Our programme is for a democratic, revolutionary government, not for a Socialist government. The programme for the democratic government is very broad -- broader than that of many of the democratic governments in Europe.
As part of the effort to achieve dignity and national sovereignty in El Salvador, there is room for everybody's contribution, from large businessmen to small farmers and merchants -- for anyone who supports the independent development of the country, opposes fascism and wants democracy. We don't believe that this broad programme has anything to do with Socialism or a Socialist government.
Salvador Cayetano Carpio, February 19821
It is no anomaly that the crisis in El Salvador should be a crisis for the US, impinging on the very fabric of domestic political life and progressively eroding the credibility and space for manoeuvre of the Reagan government. While many in the FDR, and many more outside it, say that they seek only peace, democracy and good relations with Washington, they do not recognise, at least not explicitly, that a victory for the FMLN would represent a defeat for the US locally, regionally and internationally. This, as Rubén Zamora points out, would be most unlikely to presage an entente and would indeed diminish any possibility of establishing the pluralist democracy and mixed economy that he desires. In this he is at one with the domino theorists of the State Department, and both are correct.
Zamora and his reformist confrères in the FDR believe that they can obtain these objectives through negotiation. However restricted their options have become, the managers of US foreign policy recognise that in the last resort US interests can only be secured by a military solution. They differ with the Salvadorean liberal oppositionists on this point