The Massacre At El Mozote Analysis

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     Mark Danner, an editor for the New York Times magazine, recounts in The Massacre at El Mozote a horrific crime against humanity committed by a branch …show more content…
The men were decapitated in front of their families. “the soldiers dragged the bodies and the heads of the decapitated victims to the convent of the church, where they were piled together” (Donner 70). Next came the women. They took the women into groups and lied to them citing that they would be able to go free to their homes, once they had been separated. Instead, the soldiers marched the women into the hills surrounding El Mozote known as El Chingo and La Cruz (Donner 71). The women were systematically raped, some as young as ten years old. These barbarians came back and took the women group by group. Eventually, once they were done, they led the women into houses. Amrosiano Claros' house was one of them, and they torched the houses, burning the women alive (Donner 73). The facade that anyone would walk away from El Mozote was quickly abandoned. They were all going to die at the hands of a crazed renegade branch of the Salvadorian army, headed by a ruthless leader that held idol status among his …show more content…
Records were not accurately kept, and the area remained very war torn for a long period of time after the massacre at El Mozote. The United State's account of the events at El Mozote start by accounting the massacre “Although it is not possible to prove or disprove excesses of violence against the civilians population of El Mozote by Government troops, it is certain that the guerrilla forces did nothing to remove them from the path of battle” (Donner 111). This at least recognizes that they do not know the exact details of the massacre, but they do realize that one occurred. Subsequent interviews by United States Ambassador and the war-monger Domingo Monterossa seemed to have changed the early reports. After embassy officers were sent to the site of El Mozote, they came back and the Assistant secretary Thomas O. Enders said before the House subcommittee on Inter-American Affairs, “It is clear from the report that there has been a confrontation between the guerrillas occupying Mozote and attacking government forces. There is no evidence to confirm that government forces systematically massacred civilians in the operations zone”(Donner 126). This is very different than their initial

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