Monday, March 15, 2004

Poetic Justice

CounterPunch Wire: General Gramajo Executed by Bees:

Guatemalan former defense minister Hector Alejandro Gramajo Morales, responsible for the torture and murder of thousands of Mayan peasants, died on March 12 at a hospital several hours after being attacked by "africanized" bees at his farm in Santo Tomas, Sacatepequez department...

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) sued Gramajo under the Alien Tort Claims Act on behalf of nine Guatemalans for acts of torture, abduction and murder under his "pacification" program in the western Guatemalan highlands in 1982, when he was Army chief of staff. After retiring from the army, Gramajo described his "pacification" program by saying: "You needn't kill everyone to complete the job... We instituted Civil Affairs, which provides development for 70% of the population while we kill 30%..."

Gramajo's murderous sidekick, Gen. Rios Montt, is currently under house arrest in Guatemala. Is there a brown recluse or black widow in his future?

In the case of Efram Rios Montt, one can always hope...

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