Finally, an appropriate NPR show, a story about the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala.
I know almost nothing about US “anti-communist” involvement in Latin America during the Cold War, mostly because I find it too depressing and shameful to think about. One thing that I don’t understand is why the right-wing governments the US backed — Pinochet, Efraín Ríos Montt, for example — were so often so much more monstrous than the left-wing governments (which I don’t claim were perfect) it opposed — Castro, the Sandinistas, for example.
Where is a good place to read about this? Are there any accounts that won’t make me want to shoot myself?
Update. A good, lengthy comment from commenter Kent.