratic military coup, initiating a decade-long revolution that led to sweeping social and economic reforms. A U.S.-backed military coup in 1954 ended the revolution and installed a dictatorship.
From 1960 to 1996, Guatemala endured a bloody civil war fought between the US-backed government and leftist rebels, including genocidal massacres of the Maya population perpetrated by the military. Since a United Nations-negotiated peace accord, Guatemala has witnessed both economic growth and successful democratic elections, though it continues to struggle with high rates of poverty, crime, drug trade, and instability. As of 2014, Guatemala ranks 31st of 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries in terms of the Human Development Index.
Hence, Guatemala is another example of the torment to which the US has subjected certain central American nations in the just struggle against global communism. Our support of tyranny because the other alternative was totalitarian is, ja, not a solution, but a use of other nations as an instrument for our own purposes. Now the drug trade has made matters even worse. WE OWE THEM BIG TIME.
No Communism, tyranny and Drug lords in Central America. We need first to find noble Guatemalans who want to make free government work, second work to save and help victims, and third get ready to take some risks.