Thursday, August 7, 2014

Counterspin: Don't Mention Why The Kids Are On Our Borders

Counterspin comments on the contest among public officials to see who can be the toughest on children who are fleeing to the U.S. out of fear of gang violence in their Central American countries. While the media is focused on this political contest, what isn't mentioned is what led to these children flocking to our borders. During the Reagan era, the U.S. backed right-wing regimes in a number of these countries, including Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which led to enduring violence and instability (a point also made recently by Robert Reich). On the other hand, Nicaragua, which under the Sandinistas resisted Reagan's attempts to overthrow them, does not suffer from a soaring homicide rate and its children are not flocking to the U.S. Counterspin asks if our journalists are ignoring the roots of today's violence because "it confers moral responsibility on the U.S., and that discussion would spoil a swell debate about just how quickly the kids should be returned to their dangerous homelands." Listen:

(h/t: Best of the Left Podcast)

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