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What Price Humanity In El Salvador?

The item in a newspaper was buried on the bottom half of a page. There was nothing dramatic about the story, just some gang members who halted a bus on the outskirts of the capital of San Salvador, forced people to remain in the bus, doused the vehicle with oil, and then set the bus afire. The gang also fired into the bus as they prevented people from leaving. Police finally arrived and helped to save some of the commuters. Most people on the bus were from poverty areas and were trying to get to their jobs, but, to the sick gang members, concentrating on poor people is much less riskier than taking on the wealthy. And, after all, if you are poor and without means to exert your rights, it leads sickos like these gang members to take out their anger, their poverty, their fury at those who suffer form the same problems.

I often wonder, if there is a God, what he thinks about such behavior. These thugs have killed 217 bus drivers so far this year, men trying to feed their families. I was raised during the Depression when gangs avoided poor people and focused on the wealthy and middle class. Today, in the era of Tea Party anger, just pick on the defenseless is the cry–whether in El Salvador or in the USA.

Latin American Holocaust Hero Emerges

A Holocaust story has emerged from the past which reveals the role of the El Salvador government in saving thousands of Jews in Hungary. Colonel Jose Arturo Castellanos, who served as Consul General for the El Savador government in Switzerland, played a vital role in saving thousands of Jews who were destined for the death camps. In Geneva, Castellanos made the acquaintance of Gyorgy Mandl and then appointed him to the fictional role of First Secretary and placed him in charge of organizing an operation to help Hungarian Jews. They gathered blank nationality certificates, had an official stamp on them, and then worked with Carl Lutz, the Swiss Vice Consul to persuade Hungarian and Swiss officials there were thousands of El Salvadorean citizens trapped in eastern Europe. The government of El Salvador played a role in fostering the fictional story by asking for the assistance of the Swiss government in protecting their citizens. Lutz rented an abandoned glass factory and thousands of Jews were sheltered in it.

It s stories such as these that show the goodness of humans and their willingness to risk their own lives in order to help those being brutalized.