The Council on Hemispheric Affairs has published a new article on its web site titled El Salvador: A Deeply Divided Country. As suggested by the title, the theme of the article is the political polarization in El Salvador:
There are still seismic divisions along ideological, political, and economic fault lines that keep the country polarized and prevent a cessation of persistent conflict. For example, on November 11, 2007, the date that marks the launching of the Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation’s final 1989 offensive in the country’s bitter civil war, the FMLN held its 23rd National Convention to nominate a candidate for the March 2009 presidential election. In response, the National Republican Alliance (ARENA)-dominated assembly declared November 11 a “day of national mourning” and put up a black flag to remind voters of the FMLN’s past as a guerrilla force.
Despite purporting to be an article about political division in El Salvador, a good part of the article is focused on a critique of the US role in El Salvador. This is the weakest aspect of the article. The author makes a number of assertions without providing any evidence. For example, the article contains this statement:
The U.S. is already suggesting that it could rescind the protective status now affecting hundreds of thousands of Salvadoran refugees now benefiting from being allowed U.S. residence if the FMLN is victorious at the polls. This could also hurt the economic stability of El Salvador because several billions of dollars in remittances are sent by refugees in this country back to their families each year with only minimum restrictions.
While there were such statements made by two US Congressmen around the 2004 presidential elections, I am not aware of any such statement made in this election cycle. The COHA article also asserts, without support, that the US is "very concerned" about the legislative elections in 2009. In the same vein, the article repeats arguments from years past against CAFTA and International Law Enforcement Academy.