I want to call attention to a number of important issues, several of which Tom Gibb mentioned.First, is the need to focus on minority rights as being essential in a democracy. Second, polls show that the people of El Salvador are war-exhausted.They do not trust the military and they do not trust the armed opposition. (I continue to marvel at the ability of both of those groups to believe that they have the support of the people, as if anybody who approaches with gun in hand is going to get an honest answer to any question.) The great majority of people in El Salvador are focusing on an end to the war because all sectors realize that the economy and the country will not progress until it ends.
The third point is that the people who will take office broadly reflect the way the people in the country voted on March 10. Fourth, the team with which President Cristani has surrounded himself deserve and are receiving praise, even from World Bank officials who travel through El Salvador.Their economic data are clear and precise and they have a plan of action. El Salvador has become a model that people in the international community can praise.
I would disagree with some of the points that George Vickers made. The first relates to the idea that the US policy on elections is an illusion. I opposed that policy when it began in the early 1980s. I believed that nothing short of the total destruction of the Salvadoran armed forces would be able to bring peace and justice to El Salvador.But, at least with regard to the political sector, I have to admit now that I was wrong. US policy was more farsighted than those of us who at that time were considered to be activists could envision.____________________