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1. HEY EVERYONE: If you're wondering why @IlhanMN was giving poor old Elliott Abrams a hard time, let's learn some history!
2. In 2013, former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was convicted by a tribunal in his own country of genocide and crimes against humanity:…
3/ These crimes against humanity occurred when the United States was giving Rios Montt its full support to fight against leftist guerrillas in 1982 and 1983.
4/ Per WaPo: "A United Nations-sponsored truth commission found that nearly half of all the human rights violations during the conflict occurred in 1982, a year when Gen. Rios Montt was de facto ruler of Guatemala... More than 200,000 Guatemalans perished during the civil war."
5/ Instrumental in paving the way for US funding to Rios Montt was none other than, you guessed it, Elliott Abrams! He played a key role in whitewashing the utterly brutal tactics that Rios Montt used during the war
6/ Per the NYT, Abrams in 1983 justified US backing of Rios Montt on the grounds that he had "brought considerable progress" to Guatemala when it came to human rights.…
7/ Abrams also tsk-tsked concerns about Rios Montt's slaughter of civilians by saying, "the amount of killing of innocent civilians is being reduced step by step," while further adding that "we think that kind of progress needs to be rewarded and encouraged."
8/ And this, frankly, is why everyone who has a basic understanding of history should not believe for a single second that the Trump administration appointed Abrams to bring freedom and democracy to Venezuela. That's not what he does -- it's not what he's ever done.
9/ And very good of @IlhanMN for reminding people of this.
(Apologies if there's anything I left out. I'm no @KevinMKruse.)
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