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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 11, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Peru ex-president guilty of murder, kidnapping

U.S. shares the guilt

Congratulations to the people of Peru. Their democracy has proved strong enough to send former President Fujimori to prison for ordering the massacre of civilians [“Peru convicts ex-president of mass murder, kidnapping,” News, April 8].

The United States, sadly, supported Fujimori with military arms and training for as long as he was in power. Our military aid far exceeds the value of our civilian aid in Peru and throughout South America. Our shipments of military support promote exactly what one would expect: brutality and tyranny.

If we really want stable, peaceful governments in Latin America, we should put aside the assault rifles and focus on helping local people meet their own needs.

Let’s replace the “School of the Americas” with elementary schools, and the war on drugs with the anti-drug strategy that actually works: support for families at risk and treatment for people trying to quit.

— Fred Miller, Seattle

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